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Egypt Coptic monks sentenced to death for killing bishop

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The bishop was found dead in July last year at the Monastery of Saint Macarius the Great Two former Coptic Christian monks have been sentenced to death in Egypt over the murder of a bishop last year, officials have confirmed. Bishop Epiphanius, 64, was …

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Iran offers prisoner swap

Image copyright AFP PHOTO / FREE NAZANIN CAMPAIGN Image caption Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her daughter Gabriella, who she saw during a temporary release from prison Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe could be released from jail in a prisoner swap with Iranians detained in the US and Australia, Iran has suggested. The British-Iranian was …

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Syria war: Unexplained blast kills 15 in rebel-held Idlib

Image copyright AFP Image caption Children were reportedly among those killed by the explosion in Jisr al-Shughour An explosion in the opposition-held Syrian province of Idlib has killed at least 15 people, rescue workers say. Three buildings in the town of Jisr al-Shughour were destroyed by the blast, the cause …

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I will name a Golan town after Trump, says Israel’s Netanyahu

Media captionNetanyahu praises Trump for recognising Israel control of Golan Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he intends to name a new settlement in the Golan Heights after US President Donald Trump. Mr Netanyahu said the move would honour Mr Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan in March. …

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Saudi prisoner ‘executed and crucified’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Amnesty International says that some 149 people were executed in Saudi Arabia last year A Saudi prisoner has been executed and crucified, according to a statement by the country’s state media. The man was one of 37 people executed on Tuesday on charges of …

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Saudi Arabia executes 37 for terrorism

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Amnesty International says that some 149 people were executed in Saudi Arabia last year Saudi Arabia has said that it executed 37 of its citizens on Tuesday on charges of terrorism. One of the men was crucified after his execution, according to a statement …

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UAE woman wakes up after 27 years in a coma

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Prolonged disorders of consciousness are usually caused by a sudden brain injury A woman from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who was seriously injured in a traffic accident in 1991 has made a seemingly miraculous recovery after emerging from a 27-year-long coma. Munira …

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US to end sanctions waivers for major Iranian oil importers

Image copyright AFP Image caption The sanctions on Iran’s oil industry have led to a sharp downturn in the country’s economy US President Donald Trump has decided that five large countries will no longer be exempt from penalties if they continue to import Iranian oil. The White House announced that …

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Algeria protests: Police ‘detain top businessmen’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Protesters in Algeria have been demanding that those close to the former president should also relinquish power Five of Algeria’s richest businessmen, some seen as close to ousted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, have been detained by police, state TV reports. They are being held over a …

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