July 13, 2020

Review Category : People

Nobel for Nadia Murad 'honour for all Iraqis': president

Nobel for Nadia Murad 'honour for all Iraqis': presidentNew Iraqi President Barham Saleh Friday hailed the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to a Yazidi, Nadia Murad, calling it "an honour for all Iraqis who fought terrorism and bigotry". In a tweet, Saleh said he had spoken with Murad to congratulate her, saying the prize was "an acknowledgement of (the) tragic plight" of the religious minority and "recognition for her courage in defending human rights of victims of terror & sexual violence". Murad, the first Iraqi to become a Nobel peace laureate, was also congratulated by the country's outgoing Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and his intended successor Adel Abdel Mahdi.


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Syria rebels, jihadists clash near planned Idlib buffer: monitor

Syria rebels, jihadists clash near planned Idlib buffer: monitorFighting erupted on Friday between Turkey-backed rebels and jihadist hardliners in northwest Syria, a monitor and a resident said, near a planned demilitarisation zone. On Friday, just days away from the deadline to establish the zone, clashes erupted between rival rebels and jihadists. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting first began between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), led by former Al-Qaeda fighters, and Nour al-Din Al-Zinki in the town of Kafr Halab.


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Chinese Interpol boss goes missing

Chinese Interpol boss goes missingFrench police said Fridaythey were probing the disappearance of the Chinese head of Interpol, who has reportedly been detained for questioning in his home country. Meng Hongwei, 64, was last seen leaving for China from the international police organisation's headquarters in Lyon, southeast France, in late September, a source close to the enquiry told AFP. "We are aware of media reports in connection with the alleged disappearance of Interpol President Meng Hongwei.


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Indonesian parents reunited with son after week of tsunami anguish

Indonesian parents reunited with son after week of tsunami anguishSusi Rahmatia thought her five-year-old son Jumadil was dead, but on Friday -- a week after they were separated by Indonesia's earthquake and tsunami – they enjoyed a miraculous and emotional reunion. Rahmatia, 26, leaped out from under the tarp she now calls home and raced across the litter-covered grass when she saw her lost boy.


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Dutch PM defends decision not to arrest Russian spies

Dutch PM defends decision not to arrest Russian spiesDutch agents decided not to arrest four Russians accused of plotting a cyber-attack on the world's chemical weapons watchdog because it was "not a criminal inquiry", Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Friday. The Netherlands said Thursday it had immediately expelled the agents from GRU military intelligence in April for trying to hack the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague. It was not a criminal inquiry," Rutte told a weekly news conference when asked why the men were not arrested.


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UN seeks $50.5 million for 'immediate' Indonesia disaster aid

UN seeks $50.5 million for 'immediate' Indonesia disaster aidNations unies (Etats-Unis) (AFP) - The United Nations said Friday it is seeking $50.5 million "for immediate relief" to help victims of the devastating quake and tsunami in Indonesia. Hardest-hit was Palu city on Sulawesi island, which was left in ruins after it was struck by a powerful quake and a wall of water that reduced whole neighborhoods to piles of wood and twisted metal. According to UN estimates, 65,000 homes have suffered some form of damage, a figure that includes 10,000 homes "completely destroyed by the tsunami" and 15,000 homes severely damaged by the earthquake.


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UN seeks $50.5 million for 'immediate' Indonesia disaster aid

UN seeks $50.5 million for 'immediate' Indonesia disaster aidNations unies (Etats-Unis) (AFP) - The United Nations said Friday it is seeking $50.5 million "for immediate relief" to help victims of the devastating quake and tsunami in Indonesia. Hardest-hit was Palu city on Sulawesi island, which was left in ruins after it was struck by a powerful quake and a wall of water that reduced whole neighborhoods to piles of wood and twisted metal. According to UN estimates, 65,000 homes have suffered some form of damage, a figure that includes 10,000 homes "completely destroyed by the tsunami" and 15,000 homes severely damaged by the earthquake.


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