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    Cargo plane crashes into house in Iran killing 15 with 1 survivor

    Cargo plane crashes into house in Iran killing 15 with 1 survivor


    A decades-old Iranian Boeing 707 military cargo plane reportedly carrying meat from Kyrgyzstan crashed into a house while trying to land west of Iran's capital, killing 15 people on board and leaving a sole survivor, authorities...

    A decades-old Iranian Boeing 707 military cargo plane reportedly carrying meat from Kyrgyzstan crashed into a house while trying to land west of Iran's capital, killing 15 people on board and leaving a sole survivor, authorities said.
    Runaway princess 'swapped' for British arms dealer

    Runaway princess 'swapped' for British arms dealer


    A British arms consultant at the centre of a bribery scandal over a helicopter deal in India was exchanged for a runaway Dubai princess in an extraordinary quid pro quo extradition, sources have...

    A British arms consultant at the centre of a bribery scandal over a helicopter deal in India was exchanged for a runaway Dubai princess in an extraordinary quid pro quo extradition, sources have revealed. 
    Saudi teen who barricaded herself in airport hotel granted asylum in Canada

    Saudi teen who barricaded herself in airport hotel granted asylum in Canada


    A Saudi woman who fled her family claiming fear of her life and used social media to amplify her calls for safe haven was granted asylum to Canada on Friday, an official in Thailand...

    A Saudi woman who fled her family claiming fear of her life and used social media to amplify her calls for safe haven was granted asylum to Canada on Friday, an official in Thailand said.
    Syrian refugee camps devastated by Lebanon storms

    Syrian refugee camps devastated by Lebanon storms


    Tent encampments housing thousands of Syrian refugees looked more like islands half sunk in...

    Tent encampments housing thousands of Syrian refugees looked more like islands half sunk in water.
    Thailand is no friend to asylum seekers. So why did it let a Saudi teenager stay?

    Thailand is no friend to asylum seekers. So why did it let a Saudi teenager stay?


    ANALYSIS: When Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, an 18-year-old Saudi woman, landed in Thailand on Saturday, she became a prisoner. Rather than allowing her to fly to Australia and seek asylum, Thai officials detained her in a hotel and prepared to send her back...

    ANALYSIS: When Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, an 18-year-old Saudi woman, landed in Thailand on Saturday, she became a prisoner. Rather than allowing her to fly to Australia and seek asylum, Thai officials detained her in a hotel and prepared to send her back to the Middle East.
    UN refers Saudi refugee case to Australia

    UN refers Saudi refugee case to Australia


    The United Nations has deemed a young Saudi woman stuck in Bangkok to be a refugee, referring her case to...

    The United Nations has deemed a young Saudi woman stuck in Bangkok to be a refugee, referring her case to Australia.
    At least 30 killed in Afghanistan mine

    At least 30 killed in Afghanistan mine


    At least 30 Afghan villagers searching for gold in a riverbed perished on Sunday in a flash flood in northeastern Badakhshan province, provincial officials...

    At least 30 Afghan villagers searching for gold in a riverbed perished on Sunday in a flash flood in northeastern Badakhshan province, provincial officials said.
    Marie Colvin gave everything to report the horrors of war

    Marie Colvin gave everything to report the horrors of war


    In the autumn of 2011, I caught a glimpse of foreign correspondent Marie Colvin at the Radisson hotel in Tripoli, Libya. I noticed the black patch on her left eye first. But there was something more that made me...

    In the autumn of 2011, I caught a glimpse of foreign correspondent Marie Colvin at the Radisson hotel in Tripoli, Libya. I noticed the black patch on her left eye first. But there was something more that made me pause. 
    Suspects in Jamal Khashoggi's killing brought before Saudi court

    Suspects in Jamal Khashoggi's killing brought before Saudi court


    Saudi prosecutors will seek the death penalty for at least five people in the slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, the kingdom's state media reported on Thursday as 11 suspects attended their first court...

    Saudi prosecutors will seek the death penalty for at least five people in the slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, the kingdom's state media reported on Thursday as 11 suspects attended their first court hearing.
    Netflix cancels episode after Saudi complaint

    Netflix cancels episode after Saudi complaint


    Netflix has been criticised for removing an episode of a satirical comedy series in Saudi Arabia because it was deemed critical of the kingdom's...

    Netflix has been criticised for removing an episode of a satirical comedy series in Saudi Arabia because it was deemed critical of the kingdom's rulers.
    US President Donald Trump defends Syria exit as Putin, Erdogan fill a US void

    US President Donald Trump defends Syria exit as Putin, Erdogan fill a US void


    US President Donald Trump defended his decision to withdraw from Syria as the fulfillment of a campaign promise, pushing back against criticism from lawmakers in his own party that the abrupt change in policy harms US interests and cedes influence to...

    US President Donald Trump defended his decision to withdraw from Syria as the fulfillment of a campaign promise, pushing back against criticism from lawmakers in his own party that the abrupt change in policy harms US interests and cedes influence to Russia and Iran.
    Six Iranians wash up on English beach as channel crossings mount

    Six Iranians wash up on English beach as channel crossings mount


    The governments of France and Britain scrambled to respond Sunday to a mounting number of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel, a trend illustrated by six Iranian men who turned up on a beach in southeastern...


    The governments of France and Britain scrambled to respond Sunday to a mounting number of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel, a trend illustrated by six Iranian men who turned up on a beach in southeastern England.
    Rescue helicopter crashes near world's longest zipline in United Arab Emirates

    Rescue helicopter crashes near world's longest zipline in United Arab Emirates


    A rescue helicopter has crashed near the world's longest zipline, killing its entire crew in Ras al-Khaimah in the northeastern region of the United Arab...

    A rescue helicopter has crashed near the world's longest zipline, killing its entire crew in Ras al-Khaimah in the northeastern region of the United Arab Emirates.
    How Trump can make the Syria withdrawal work

    How Trump can make the Syria withdrawal work


    OPINION: US President Donald Trump's December 23 tweet promising a "slow and highly coordinated" withdrawal of US forces from Syria may ease the gnashing of teeth among officials and analysts in Washington, but it won't end the criticism of his...

    OPINION: US President Donald Trump's December 23 tweet promising a "slow and highly coordinated" withdrawal of US forces from Syria may ease the gnashing of teeth among officials and analysts in Washington, but it won't end the criticism of his decision. That is precisely why the president should view the hullabaloo that erupted after he announced the Syrian pullout as an opportunity to take a number of steps to make the most of his essentially correct, but widely unpopular, move.
    Death toll from Kabul Christmas Eve attack climbs to 40

    Death toll from Kabul Christmas Eve attack climbs to 40


    The death toll from a Christmas Eve attack in the Afghan capital has climbed to 40, their Health Ministry said, as police and rescue workers combed through the smoldering public welfare building where the gunmen held out for eight hours against security...

    The death toll from a Christmas Eve attack in the Afghan capital has climbed to 40, their Health Ministry said, as police and rescue workers combed through the smoldering public welfare building where the gunmen held out for eight hours against security forces.