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U.S. approves possible $15 billion sale of THAAD missiles to Saudi Arabia

U.S. approves possible $15 billion sale of THAAD missiles to Saudi Arabia

The US government has approved the sale to Saudi Arabia of its advanced Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) missile defence system. The State Department said the $15bn (£11.5bn) deal furthered US national security and foreign policy interests. It would boost Saudi and Gulf security against Iranian and other regional threats, the state department added. The announcement comes a day after …

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Over 23,000 people call for an end to the Irish arms trade with Israel

Over 23,000 people call for an end to the Irish arms trade with Israel

On Wednesday 4th October 2017, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign presented the Irish Government with over 23,000 signatures to a petition demanding an end to bilateral arms trade between Israel and Ireland. Human rights campaigners were joined by TDs and Senators from the Oireachtas [Irish parliament], and Dublin City Councillors, outside the parliament gates where a ‘die in’ was staged. The …

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NAM voices support for Palestine’s bid for full UN membership

NAM voices support for Palestine’s bid for full UN membership

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has reaffirmed support for the full membership of the state of Palestine in the United Nations, saying the oppressed Palestinian nation should be given its rightful place in the world community. In a Wednesday statement issued on behalf of the NAM, Es’haq Al-e-Habib, Iran’s deputy permanent representative to the UN, said the UN recognition in 2012 …

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Aung San Suu Kyi to be stripped of Freedom of the City of Oxford

Aung San Suu Kyi to be stripped of Freedom of the City of Oxford

Council’s removal of honour is latest by a British institution over her apparent defence of Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya Aung San Suu Kyi is to be stripped of the Freedom of the City of Oxford, where she studied as an undergraduate, over her response to the Rohingya crisis. Oxford city council voted unanimously to support a cross-party motion that said …

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Israel destroys Bedouin village for the 119th time

Israel demolishes Bedouin village, makes 200 homeless

Israeli troops have made some 200 Bedouin Palestinians homeless after demolishing their village in the Negev region. According to residents of the Araqib village on Tuesday, Israeli troops raided the village with bulldozers and destroyed every single building. “They stormed in and destroyed everything, every single building, every single home,” said a local elder. The village, with about 220 residents, …

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Charity group censures UK over selling arms to Saudi Arabia

Charity group censures UK over selling arms to Saudi Arabia

A prominent international charity group has censured Britain for selling arms to Saudi Arabia, accusing London of “exporting fear” to Yemeni children. Save the Children said in a report on Tuesday that Britain had earned at least 3.2 billion pounds (4.24 billion US dollars) from selling missiles and military equipment to Saudi Arabia and its allies during the ongoing war …

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Blood concert in Las Vegas

Blood concert in Las Vegas

At least 50 people have been killed and 200 others injured in a mass shooting at a music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to the US police. “We have in excess of 200-plus injured and excess of 50-plus that have died at this point,” Las Vegas Metro Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters on Monday morning. “This is an …

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1000s march in Washington to demand racial justice amid NFL protests

1000s march in Washington to demand racial justice amid NFL protests

Several thousand people march in Washington to demand racial justice in the US days after professional athletes across the nation challenged President Donald Trump’s derogatory remarks against players that sat down during the national anthem to protest police brutality against African-Americans. The Saturday protest rally came as the country was facing a period of growing racial tensions amid an escalating …

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Netanyahu glosses over Israeli role in Kurdish secession bid

Netanyahu glosses over Israeli role in Kurdish secession bid

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denied Turkey’s accusation that the regime was involved in a recent controversial secession referendum in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a televised speech in the eastern city of Erzurum on Saturday that Israel’s Mossad spy agency had played a role in the Kurdish bid for secession. “This shows …

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Stars join calls for ban on UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Stars join calls for ban on UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Bill Nighy, Ian McEwan and Coldplay are among stars calling on Britain to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia which they say are responsible for “unspeakable suffering” in Yemen. At the start of the Conservative party conference, when the government is expected to push the case for free trade, the musicians, actors and authors have signed an open letter, co-ordinated …

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