Society

Authorities block colours festival in southern Iraq - 08/08/2015

BASRA, IRAQ- Authorities blocked a colours festival in southern Iraq, using concrete barriers to close off the park where it was to be held, an AFP journalist reported. The festival in the port city...

UAE to try 41 on charges of seeking 'caliphate' - 08/02/2015

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, Taieb Mahjoub- The United Arab Emirates is to try 41 people for allegedly seeking to overthrow the government to set up an Islamic State group-style caliphate in the...

Facebook ready to test Internet-beaming drones - 07/31/2015

MENLO PARK, UNITED STATES, Sophie Estienne- Facebook on Thursday said it is ready to begin test flights of a high-altitude drone designed to provide Internet access to remote locations of the world....

Morocco arrests two over anti-gay beating - 07/02/2015

RABAT, MOROCCO- Moroccan police said Wednesday that two suspects have been arrested after a crowd attacked a presumed homosexual in public because of his appearance. "Two suspects have been arrested...

Alabama lowers Confederate flag after Charleston massacre - 06/25/2015

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES, Robert Macpherson- The Confederate battle flag was taken down Wednesday outside Alabama's state legislature as Americans increasingly shun the Civil War-era symbol after...

Charleston church reopens in triumph over 'Devil' massacre - 06/23/2015

CHARLESTON, UNITED STATES, Robert Macpherson- The historic black South Carolina church where a white gunman murdered nine African Americans held its first service since the massacre on Sunday, an...

Medium killed, tomb desecrated in latest Brazil attacks - 06/20/2015

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL- A well-known medium popular with the stars was killed and the tomb of another was desecrated Friday in the latest wave of violence targeting spiritualists in several days in...

Morocco kiss trial resumes as debate on gay law rages - 06/17/2015

RABAT, MOROCCO, Guillaume Klein- The trial of two men arrested for kissing in public resumed Tuesday in Morocco, where a string of recent controversies has reignited debate over homosexuality in the...

Journalist denies claim that Snowden files breached - 06/16/2015

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES- A journalist who published the first reports from Edward Snowden's leaked documents offered a detailed rebuttal Monday to allegations that Russian and Chinese spies...

Pope creates first Palestinian saints - 05/18/2015

VATICAN CITY, HOLY SEE, Laure Brumont- Two 19th-century nuns on Sunday became the first Palestinians to gain sainthood during an open-air mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St Peter's Square attended...
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