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  • Saudi Arabia to host 11th World Water Forum in 2027

    Saudi Arabia was on Friday appointed as the country to host the 11th water forum in 2027. The country was formally appointed during the closing ceremony of the 10th word water forum on Indonesia’s Bali. Under Indonesia’s chairmanship, the 10th World Water Forum had adopted a ministerial declaration that highlights three priorities. The first priority is the establishment of a center of…

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  • Iran’s late president Raisi to be buried in home city of Mashhad

    Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi, who died in a helicopter crash at the weekend, is to be buried in his home city of Mashhad on Thursday. Raisi is to be laid to rest at the city’s shrine of Imam Reza, the eighth imam of Shia Islam. High-ranking representatives of friendly states are expected to attend, including Russian parliamentary leader Vyacheslav Volodin.…

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  • Biden accuses Trump of using ‘Hitler’s language in newspaper mock-up

    U.S. President Joe Biden has accused his predecessor and likely election opponent Donald Trump of using Nazi rhetoric following the publication of a video referencing a “unified Reich.’’ Trump is using “Hitler’s language’’. That’s not America’s, Biden said in a campaign video released. In the short clip, the Democrat held a phone in his hand and said, referencing the video,…

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  • Millions attend funeral procession for Iran’s Raisi in Tehran

    Millions of mourners flocked to a funeral procession in Tehran on Wednesday after the death of Iranian President, Ebrahim Raisi, in a helicopter accident, footage from local media showed. The broadcaster showed the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, leading a prayer ceremony in front of the victim’s coffins. The procession then made its way from Tehran University towards Freedom…

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  • Iranian President Raisi’s memorial muted amid public discontent

    Thousands of Iranians turned out to mourn President Ebrahim Raisi in the city of Tabriz on Tuesday after he was killed in a helicopter crash near the Azerbaijan border at the weekend along with his foreign minister and seven others. State TV broadcast live images of mourners, many of them dressed in black, beating their chests while a truck covered…

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  • Israel recalls envoys from Norway, Ireland over Palestine recognition

    Israel is recalling its ambassadors from Norway and Ireland following the European countries’ drive to recognise Palestinian statehood, Israel’s foreign minister Israel Katz said on Wednesday. “I have instructed the immediate recall of Israel’s ambassadors to Ireland and Norway for consultations in light of these countries’ decisions to recognise a Palestinian state,” Katz said. “I’m sending a clear and unequivocal…

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  • 1 dead, more than 30 injured on turbulent Singapore Airlines flight

    Singapore Airlines reported that one person has died and more than 30 others have been injured in severe turbulence during a flight from London to Singapore. The Boeing 777-300ER departed from London on Monday and encountered severe turbulence en route. It had to be diverted to Bangkok where it landed on Tuesday, the airline said in a post on Facebook.…

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  • Foreign minister begins funeral ceremony for Iran’s president Raisi

    Funeral ceremonies has begun in Iran for president Ebrahim Raisi, foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and other victims of Sundays helicopter crash. State media reported that thousands of government supporters flocked to the start of the ceremony in the north-western city of Tabriz on Tuesday to bid farewell. According to the Tasnim news agency, further mourning ceremonies were planned in the…

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  • Trial of far-right German suspected coup plotters begins after delay

    The second and highest-profile trial of nine people linked to a far-right coup plot in Germany, including alleged ringleader Prince Heinrich XIII of Reuss, began on Tuesday after a delay. Originally scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m., the trial only started about 45 minutes later. A spokeswoman for the Frankfurt Higher Regional Court said the lawyers needed to speak to…

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  • Double grief as 3.7 magnitude Earthquake Hits Iran

    A 3.7 magnitude earthquake struck Malayer in the Hamedan province of western Iran on Monday, compounding the nation’s grief following the tragic death of President Ebrahim Raisi in an helicopter crash on Sunday. The earthquake, reported by the Seismological Centre of the Geophysics Institute of the University of Tehran, occurred at 08:20:52 local time at a depth of 10km. The…

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  • Reactions to Raisi’s death pour in from Arab world leaders, militias

    Numerous Arab countries expressed their condolences following the death of Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian in a helicopter crash. Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, writing on X, offered his sincere condolences to the government and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Also Egypt and Jordan had expressed solidarity with Iranians. Jordan’s King Abdullah II…

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  • Iran to hold memorial services for Raisi on Tuesday

    Memorial ceremonies for President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian are planned in Iran for Tuesday. Raisi, Amirabdollahian and seven senior Iranian officials died in a helicopter crash on Sunday. Local media reported that a ceremony is being planned in the provincial capital of Tabriz in the morning, followed by a ceremony in the religious stronghold and pilgrimage city…

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  • Top court bars ex-President Zuma from South African election

    South Africa’s highest Court on Monday ruled that former President Jacob Zuma cannot stand as a candidate in next week’s general election. The Constitutional Court ruled that Zuma’s sentence of more than 12 months in prison has disqualified him and made him ineligible to stand. His former party, the ruling African National Congress (ANC), suspended Zuma, 82, in January. He…

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  • ICC prosecutor seeks arrest warrants for Netanyahu and Hamas leaders

    The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has applied for arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas’s leader in Gaza for war crimes. Karim Khan said there were reasonable grounds to believe that both men bore criminal responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity from at least 7 October 2023. This breaking news story is…

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  • New Iran president emerges after Raisi’s death

    The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has declared Vice President Mohammad Mokhber as the country’s acting president, effective immediately. Khamenei also declared five days of national mourning to honour the victims of the helicopter crash which claimed the lives of Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, among others, in northern Iran’s East Azerbaijan province. According…

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  • Iran’s cabinet holds new emergency session after President’s death – State media

     The Iranian cabinet has convened a second emergency meeting in less than 24 hours following the confirmation of the death of President Ebrahim Raisi. Local media reported on Monday that the Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Mokhber had already chaired a meeting on Sunday evening after the helicopter went missing with nine people on board over Iran’s north-west. The report stated that…

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  • Iranian President Raisi dies after helicopter crash – Reports

    All nine people on board of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s helicopter which crashed in the country’s North-West have died, the media reported. Raisi and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian are among the nine dead, according to the report. On Monday morning, local media published images taken by a drone showing debris from what appears to be a completely destroyed aircraft…

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