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Erdogan’s gender inequality comments at women’s rights conference spark outrage

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Turkey’s president says men and women cannot be equal, and that feminists don’t understand motherhood. Recep Tayyip Erdogan caused widespread offence with his comments at a conference on women’s rights in Ankara. “You cannot make women and men equal; this is against nature,” Erdogan stated on Monday. “You cannot subject a pregnant woman to the same working conditions as a man. You cannot... 

Heavy flooding kills at least 35 in southern Morocco

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A car is carried away by flood waters in the southern region of Ouarzazate in Morocco, November 22, 2014. At least 35 people have been killed in a flooding in Morocco while 214 others have been rescued, the country’s Interior Ministry says. The southern province of Guelmim which was worst affected by the floods, accounted for 24 of the fatalities, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The... 

Iranian scientists produce crocin from saffron

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Iran produces crocin from saffron Iranian scientists have developed a novel method that could provide extraction of crocin from saffron for the first time. The researchers produced crocin by cell culture method at the laboratory level at Iran’s National Nutrition and Food Technology Research Institute (NNFTRI). Crocin, which is a natural carotenoid chemical compound, is responsible for the color... 

3 US & 1 UK rabbis killed, 8 injured in attack at Jerusalem synagogue

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Four people have been killed and at least 8 wounded when two assailants attacked worshipers with knives, axes and a pistol in a synagogue in North Jerusalem in the morning. Three of the victims were dual nationality US citizens and one was from the UK. Israeli police say both attackers were shot dead on the spot by officers. Spokeswoman Luba Samri described the incident as a “terrorist attack,”... 

Turkish President claims Muslims ‘discovered America’, not Christopher Columbus

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the Muslim faith was “widespread” in America before the arrival of Columbus in the 15th century, and insists that a massive mosque should be erected in Havana, despite the city’s refusal to grant a building permit. “The religion of Islam was widespread before Columbus,” the longtime Turkish leader told the audience at the first ever... 

US Navy deploys laser weapon to Persian Gulf for first-ever combat mission

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The amphibious transport dock ship USS Ponce The US Navy has deployed its first ever combat laser. The futuristic weapon has boosted the arsenal of the Fifth Fleet’s command vessel in the Persian Gulf. The laser is said to be effective against numerous small targets, such as Iran’s gunboats. A 30-kilowatt-class Laser Weapon System has been equipped on the USS Ponce amphibious transport ship since... 

Israeli settlers ‘set fire’ to West Bank mosque

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Israeli settlers have overnight set on fire a mosque near the West Bank town of Ramallah, according to Palestinian security officials. “The settlers set fire to the whole of the first floor of the mosque” in the village of Al-Mughayir, near the Shilo Jewish settlement, the officials said, as cited by AFP. A group of Palestinian worshippers who came to the mosque for their morning prayer... 

Israel to extend its laws into West Bank

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A bill that would extend all Israel’s new laws onto the Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank has been approved by the Israeli ministerial committee. Some ministers however criticized this attempt to annex another part of Palestinian territory. According to the new bill approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday, the Israeli laws would be applied through a military decree... 

Israel minister quits over Netanyahu’s policies

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Israel’s Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz has announced his resignation after sharply criticizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his extremist policies. Peretz formally submitted his resignation to Israeli Justice Minister and Hatnuah party leader Tzipi Livnion Sunday. His resignation will go into affect on Tuesday, November 11. The announcement comes shortly after Peretz accused... 

US sends team to Israel to learn war tactics

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The top US Army official says the United States is learning from Israel’s tactics on how to limit civilian casualties in a war, despite the international outcry over the regime’s brutality in Gaza. Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday that the Pentagon has sent a team to see what lessons could be learned from the recent Israeli invasion of Gaza on how... 

EU slams Israel new settlement plans

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The European Union’s new foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, has slammed the Israeli regime for its new plans to continue illegal settlement expansion on the occupied Palestinian lands. Mogherini made the remarks on Friday in a joint press conference with Israeli Minister for Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman in al-Quds (Jerusalem) during her first visit to the occupied region as the EU’s... 

ISIL terrorists auction Izadi blue and green eyed girls as slaves in Iraq

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A new shocking video has emerged online showing the ISIL Takfiri terrorists negotiating about the price of captured girls from Iraq’s minority Izadi community at a “slave market.” “Today is the slave market day,” an ISIL terrorist tells the audience during the video clip, adding that each militant will get “his share.” The footage also shows Takfiri terrorists, who are believed to be... 

US-Israeli Relations Sunk to New Lows, Resorts to Insults

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US-Israeli relations have sunk to new lows after Obama administration officials were cited calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit” and “coward” engaging in political posturing, instead of efforts at Middle-Eastern de-escalation. The comments were delivered in a conversation with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg on condition of anonymity. To many they symbolize the... 

Saudi activists set to defy no-women driving law

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Activists in Saudi Arabia are set to defy a no-women driving law by getting behind the wheel amid warnings of punishment by officials. Saudi activists are encouraging women to drive themselves in public on Sunday on the anniversary of an October 26 campaign last year by female drivers in defiance of a driving ban in the kingdom. In recent weeks, campaigners have been pushing on social media for women... 

King Tut’s parents were brother and sister claims virtual autopsy

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The boy king’s face as revealed by the ‘virtual autopsy’. With strong features cast in burnished gold, Tutankhamun’s burial mask projects an image of majestic beauty and royal power. But in the flesh, King Tut had buck teeth, a club foot and girlish hips, according to the most detailed examination ever of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh’s remains. And rather than being a boy king... 
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