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Azhar: Sexual harassment haram

CAIRO: Egypt’s highest Sunni Muslim authority has said there can be no justification for sexual harassment, in a country where many people often blame women themselves for the widespread problems…

UN court has jurisdiction in Iran sanctions case, US says

Washington cites security concerns in its first legal response THE HAGUE: The United States told UN judges yesterday they had no jurisdiction to rule on Tehran’s demand for them to…

UN points to possible ‘war crimes’ in Yemen

GENEVA: All sides in Yemen’s bloody conflict may have committed war crimes, UN investigators said yesterday, highlighting deadly air strikes, rampant sexual violence, and the recruitment of young children as…

After driving ban ends, Saudi women taste thrill of speed

 Donning a helmet inside a pearl silver sports sedan, Rana Almimoni skids and drifts around a Riyadh park, engine roaring, tyres screeching and clouds of dust billowing from the…

Iran claims full control of Gulf; Israel working on new missiles

TEHRAN/ JERUSALEM: Iran has full control of the Gulf and the US Navy does not belong there, the head of the navy of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, General Alireza Tangsiri, was…

Moroccans mobilize for gang-raped teen

RABAT: Hundreds of Moroccans have signed a petition urging authorities to provide urgent medical and psychological care to a teenage girl who says she was gang-raped. Khadija Okkarou, in a…

Tehran urges UN court to halt ‘economic strangulation’ by US

Iran demands an end to US nuclear-linked sanctions THE HAGUE: Iran yesterday demanded the UN’s top court suspend US nuclear-linked sanctions against Tehran, accusing Washington of plotting its “economic strangulation”.…

Turkish mothers’ protest banned

ISTANBUL: Turkey banned a weekly rally staged since the mid-1990s by mothers protesting against the disappearance of their sons and relatives on the grounds that it had been exploited by…

Palestinians see US ‘liquidating’ their just cause

JERUSALEM: US President Donald Trump’s cut of more than $200 million in aid for Gaza and the West Bank is the latest in a series of steps Palestinian leaders say…

Iraqi grandmother faces daily battle caring for 22 kids

MOSUL: More than a year since the Islamic State group’s expulsion from Mosul, Sana Ibrahim bears daily hardship to look after her 22 grandchildren, after losing five family members during…

Two dead, 255 injured in Iran earthquake

TEHRAN: A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck western Iran near the border with Iraq early yesterday, killing two people and injuring more than 250, officials said. The shallow quake hit 26…

Iranian parliament removes finance minister

Economic situation worsening amid sharp fall in rial TEHRAN: Iran’s parliament sacked the minister of economic affairs and finance yesterday, state media said, amid a sharp fall in the rial…