Pope Francis, making the first trip by a pontiff to Iraq, made an impassioned call on Friday for an end to the militant violence, fratricide and religious strife that has plagued the country for decades, saying peacemakers should finally be given a chance.
Pope urges Iraqis to shun past violence and give peace a chance
At least 10 rockets slammed into a military base in western Iraq hosting US-led coalition troops on Wednesday, security sources said, leaving one civilian contractor dead.
One dead in rocket attack on Iraq base hosting foreign troops
The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said on Wednesday she launched a formal probe into alleged crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories, a move strongly opposed by Israel.
ICC opens war crimes probe in Palestinian territories
Kuwait’s new cabinet was sworn in Wednesday, state-run media reported, weeks after the government quit amid a deepening deadlock with Parliament that has blocked badly needed reforms in the tiny oil-rich Persian Gulf Arab state.
Kuwait swears in new government amid dispute over reforms
The commander of the Iranian Border Police called on neighboring Iraq to take stronger actions to combat trafficking of arms and ammunition to Iran.
Iran’s Border Police urge Iraq to take stronger actions against arms trafficking
Iran called on “war enablers” to commit to stop selling arms and ammunition that are used just to claim innocent lives and further level the already destroyed properties in the war-torn Yemen.
Iran urges halt to sale of arms used in Yemen war
A media advocacy group has filed a criminal complaint with a German prosecutor accusing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and top aides of committing crimes against humanity in the killing of Washington Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
Media watchdog: Saudi crown prince committed crimes against humanity in Khashoggi murder
A coalition of UK aid agencies warned Monday that the COVID-19 pandemic is worsening the “dire humanitarian” crisis in fragile states and raising the risk of famine, including in Yemen.
UK aid charities warn of famine as COVID-19 hits poorer nations
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi expressed “serious concern” about the presence of Takfiri terrorist groups in the Nagorno-Karabakh region – the scene of recent deadly clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Iran seriously concerned over presence of Takfiri terrorists in Karabakh

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