Shipwreck in Italy: After a tragedy, no peace for the dead or the living

CNN — Two weeks after a boat full of migrants sank off the coast of southern Italy, there is still no peace for the living or the dead, and the missing – mostly children – continue to s wash up on the beaches. The latest – a girl aged five or six – was discovered … Read more

Poisoning of schoolgirls: Iran arrests more than 100 people

CNN — Iran has arrested more than 100 people “in connection with” the alleged poisoning of hundreds of schoolgirls across the country, according to state news agency IRNA. Citing a statement from Iran’s Interior Ministry, IRNA said the people had been “identified, arrested and investigated” in several cities, including the capital Tehran. “Initial investigations show … Read more

Siamak Namazi: American imprisoned in Iran appeals for Biden’s help

CNN — The longest-held US prisoner in Iran has made a moving plea to US President Joe Biden to put the “freedom of innocent Americans above politics” and step up his efforts to secure his release, in an interview without precedent with CNN from Iran’s infamous Evin prison. “I remain deeply concerned that the White … Read more

Teachers protest suspected poisoning of schoolgirls in Iran

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian teachers staged protests in several cities on Tuesday over suspected poisonings targeting hundreds of schoolgirls. Security forces dispersed several of the protests using water cannons and tear gas, activists said. Meanwhile, prosecutors have begun filing criminal charges against journalists, activists and others for their comments on the still-unsolved … Read more

Doctors, teacher and parents accuse Iranian government of silencing alleged poisoning victims

CNN — Iran has seen a spike in suspected poisoning attacks on girls’ schools across the country in recent days, according to official and semi-official media, as medical staff and teachers have accused government officials of trying to silence the victims. Iran has seen a wave of suspected poisoning attacks, almost entirely at girls’ schools, … Read more

Israelis step up protests against government legal reform

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israelis protesting a controversial government plan to overhaul the justice system were expected to step up their opposition on Wednesday, with large demonstrations and road closures expected in what protest leaders said of “National Disruption Day”. The protests come as the government moves forward with legal changes. A parliamentary committee … Read more

Earthquake in Turkey: nearly 200 people arrested for alleged poor construction

Istanbul, Turkey CNN — Nearly 200 people have been arrested for suspected poor construction following the catastrophic earthquake that hit Turkey earlier this month, Turkey’s Justice Ministry said. About 50,000 people were killed in Turkey and Syria after the February 6 earthquake. The ministry said 626 people were “suspicious” after buildings completely collapsed or were … Read more

Shamima Begum, who joined ISIS aged 15, loses appeal for British citizenship

London CNN — Shamima Begum, who left the UK to join ISIS aged 15, lost her appeal against the decision to strip her of British citizenship. Judge Robert Jay issued his decision on Wednesday after a five-day hearing in November. The decision does not determine whether Begum can return to the UK, but whether the … Read more

Calls for change in Iran reach even the Shiite heartland of Qom

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Iranian city of Qom is one of the country’s most important centers for Shia Muslim clerics, teeming with religious schools and revered shrines. But even here, some are quietly calling on Iran’s ruling theocracy to change its ways after months of protests rocking the country. To be clear: … Read more

Newborn baby saved from the earthquake in Syria adopted by his aunt

JINDERIS, Syria (AP) — A baby girl born under the rubble of her family’s home destroyed by the earthquake has left the hospital and walked to her new home, where she was on Monday with the family of her paternal aunt. The girl had been in hospital for hours after the February 6 earthquake. She … Read more