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Afghanistan's 'King of the North'

Aka, the 'King of the North', Atta Mohammad Noor is one of the most famous politicians in Afghanistan since his refusal to step down as governor of Balkh province. President Ashraf Ghani is signalling Noor's candidacy in the next year's presidential elect

Abbas Milani: Bahais & Iran

Iran and India sign deal to deepen relations

Al Jazeera:Iran and India have inked nine agreements, including leasing part of the Iranian port of Chabahar to an Indian company, after "substantive" bilateral talks between the Indian prime minister and the Iranian president in New Delhi. "We had detailed discussions on ways to further deepen cooperation between India and Iran," Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Saturday, after...

Netanyahu warns Iran over drone

A tense exchange unfolded at a major security conference in Munich on Sunday, when Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once again scolded Iran, which he described as the largest threat to Middle East security. Holding up a component from what he said was an Iranian drone, Netanyahu warned Tehran not to test Israel's resolve. Iran responded by accusing Israel of being the main ...

Fareed Zakaria: White House is wrong on Iran

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria says that the Trump administration’s strategy to double down on its anti-Iran stance and subcontracting Middle East foreign policy to Israel and Saudi Arabia is not working.

Aseman Airlines plane crash kills 66 in central Iran

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has ordered an investigation into a plane crash that killed 66 people. The Aseman Airlines jet disappeared from radar 50 minutes after leaving the capital, Tehran. It was travelling to Yasuj, in the southwest of Iran. Heavy fog and rugged terrain has hindered rescue efforts so far. Al Jazeera's Mohamad El Bardicy reports.

North Korean children playing guitars (Very Creepy)

Darwin Day: The evolution of human morality

Humanists UK: For the 2018 Darwin Day Lecture in central London, evolutionary psychologist Dr. Diana S Fleischman gave a stirring talk on the origins of human morality, the weaknesses of our evolved morality, and new horizons for the future human ethics. She was chaired by theoretical physicist and Humanists UK Vice President Professor Jim Al-Khalili.

Republican Lawmakers Refuse to Adopt Gun Control Despite 200 School Shootings Since Sandy Hook

Democracy Now - Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, there have been 200 school shootings. But on Capitol Hill and in many state legislatures, Republican lawmakers have blocked efforts to enact gun control. Wednesday’s shooting in Florida comes just days after President Trump released his budget, which proposes cutting millions of dollars from...

Why Europe should defy Trump on Iran

Centre for European Policy Studies: Rather than try to placate the Trump administration by re-opening discussions on an international agreement that has already proved its worth, the EU should make common cause with China and Russia and push back diplomatically to keep the Iran nuclear deal intact. The author argues that the EU would do well to buttress the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action ...

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