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June 17, 2018 9:04 PM Egypt goalkeeper declines beer-sponsored World Cup award

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – An Egypt team official has confirmed goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy declined to receive a player of the match trophy at the World Cup for religious reasons. The trophy, an artistic red goblet, is sponsored by Budweiser. Islam prohibits the consumption of alcohol. Egypt team director Ihab Leheta told The Associated Press on Sunday 31

May 31, 2018 12:54 PM Susan Rice's son is outspoken pro-Trump GOP leader at Stanford

John David Rice-Cameron, the son of Susan Rice, is an outspoken pro-Trump, conservative leader at Stanford University. (Reuters/Courtesy of John David Rice-Cameron) One of Stanford University’s most vocal conservative leaders, who is determined to “Make Stanford Great Again,” is the son of controversial Obama administration official Susan Rice. John David 62

April 23, 2018 6:41 PM Director Oliver Stone in Iran for movie festival

Director Oliver Stone in Iran for movie festival American movie director Oliver Stone was Iran on Monday attending an international film festival. Stone hosted a workshop for filmmakers during the Fajr Film Festival and planned to hold a news conference on Wednesday, Iranian media reported. French actor Jean-Pierre Léaud and Italian producer Giovanni 29

April 8, 2018 10:13 AM The Latest: Russia denies reports of Syrian chemical attack

Russia's military is rejecting claims that Syrian government forces used chemical weapons in an attack on the rebel-held town of Douma. Maj. Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko was quoted by Russian news agencies on Sunday as saying Russia was prepared to "promptly send Russian specialists in radiation, chemical and biological protection to Douma after its liberation 40

April 4, 2018 5:42 PM Report: Supporter of Sufi leader sentenced to death

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency is reporting that a supporter of a Sufi Islam leader who rammed a bus into a group of policemen, killing three and injuring 30 before being arrested, has been sentenced to death. The incident in Tehran took place during February clashes between the Sufi leader's followers and police. Mohammad Salas 30

April 1, 2018 10:06 AM Small number of rebels start to leave Syria's Douma

BEIRUT – Syrian state media says a faction of rebels besieged in eastern Ghouta has agreed to depart for northern Syria. The SANA news agency says Faylaq al-Rahman fighters have started to leave the town of Douma for the rebel-held province of Idlib. Faylaq al-Rahman did not have a major presence in Douma, the last town still held by rebels in the northeast 31

March 18, 2018 10:00 PM Rep. Keith Ellison, under fire for Farrakhan ties, claims he hasn't seen the controversial leader since 2013

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., said Sunday that he had not met with or spoken to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan since 2013 -- despite the anti-Semitic minister's claim that the congressman visited him in Farrakhan's Washington D.C. suite more recently. Ellison, the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, wrote in a blog post on Medium 36

March 14, 2018 6:16 PM Civilians needing medical aid leave Syria's Ghouta for second day

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Civilians in need of medical treatment left Syria’s besieged eastern Ghouta enclave for the second straight day on Wednesday under a medical evacuation agreement, a rebel official said. Yasser Delwan, head of political affairs with the Jaish al-Islam rebel faction in eastern Ghouta, said around 25 patients had left the enclave on Wednesday 32

March 5, 2018 3:57 PM Al-Qaida-linked group releases photo of Burkina Faso bomber

DAKAR, Senegal – The al-Qaida-linked extremist group based in Mali that claimed responsibility for Friday's attacks that killed eight people in Burkina Faso's capital has released a photo that it says is of a suicide bomber before he detonated his vehicle at the army headquarters. SITE Intelligence Group says the militant group Jama Nusrat Ul-Islam wa Al-Muslimin 24

February 23, 2018 9:25 PM US to open new embassy in Jerusalem in May

The US Department of State has said that a new American embassy in Jerusalem will open in May. The opening of the mission will coincide with Israel's 70th anniversary, the statement said. The announcement brings forward the controversial plan, announced by President Trump in December, by at least a year. A senior Palestinian official, Saeb Erekat, called 42