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Israel to Free 200 African Migrants Awaiting Deportation

Israel will release about 200 jailed African migrants in the absence of a final deal to deport them and thousands more Eritrean and Sudanese men who entered the country illegally, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday. The government has been trying to finalize an agreement with Uganda to take in the migrants, who came into Israel on foot through the Egyptian border over the past decade. Most of the 200 men set for release were sent to a desert prison in recent months to await deportation to… Read Full Article

Trump Contends FBI Chief He Fired Should Be Jailed

U.S. President Donald Trump contended Sunday that James Comey, the FBI director he fired who has written a scathing new book on the Trump presidency, should be imprisoned, claiming that he revealed classified information and lied to Congress. Trump unleashed a new broadside on Comey hours ahead of a widely publicized television interview with the former chief of the country's top law enforcement agency. Comey's book, "A Higher Loyalty," is set for publication Tuesday and has already soared to… Read Full Article

Huge Rally in Barcelona to Demand Jailed Separatists Go Free

Hundreds of thousands of Catalan separatists rallied in downtown Barcelona on Sunday to demand the release of high-profile secessionist leaders being held in pre-trial detention. Protesters waved Catalan separatist flags behind a huge banner that read "for rights and liberties, for democracy and unity, we want them back home!" The demonstration was organized by two pro-independence grassroots groups, the National Catalan Assembly and Omnium, whose presidents are among the nine separatists… Read Full Article

France Urges Russia to Join Peace Push After Syria Strike

France is urging Russia to join in renewed peace efforts after Western missile strikes on Syria aimed at punishing Bashar Assad for an alleged chemical attack, while the Syrian leader was said to have appeared unfazed Sunday in a meeting with Russian politicians.   The U.S., France and Britain launched dozens of airstrikes early Saturday at sites they said were linked to a chemical weapons program. Assad and his close ally, Russia, have denied government forces ever used such weapons.  … Read Full Article

Facebook Fuels Broad Privacy Debate by Tracking Non-Users

Concern about Facebook Inc's respect for data privacy is widening to include the information it collects about non-users, after Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said the world's largest social network tracks people whether they have accounts or not. Privacy concerns have swamped Facebook since it acknowledged last month that information about millions of users wrongly ended up in the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, a firm that has counted U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016… Read Full Article

Annual Arab Summit Focuses on Syria, Palestinians

Arab leaders gathered for the 29th annual Arab summit in the Saudi town of Dhahran, amid discussion about the catastrophic condition of many regional states.  Those leaders present focused on the regional conflict with Iran, the internal conflict in Yemen, the brutal and bloody civil war in Syria, political and military divisions in Libya and the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  Jordan's King Abdullah gave a brief summary of the key issues facing the Arab region,… Read Full Article

Somaliland poet jailed for Somalia reunification poetry

Pressure groups in Somaliland say poet Nacima Qorane's basic human rights have been violated.

Simulated Chemical Incident Part of Jordan-US Military Drill

The United States and Jordan have launched a 12-day military exercise with scenarios ranging from border security to counter-terrorism and for the first time a simulated chemical incident. The Eager Lion drill started Sunday, a day after the U.S., France and Britain launched missiles at Syrian military targets in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus a week ago.   Maj. Gen. Jon Mott, the director of Exercises and Training at the U.S. Central Command, told reporters… Read Full Article

Pope Deeply Disturbed by Lack of Efforts to Bring Peace to Syria

Pope Francis called on world leaders on Sunday to renew efforts to bring peace to Syria, saying he was deeply troubled by their failure to agree on a joint plan to end the bloodshed. "I appeal again to all the political leaders, so that justice and peace prevail," he said in his weekly address to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square. "I am deeply disturbed by the current world situation, in which, despite the tools available to the international community, it is difficult to agree on… Read Full Article

Britain: No Additional Syria Strikes for Now

Britain's foreign secretary says there are no plans to launch additional military strikes against Syria but his country and its allies will consider further action if Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons against his people in the future. "There is no proposal on the table at the moment for further attacks because so far, thank heavens, the Assad regime have not been so foolish as to launch another chemical weapons attack," Boris Johnson told the BBC. The U.S., France and… Read Full Article