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Facebook used to trade and sell maids in the Middle East, prompting threat

Facebook used to trade and sell maids in the Middle East, prompting threat

A facebook investigation found domestic workers frequently complained of being locked in their homes, starved, unpaid, and repeatedly sold.

  • by Jim Gomez and Jon Gambrell

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Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia pledges net-zero emissions by 2060

Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia pledges net-zero emissions by 2060

The announcement from the major fossil fuel producer was timed to make a splash before the start of the global COP26 climate conference being held in Glasgow, Scotland.

  • by Aya Batrawy
Skewed money exchange means aid donors help finance Syrian regime: report

Skewed money exchange means aid donors help finance Syrian regime: report

The currency manipulation deprives impoverished Syrians of much-needed funds and allows Bashar al-Assad to circumvent sanctions for atrocities enforced by Western countries.

  • by Sarah El Deeb
Syria says it executed dozens of ‘terrorists’ for igniting deadly wildfires

Syria says it executed dozens of ‘terrorists’ for igniting deadly wildfires

President Bashar Assad’s hometown of Qardaha in Latakia province was hard hit by the fires.

Robot artist detained in Egypt over spying fears

Robot artist detained in Egypt over spying fears

Some people took the opportunity to note the robot fared better than thousands of people, including lawyers and journalists, trying to enter or leave Egypt.

  • by Ellen Francis
Diver discovers ancient crusader sword off Israeli coast

Diver discovers ancient crusader sword off Israeli coast

Encrusted in shells, the metre-long weapon lay hidden for 900 years near the old city of Haifa until it was revealed by shifting sandbanks.

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Explosion at mosque in Afghan city of Kandahar causes heavy casualties

Explosion at mosque in Afghan city of Kandahar causes heavy casualties

Suicide bombers attacked a Shiite mosque packed with worshippers attending Friday prayers in southern Afghanistan, killing at least 47 people and wounding 70, a Taliban official said.

  • by Gibran Naiyyar Peshimam
In Beirut, deadly tensions flare amid anger over port blast probe

In Beirut, deadly tensions flare amid anger over port blast probe

The Iran-backed Hezbollah accuses a Christian party of attacking its supporters, who were gathering to demand the removal of the judge investigating last year’s port blast.

  • by Maha El Dahan, Tom Perry and Laila Bassam
Israeli archaeologists discover ancient winemaking complex

Israeli archaeologists discover ancient winemaking complex

Researchers estimate the facility, which dates back some 1500 years, could produce about 2 million litres of wine a year.

  • by Tsafrir Abayov
Oil tank fire in southern Lebanon contained, energy minister says
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Oil tank fire in southern Lebanon contained, energy minister says

The blaxe is the latest blow to a nation grappling with a deep economic crisis and crippling fuel and power shortages.

  • by Mahmoud Mourad