US President Donald Trump gave a minute-to-minute account of the US drone strikes that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in remarks to a Republican fund-raising dinner on Friday night, according to audio obtained by CNN. With his typical dramatic flourish, Trump recounted the scene as he monitored the strikes from the White House Situation Room when Soleimani was killed. The president spoke in a ballroom at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, at a Republican event that raised $10 million for Trump's 2020 re-election campaign and for the Republican National Committee.
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Iran will send the flight recorders of the Ukrainian passenger plane that its military shot down earlier this month to Ukraine, Tasnim news agency reported on Saturday. The Iranian authorities are also prepared for experts from France, Canada and the United States to examine the data from the recorders, the semi-official news agency said. More: 'Funeral for public trust': New crisis in Iran after plane crash Iranians bury victims from downed Ukrainian plane Why did Iran lie about shooting down the Ukrainian plane? All 176 people on board the plane were killed when the Ukrainian International Airlines flight was shot down on January 8 shortly after takeoff from Tehran en route to the Ukrainian
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Indigenous leaders in Brazil say they are fighting to preserve their land and culture. They have been meeting in the Amazon region for four days to find a way to counter President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policies, which they say are devastating their communities. Al Jazeera's Katia Lopez Hodayan reports.
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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The tropical Maldives may lose entire islands unless it can quickly access cheap financing to fight the impact of climate change, its foreign minister said. The archipelago's former president Mohamed Nasheed famously held a cabinet meeting underwater to draw attention to submerging land and global warming a decade ago. Yet the Maldives, best known for its white sands and palm-fringed atolls that draw luxury holiday-makers, has struggled to find money to build critical infrastructure like sea-walls. “For small states, it is not easy,” Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid told Reuters in New Delhi. “By the time the financing is obtained, we may be underwater.” At the U.N. climate
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Teenager Asha Charti Karki told her parents she was going out to study, but instead, she ran off to wed her boyfriend - one of a growing number of Nepali teenagers who are marrying young by choice. "There were rumours about us in the village and I had fights at home. I felt I had no choice but to run away," Karki told AFP news agency at her home in the western district of Surkhet. More: 'Child marriage is real: it almost happened to me' Child brides: How old is too young to marry? Too Young to Wed: Child Marriage in Bangladesh Nepal has one of the world's highest rates of child marriage even though the practice was banned about 50 years ago and the legal marrying age is 20. Some 50 percent of
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Saudi Arabia has ordered the retrial of Egyptian engineer Ali Abul Qasim, who was sentenced to death in 2017 over charges that he had smuggled drugs into the country. Egypt's top prosecutor called his Saudi counterpart on Friday, thanking him for the step and expressing hope for the continuation of joint cooperation between the Saudi and Egyptian prosecutions to achieve justice and pursue matters of mutual concern. Egypt and Saudi Arabia's public prosecutors met last November in Riyadh and reviewed the Egyptian engineer's case, as well as other issues of judicial cooperation between the two countries. Qasim has lived in Saudi Arabia since 2007, where he facilitated customs procedures related
An Iranian chess referee who has been accused of violating her country's dress code while adjudicating a women's tournament said that she does not want to return home from Russia out of fear for her safety. Shohreh Bayat, 32, told Reuters she would not travel back to her homeland unless she was given security guarantees in writing from Iran's chess federation. “I really hope they will provide me something to ensure I will be safe if I come back to Iran,” said Bayat, who is in Russia's far eastern city of Vladivostok as chief referee at the Women's World Chess Championship. The Iran Chess Federation could not immediately be reached for comment.