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    Romina Ashrafi: 'Honour killing' sparks outcry in Iran

    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has requested his cabinet to speed up harsher laws in so-called "honour killings" amid a social media outcry over the murder of a 14-year-old girl by her father. Rouhani pushed on Wednesday for speedy adoption of relevant bills, some of which have apparently shuttled for years among various decision-making bodies in Iran. More: How can we stop honour killings?

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    Passengers of downed Ukrainian plane in 'state of panic' before attack: Official

    Passengers on the downed Ukrainian flight over Iran were in a state of “panic” before the plane was hit by missiles from the Iranian military in January, according to a Ukrainian forensics head. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down the Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 on January 8, killing all 176 onboard. Iran admitted to downing the plane after days of denying responsibility and insisting the plane crashed due to a “technical failure.”

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    Pompeo declares Hong Kong 'no longer autonomous' from China

    United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has notified the US Congress that the Trump administration no longer regards Hong Kong as autonomous from mainland China. Wednesday's notification to lawmakers sets the stage for the US to withdraw preferential trade and financial status that the former British colony has enjoyed since it reverted to Chinese rule in 1997.

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    Coronavirus: UAE sees drop in daily numbers, records 563 new cases

    The United Arab Emirates saw a drop in its daily numbers on Thursday with 563 new coronavirus cases confirmed over the past 24 hours, raising the total to 32,532, according to the Ministry of Health and Prevention. Read the latest coronavirus updates in our dedicated section. The country had been recording around 700-900 new daily cases since the government eased restrictions earlier this month.

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    Watch: Zarif asleep during Rouhani speech at new parliament opening session

    Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif appeared to be sleeping as President Hassan Rouhani was delivering a speech in the opening session of Iran’s new parliament on Wednesday, according to a video shared by an Iranian state television. Last Update: 18:13 KSA 21:13 - GMT 18:13

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    India: A toddler waking dead mother highlights migrants' misery

    A viral video clip shared on social media showing a toddler trying to wake his dead mother lying on a railway platform in the eastern city of Muzaffarpur has shocked Indians. According to local media reports, the family of Arbina Khatoon said she died of hunger and dehydration, highlighting the suffering migrant workers have endured due to the coronavirus lockdown. Local police, however, said that she died of illness.

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    Qatar Airways to resume flights to 80 destinations by June

    Qatar Airways says it plans to fly a summer schedule to more than 80 destinations worldwide. It has been one of the few airlines to continue regular, scheduled flights during the global lockdowns to contain the novel coronavirus, maintaining services to about 30 destinations. More: British Airways parent IAG taps UK government funds for help Qatar Airways to cut 'substantial' number of jobs over pandemic Thousands at United Airlines could lose jobs in October: Report The Doha-based airline made ...