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Ghosn's Japan Lawyer: Questioning Averaged 7 Hours a Day

A lawyer for former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn, who fled to Lebanon while awaiting trial in Japan, said his client was questioned an average of seven hours a day without a lawyer present.

Takashi Takano said on his blog post the questioning continued through weekends, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Lebanon among 7 Countries Lose Vote in UN General Assembly over Arrears

The United Nations says seven countries are so far behind in paying their dues that they are losing their voting privileges in the 193-member General Assembly, including Venezuela and Lebanon.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Friday that three other countries — Comoros, Sao Tome and Principe and Somalia — are also in arrears by the assembly decided in October that they can retain their vote until September.

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Fugitive Ghosn Brings Global Attention to Japanese Justice

Though former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn is unlikely to stand trial in a real court, he has made himself a key witness in putting Japan's justice system on trial.

In his first public appearance after fleeing to Lebanon, Ghosn lambasted what he called unfair detention and bail conditions, saying he was presumed guilty and had "zero chance" of a fair trial in a system rigged against him.

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Trump Says No Casualties in Iran Attack on U.S. Bases

U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday Iran appeared to be "standing down" after missile strikes on U.S. troop bases in Iraq that resulted in no American or Iraqi deaths.

"All of our soldiers are safe and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases. Our great American forces are prepared for anything," he said in an address to the nation from the White House.

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Ghosn Says Lebanon 'Only Country' that Has Stood by Him, Apologizes for Israel Trip

Fugitive auto tycoon Carlos Ghosn vowed Wednesday to clear his name as he made his first public appearance since skipping bail in Japan.

"I'm here to clear my name," he said at a news conference in Beirut where he arrived nearly two weeks ago after escaping from Japan where he was facing trial for financial misconduct.

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Aoun Hopes Tensions Won't Spread to Lebanon

President Michel Aoun says the country is working to prevent rising tensions in the region from affecting stability at home.

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Iran Guard Leader Threatens to 'Set Ablaze' U.S.-Backed Areas

The leader of Iran's Revolutionary Guard threatened on Tuesday to "set ablaze" places supported by the United States over the killing of a top Iranian general in a U.S. airstrike last week, sparking cries from the crowd of supporters of "Death to Israel!"

Hossein Salami made the pledge before a crowd of thousands gathered in a central square in Kerman, the hometown of the slain Gen. Qassem Soleimani. His vow mirrored the demands of top Iranian officials — from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to others — as well as supporters across the Islamic Republic, demanding retaliation against America for a slaying that's drastically raised tensions across the Middle East.

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56 Dead, Over 200 Hurt in Stampede at Soleimani Funeral

A stampede broke out Tuesday at a funeral for a top Iranian general killed in a U.S. airstrike, and at least 56 people were killed and more than 200 were injured as thousands thronged the procession, Iranian news reports said.

The stampede took place in Kerman, the hometown of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, as the procession began, said the semi-official Fars and ISNA news agencies, citing Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran's emergency medical services.

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Weeping, Khamenei Prays over Soleimani's Remains

Weeping amid wails from a crowd of hundreds of thousands of mourners, Iran's supreme leader on Monday prayed over the remains of a top Iranian general killed in a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad, an attack that's drastically raised tensions between Tehran and Washington.

The assault killing Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani already has seen his replacement vow to take revenge as Tehran has abandoned the remaining limits of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers in response to the slaying. Separately, Iraq's parliament has called for the expulsion of all American troops from Iraqi soil.

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Qassem Says U.S. Did 'Very Stupid Act' by Killing Soleimani

Hizbullah deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem said Sunday that the United States carried out a "very stupid act" by killing top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.

Qassem made his comments after paying a visit to the Iranian embassy in Beirut where he paid condolences.

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