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Iran Must Free Women Held over Veil Protests, UN Experts

A group of UN human rights experts on Friday called for the immediate release of three Iranian women given long jail terms for protesting laws compelling women to wear veils. 

The trio were charged after a video posted online showed them handing out flowers on Tehran's metro on March 8, International Women's Day, according to a statement co-signed by five United Nations special rapporteurs and another expert. 

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More Migrants Evacuated from Spanish Rescue Ship Open Arms

Several more migrants have been taken from the rescue vessel Open Arms for medical reasons to the Italian island of Lampedusa, the Spanish charity which operates the boat said Friday.

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AIPAC, Democrats Seethe as Israel Bars US Muslim Lawmakers

Israel's decision to bar two Muslim members of the US Congress drew strikingly sharp criticism from several allies to the Jewish state, including top Democratic lawmakers, presidential hopefuls and influential pro-Israel lobby AIPAC.

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Sudan to Launch Historic Transition to Civilian Rule

Sudan's military rulers and protest leaders on Saturday are scheduled to sign a landmark deal reached after a bloody uprising which is meant to pave the way for civilian rule.

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Hong Kong Protesters Face Crucial Weekend Test after Airport Setback

Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement faces a major test this weekend as it tries to muster another huge crowd following criticism over a recent violent airport protest and as concerns mount over Beijing's next move.

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N. Korea Fires Missiles, Rejects Further Talks with South

North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles into the sea on Friday and launched a scathing attack on "foolish" calls for dialogue from South Korean President Moon Jae-in, rejecting further peace talks with Seoul.

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Iran Says Tanker Freed by Gibraltar Preparing to Set Sail

An Iranian tanker seized by Gibraltar last month is preparing to set sail after being released, a senior Iranian shipping official said Friday.

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Russia Releases French Banker from Jail to House Arrest

A Moscow court on Thursday released French banker Philippe Delpal from jail to house arrest, days before a summit between the Russian and French presidents.

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US Asks Gibraltar to Keep Iranian Tanker in Detention

The United States applied on Thursday for Gibraltar to keep in detention an Iranian oil tanker at the centre of a stand-off between Tehran and London, the public prosecutor said.

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Myanmar Rebels Carry out Unprecedented Attack on Military Academy

Myanmar's military was Thursday fighting rebels who mounted an unprecedented strike at an army academy killing at least one, apparently in retaliation for massive drug seizures.

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