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Official: Cultivation of Opium in Afghanistan 50-Folded since US Invasion

TEHRAN – Secretary-General of Iran’s Drug Control Headquarters Brigadier General Eskandar Momeni said that opium production in Afghanistan has undergone a 50-fold increase since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001. “Production of opium in Afghanistan has 50-folded since the US occupation of the country and it has increased from 200 tons to 9,000 […]

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Lawsuit: Defense Firm Faked Documents to Bilk US Government of $1.2bln

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A defense contractor overcharged the Pentagon by more than $1.2 billion for thousands of armored vehicles, a whistleblower’s complaint alleged, while the company threatened employees who refused to go along with the grift. With Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks responsible for more than six in ten deaths of US personnel in Iraq […]

Saudi Arabia Slammed for Outrageous Mistreatment of Jailed Rights Activist

RIYADH – Amnesty International condemned as “outrageous” the continued detention of prominent Saudi human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair and his ill-treatment, as a crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman against Muslim preachers, members of the press and intellectuals widens in the conservative oil-rich kingdom. The London-based organization said in a statement that […]

‘Foreigners Cannot Intrude in Our Country’, Mexican President Says After Meeting US Attorney General

MEXICO CITY – With the administration of President Donald Trump considering declaring Mexican drug cartels terrorist organizations, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador insisted that he does not want US military intervention against them. Mexico’s drug cartels make billions of dollars per year on illegal drug sales in the US and have been locked into […]

MAJOR: ICC Opens 3-Day Hearing on Investigation into US War Crimes in Afghanistan

The Hague – The International Criminal Court (ICC) opened a three-day hearing in The Hague to overturn an April decision scrapping a proposed investigation into US war crimes in Afghanistan. In April, judges rejected a request by Fatou Bensouda, the court’s prosecutor, to examine atrocities committed by the American military and intelligence agencies as well […]

Saudis Starving Yemenis to Death: Over Dozen Yemen-bound Ships Carrying Fuel, Food Impounded in Saudi Port

RIYADH – A Yemeni maritime official said the Saudi-led coalition has impounded more than a dozen ships carrying energy derivatives and food destined for the conflict-plagued and impoverished Arab country, despite the fact the vessels had earlier acquired necessary permits from the United Nations. The unnamed official at Hudaydah port told Al-Masirah television network on […]

REPORT: Number of Mass Shootings in US at an all-time high in 5 Years

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The number of mass shootings across the United States so far in 2019 has reached 385, leading to nearly 36,000 deaths and over 27,000 injuries, according to a gun violence research group. Gun Violence Archive (GVA), which tracks every mass shooting in the country, reported that 2019 has already had more mass […]

Terrorist Attack on Church in Burkina Faso Leaves 14 Dead

OUAGADOUGOU – Fourteen people were killed in an attack Sunday on a church in Eastern Burkina Faso where places of worship have suffered a string of terrorist assaults this year, the regional government announced. “Unidentified armed men” carried out the attack during a Sunday service at a Protestant church in the town of Hantoukoura near […]