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Egypt's wave of censorship takes aim at street music

(CAIRO) -- Egypt's restrictions on what it deems inappropriate forms of art have reached a new height with a ban on a popular genre of street music, striking a chord with conservatives and drawing sharp rebuke from intellectuals and young music enthusiasts.Singers of mahraganat, which literally translates to "festivals" in…... Read More

Vancouver man attempts to steal float plane, damages two other planes in incident

(VANCOUVER, Canada) -- A man in Vancouver, Canada attempted to steal a float plane early Friday morning, Canadian authorities confirmed.At around 3:30 a.m., authorities responded to reports that a man tried to steal a Seair charter aircraft, according to Vancouver police.The aircraft did not make it airborne, instead crashing into…... Read More

Prince Harry and Meghan will not use Sussex Royal name, spokesperson confirms

(LONDON) -- Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will not use their Sussex Royal brand in their new roles as non-working members of Britain's royal family."The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use 'SussexRoyal' in any territory post Spring 2020," a spokesperson for…... Read More

To stop the novel coronavirus from spreading, 'We need to act quickly,' WHO says

(NEW YORK) -- In a rapid development, Iranian authorities reported 18 cases of novel coronavirus and four deaths over the course of two days, the World Health Organization detailed at a Friday news conference. Lebanon also reported its first coronavirus case Friday, in a traveler from Iran, WHO officials said.While…... Read More

Agreement to reduce violence in Afghanistan set to begin, leading way for US-Taliban deal

(WASHINGTON) -- An agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban to reduce violence in Afghanistan will begin Friday at midnight local time, according to U.S., Afghan and Taliban officials. If the seven-day truce is deemed successful, the two sides plan to sign a historic agreement on Feb. 29, where U.S.…... Read More

Hysteria over coronavirus sparks violent protests in Ukraine

(NEW YORK) -- Hysteria over the novel coronavirus epidemic has sparked violent protests in Ukraine, fueled by panic and disinformation around the outbreak -- even though the country has no confirmed cases of the virus. Protests and violent clashes with police broke out in several places Thursday, as Ukraine's authorities…... Read More

Hundreds of Chinese prisoners infected with novel coronavirus

(LONDON) -- Hundreds of Chinese inmates have been infected with the novel coronavirus as the outbreak spreads to prisons across China.He Ping, an official at China's Ministry of Justice, told reporters at a daily briefing Friday that officials have been fired after more than 500 cases of the newly discovered…... Read More

Plane evacuating cruise passengers re-routed after Turkey denies landing permission amid novel coronavirus fears

(KARACHI, Pakistan) -- A Turkish airliner chartered by Holland America cruise line to evacuate passengers from its Westerdam cruise was abruptly turned around mid-flight Thursday, according to flight data and multiple sources.The flight was carrying 283 citizens from multiple countries, including the United States, when it was forced to land…... Read More

As fighting in Syria intensifies, pressure is rising for US intervention amid the crisis

(IDLIB, Syria) -- As fighting over Syria's last rebel-held stronghold intensifies and puts U.S. ally Turkey in direct conflict with Russia, there is a growing chorus for the U.S. to do something about the dire humanitarian crisis.Nearly one million people have been displaced since December by Syrian President Bashar al…... Read More

Right-wing extremism suspected in Germany shooting that left 11 dead, including suspect

(HANAU, Germany) -- A mass shooting in Germany that left 11 people dead, including the suspected gunman, appears to have been motivated by racist, right-wing extremist views, authorities said. The massacre in the Frankfurt suburb of Hanau erupted around 10 p.m. Wednesday at two hookah bars in the city of…... Read More

US citizen to remain in Egypt detention after prosecution appeal accepted

(CAIRO) -- A dual U.S.-Egyptian national who won a court order to be released from a Cairo prison will remain in jail after a prosecution appeal was accepted on Thursday, her lawyer has said. Pennsylvania teacher Reem Desouky had been serving a pre-trial detention that is renewed periodically since she…... Read More