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NYU faculty ends ties with UAE over sectarianism claims

NYU faculty ends ties with UAE

New York University's journalism department has voted to end its relationship with its campus in the United Arab Emirates following allegations two professors were denied visas because of their religious affiliation.

NYU's Arthur L Carter Journalism Institute said it would discontinue its relationship with NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) amid claims journalism professor Mohamad Bazzi, a Lebanese-born Shia, and Arang Keshavarzian, an Iranian-born politics professor, were denied visas because of their "Shia origins".

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Scores killed in ISIL car bomb attack in Deir Az Zor

Scores killed in ISIS car bombing in Syria

At least 75 people, including women and children, have been killed in a car bomb planted by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in eastern Syria, according to a monitoring group.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday that more than 140 people were also injured in Sunday's attack in the suburbs of Deir Az Zor.

The Observatory said that members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces were also killed in the attack that comes days after the eastern city was reportedy captured by the Syrian army.

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U.S. Woman Faces 20 Years in Prison for ‘Insulting’ Zimbabwe’s Mugabe on Twitter

American woman arrested for insulting Mugabe

Zimbabwe police have charged a United States citizen with subversion for allegedly insulting President Robert Mugabe on Twitter as a “sick man,” lawyers said Friday. The offense carries up to 20 years in prison.

It was the first arrest made since Mugabe last month appointed a minister for cybersecurity, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said, a move criticized by activists as aimed at clamping down on social media users. Zimbabwe was shaken last year by the biggest anti-government protests in a decade.

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Russia retaliates after Canada imposes sanctions

Sergei Magnitsky, activist killed by Russians while jailed

Canada's move to impose sanctions on 30 Russian officials was "senseless and reprehensible" and has led to retaliatory measures, Russian officials said.

Canada announced the sanctions on Friday against Russian officials it accused of complicity in the death of anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in 2009 while he was in prison after alleging state tax fraud.

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Lebanese PM Saad Hariri resigns citing Iranian meddling

Lebanese PM Saad Hariri resigns

Saad Hariri has announced his resignation as Lebanon's prime minister and implicitly blamed Iran and its Lebanese ally, Hezbollah, for his decision.

In a televised speech on Saturday, he said he suspected there were covert plans to target his life, but he did not elaborate.

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Ukraine to cooperate with FBI on Manafort

Ukraine to cooperate on Manafort probeA Ukrainian report says the national prosecutor is ready to cooperate with the FBI's investigation of the activities of Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager of President Donald Trump.

Manafort and associate Rick Gates were indicted Monday on charges including working as unregistered foreign agents for Ukraine and its former Russia-friendly president Viktor Yanukovych.

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Up to 200 killed at North Korea's nuclear test site: report

NKorea test site explosion kills 200Up to 200 workers could have been killed after a tunnel collapsed at North Korea’s nuclear test site, according to a media report.

Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi said around 100 people were trapped when the unfinished tunnel caved in at the Punggye-ri site, which lies south of the Mantapsan mountain, 50 miles from the border with China.

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