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MENA death penalty West Asian countries lead in global execution list, says Amnesty report

Four countries in the MENA region, Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, carried out an overwhelming 88% of all known executions worldwide last year

Iraq faces second wave of COVID-19 infections amid slow vaccination rates

The country started vaccination only in March when it received over 50,000 doses of Chinese Sinopharm vaccine. It received 336,000 doses of Oxford AstraZeneca under COVAX initiative on March 25 after much delay

At least eight people killed in anti-government protests in Iraq’s Kurdistan region

The protesters, mostly government employees and unemployed youth, are demanding timely disbursal of their delayed salaries and employment

Iraqi militias propose ceasefire on the condition that US occupying forces leave the country 

Militias point to the Iraqi parliament’s resolution which called for the expulsion of foreign troops from Iraq, adding that the US troops are “not welcome in the country”

UN report on killing of Soleimani UN investigator’s report condemns US drone strike targeting Qassem Soleimani

The report by Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, is due to be presented at the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday

Genocide and military occupation: The five most important keys of the agreement executed between Guaidó and Silvercorp

Analysis by Misión Verdad of the contract between Silvercorp and the Venezuelan opposition which lays out their plan to overthrow Maduro and install a military occupation

Syria COVID death War-ravaged Syria records its first COVID-19 death

Most of the medical facilities in the country have been affected due to the decade-long war. Conditions in areas controlled by anti-government forces and in the overcrowded refugee camps are especially bad

Million march Iraq In massive protests, Iraqis demand withdrawal of US troops

A million-man march against the US took place in Iraq on 24 January, which was followed by a students’ rally on Sunday to demand an end to all foreign interference in the country

Iran confirms strike on US airbase in Iraq

The attack on US airbase Ain al-Assad is seen as the first retaliatory measure after the assassination of Qassem Soleimani on Friday January 3 by the US

America Escalates Its “Democratic” Oil War in the Near East

Michael Hudson discusses the underlying factors driving the US aggression against Iran

Anti-war groups march against US aggression in Iran

People are rising up globally to reject the Trump administration’s dangerous policies that have brought West Asia to the brink of a war

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