Saudi Arabia beheads 37 people, puts body on display (while still on UN human rights council)

Leading human rights groups have been scathing over Saudi Arabia’s execution this week of 37 men, mostly from the Shia minority, on terror, violence and unrest-related charges.

The body of one convict was strung up in public, following his execution.

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Anti-US cleric set to win Iraq election

A hardline Shia cleric is on course to become the most powerful figure in Iraqi politics.
Moktada al-Sadr’s coalition appears to have won the parliamentary election, with most votes counted.

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Kurds Lose Oil Fields As Iran and U.S. Battle For Influence in Iraq (HBO)

Since the Kurdish referendum on Independence, Iraqi Kurds have lost their president, control of airspace and disputed territories — including the oil rich province of Kirkuk. It’s meant that hundreds of millions of dollars in profits from oil exports in the disputed territories are now entirely under Baghdad’s control.

The Kurdish region is faced with the sudden loss of resources – which had been vital in its push for independence. Meanwhile many Kurds are also angry at their long-standing allies, the US, for not intervening to stop the Kirkuk offensive – which was carried out by Iraqi forces and the Iranian backed Shia paramilitary group the PMU.

Vice News travels to the Baba Gurgur oil field in Iraq’s disputed territories – newly recaptured by Iraqi forces following the Kurdish vote on independence.

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‘US has bad habit of telling others what to do’ – Former US diplomat

Washington has been urging Iraq to pull Shia militias, backed by Iran, out of the country now that their anti-ISIS mission is over.

However, the response from Baghdad has been harsh. It seems several other countries are also not exactly on the same page with Washington.

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‘They use tanks against civilians’: Saudi crackdown on Shia town described as ‘renovation’

More districts of a small Shia town of Awamiyah in Saudi Arabia have been reduced to rubble by government forces. It’s part of a crackdown that started two and a half months ago, with security forces saying they’re chasing gunmen responsible for attacks on police. But now, the town looks like a warzone.

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Deadly attack: 29 people killed, 64 wounded in explosion in Afghanistan

At least 29 people have been killed and 64 wounded in an explosion at a Shia mosque in Afghanistan. The mosque was packed for evening prayers at the time of the attack. A suicide bomber is said to have stormed into the building and opened fire before blowing himself up. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/8j9z

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Retaking Mosul: Liberators Not Welcome (HBO)

Not everyone in Mosul and the surrounding areas of Iraq is eager to greet liberation forces.

Iraqi troops along the southern front in the battle to retake Mosul are encountering stronger resistance than they’d expected. This region of Iraq has always been hostile to the government in Baghdad and wary of would-be liberators.

“We had Saddam Hussein. So he was a bad person, right?” Pejwani resident Alshad Naffouri told VICE News correspondent Seb Walker. “But then look what came next! What are you going to do? If you’re going to slaughter me, slaughter me.”

Naffouri does not support ISIS, but he is also skeptical of government forces. Sectarian conflict complicates the situation further, as most locals like Naffouri are Sunni, while the advancing military is predominantly Shia.

Many people like Naffouri fear that the battle for Mosul might only be the start of another bloody chapter in Iraq’s history.

This segment originally aired October 24, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

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‘It’s like war here’: Saudi govt cracks down on Shia town as Riyadh welcomes Trump

The Saudi town of Awamiyah with historically Shia population has been effectively besieged by the government forces for over a week following deadly clashes, with roadblocks blocking exits from the city and bulldozers razing homes, local eyewitnesses told RT – READ MORE https://on.rt.com/8c2d

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Thousands rally in Sanaa, Yemen against Saudi-led airstrikes

Massive crowds have hit the streets of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa in protest of the Saudi-led bombing campaign against the country’s Shia militias.
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Shia Muslims mark Ashura festival with prayers and self-flagellation (GRAPHIC)

Muslims across the globe marked the religious festival of Ashura with parades, marches and some Shia worshipers participating in self-flagellation in remembrance of the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Imam Hussein at the battle of Karbala in 680 AD.

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Drone captures devastation of Kinsabba after Syrian govt forces liberate town

Drone footage released on Tuesday shows the ruins of Kinsabba after the town was retaken by Syrian government forces and allied Shia militia last week. The town in north-eastern Latakia province had previously been held by the Jaish Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) group. The humanitarian crisis in Syria has deepened in recent weeks following advances by forces loyal to Damascus, that are backed by Russian air strikes, into rebel-held areas of the country. The UN has called for renewed peace talks and a ceasefire to allow for humanitarian relief to the worst-affected areas.

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Aftermath Footage: ISIS suicide attack on Shia shrine kills 35 in Iraq

At least 35 people were killed and more than 60 injured when alleged suicide bombers and gunmen of the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS; ISIL) stormed into a Shia shrine in the town of Balad, near Baghdad. Footage emerging from the site shows the devastation from the blasts, with a large amount of debris and remnants scattered on the inside of the shrine, as well as in its immediate exterior vicinity.

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‘Desperate revenge’: Drone captures aftermath of deadly Baghdad bombing

Footage from a drone details the aftermath of a double bombing which killed at least 215 people in Baghdad, Iraq. A car bomb exploded outside a restaurant in the central district of Karrada. The area, which is largely Shia, was busy with shoppers when the explosion occurred. A second bomb exploded several hours later in another mainly Shia area to the north of the city. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, while survivors lambasted the Iraqi prime minister for failing to ensure appropriate security measures.

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Two blasts ripped through Iraqi capital, Baghdad: Over 20 killed, scores injured

Karrada, the upper middle class district of the Iraqi capital, is mostly inhabited by Shia but also has quite a large Christian minority. The area gets really busy after sunset during the holy month of Ramadan.

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Protests Against Gang Rape of Elderly Nun in India: VICE News Capsule, March 16

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: students protest the gang rape of an elderly nun in India, Venezuela runs a military simulation to defy the United States, video from the front lines in Tikrit, Iraq, and tourists are allowed back into North Korea.

INDIA
Students in Eastern India have filled the streets in protest against the brutal gang rape of an elderly nun.

VENEZUELA
Venezuela has staged a military exercise to counter the United States calling the country a national security threat.

IRAQ
This video purportedly filmed by Shia militias shows them advancing with Iraqi troops on an Islamic State target in Tikrit, Iraq.

NORTH KOREA
Tourists are allowed back into North Korea, as the country recently relaxed its harsh entry restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of Ebola.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – January 06, 2015

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Gunmen kill Saudi guards near Iraqi border, Shia Houthi rebels come under attack in the Yemeni capital, U.S. charges two in connection with Gambia failed coup, and children suffer from malnutrition and malaria in Central African Republic’s ongoing conflict.

SAUDI ARABIA
Guards Killed in Rare Border Attack
Four gunmen attacked the guards early on Monday as they tried to cross into Arar.

YEMEN
Blast Targets Shia Houthi Rebels in Capital
The explosion comes a day after a suicide bomb attack killed at least four people in a mainly Shia district of Sanaa.

U.S.A.
Justice Department Charges Two in Gambia Attempted Coup
Both of the men are of Gambian descent. One is accused of financing the plan and the other of purchasing equipment and weapons ahead of the attack.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Hospital Struggles to Care For Youngest Victims of Conflict
Malnutrition and malaria are on the rise, and aid agencies warn more children are being recruited as soldiers in the civil war.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – September 29, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Occupy Central movement launches civil disobedience campaign in Hong Kong, residents in the Yemeni capital call for Houthi rebel supporters to leave, police investigate allegations of abuse at asylum center in western Germany, and Cuba’s government stops plans to develop perfumes that honor revered leaders.

HONG KONG
Occupy Central Launches Civil Disobedience Campaign
Police and protesters clashed across the city over the weekend.

YEMEN
Hundreds Rally for Houthi Departure from Capital
Under a UN-brokered agreement, the Shia rebels vowed to disarm and withdraw from the areas they seized over recent months.

GERMANY
Allegations of Abuse at Asylum Center
Police removed the security guards from the facility in Burbach after refugees supported the initial claims.

CUBA
Government Scraps Plan to Develop Honorary Perfumes
Employees at a state pharmaceutical company are in hot water after they unveiled scents called ‘Ernesto’ and ‘Hugo’ on Thursday.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – July, 15 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Boko Haram leader mocks #BringBackOurGirls campaign, French police disperse pro-Palestinian rally, Iraqi cleric calls on volunteers to protect holy sites, and Chinese designers produce small 3D-printed boat.

NIGERIA
Boko Haram Leader Mocks ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ Campaign
Abubakar Shekau danced around in a video, calling on President Goodluck Jonathan to release some of his fighters.

FRANCE
Police Disperse Pro-Palestinian Rally in Paris
Ten thousand people marched through the French capital against Israel’s military offensive in Gaza.

IRAQ
Volunteers Help Protect Samarra from Militants
Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has called on his supporters to guard the country’s holy sites.

CHINA
Design Team Test 3D-Printed Boat
The two-person rowboat took 10 hours to make and cost around $80 dollars.

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