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The Iranian official leading the investigation into the Ukrainian jetliner that was accidentally shot down by the Revolutionary Guard appeared to backtrack Sunday on plans to send the flight recorders abroad for analysis, a day after saying they would be sent to Kyiv.

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Two Brazilian soccer stars, Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker, now playing for Liverpool, took part in an emotional baptism ceremony that was posted on Instagram for the world to see.


Christian activist Mary Fatemeh Mohammadi was arrested on January 12 while protests were taking place in Tehran, the capital of Iran.

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Three Assyrian Christians were detained by Turkish forces on January 9, according to a UK-based persecution watchdog.

A traveler wears a facemask as she stands near the Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

A second person has died from a new coronavirus that has caused an outbreak of pneumonia in central China, health authorities said.

Anti-government demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Security forces fired tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets in clashes Sunday with hundreds of anti-government protesters outside Lebanon’s Parliament, as violence continued to escalate in a week of rioting.

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The 1967 Arab-Israeli War and Jordan's 1970 crack down on the Palestine Liberation Organization led to much unrest in the Middle East. And for one young reporter it was a daily fight to stay alive.

Taal Volcano in the Philippines

The smoldering Taal Volcano in the Philippines could erupt again at any minute, killing those in the danger zone. Already tens of thousands of people have evacuated, most with only the clothes on their backs. What will they do now?

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Western pressures and burgeoning protests inside Iran have caused the regime to closely monitor Iranian Christians and their house churches.Mike Ansari of Heart4Iran, a network of more than 100 ministries that reaches Christians of Iran through media and broadcasting said the government is keeping a close eye on the activities of Christians and also Muslims who have made contacted with the Herat4Iran ministry.


Iran's supreme leader lashed out at Western countries as he led Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time in eight years, dismissing “American clowns” who he said pretend to support the Iranian nation but want to stick their "poisoned dagger” into its back.