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May20

Rohani declared winner of Iran presidential election

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL President Hassan Rohani has been declared the outright winner with nearly all the ballots counted from Iran’s May 19 presidential election, a seemingly emphatic endorsement of the incumbent’s efforts to reengage internationally and seek modest reforms within Iran’s clerically dominated society. Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said Rohani won 57 percent of the vote versus 38.5 percent for his closest rival, conservative former prosecutor Ebrahim Raisi. Two other contenders failed to reach even 1 million votes. Iran’s elections are heavily vetted to exclude candidates that the clerical establishment regards as a threat, and the...

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May20

China forces medical exams and DNA sampling on Uyghur Muslims

By: RFA Source: RFA Ethnic Muslim Uyghurs in northwest China’s Xinjiang region are being given mandatory health examinations that include DNA collection, according to residents, causing concern among some observers who have called on Beijing to explain its motive behind the mass checkups. According to reports by China’s state media, the “General People’s Health Examination Project” that began in September 2016 and ended in March this year provided checkups for 17.5 million people throughout the region, including 9.2 million in predominantly Uyghur-populated southern Xinjiang. The examinations were carried out on more than 90 percent of the residents of the entire region, and more than 98...

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May11

Gaza: suspect in killing of Hamas commander arrested

By: PanARMENIAN.Net Source: PanARMENIAN.Net Hamas has arrested the suspected murderer of one of its key military commanders in Gaza, the Palestinian Islamist movement’s leader said Thursday, May 11, while maintaining Israel was behind the March assassination, AFP reports. The killing of Mazen Faqha in the heart of Hamas-controlled Gaza shocked the militant movement and raised fears of a fresh conflict with Israel. “We announce that the killer and criminal that carried out the orders of the officers of the Zionist security services is in the hands of the (Hamas) security services,” Ismail Haniya told journalists in Gaza City, referring to Israel. “He has confessed to...

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