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US reached end of its chapter: envoy

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In reaction to the recent events in the US, Iranian Ambassador to Sana’a Hassan Irloo said that these events do not signal the beginning of the collapse of the United States, but rather indicates that Washington has reached the end of its chapter.

Recent events have shown that the American people are tired from all parties in the country, from Republicans to Democrats, and that means they are tired of capitalism, he added.

He highlighted that Trump will be ousted, but the people who oppose capitalism will remain, drowning the United States and all its allies.

On Wednesday, Trump protesters stormed the US Capitol building, destroying property and seizing the rotunda room, as Congress was trying to certify the results of Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential victory.

According to the latest tally, at least four people have died and 52 arrested in the wake of violence in the Congress.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump has continued his claims on ‘rigged’ election, doing almost nothing to prevent attacks the Congress. This has forces Twitter to suspend Trump’s account to prevent any increased violence.

Many international political figures have called the recent events in the United States a major scandal for its alleged democracy and a major setback for Washington.

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Taliban leaders determined to fight US: Shamkhani

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Taliban leaders determined to fight US: Shamkhani

“In today’s meeting with the #Taliban political delegation: I found the leaders of this group determined to fight the United States,” he said.

“Someone who has been under US torture at #Guantanamo for 13 years, has not given up fighting the #UnitedStates in the region.”

Taliban political delegation headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who arrived in Tehran yesterday, met and held talks withShamkhani on Wednesday.

Referring to the history of the US incitement to war in the region, Shamkhani said, “The United States does not seek peace and security in Afghanistan. The US strategy is the continuation of war and bloodshed between the various factions of Afghanistan.”

“The United States is pursuing peace talks with the aim of creating a stalemate in the negotiations between the various Afghan parties to blame them for insecurity and instability,” he added.

Stating that Iran will never recognize the group that wants to rule Afghanistan through war, Shamkhani stressed the need for the participation of all ethnic groups in determining the fate of Afghanistan in a completely peaceful process.

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Lebanon lawyers urge UK to halt liquidation of Beirut blast-linked company

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An association of Lebanese lawyers has requested British authorities prevent the liquidation of a company potentially linked to the Beirut blast, Reutersreported.

The Beirut Bar Association sent a letter to British Member of Parliament Margaret Hodge making the request on Monday.

The letter urged the UK corporate registry Companies House to halt the liquidation of Savaro Ltd, which filed for dissolution on 12 January.

The letter described the company as an “indicted entity” in an investigation into the cause of the 4 August explosion which ripped through Beirut leaving over 200 dead and thousands more wounded.

The letter, penned by Bar Association President Melhem Khalaf, states that Savaro has been indicted by Fadi Sawwan, the lead investigating judge in the probe.

Khalaf warns allowing Savaro to be liquidated “before the end of the judicial proceedings would permit an indicted entity to evade justice”, Reuters quoted the letter as saying.

It remains unclear if Savaro has officially been indicted in the Lebanese investigation and the letter marks the first indication the company might be.

READ: Switzerland to probe Lebanon central bank governor over money laundering

The Bar Association letter to Hodge told the British MP Savaro’s name and address “appears on documents in its capacity as purchaser of the High-Density Ammonium Nitrate cargo that eventually exploded in August 2020”.

Hodge called for a British-led investigation into Savaro last week, alongside John Mann, a member of the Britain’s House of Lords.

Last week, Mann said: “It is shocking and very damaging to the reputation of the United Kingdom that Companies House and our national system of company registration can be so easily exploited.”

Savaro Ltd was first linked to the purchase of the explosives that caused the Beirut blast in a documentary aired by Al-Jadeed in early January. The documentary unearthed links between three Russian-Syrian citizens and Savaro because companies run by two businessmen were found to have the same addresses as Savaro.

The trio have all been sanctioned by the US for providing services to the government of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

Sanctions were imposed on one, Mudalal Khuri, for, among other things, serving as an intermediary for Al-Assad’s government “on an attempted procurement of ammonium nitrate in late 2013.”

The alleged “attempted procurement” took place in the same period that the ammonium nitrate which caused the Beirut blast entered the Lebanese port.

READ: Interpol issues red notice for arrest of Beirut blast ship captain, owner

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Egypt’s Al-Azhar prohibits excavating and displaying mummies

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A scholar at Egypt’s leading religious establishment, the Al-Azhar University has caused outcry by prohibiting the excavation of ancient Egyptian tombs and putting mummies on display.

Sheikh Ahmed Karima, a professor of comparative jurisprudence at the Al-Azhar, said in a televised statement earlier this month that exhuming graves was against Islamic teachings and that “extracting the bodies of the ancient Pharaohs and putting them on display in return for dollars from visitors is forbidden.”

According to Karima, the digging up the graves violates the dignity of the dead and that Islamic law forbids their desecration. “Bodies of the dead cannot be exhumed unless for the purpose of scientific search,” the scholar said.

“The grave is a blessing from God to house the human being after his demise,” he added.

“Museums can exhibit the treasures of the Pharaohs, talk about [their civilization] and about the mummification, but without displaying their dead bodies.”

READ: Egypt unveils biggest ancient coffin find in over a century

However, leading Egyptian archaeologist and Egyptologist Zahi Hawass, who was appointed minister of state for antiquities affairs under the late former President Hosni Mubarak, has criticised the ruling.

“We do not excavate the graves of Muslims, Christians or Jews,” Hawass explained during a telephone interview with Egypt’s Sada Al-Balad channel, adding that the function of the Antiquities Ministry is to revive the greatness of ancient people and introduce their civilisation to people of today.

“The opinion of Sheikh Karima can be applied to thieves who tamper with graves and destroy mummies, but archaeologists work to immortalise these people, as they restore their coffins, graves and mummies, because the presence of these coffins inside the wells exposes them to decomposition and fragmentation,” he said.

However, Hawass agreed with Karima that the way the mummies were previously displayed before they were transferred to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization was humiliating, but that they were later properly displayed. “The mummies will be exhibited at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in a civilised way, with a detailed explanation of each mummy and the historical era in which it lived,” he explained.

Columnist and TV host Khaled Montaser, known for his reformist views also disagreed with Karima’s opinion, which he described as negative propaganda ahead of the planned inauguration of the Egyptian Grand Museum, one of the largest museums in the world set to be opened later this year and which the Egyptian government hopes will boost its dwindling tourist industry which has been severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

READ: Egypt showcases scores of 2,500-year-old coffins

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