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  1. Iraqi court sentences German woman to death for joining IS

    BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi court has sentenced a German woman of Moroccan origin to death for joining the Islamic State group.

    The spokesman of the Supreme Judicial Council, Abdul-Sattar Bayrkdar, says the woman acknowledged joining IS after traveling from Germany to Syria and then to Iraq along with her two daughters. Both daughters later married militants.

    Bayrkdar said Sunday that she was found guilty of “offering logistic support and helping the terrorist group to carry out criminal acts,” and “taking part in attacks against security forces.” No more details were released.

    Iraqi forces detained a number of foreign women as they drove IS from the territory it once controlled in northern and central Iraq.


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  2. France, Germany pledge closer ties with new bilateral treaty

    PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have pledged to agree on a new French-German treaty this year to deepen cooperation between the two countries.

    In a joint statement Sunday, both leaders say they will seek closer economic ties and convergence on tax issues.

    They also want to develop a common diplomatic approach, boost cooperation on foreign affairs and security including the fight against terrorism, and “defend more effectively French-German common interest and values.”

    The statement was timed to commemorate 55 years since the signing of the 1963 Elysee friendship treaty, which marked the reconciliation between France and Germany after World War II.

    The leaders also pledged to improve cooperation in education and research and to develop joint proposals for climate protection.


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  3. Iran may try to loosen Revolutionary Guard’s grip on economy

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s defense minister says the supreme leader has ordered the Revolutionary Guard to loosen its hold on the economy.

    The comments this weekend by Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami appear to be a trial balloon to test the reaction of the idea, long pushed by Iran’s relative moderate President Hassan Rouhani. It also comes after protests over the country’s poor economy escalated into demonstrations directly challenging the government.

    But whether the Guard itself would agree remains another question entirely, as the organization is estimated to control around a third of the entire economy.

    Hatami made the remarks in an interview published Saturday by the state-run IRAN newspaper. The Guard did not immediately acknowledge the supreme leader’s orders in their own publications, nor did Khamenei’s office.


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