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Reports: Iran Envoy May Be Tapped to Head UN Cultural Body

The United Nations body in charge of education, culture, and science is reportedly likely to soon be headed by Iran — a sign of not only the U.N.’s cultural relativism, as well as its antipathy toward Israel, but also Russia’s increasing influence at the U.N. as the U.S. draws back.

Iraqi Federal Police officers observe as air and ground strikes hit the town of Shura, some 30 kilometers south of Mosul, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Iraqi troops approaching Mosul from the south advanced into Shura on Saturday after a wave of US led airstrikes and artillery shelling against Islamic State positions inside town. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

Iraqi General: Mosul Battle to End ‘Within Days’

A senior Iraqi general has said that the city of Mosul will be liberated from the Islamic State “within days” as counterterrorism units close in on the group’s few remaining strongholds, three years after the terror organization declared a “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq.

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Iran Battles Opium Epidemic, Addicts Double in Six Years

According to a new study from Iran’s Drug Control Organization, the number of people regularly consuming drugs has grown from 1.3 million six years ago to at least 2.8 million today. The vast majority of these drug users favor opium, which flows in from Afghanistan.

Israel Nabs Man Crossing Border from Lebanon

The IDF spotted a man crossing over from Israel into Lebanese territory on Thursday through the area of the upper Galilee in northern Israel, the army said. The border fence indicated to IDF observers stationed in the area that the crossing took place.

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Expert: Iran Seeking Corridor Across Mideast

As tensions between the US and Iran escalate in Syria, concern is growing in Israel that the Tehran regime is pressing ahead with its goal of carving out a land corridor stretching through Iraq and Syria to the border with the Jewish state, a leading expert on the region said on Tuesday.

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