Jailed Algerian journalist must be released, say UN experts

UN independent experts call on Algerian authorities to release Khaled Drareni after he was handed 2-year jail sentence. United Nations independent experts have called for the release of an Algerian journalist jailed over his coverage of pro-democracy demonstrations in the country. Khaled Drareni, an independent journalist who has extensively covered the year-long protest movement calling for an overhaul of the […]

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More than 200 coronavirus cases confirmed at Lebanon's biggest prison

BEIRUT (AFP) – Lebanon’s largest prison has more than 200 coronavirus cases, the head of the country’s doctors’ union warned Thursday (Sept 17), calling for speedy trials to ease overcrowding. “There are more than 200 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Roumieh prison,” Dr Sharaf Abu Sharaf told journalists in Beirut, after authorities first announced 22 cases at the weekend. Dr […]

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Iran says UAE, Bahrain will bear 'consequences' of Israel deals

TEHERAN (AFP) – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday (Sept 16) that the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will be responsible for any “consequences” resulting from their normalisation of relations with Teheran’s arch-foe Israel. The remarks came a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates signed agreements establishing […]

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Israel 'normalistion': Is Saudi Arabia softening its stance?

After deals with UAE and Bahrain, there are signs Saudi Arabia is preparing its people to warm to Israel. When one of Saudi Arabia’s leading Muslim leaders called this month for Muslims to avoid “passionate emotions and fiery enthusiasm” towards Jews, it was a marked change in tone for someone who has shed tears preaching about Palestine in the past. […]

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Rouhani: UAE, Bahrain will bear 'consequences' of Israel deals

Iran President Hassan Rouhani’s remarks come a day after Israel, UAE, Bahrain sign normalisation deals brokered by US. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has said the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain would be responsible for any “consequences” resulting from their normalisation of relations with Tehran’s archrival, Israel. Rouhani’s remarks came a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers […]

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Gaza rockets, Israeli air strikes accompany Israel-Gulf pacts

JERUSALEM/GAZA (REUTERS) – Militants in Gaza launched rockets into Israel and Israeli aircraft hit targets in the Palestinian enclave in an explosive backdrop to the signing of pacts for formal ties between Israel and two Gulf Arab countries. The Israeli military said it launched about 10 air strikes in Hamas Islamist-run Gaza early on Wednesday (Sept 16) and that 15 […]

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UN warns of Yemen famine; no aid from Saudis, UAE, Kuwait

‘Particularly reprehensible’ to promise money for war-torn Yemen and then not pay up, UN official scolds Gulf countries. The UN’s humanitarian chief warned on Tuesday “the spectre of famine” has returned to war-torn Yemen and for the first time singled out Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait for giving nothing to this year’s $3.4bn appeal for desperately needed […]

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More than 200,000 sign anti-normalisation 'Palestine Charter'

Online charter calls for liberation of occupied Palestine and affirms normalisation with Israel is a ‘betrayal’. More than 200,000 Arab social media users have signed the “Palestine Charter”, a document rejecting the Arab states’ normalisation of relations with Israel. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain’s foreign ministers will sign an agreement with Israel at the White House on Tuesday, establishing […]

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EU: Greece-Turkey crisis talks might include other nations

As some EU members threaten sanctions against Turkey over eastern Med standoff, official broadens scope of dialogue. Third countries might be invited to talks aimed at easing a dispute between Greece and Turkey about energy rights that has brought warships to the eastern Mediterranean, a top European Union official has said, in advance of an EU summit from September 24-25 […]

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