Ex-rights chief Navi Pillay to lead UN Israel-Palestinian inquiry

GENEVA (AFP) – Former UN rights chief Navi Pillay will lead the United Nations’ open-ended inquiry into “systematic” abuses in Israel and the Palestinian territories, it was announced on Thursday (July 22). The UN Human Rights Council’s president said Pillay would lead a three-person investigation into abuses and their “root causes” in the decades-long conflict. A commission of inquiry (COI) […]

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Saudi Aramco confirms data leak after reported cyber ransom

RIYADH (BLOOMBERG) – Saudi Aramco confirmed that some company files were leaked after hackers reportedly demanded a US$50 million (S$68 million) ransom from the world’s most-valuable oil producer. “Aramco recently became aware of the indirect release of a limited amount of company data which was held by third-party contractors,” the Middle Eastern oil major said on Wednesday (July 21) in […]

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Smart cards and robots: Saudi Arabia's 'digital hajj'

MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA (AFP) – Thirty years ago, it took Egyptian pilgrim Ibrahim Siam several hours to track down his children when they went missing in crowds of worshippers during the hajj in Saudi Arabia. Fast forward to the modern day and things are far simpler, meaning Mr Siam, now 64, need not worry about losing track of his family […]

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Pilgrims 'stone the devil' with sanitised pebbles in haj ritual

MINA, SAUDI ARABIA (AFP) – Muslim pilgrims cast sanitised pebbles Monday (July 19) as they took part in the “stoning of the devil”, the last major ritual of this year’s haj which is again under tight coronavirus restrictions. From first light, small groups of pilgrims made their way across the Valley of Mina near Mecca in western Saudi Arabia to symbolically […]

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Jewish Prayer at Contested Holy Site in Jerusalem Sets Off Alarms

JERUSALEM — Reports of Jewish groups praying at a volatile Jerusalem holy site, in contravention of a longstanding ban, have shined a spotlight on the erosion of a delicate, decades-old arrangement meant to keep the peace. The Israeli government denied on Monday that there had been any policy change, but appeared to be sending mixed messages. A television report over […]

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Israeli Companies Aided Saudi Spying Despite Khashoggi Killing

TEL AVIV — Israel secretly authorized a group of cyber-surveillance firms to work for the government of Saudi Arabia despite international condemnation of the kingdom’s abuse of surveillance software to crush dissent, even after the Saudi killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, government officials and others familiar with the contracts said. After the murder of Mr. Khashoggi in 2018, one […]

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Lebanon’s Designated Prime Minister Quits Amid Swirling Crises

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri of Lebanon said on Thursday that he had given up on trying to form a new government, opening a new political void as the country sinks further into an acute political and economic crisis. Mr. Hariri had been tapped to form a new cabinet last October, after Prime Minister Hassan Diab resigned […]

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Saudi Arabia smashes Covid-19 fraud ring ahead of haj

RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabia has arrested more than 120 people suspected of supplying or procuring fraudulent coronavirus vaccine and test certificates, official media said on Thursday (July 15), two days before a tightly controlled haj. The state-run SPA news agency said nine health ministry officials are among the accused, who have all pleaded guilty. Some 60,000 Saudi residents with […]

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Iran not ready for nuclear talks until Raisi takes over: Source

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – Iran is not prepared to resume negotiations on coming back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal until Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi’s administration has begun, a diplomatic source said on Wednesday (July 14). The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Iran had conveyed this to European officials acting as interlocutors in the indirect US-Iranian negotiations […]

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