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Human Rights Watchdogs Urge Algeria to Ensure Fair Trial for Amazigh Activists

Several international human rights watchdogs, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, EuroMed Rights, and Front Line Defenders have called on Algerian authorities to drop all charges against a leading activist and his 40 co-defendants, charges based on their peaceful activism for the rights of the Amazigh minority. The NGOs have also condemned strongly Algeria’s discrimination […]

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Qatar: Amnesty International condemns deportation of Saudi activist

Doha Tuesday came under fire as London-based Amnesty International charged the Gulf country for the deportation of Saudi human rights activist Mohammad al-Otaibi to his homeland. Al-Otaibi is wanted in Saudi Arabia for tweets deemed offensive to the kingdom and for setting up an independent organization, reports say. He was arrested on May 24 at […]

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Palestine/Israel: Hamas-linked lawmaker released after 17 months in jail

Israel Tuesday released Palestinian lawmaker Muhammad Abu Tair representing Hamas in the West Bank-based Palestinian parliament after he spent 17 months in prison. Abu Tair was arrested on January 27, 2016 from his home in the neighborhood of Kafr Aqab, in the West Bank. He spent 11 months without trial, Middle East Monitor reports. He […]

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Lebanon: Electoral law reform at crossroads

Lebanon is still battling to reform its Electoral Law before going to the polls to elect parliamentarians as Prime Minister Saad Hariri underlines that a new electoral law will enhance real “stability” in the country. There are still concerns from the minority Christian political parties about adopting a law based on full proportional representation because […]

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KSA: Deputy Crown Prince dissipates Moscow’s frustration over America’s stronger presence in Riyadh

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Tuesday expressed Saudi Arabia’s intention to keep good ties with Russia after Moscow fumed over the red carpet welcome reserved to the United States during Trump’s visit to Riyadh. Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to discuss regional issues as well as Saudi […]

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Libya: Haftar accuses Qatar for sponsoring terror groups

Head of the Libyan National Army Khalifa Haftar has charged Qatar for alleged backing of terror groups in Libya as the small gulf country undergoes regional pressure following last week diplomatic tension. Haftar, who is linked to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt, told local media that Qatar as well as other regional countries […]

May 30th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

KSA: bomb blast injures two policemen in eastern Awamiya town

Two Saudi policemen were injured Monday in the eastern Awamiya town, in a bomb blast as security forces try to fend off Shia militants. Saudi news agency SPA citing official security sources said the policemen were injured in the explosion of an improvised bomb device. The Monday incident followed the death of a soldier nearly […]

May 30th, 2017 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Egypt strikes Libya for three consecutive days

The Egyptian military has continued its airstrikes targeting extremist groups in Libya for three consecutive days and the spokesman for the army, Tamer al-Rifai, stressed that they will continue to “target all camps where terrorist members are being trained and which could threaten Egypt’s national security.” Three airstrikes struck the city of Derna on Monday, […]

May 29th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Qatar’s policy towards Iran raises eyebrows in other GCC countries

Qatar and Iran are slowly bridging their differences but the move is receiving strong objections from other Gulf States as they accuse Doha of distancing itself from their common position. Qatar’s ruler, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, had a telephone discussion with President Rouhani over the weekend and it was considered as a strong […]

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Iran: Ayatollah Khamenei forecasts KSA’s fall for siding with US

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Saturday indicated that the Saudi Throne is edging toward collapse for siding with the United States in response to the declared strengthening of US-Saudi alliance. The Iranian leader known for his phosphorous animosity towards the Kingdom and the US told a religious gathering that Riyadh has chosen the enemy […]

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