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27th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: Despite threats, Saudi women defy driving ban

A few women filmed themselves driving in Saudi cities on Saturday, defying government warnings of arrest and prosecution to take part in a campaign against men-only road rules, activists said. But some others stayed at home, put off by phone … Continued

26th Oct 2013

Pakistan: Bomb targeting Shi’a Muslim pilgrims kills two FC personnel in Mastung

  [File photo] MASTUNG, (Dawn & AFP]: At least two soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb hit a paramilitary van escorting a bus of Shia Muslim pilgrims in the Mastung district of Balochistan on Saturday, officials said. The incident … Continued

25th Oct 2013

Germany and France call for talks over US spying allegations

France and Germany have called for talks to agree on new rules for intelligence relations with Washington. The call follows allegations that the US spied on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone. Following the first night of European Union summit talks, … Continued

24th Oct 2013

EU lawmakers urge block on US access to SWIFT bank data

European lawmakers have approved a resolution that calls for US anti-terrorism investigators to be denied access to the global banking database, SWIFT. The decision followed revelations about American spying activities. Lawmakers in the Brussels parliament voted by 280 to 254 … Continued

24th Oct 2013

Germany: Merkel calls Obama for answers over reports that the US spied on her phone

Chancellor Angela Merkel has telephoned US President Barack Obama over allegations that her cellphone has been monitored. Recent revelations of alleged US espionage have angered some of Washington’s closest allies. The German government had been given information that US intelligence … Continued

24th Oct 2013

Qatar: UN denounces 15-year sentence for dissident Qatari poet

The United Nations human right’s commission denounced on Tuesday Qatar’s decision to uphold a 15-year prison sentence for a well-known poet, calling the court ruling “clearly disproportionate.” “We are seriously concerned about the decision taken by Qatar’s highest court on … Continued

22nd Oct 2013

US: Washington seeks to ease tension in France over NSA spying claims

Washington has sought to pacify French anger over reports of mass surveillance by the National Security Agency. Several US allies have demanded answers from Washington over the widespread spying. US President Barack Obama phoned French President Francois Hollande on Monday … Continued

22nd Oct 2013

France in the NSA’s crosshair : phone networks under surveillance

Le Monde: The future will perhaps tell us one day why France has remained so discreet in comparison with Germany or Brazil, for example, after the first revelations about the extent of the American electronic espionage programmes in the world … Continued

22nd Oct 2013

Bahrain: Bahraini lives “cheaper than car tires”

An appellate court on Monday reduced to three years the prison sentence of a police officer convicted of killing the first martyr of Bahrain’s 2011 anti-government uprising, as three activists were handed five-year jail terms for burning tires at an … Continued

20th Oct 2013

India: Modi tries to charm Muslims, but they still remain cagey

By Zia Haq & Mahesh Langa New Delhi/Ahmedabad, (Hindustan Times): As he towered over a special meeting at his party headquarters in June, BJP mascot Narendra Modi asked partymen not to consider Muslims “unapproachable”. They must be wooed, and not … Continued

13th Oct 2013

Ethiopia: More harsh words for The Hague at African Union

The head of the 54-member African Union has said Kenya cannot afford distractions from The Hague. AU leaders are meeting in Ethiopia to discuss the perceived neocolonial biases of the International Criminal Court. Disillusionment has grown within Africa over the … Continued

12th Oct 2013

As Kenya prosecutions continue, African leaders accuse The Hague of discrimination

African leaders have accused The Hague of targeting the continent in prosecutions. A summit comes as tensions mount between the International Criminal Court and the African Union. Leaders of several nations in the 54-member AU have accused The Hague of … Continued

Migrant boat capsizes south of Sicily, hundreds rescued but dozens drown
12th Oct 2013

Migrant boat capsizes south of Sicily, hundreds rescued but dozens drown

For the second time in a week, a boat smuggling migrants from Africa to Italy has sunk. A joint operation by Italian and Maltese rescuers has saved 221 people but at least 27 people are reported drowned. The boat capsized … Continued

12th Oct 2013

Bahrain settlement scuttled by Saudi Arabia

By Elie Chalhoub Al-Akhbar: The good news is that a political settlement of the Bahraini crisis – sponsored by the United States and acceptable to Iran – is beginning to take shape. The problem is that Saudi Arabia is not … Continued

11th Oct 2013

European Parliament approves Eurosur border surveillance

EU lawmakers have approved the Eurosur border surveillance program, aimed at monitoring the bloc’s external border. The vote comes just one week after at least 289 asylum seekers drowned off the coast of Lampedusa. The European Parliament approved the Eurosur … Continued

11th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: Shoura Council puts brakes on women driving proposal

[Shoura Council]      By Ibrahim Nafee Jeddah, (Arab News): The Shoura Council on Thursday rejected a move by three women members to have the body discuss lifting a ban on women driving in the country, according to a report … Continued

11th Oct 2013

Bahrain sentences 18 to prison for participating in ‘unauthorized protests’

A Bahraini court on Thursday sentenced 18 people to between five and seven years in prison after they were convicted of attacking a police station, a judicial source said. Fifteen defendants were jailed for seven years and three for five … Continued

10th Oct 2013

UAEThirty charged for allegedly setting up Muslim Brotherhood branch

Thirty Emiratis and Egyptians charged with allegedly setting up an illegal branch of the Muslim Brotherhood are to go on trial in the UAE next month, a newspaper reported Wednesday. The United Arab Emirate’s State Security Court will begin the … Continued

10th Oct 2013

Qatar denies labor group inspectors access to World Cup sites

A delegation from an international labor federation inspecting the situation of migrant workers in the 2022 football World Cup host country, was denied access Wednesday to a construction site in Qatar. “I can’t allow you to visit this site without … Continued

Bangladesh: Nine killed, 50 injured in the fire in garment factory
9th Oct 2013

Bangladesh: Nine killed, 50 injured in the fire in garment factory

[Red Crescent volunteers bring out the body of a fire victim from inside a garment factory early Wednesday. A devastating blaze swept through the factory in Sreepur upazila of Gazipur Tuesday evening killing at least nine people. Photo: Palash Khan] … Continued

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview done on 29 May 2013 and transmitted on 12 June 2013


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