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31st Oct 2013

Bahrain forces raid opposition party headquarters

Al-Akhbar: Bahraini forces stormed the headquarters of the country’s main opposition party, al-Wefaq, on Wednesday, the political group said. According to a statement by al-Wefaq, “heavily armed forces, backed by civil militias, have raided the building of al-Wefaq National Islamic … Continued

30th Oct 2013

US intelligence director defends NSA spying policy

The head of US intelligence has defended spying on foreign allies. He stopped short however, of confirming reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) had spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The top US intelligence director told lawmakers on Tuesday … Continued

29th Oct 2013

US: White House defends mass surveillance activities

The United States has defended the use of mass surveillance in foreign countries as necessary to safeguard its own citizens. At the same time, a leading senator has called for a review of US intelligence programs. White House spokesman Jay … Continued

28th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: 12 women detained across Kingdom for driving

  By NADIM AL-HAMID & RASHID HASSAN JEDDAH/RIYADH, (Arab News):  Police detained 12 women in various parts of the Kingdom for violating traffic regulations and instructions that prevent women from driving in Saudi Arabia, a local daily reported. Col. Salman … Continued

28th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: CIA spied on 7.8 billion Saudi calls

By M Ghazanfar Ali Khan   Arab News: As controversy continues to encircle the American surveillance program, Cryptome, the digital library host that was created by the US as a repository for secret documents and material, revealed that the CIA … Continued

28th Oct 2013

US denies Obama aware of Merkel spying

The US has denied that Barack Obama was aware of his government’s spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel. The statement came after an earlier German media report saying the president was informed of the operation in 2010. There’s growing outrage here … Continued

27th Oct 2013

Media reports suggest Obama knew NSA spied on Merkel

There are new questions over how much President Obama knew about US spying on Angela Merkel. A newspaper report says that the US leader has been aware of NSA eavesdropping on the German chancellor since 2010. On Saturday, Spiegel magazine … Continued

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

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