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27th Jul 2018

Myanmar court presses secrets act charges against Reuters reporters
July 9: A court in Myanmar charged two jailed Reuters journalists with obtaining secret state documents, moving the landmark press freedom case into its trial stage after six months of preliminary hearings. Yangon district judge Ye Lwin charged reporters Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, with breaching of the colonial-era Official Secrets Act which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison. The reporters had been working a military massacre on the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rahkine State.

Six killed in attack near Tunisia-Algeria border
July 8: At least six members of Tunisia’s security forces were killed in a “terrorist attack” close to the border with Algeria, the Interior Ministry has said, updating an earlier death toll. Ministry spokesman General Sufyan al-Zaq said the officers died after a mine exploded as they were patrolling in the Jendouba province near Tunisia’s border with Algeria.

EgyptAir flight MS804: French investigators says fire likely cause
July 7: The crash of EgyptAir flight MS804 on May 19, 2016 was probably caused by a fire in the cockpit, French investigators say. They said onboard recorders suggested that the blaze had spread rapidly through the plane. The findings contradict Egypt’s earlier statements that explosives had been found on victims’ remains, suggesting the aircraft had been bombed. Sixty-six passengers and crew died when the flight from Paris to Cairo came down over the eastern Mediterranean.

Implement guarantees before US sanctions return, Iran tells EU
July 6: Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, has called on European powers to implement economic measures to protect the 2015 nuclear deal before US sanctions against Tehran snap back between August and November. Zarif made the statement after meeting in Vienna with foreign ministers from the remaining countries signatory to the international deal following the US unilateral withdrawal in May.

Italy wants end to Libyan embargo to help it tackle migrants
July 5: Italy wants the UN arms embargo on Libya to be lifted to help the North African state battle people smugglers and halt the flow of migrants seeking a better life in Europe, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

UAE troops tortured, abused Yemenis
July 5: A number of Yemeni detainees have been subjected to ill-treatment, torture and sexual abuse by UAE soldiers, the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva said. UN Human Rights Office spokeswoman told Anadolu Agency. “From the initial information that our office in Yemen has managed to gather, we have reason to believe that a number of Yemeni detainees have been subjected to ill-treatment, torture and sexual abuse by UAE soldiers,” she said.

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Over 120 people attended a landmark conference on the media reporting of Islam and Muslims. It was held jointly by The Muslim News and Society of Editors in London on September 15.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence event is to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to society. Over 850 people from diverse background, Muslim and non-Muslim, attended the gala dinner.

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