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Comment: In a weak attempt at justice for Jamal Khashoggi, the UK imposed sanctions, but then apparently apologised and returned to negotiating arms exports with Saudi Arabia, writes Courtney Freer.

Bahraini security officials who allegedly tortured the two men received training that was partly funded by Britain.

Johnson slammed for dissolving UK's international aid department

Gaia Caramazza

Johnson slammed for dissolving UK's international aid department

The UK has merged the department for international development with the foreign office.

Fears grow for Egypt's political prisoners as Covid-19 surges

Jan-Peter Westad

Fears grow for Egypt's political prisoners as Covid-19 surges

Fears grow for political prisoners in Egypt's jails as Covid-19 spreads amid deplorable conditions.

Iran military satellite launch 'of significant concern', says UK

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Iran military satellite launch 'of significant concern', says UK

The UK has criticised Iran for flouting UN regulations and launching a military satellite using ballistic missile technology.

Anu Shukla

Coronavirus 'inching closer' to inmates at Iranian prison

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office is calling on the Iranian government to immediately allow health professionals into Evin prison to assess the situation of British-Iranian dual nationals there.

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UK police to review disappearance of Dubai ruler's daughter

A UK court ruled this week that Sheikha Shamsa was likely abducted off the streets of Cambridge by her father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al ...

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Husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to meet PM Boris Johnson

The husband of jailed dual-national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to help secure her release.

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John Major aides anger over PLO site visit

Aides of then UK Prime Minister John Major expressed anger over a minister contemplating a visit Orient House in Palestine.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband demands Johnson pressure Iran on detainee's release

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Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband demands Johnson pressure Iran on detainee's release

Richard Ratcliffe and five-year-old daughter Gabriella stood outside Downing Street in London on Tuesday night along with other protesters to ...

Helena Cobban

Pompeo casts international law aside on Israeli settlement policy

Comment: The US' decision to no longer deem Israeli settlements illegal is just the latest example of the Trump administration's rogue-state ...

Egypt is building a concrete wall around Sharm el-Sheikh

Mel Plant

Egypt is building a concrete wall around Sharm el-Sheikh

Investigation: Desperate for foreign cash, the Egyptian regime has cooked up a plan to revive the tourist mecca of Sharm el-Sheikh by building a ...

UK lifts flight ban to Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh

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UK lifts flight ban to Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh

The Foreign Office banned all flights heading to the Red Sea resort in Egypt after the downing of a Russian airliner in 2015 that killed 224 ...

US warns citizens to 'exercise caution' when visiting Saudi

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US warns citizens to 'exercise caution' when visiting Saudi

US embassy personnel are barred from travelling within 50 kilometres of the Yemeni border under the new travel advisory, which comes in the wake ...

Detained in the Gulf? Britain will not protect you

Lyndon Peters

Detained in the Gulf? Britain will not protect you

Comment: In 2010, Briton Jaafar al-Hasabi was arrested and tortured in Bahrain. The FCO intervened but belatedly. The FCO's recent ...

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Corbyn urges UK to refrain from escalating Gulf tensions

UK opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for 'credible evidence' that Iran was behind the June 13 attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

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UK urges investigation into UAE arrest of football fan

British citizen Ali Issa Ahmad was arrested by UAE security forces because he wore a Qatar football shirt. He says he was beaten, electrocuted, ...

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UK launches investigation into UAE detention of PhD student

Hedges' wife Daniela Tejada has criticised the Foreign Office for its treatment of the case and called on it to pressure the UAE to clear ...

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German opposition party seeks extension of Saudi arms ban

Social Democratic Party (SPD) politicians in the German ruling coalition will seek to extend a ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia, despite ...

UK 'boosting' Yemen aid, while continuing Saudi arms sales

Karim Traboulsi

UK 'boosting' Yemen aid, while continuing Saudi arms sales

London is to continue its schizophrenic policy on Yemen, providing aid while selling weapons to those bombing it and fuelling its humanitarian ...

Malia Bouattia

Hedges jailing shows UAE's disregard for British outrage

Comment: There is no freedom, no liberation, no justice in isolation, writes Malia Bouattia.

As the UAE's authoritarianism grows, Western governments remain silent

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

As the UAE's authoritarianism grows, Western governments remain silent

Creating an image of a modern, progressive, tolerant haven for tourism, the UAE has traditionally gained less spotlight for its harsh ...

UK arms sales to human rights abusers 'almost double'

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UK arms sales to human rights abusers 'almost double'

Arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel and Bahrain "fuel atrocities for years to come", campaigners said.

British expats 'tortured and abused in UAE prisons'

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British expats 'tortured and abused in UAE prisons'

Investigative report sheds new light on previously unknown cases involving the alleged torture, sexual abuse and even deaths of British citizens ...

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