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Human Rights Watch urged Tunisia to end the use of anal testing, used as "proof" to prosecute same-sex relations.

Here are the main takeaways from the massive blast that devastated Lebanon's capital Beirut.

Moroccan journalist named among 'most urgent' press freedom cases

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Moroccan journalist named among 'most urgent' press freedom cases

A jailed Moroccan journalist was included in a list of most urgent global cases of threats against the press.

Trial of Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni commences

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Trial of Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni commences

The trial of Trial of Algerian journalist and press freedom advocate Khaled Drareni begins in Algiers today.

Hollywood actors, renowned writers urge Egypt to free activist

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Hollywood actors, renowned writers urge Egypt to free activist

Noam Chomsky, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Arundhati Roy were among the public figures to call for the release of prominent Egyptian activist ...

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Australia: British-Australian academic held in Iran prison 'is well'

Imprisoned academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert is doing 'well' after being moved to Iran's 'worst prison' for women, Australia's ambassador to Tehran has said.

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Algeria journalist 'press freedom' trial opens

The trial opened of Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni, who has become a figurehead of press freedom in the North African country, with the ...

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Ethiopians celebrate progress in building dam on Nile River

Tens of thousands of people flooded the streets of the capital Addis Ababa on Sunday afternoon, waving Ethiopia's flag to celebrate progress in ...

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Who are the accused in Rafic Hariri murder trial?

A list of those indicted in the 2005 murder of former Lebanese premier Rafic Hariri.

Lebanon: from Hariri assassination to verdict

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Lebanon: from Hariri assassination to verdict

A recap of key developments in the case of the 2005 assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister Rafic Hariri.

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UN 'dismayed' at Libya journalist's 15-year prison term

UNSMIL voiced dismay at the sentencing of Ismail Abuzreiba to 15 years imprisonment following a trial by a military tribunal in the country's ...

Iraqi general who 'abandoned Mosul' released from jail

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Iraqi general who 'abandoned Mosul' released from jail

Iraqi General Mahdi Gharawi, who was accused of desertion and treason for allowing IS to take over Mosul in 2014, was released from prison to ...

Afghan ceasefire holds as hundreds of Taliban prisoners freed

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Afghan ceasefire holds as hundreds of Taliban prisoners freed

"You almost forget that there has been a war in this country for 40 years," one Jalalabad resident said.

Jordan teachers protest after arrest of union leaders

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Jordan teachers protest after arrest of union leaders

Thousands of public sector workers took to the streets across Jordan on Saturday evening to protest the arrest of leaders from the teachers ...

Calm across Afghanistan as ceasefire holds on day two

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Calm across Afghanistan as ceasefire holds on day two

Hopes are building for renewed peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban as a ceasefire holds for a second day

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East Libyan military court sentences journalist to 15 years

Ismail Bouzreeba al-Zway, a journalist critical of Haftar, has been jailed on vague terorrism-related charges, sparking outcry from human rights activists

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Loujain al-Hathloul turns 31 in a Saudi prison cell

Comment: Loujain al-Hathloul's imprisonment and torture is an international problem, and it requires an international solution, writes Alainna ...

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Iran prison officials' pleas for virus help ignored: Amnesty

Iran has ignored repeated requests from senior prison officials to contain Covid-19 in jails.

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Afghan truce begins ahead of possible talks

A three-day ceasefire between Taliban and government forces has begun as Muslims across the world celebrate Eid al-Adha.

Mental health crisis plaguing Yazidi child survivors of IS

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Mental health crisis plaguing Yazidi child survivors of IS

Thousands of Yazidi children are facing an unprecedented mental and physical health crisis, including post-traumatic stress, anxiety and ...

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HRW slams Jordan's detention of Teachers Syndicate leaders

Jordan has cracked down on a teachers union after the threat of strikes.

Calls for <em>release</em> of Moroccan man jailed for 'blasphemy'

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Calls for release of Moroccan man jailed for 'blasphemy'

Mohammad Awatif Kachchach was jailed for six months for sharing a cartoon online.

Australia accused of failing academic jailed in Iran

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Australia accused of failing academic jailed in Iran

Australia's foreign ministry this week said Kylie Moore-Gilber case remained one of its "highest priorities, including for our embassy officials ...

Algerian journalist detained in latest crackdown on free speech

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Algerian journalist detained in latest crackdown on free speech

The ex-correspondent of France24 was detained in the capital Algiers.

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