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A ban on Female Genital Mutilation [FGM], repealing the death penalty for apostasy and allowing the drinking of alcohol are among a set of wide-ranging laws reformed by Sudan.

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.

China, US in new spat over Uighur crackdown

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China, US in new spat over Uighur crackdown

The latest Chinese response followed a US announcement of visa bans and an assets freeze on three officials, including the architect of Beijing's hardline policies against minorities.

Senators press Trump over detention of Saudi ex-spy's children

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Senators press Trump over detention of Saudi ex-spy's children

Two adult children and a brother of former top Saudi intelligence official Saad Aljabri were detained in Riyadh in March.

Dubai deputy police chief Dhahi Khalfan praises British colonialism

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Dubai deputy police chief Dhahi Khalfan praises British colonialism

Dubai's controversial deputy police chief Dhahi Khalfan sparked an uproar on social media after he praised British colonialism.

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Stephen Miller is a man on a mission

Comment: Trump is calling on Stephen Miller's toxic immigration politics to distract from his falling poll numbers and a disastrous handling of the pandemic, writes Mobashra Tazamal.

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British MPs 'outraged' over arms sales to Saudi Arabia

This week we focus on a 'disappointing' decision by the UK to resume Saudi arms sales, warnings over famine in Yemen and more.

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Iran to bolster Syria air defences, counter US 'pressure'

Iran announced it will strengthen war-torn Syria's air defence systems as part of a military agreement between the allies.

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UK to resume Saudi arms sales despite humanitarian outcry

The UK will resume arms sales to Saudi Arabia after determining the Saudi-led coalition's breaches of international humanitarian law in Yemen to ...

Turkey trial of Khashoggi murder suspects postponed to November

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Turkey trial of Khashoggi murder suspects postponed to November

The trial of 20 Saudi suspects that began in absentia on Friday was postponed to November, in hopes that the suspects would be made to attend ...

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Former world leaders warn against Israel annexation plan

The Elders, founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007, called on EU leaders to consider suspending the 27-nation’s Association Agreement with Israel if ...

Jordan announces smoking crackdown in coronavirus fight

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Jordan announces smoking crackdown in coronavirus fight

Jordan has banned all forms of smoking in closed public spaces in the country's latest effort to battle Covid-19.

Facebook urged to block anti-gay 'hate speech' in MENA

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Facebook urged to block anti-gay 'hate speech' in MENA

Around 20 activist groups called on Facebook to stop the spread of anti-gay hate speech targeting the LGBTQ+ community in the Middle East and ...

Pakistan blocks online game PUBG over 'negative' impact

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Pakistan blocks online game PUBG over 'negative' impact

Authorities said they had received "numerous" complaints from people saying the game has a "serious negative impact on (the) physical and ...

US seizes 'human hair' shipment 'made in Uighur camps'

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US seizes 'human hair' shipment 'made in Uighur camps'

A shipment of almost $1 million worth of hair products were seized by US customs, on suspicions they were made in forced Uighur labour camps.

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Russians to back reforms allowing Putin to extend rule

Putin says the changes are needed to ensure stability and cement Russian values in the face of pernicious Western influences.

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US pushes for 'indefinite' Iran arms embargo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is urging the UN Security Council to extend an arms embargo against Iran indefinitely, as Russia and China ...

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Explainer: Israel's Trump-backed annexation plan for the West Bank

Your questions about Israel's plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, answered.

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South Lebanon judge resigns following ruling against US ambassador

Judge Mohamad Mazeh tendered his resignation after he was questioned for slapping a year-long gag order on airing or publishing comments made by ...

Saudi, US push for extension of Iran arms embargo

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Saudi, US push for extension of Iran arms embargo

US and Saudi officials called for extending a UN arms embargo on Iran, warning of major implications for regional security, accusing Tehran of ...

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Rights groups slam UK ‘lacklustre’ response to Israeli annexation

A coalition of rights groups has slammed the United Kingdom’s response to Israel's planned annexation as “lacklustre”.

Syria ends tycoon Makhlouf's duty free contracts

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Syria ends tycoon Makhlouf's duty free contracts

The move comes as part of an ongoing dispute between Assad and his cousin, Rami Makhlouf.

Germany to adopt resolution against 'illegal' Israeli annexation

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Germany to adopt resolution against 'illegal' Israeli annexation

German authorities could adopt a resolution standing against Israel's 'illegal' annexation plans.

Lebanon summons US ambassador over Hezbollah remarks

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Lebanon summons US ambassador over Hezbollah remarks

Lebanon's foreign ministry has summoned its US ambassador over Hezbollah remarks.

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