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The American actress urged authorities to release activists from the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EiPR) in a video posted on the group’s YouTube channel.

Egypt has embarked on an execution spree in recent months, putting scores of people to death.

Egypt arrests model over 'sexy Cleopatra' shoot outside Saqqara

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Egypt arrests model over 'sexy Cleopatra' shoot outside Saqqara

A model donning provocative Pharaonic-styled clothing in a Saqqara photoshoot was arrested, sparking a debate about the Islamisation of ancient Egyptian civilisations.

Egypt to 'temporarily close' probe of Italian student murder

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Egypt to 'temporarily close' probe of Italian student murder

Egypt is to "temporarily close" its investigation into the murder in Cairo of Italian student Guilio Regeni, for which Rome named Egyptian ...

For wounded Syrian photographer, Paris protest reawakens Aleppo trauma

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For wounded Syrian photographer, Paris protest reawakens Aleppo trauma

Ameer al-Halbi, a freelance photographer who has covered the Syrian civil war from his home city of Aleppo, needed treatment for face wounds ...

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Trial opens of popular Algeria activist Karim Tabbou

The 47-year-old is charged with "damaging the morale of the army".

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Ten years on, Tunisia is Arab Spring's only success

Only Tunisia has made the transition during the Arab Spring, with the other popular uprisings ending in repression, war or chaos.

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The soundtrack of the Arab uprisings in 10 songs

Few of the pro-democracy protesters who took the Middle East by storm in 2011 had a flag to raise or leader to follow. But all had a song to ...

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Turkey blocks Jay Z's Tidal streaming service

Tidal failed to comply with new internet regulations, the Turkish government said.

Islamophobia on the rise 'like never before': Turkish FM

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Islamophobia on the rise 'like never before': Turkish FM

The Turkish official raised concerns over a growing trend of overt Islamophobia, particularly in Europe.

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Veteran Egyptian human rights activist dies of Covid-19

Hafez Abu Seada, a co-founder of the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights who was arrested several times by the regime of former President ...

Sisi intensifies human rights <em>crackdown</em> as Biden era nears

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Sisi intensifies human rights crackdown as Biden era nears

In-depth: As the countdown to the end of a friendly Trump administration begins, Sisi's crackdown on human rights defenders is testing ...

Pilots, civilians given life terms over Turkey's 2016 coup

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Pilots, civilians given life terms over Turkey's 2016 coup

Several people were given life sentences for their part in the failed coup of 2016.

Algeria slashes activist's jail term for 'offending Islam'

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Algeria slashes activist's jail term for 'offending Islam'

An Algerian court has cut the sentence of a Hirak activist who was found guilty of “offending Islam” from ten years in jail to one year.

UN 'very concerned' over Egypt arrest of rights workers

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UN 'very concerned' over Egypt arrest of rights workers

The United Nations has expressed concern over the arrests of three human rights activists in Egypt, amid a continued crackdown on ...

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Egypt rights defender held in solitary confinement

The founder of EIPR said Gasser Abdel Razak was being 'deliberately singled out' for inhumane and degrading treatment.

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Uighur men detained in Saudi risk deportation, torture: HRW

Human Rights Watch has called on the Saudi authorities to immediately disclose the status of Hemdullah Abduweli, a 52 year-old Muslim scholar, ...

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Egypt adds leading activist, politician to terror watch list

The ruling last week includes a travel ban and freeze on assets for three years. The decision may be appealed within 60 days.

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Egypt hits back at critics of rights group arrests

Egypt's foreign ministry dismissed global criticism of its arrests of three staff members of a the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights ...

G20 throws weight behind global Covid-19 vaccine access

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G20 throws weight behind global Covid-19 vaccine access

A coronavirus vaccine was high on the agenda at the G20 summit.

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Why you should care about the arrests in Egypt

More than 60,000 political prisoners have been incarcerated since Fattah al-Sisi’s power grab in 2013.

Bahraini FM makes 'halal toast' with Israel's president

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Bahraini FM makes 'halal toast' with Israel's president

Bahrain Abdullatif Al-Zayani used a glass of water, instead of champagne, to toast his leader during a trip to Israel.

UN urges Egypt to free rights activists

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UN urges Egypt to free rights activists

The UN, Amnesty International and countries including the UK and US have raised concerns over the arrest of EIPR staff.

Macron accuses Turkey of promoting anti-French sentiment in Africa

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Macron accuses Turkey of promoting anti-French sentiment in Africa

Macron accused Turkey of 'distorting' his words and 'playing on post-colonial resentment' in Africa.

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