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The French interior minister announced the closure of nine Muslim places of worship, one day before he met with French Muslim leaders to discuss a controversial new bill.

Millions of dollars are frozen in Swiss bank accounts linked to ousted dictator Zine El Abedine Ben Ali.

Saudi Arabia ‘ignoring’ Israel for leaking secret Netanyahu-MbS meeting

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Saudi Arabia ‘ignoring’ Israel for leaking secret Netanyahu-MbS meeting

Riyadh is still angry with Israel for leaking reports on a secret meeting between Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Neom last year.

Iraq urges Facebook, Twitter to reconsider militia accounts ban

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Iraq urges Facebook, Twitter to reconsider militia accounts ban

In a statement on Friday, Iraq's Media and Communications Commission called on Facebook and Twitter to review a decision to ban accounts linked ...

Pompeo hits Iran, China, Cuba in last-minute sanctions push

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Pompeo hits Iran, China, Cuba in last-minute sanctions push

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo imposed sanctions on China, Iran and Cuba in a last-minute push aimed at boxing in President-elect Joe Biden.

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Deplatforming Trump is no atonement for tech's sins abroad

Comment: Debate over deplatforming Trump misses the point: That from India to Myanmar, Silicon Valley has failed to police hate speech for years, writes Jillian C. York.

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Islamic State's resurgence is Syria is going unnoticed

Comment: The root causes of Islamic State in Syria were never adequately addressed, and now, as the world is distracted, a resurgence seems ...

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China possibly committed ‘genocide’ against Xinjiang Muslims, says report

A new report on China commissioned by the US found that the Asian country may have committed genocide against its Uighur Muslim population.

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Washington DC could rename Saudi embassy street after Khashoggi

A member of the city council of Washington DC has introduced a proposal to rename the street where Saudi Arabia’s embassy is located after ...

Israel to begin vaccinating Palestinian prisoners

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Israel to begin vaccinating Palestinian prisoners

Israel has announced it will begin vaccinating Palestinian prisoners over 55 against coronavirus but continues to refuse to vaccinate ...

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Israel hits 2 million vaccinated as Palestinians await inoculation

As Israel celebrated its two million inoculation threshold, human rights groups called on the Jewish state to fulfil its ...

UN <em>rights</em> body to vote on president after standoff

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UN rights body to vote on president after standoff

The UN Human Rights Council will hold an unprecedented vote to pick its president.

Egypt court prolongs detention of social media influencers

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Egypt court prolongs detention of social media influencers

An Egyptian court prolonged the detention of two young women over charges of human trafficking.

EU watchdog launches Frontex investigation over migrant harassment allegations

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EU watchdog launches Frontex investigation over migrant harassment allegations

The EU has launched an investigation into claims that Greece is pushing migrants on boats back into the sea.

Germany deports 26 Afghan refugees despite 'threats to life'

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Germany deports 26 Afghan refugees despite 'threats to life'

Germany has attracted criticism for its decision to continue to deport Afghan refugees in the midst of a pandemic.

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Azerbaijan invites allies Turkey and Pakistan to 'rebuild Nagorno-Karabakh'

The three countries' top diplomats discussed reconstruction efforts and an initiative to combat global Islamophobia.

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Israel to push Biden to limit criticism of UAE

Israel is lobbying the incoming Biden administration to limit US criticism of the Gulf’s human rights record and military ...

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Iran Guards deny losses in Israel Syria strikes

An Iranian official denied Thursday that recent Israeli strikes on eastern Syria led to any deaths.

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Locked-down Tunisia marks decade since dictator's fall

Tunisia marked 10 years since the Arab Spring revolution sent autocratic ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali but little are celebrating due to a ...

<em>Human</em> <em>rights</em> whistle-blower claims UN will 'fire' her

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Human rights whistle-blower claims UN will 'fire' her

Lawyer Emily Reilly is claiming that the United Nations intends to 'fire' her after she spoke out about Uighur dissident names allegedly being ...

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US to block cotton from China's Xinjiang region

The US government will halt imports of cotton and tomatoes from China's Xinjiang region over Beijing's treatment of the country's Uighur ...

Asylum seekers protest conditions in UK military camp

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Asylum seekers protest conditions in UK military camp

Asylum seekers in a camp in Kent are peacefully protesting abysmal conditions.

HRW urges Biden to let Trump face the courts

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HRW urges Biden to let Trump face the courts

After assuming office, the incoming president should not stand in the way of professional prosecutors seeking to hold Donald Trump to account ...

Israel raids on Syria 'followed US intel, Pompeo-Mossad meeting'

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Israel raids on Syria 'followed US intel, Pompeo-Mossad meeting'

A senior US intelligence official said the strikes, which reportedly killed 57 pro-Syrian regime fighters, targeted warehouses serving as a ...

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