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Ahmet Altan was released from the Silivri prison on Istanbul's western outskirts a few hours after the verdict was announced on Wednesday.

Academic and theatre director Ghotboddin Sadegh has come under fire after saying he wants to 'purge' a Tehran district from the LGBTQ+ community.

Report: Extremist groups thrive on Facebook despite bans

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Report: Extremist groups thrive on Facebook despite bans

Hundreds of pages that 'spread violence-glorifying material' continue to operate on Facebook, non-profit Avaaz says.

Iraq spy agency blasts militia leader for UAE claims

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Iraq spy agency blasts militia leader for UAE claims

Qais Al-Khazali, the head of the Iran-backed Asaib Ahl Al-Haq, claimed the movement of 300 Iraqi intelligence officers to the country's border ...

Suu Kyi's lawyer soldiers on 'in defence of democracy'

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Suu Kyi's lawyer soldiers on 'in defence of democracy'

The lawyer representing Aung San Suu Kyi says her trial will help determine whether Myanmar's people again become "slaves" of the military.

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Saudi textbooks slammed over 'hateful language' against religious minorities

Human Rights Watch has found that the current school textbooks maintain language that disparages practices associated with religious minorities.

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Twitter suspends 70,000 accounts linked to pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy

Twitter announced it has suspended "more than 70,000 accounts" linked to the QAnon conspiracy theory following the attack on the US Capitol by a ...

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Twitter boots Trump to stop violence-sparking tweets

Twitter has banned US President Donald Trump from its platform in the aftermath of the attack on the US Capitol.

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Saudi women's rights activist sentenced to five years imprisonment

Women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul was convicted of "various activities prohibited by the anti-terrorism law", and sentenced to five ...

Saudi Arabia hands American doctor six-year prison sentence

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Saudi Arabia hands American doctor six-year prison sentence

A Saudi court sentenced Dr Walid Fitahi to six years in prison and renewed a travel ban against his wife and children, all of whom are dual ...

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MbS summoned to court on WhatsApp over 'assassination' attempt

Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been summoned to court via the WhatsApp messaging platform over torture charges.

Lawyers hired to represent MbS in Al-Jabri lawsuit: report

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Lawyers hired to represent MbS in Al-Jabri lawsuit: report

MbS and his aides have been assigned US lawyers in a lawsuit accusing the crown prince of sending a hit squad to Canada to allegedly assassinate ...

Saudi Arabia arrests 45 in fresh 'anti-corruption' campaign

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Saudi Arabia arrests 45 in fresh 'anti-corruption' campaign

Dozens of people, including public servants, are the latest to be arrested as part of Saudi Arabia's wide-reaching anti-corruption drive.

HRW calls on YouTube to preserve war crimes evidence

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HRW calls on YouTube to preserve war crimes evidence

Human Rights Watch is calling for the retrieval of war crimes evidence that have been removed from social media.

Under anti-corruption guise, Saudi crown prince targets royal rivals

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Under anti-corruption guise, Saudi crown prince targets royal rivals

Comment: The arrest of two Saudi princes reflects Mohammed bin Salman's power to increase central control over the defence sector, despite ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Saudi sacks military commander over alleged corruption

A top Saudi military commander and his son were sacked on Monday over graft allegations, state media said, in the government's latest purge.

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Mounting discontent among leading Saudi royals over MbS' rule

Mohamed bin Salman's cousins are said to regret the crown prince's rise to power.

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

Two adult children and a brother a former top Saudi intelligence official exiled in Canada were detained in Riyadh in March.

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Iraq intelligence chief sacked in latest military shakeup

Observers say the reshuffle is linked to investigations into the deadly suppression of protests which broke out in October last year.

Exiled Uighurs bring first-ever ICC claim against China

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Exiled Uighurs bring first-ever ICC claim against China

The evidence submitted includes torture, being forced to eat pork and drink alcohol, and birth control for Uyghur women.

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Pompeo slams China’s forced sterilisation of Uighur Muslims

China's Uighur minority have faced gross human rights abuses.

China forces birth control on Uighurs to suppress population

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China forces birth control on Uighurs to suppress population

Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are being targeted with forced birth control measures that have dramatically slashed birth rates, a new ...

Turkey bolsters reinforcements in northern Syria

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Turkey bolsters reinforcements in northern Syria

Adding to rising tensions, sources told The New Arab that Syrian regime forces had sent reinforcements to areas under Kurdish control.

Rival Kurdish groups in Syria reach breakthrough agreement

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Rival Kurdish groups in Syria reach breakthrough agreement

On Tuesday, representatives of the KNC and a PYD-led coalition of Kurdish parties "concluded the first stage of Kurdish unity negotiations and ...

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