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Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who was sent to hospital after going on hunger strike for 40 days to demand the release of political prisoners, has been sent back to prison

France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Tuesday raised ocncern over the health of jailed Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh.

Iran 'ready' to swap all prisoners with US: FM

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Iran 'ready' to swap all prisoners with US: FM

Tehran is ready for a full prisoner exchange with the US, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said in an address to the Council on Foreign Relations on Monday.

Hundreds protest in Iraq after attacks on activists

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Hundreds protest in Iraq after attacks on activists

Hundreds of protesters have blocked roads and bridges in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah after one activist was kidnapped and another ...

Yemen calls for emergency UN Security Council session

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Yemen calls for emergency UN Security Council session

Yemen has called for an emergency UN Security Council session to discuss the Houthi rebels' ongoing Marib offensive, where more than 3 million ...

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Jailed Iranian rights lawyer hospitalised amid hunger strike

Nasrin Sotoudeh was transferred to a hospital in north Tehran from the notorious Evin Prison on Saturday.

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Yemen sides meet in Geneva for prisoner swap talks

Yemen’s warring sides began peace consultations in Switzerland for prisoner swaps.

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Turkey eyes new opportunities in post-coup Mali

Despite France showing no sign of drawing down its presence in Mali, Turkey has indicated increased interest in the West African state's future.

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The Iraq Report: US drawdown will embolden Iran's proxies

Iran-backed militias will feel emboldened by a reduction of capable enemies on their doorstep, and could seek to expand their power and ...

What's powering France's amoral alliance with UAE?

Eva Thiebaud

What's powering France's amoral alliance with UAE?

Comment: Paris has kept its extensive collaboration with the Emiratis curiously quiet. The 2019 revelations on UAE's shadowy behaviour in Yemeni ...

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Yemen prisoner swap talks postponed to Friday

If realised, the UN-sponsored prison exchange deal would be the largest since Yemen's war erupted in 2014.

Yemen warring sides in 'final' talks on prisoner-swap deal

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Yemen warring sides in 'final' talks on prisoner-swap deal

Yemen's warring sides will met in Geneva on Thursday for UN-sponsored talks on a deal to release more than 1,400 prisoners.

How looming US elections could derail Afghan peace talks

Syed Fazl-e-Haider

How looming US elections could derail Afghan peace talks

Significant challenges remain to ensure long-awaited intra-Afghan peace talks produce a breakthrough in the decades-long conflict.

UN experts demand <em>release</em> of Algerian journalist

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UN experts demand release of Algerian journalist

The UN has called for the release of Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni.

How to share a river

Biniam Bedasso and Maria A. Gwynn

How to share a river

Comment: Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia should look to Latin America which has set a powerful global precedent on how to share transboundary ...

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HRW urges Israel to release body of murdered Palestinian

Israeli authorities are still holding the body of Ahmed Erekat, a young Palestinian shot and killed by Israeli border guards as he drove to his sister's wedding, the HRW said.

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Algeria journalist Drareni jailed for 2 years: lawyer

Although Drareni's sentence was reduced by a year from an August judgement, press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders condemned it.

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Saudi Arabia rebuked at UN over abuses, Khashoggi

In the third joint statement to the council targeting Riyadh since the 2018 killing, the mainly European countries renewed a call for ...

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US blocks Chinese products from Uighur 'forced labour'

The US announced it would block a range of Chinese products made by "forced labour" in the Xinjiang region.

Libya east government head hands in resignation after protests

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Libya east government head hands in resignation after protests

The head of Libya's parallel government installed in the country's east has handed in his resignation following street protests against ...

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Iran summons German envoy for condemning wrestler's execution

Germany's ambassador was summoned in Tehran over tweets condemning the execution of a wrestler just days earlier.

At Afghan peace talks, the hard work begins

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At Afghan peace talks, the hard work begins

Negotiations will be arduous and messy, delegates warned during the opening ceremony, and are starting even as deadly violence continues to grip ...

Egypt brokers negotiations for Israel-Hamas prisoner swap

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Egypt brokers negotiations for Israel-Hamas prisoner swap

A delegation led by General Ahmed Abdel Khalek, Palestinian affairs chief in the Egyptian intelligence service, has shuttled between the two ...

Algeria journalist must be freed on health grounds: RSF

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Algeria journalist must be freed on health grounds: RSF

Press freedom advocates have called for the release of Khaled Drareni, an Algerian journalist arrested over his coverage of ...

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