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5 December 2018 15:09

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has directed the roughly 6,000 American troops deployed to stop arriving migrants at the southern border with Mexico to remain there through Christmas. The Pentagon chief made the announcement on Tuesday after a request by the Department of Homeland Security for the extension. Mattis’s previous order for the border deployment was set to expire on December 15. “The...

2 December 2018 16:21

The French government says it will consider imposing a state of emergency in the wake of the country's worst civil unrest in more than a decade, which has caught authorities off guard.  Two weeks of nationwide protests against fuel taxes and living costs by the "yellow vest" movement have shaken the county to its roots but President Emmanuel Macron remains defiant after calling the protesters "thugs". Macron...

2 December 2018 16:19

Bahrain’s largest opposition group has warned about the ruling regime’s sweeping arrest and abuse campaign against female activists throughout the course of a campaign of suppression that has already taken the lives of scores of dissidents. Manama has rounded up as many as 994 women for demanding “freedom and democracy” since the start of anti-regime rallies on the island in 2011, al-Wefaq tweeted...

2 December 2018 11:13

  A new report has revealed the extent of torture and violent instances of mistreatment practiced against women in UAE prisons.   The New Khalij - an Arabic-language news website covering the human rights situation in the Persian Gulf’s littoral Arab countries - in an audio report published on Friday studied several cases in which of sufferings by female detainees in UAE prisons. The audio...

30 November 2018 23:37

Scores of people have held a protest in Bahrain to voice their support for distinguished Shia cleric Sheikh Khalid Fadhil al-Zaki, whom regime forces recently arrested as the ruling Al Khalifah regime does not shy away from its clampdown on pro-democracy campaigners in the kingdom. The protesters staged a rally in the northwestern village of Diraz, situated some 12 kilometers west of the capital...

29 November 2018 15:00

Two senior US Cabinet members have urged senators not to downgrade relations with Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but members of Congress from both political parties said they could not ignore reports that Saudi’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was involved in last month’s killing. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of...

29 November 2018 14:53

The Italian parliament has approved as law a tough anti-migrant and security bill drafted by far-right Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini despite strong criticism from the political left. The lower house of the Italian parliament, known as the Chamber of Duties, adopted the controversial bill with 396 votes in favor to 99 against on Wednesday, making it easier...

29 November 2018 8:56

Britain is mourning the loss of World War II veteran Harry Leslie Smith who famously defended social justice, called for the boycott of “apartheid” Israel and condemned UK austerity measures and the lack of support for refugees. Smith, who lived through the Great Depression and always described himself as the “world’s oldest rebel”, died Wednesday in a Canadian hospital while visiting...

27 November 2018 14:55

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has formally requested Argentine judicial authorities to use a domestic constitutional clause to arrest and prosecute Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MbS, for war crimes in Yemen and the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi when he enters Argentina later this week to attend a G20 summit. The New York-based rights group filed a...

23 November 2018 15:18

Bahrain's dissolved opposition groups and religious scholars have boycotted Saturday's general elections in the country amid reports that the island kingdom is inching closer towards Israel. Al-Wafaq and al-Haq made the call on Friday, asking the people to take up the measure until the elections were over on Saturday. They described the ballot as mock elections. Bahrain's religious scholars also boycotted the...

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