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Syrian president issues new amnesty reducing punishment for crimes

According to Syria’s official SANA news agency, the Sunday’s decree by the presidency would reduce the death penalty to life sentence with hard labor, and life sentences to 20 years, among other punishments. The pardon would include freeing some prisoners detained under a 2012 “terrorism law.”  Those imprisoned under the 2012 law over “conspiracy” or failing to inform the authorities of…

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Growing US income gap reducing life expectancy for poor: Study

Nearly three-quarters of wealthy Americans who were in their 50s and 60s in 1992 were still alive in 2014, according to a study released this week by the Government Accountability Office, Congress’s independent watchdog. However, only half of poor Americans in their 50s and 60s in 1992 made it to 2014, the study found. “It’s not only that rich people…

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4,000 detained in Indian-controlled Kashmir since region stripped of autonomy: Report

Media reports citing a recent government data reported on Thursday that Indian forces had arrested more than 3,800 people across the region over the past few weeks. The report contains data from 13 police districts that make up the Kashmir Valley. It shows the largest number of arrests from the most populous part of the contested region where the main…

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Saudi regime sentences clergyman to 12 years in prison, imposes travel ban on him

The rights group Prisoners of Conscience, which is an independent non-governmental organization advocating human rights in Saudi Arabia, announced in a post on its official Twitter page on Thursday that the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh had passed the ruling on the clergyman and prevented him from traveling abroad for five years. Sheikh Habib was recently released after three years of arbitrary…

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Kashmir Families Allege Brutality by Indian Forces

Parrey said that he went out for a walk with a friend on the evening of August 6 and turning a corner ran into members of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). One put the barrel of a pellet-firing shotgun gun to his upper body and “fired a shell right into my right shoulder”, the teenager said. Then one…

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Khashoggi’s last moments: Gasping, bone saw operating

The Turkish Daily Sabah newspaper on Monday released the transcripts of the alleged conversations between Khashoggi and the 15-man hit squad that had been sent on a mission to kill him before and during the assassination. The original audio file was obtained by Turkey’s national intelligence, according to the daily. Khashoggi, a former advocate of the Saudi royal court who later became…

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Saudi court acquits defendants in deadly Grand Mosque’s crane fall case

On Thursday, the Criminal Court in Mecca ordered the dismissal of the case against construction conglomerate Saudi Binladin Group, asserting that the trawler crane had been installed in a correct and safe position, and that none of the defendants were found to be negligent, Arabic-language al-Madina newspaper reported. The court further claimed that the defendants had taken all the necessary precautions, holding stormy winds solely…

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First official death in Kashmir protests prompts tighter security

“He was reportedly injured with a blunt object in a law and order situation where a violent crowd was indulging in stone pelting,” Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh, said on Wednesday. The death of Asrar Ahmed Khan, a resident of Srinagar’s Ilahibagh area, who was injured on Aug 5, has prompted tighter security in parts of…

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Amnesty International calls on Saudi Regime to reveal fate of Qatari citizen, his son

The London-based rights group said in a statement that the 70-year-old man and his teenage son arrived in Saudi Arabia on August 15, and were on their way to visit Ali Jarallah’s brother in the country’s Shia-populated Eastern Province. The two men were in contact with their family in Qatar until August 18, when they were nearing the city of al-Hofuf in the…

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Bahrain must ‘halt harassment’ of Tamimi: Amnesty

Amnesty International has called on Bahraini officials to put an end to their continued harassment of former legislator Osama Jaber Muhana al-Tamimi, and to allow him to travel abroad for medical treatment after he suffered a stroke following his arrest last month. The London-based rights group said  on Twitter Tuesday that al-Tamimi had a stroke on August 6, and was taken…

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