Mideast and North Africa


    • 55,000 linked to IS in Syria, Iraq should be tried or freed, UN's Bachelet says

      55,000 linked to IS in Syria, Iraq should be tried or freed, UN's Bachelet says

      UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Monday that 55,000 captured Islamic State fighters, including foreigners, and their families detained in Syria and Iraq should face fair prosecution or be freed. States “must assume responsibility for their nationals” and should not inflict statelessness on fighters’ children who have already suffered so much, Bachelet also told the UN Human Rights Council as it opened a three-week session in Geneva.

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    • Saudi Arabia introduces new residency scheme for expats

      Saudi Arabia introduces new residency scheme for expats

      Saudi Arabia launched on Sunday their new special residency scheme similar to green card systems applicable in other countries, aimed at attracting wealthy and high-skilled expats. Under the scheme two types of residencies would be offer. The first one would be permanent for 800,000 Saudi riyals ( around $213,000). The other one would be renewable one-year residency for 100,000 Saudi riyals ($26,665).

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    • Summit on 'Africa Transforming'

      Summit on 'Africa Transforming'

      As part of its Development Policy Forum and on the eve of the European Development Days, Friends of Europe, a leading think tank based in the Belgian capital, held in Brussels a summit on “Africa Transforming”. This high-level event emphasised on the challenges and opportunities Africa and Europe should focus on. 

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    • Iran shoots down US drone aircraft

      Iran shoots down US drone aircraft

      Iranian forces have shot down a United States military drone, in a move that further escalates the volatile situation playing out between Washington and Tehran in the Middle East. The downing of the "intruding American spy drone" was made after it reportedly entered into the country's territory Thursday, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. Major General Hossein Salami has said.

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    • Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi dies in court

      Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi dies in court

      Egypt's former President Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader who rose to office in the country's first free elections in 2012 and was ousted a year later by the military, collapsed in court during a trial and died Monday, state TV and his family said. He has been buried in eastern Cairo hours after the incident with his cause of death remaining unknown.

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    • Israel PM's wife convicted of misusing public funds

      Israel PM's wife convicted of misusing public funds

      An Israeli court Sunday convicted the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of fraudulently using state funds for meals, under a plea bargain which dropped more severe charges. And while the ruling cut short a high-profile trial, the Netanyahu family's legal woes are far from over: the veteran premier himself faces possible indictment for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in the coming months.

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    • Saudi crown prince accuses Iran of twin tanker attacks

      Saudi crown prince accuses Iran of twin tanker attacks

      Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accused rival Iran of attacks on two oil tankers in a vital Gulf shipping channel, adding he "won't hesitate" to tackle any threats to the kingdom, according to excerpts of an interview published on Sunday. In it the prince also accused "Iran and its proxies" over 12 May attacks on four tankers anchored in the Gulf of Oman off the United Arab Emirates port of Fujairah.

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    • Netanyahu struggles to form government

      Netanyahu struggles to form government

      Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu embarked on Sunday on what he termed a “final effort” to break a deadlock on forming a governing coalition ahead of a Wednesday deadline for a deal. In a video published on Twitter on Sunday, he said he had invited all of his negotiating partners to meet him in “a final attempt to form a right-wing government” and avoid “an unnecessary election”.

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    • EU helps Israel to tackle forest fires

      EU helps Israel to tackle forest fires

      The EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated yesterday for tackling forest fires, following a request for assistance from the Israeli authorities made previous night. In an immediate response, the European Union has already helped mobilise four firefighting planes, two from Italy and two from Cyprus are dispatched swiftly to the affected areas.

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