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Published: Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:31:18 +0200
Syria: US-led Coalition ‘deeply in denial’ about civilian casualties in Raqqa
Evidence on the ground contradicts Coalition’s artificially low civilian casualty figures
Coalition’s reporting is inadequate, vague and dismisses almost all civilian casualty allegations as “non-credible”
Ground forces point to “mistakes” and “unsuccessful air strikes” resulting in “huge human and material losses”
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-The US-led Coalition’s flurry of responses rejecting the findings of a recent Amnesty International report...
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Published: Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:54:01 +0200
Chad: People forced to pay a heavy price for harsh austerity measures
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-• Health budget slashed by over 50 per cent in four years
• Students forced to choose between classes and work
• Anti-austerity protesters repressed and arrested, some tortured

A host of austerity measures implemented by the Chadian authorities is pushing people into deeper poverty, undermining access to necessary health care and putting education beyond the reach of many, Amnesty International said in a new report published today.
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Published: Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:58:52 +0200
The spirit of Liu Xiaobo will never die
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:- 13 July marks the first anniversary of the death of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo. His good friend, the writer Yedu, reflects on the legacy of one of China’s most prominent human rights and democracy advocates.

Liu Xiaobo had been serving an 11-year prison term for "subversion" when he died of liver cancer at the age of 61. The Chinese authorities refused his wish to travel abroad for treatment. On Tuesday, his widow Liu Xia was finally allowed...
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Published: Sat, 14 Jul 2018 21:33:16 +0200
Cameroon: Credible evidence that Army personnel responsible for shocking extrajudicial executions caught on video
An investigation by Amnesty International experts has gathered credible evidence that it was Cameroonian soldiers depicted in a video carrying out the horrific extrajudicial executions of two women and two young children. While an investigation has now been announced, the Ministry of Communication earlier dismissed video footage of the killings as “fake news”.

Extensive analysis of the weapons, dialogue and uniforms that feature in the video, paired with digital verification techniques...
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Published: Sat, 14 Jul 2018 11:46:19 +0200
A brief history of governments hacking human rights organizations
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm.-We always knew that governments and military forces spied on each other. But over the last five years or more, we’ve seen them spying on NGOs, journalists and human rights workers, too.
The world first became aware of states hacking “civilian” targets in 2010, when Google revealed it had detected an intrusion by the Chinese government. Adobe Systems and Juniper Networks then confirmed they were attacked as part of the same campaign, and further...
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Published: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 22:07:45 +0200
Egypt civil aviation minister says air traffic at Cairo airport unaffected after blast
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-CAIRO, July 12 (Reuters) - Egypt’s civil aviation minister said on Thursday that an explosion hit two fuel tanks outside the perimeter of Cairo’s airport, but air traffic was not affected.

A security source had said earlier that air movement was temporarily halted after the blast, which was heard across parts of the Egyptian capital.
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Published: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 21:34:58 +0200
Chemicals factory blast injures 12 outside Cairo's main airport
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian firefighters battled flames that erupted after an explosion at a chemicals factory outside Cairo’s main airport on Thursday, with a dozen people reported injured in a blast an army spokesman said was caused by high temperatures.
State news agency MENA quoted a security source as saying that 12 people were taken to a hospital after the blast, which occurred in a storage facility belonging to a local petrochemicals company outside...
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Published: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 21:17:04 +0200
TWELVE injured in huge EXPLOSION at Cairo airport as smoke rises over Egypt capital
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-TWELVE people have been injured in an explosion near the airport in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, with plumes of smoke billowing from the scene, and photographs of the incident widely shared on social media.
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Published: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 10:24:57 +0200
Iran: Young man flogged 80 times for drinking alcohol as a child
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-The public flogging on Tuesday in Iran of a young man convicted of consuming alcohol when he was just 14 or 15 years old over a decade ago highlights the inhumanity of a justice system that legalizes brutality, said Amnesty International today.

“The circumstances of this case are absolutely shocking, representing another horrific example of the Iranian authorities’ warped priorities. No one, regardless of age, should be subjected to flogging;...
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Published: Thu, 12 Jul 2018 22:52:51 +0200
Disappearances and torture in southern Yemen detention facilities must be investigated as war crimes
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Justice remains elusive a year after a network of secret prisons was first exposed in southern Yemen, Amnesty International said in a new report today that documents egregious violations going unchecked, including systemic enforced disappearance and torture and other ill-treatment amounting to war crimes.

“God only knows if he’s alive” details how scores of men have been subjected to enforced disappearance after being arbitrarily arrested...
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Published: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:21:10 +0200
Egypt's core inflation decreases to 10.9 pct yr/yr in June -C.bank
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-CAIRO, July 10 (Reuters) - Egypt’s core inflation decreased to 10.9 percent year-on-year in June from 11.09 percent in May, the central bank said on Tuesday.

Core inflation strips out volatile items like food.
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Published: Tue, 10 Jul 2018 23:42:48 +0200
Egypt arrests head of Customs Authority for alleged bribery
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm-CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has arrested the head of its Customs Authority, Gamal Abdelazim, on suspicion of accepting bribes to permit the entry of banned goods into the country without customs duties, the Administrative Control Authority said in a statement on Monday.

The statement did not specify what types of goods were smuggled or the value of the alleged bribes.

It said that Abdelazim had also directed employees to reduce the fines...
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Published: Mon, 09 Jul 2018 09:59:27 +0200
Third of sovereign funds plan to cut equity holdings, cite trade war fear
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-LONDON (Reuters) - Over a third of sovereign investors plan to cut their equity exposure over the next three years after a strong run in 2017, citing trade wars, geopolitics and high valuations as headwinds to performance, a study by asset manager Invesco showed.
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Published: Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:12:37 +0200
Russia and USA must use Putin-Trump summit to show they are responsible international players
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump must use their upcoming summit in Helsinki to tackle the world’s most urgent human rights issues and restore their nations’ credibility as responsible international players, Amnesty International said ahead of the meeting between the Russian and US presidents in Finland’s capital on Monday.

The organization calls on the two leaders to put the international refugee situation and the war in Syria at the top of...
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Published: Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:40:09 +0200
“You will always have a friend”: Children from India to Venezuela express solidarity with kids locked up under Trump’s orders
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-School children from around the world have sent messages of solidarity to the thousands of children who have been detained and separated from their families at the US border, as a result of the Trump administration’s outrageous immigration policies.
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Published: Sun, 15 Jul 2018 11:29:36 +0200
Egypt uncovers mummy burial site near Great Pyramids
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian archaeologists revealed on Saturday the details of an ancient burial shaft and a mummification workshop that were discovered 30 meters underground, near the Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo.
Archaeologists are hoping the mummification workshop will provide fresh insight into the chemical make-up of the oils used by ancient Egyptians to mummify their dead.
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Published: Sat, 14 Jul 2018 18:34:07 +0200
Ola al-Qaradawi has started a hunger strike
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Ola al-Qaradawi has started a hunger strike in custody on 27 June, demanding the end of
her arbitrary detention and abusive prison conditions. Ola al-Qaradawi has been in
solitary confinement since her arrest on 3 July 2017. Hossam Khalaf, her husband, faces
the same arbitrary detention. The prosecution is denying their lawyers access to the
casefile. Prosecutors also failed to present any evidence to justify their detention on the
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Published: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 22:27:42 +0200
Egypt court finds 37 guilty at illegal organ trading trial
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court on Thursday convicted 37 people on charges related to illicit trading in human organs and sentenced them to prison terms ranging from three to 15 years in jail, witnesses said.

The Cairo Criminal Court also cleared three people in the case involving a total of 41 people, including doctors, nurses and middlemen who were rounded up during a 2016 raid in which millions of dollars were recovered.

The...
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Published: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 22:03:30 +0200
Egyptian courts sentence 31 to death for killings, prison escape
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian courts on Thursday sentenced 31 people to death in two separate cases, one involving the killing of a policeman and a security guard in 2015 and the other related to a 2016 prison escape, state news agency MENA and witnesses said.

In the Nile Delta town of El-Zagazig, the local criminal court sentenced 18 people to death in the killings of the policeman and guard, MENA said.

The agency said that the two men...
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Published: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 21:31:59 +0200
At least 58 injured as train derails in Egypt
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-CAIRO (Reuters) - At least 58 people were injured on Friday when a passenger train derailed south of Egypt’s capital Cairo, the health ministry said in a statement.
“Most of the injuries are minor,” Ahmed Mohei, an assistant to the health minister, told state television.
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Published: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 21:05:16 +0200
Sri Lanka: The death penalty is a cruel and irreversible punishment
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Sri Lanka must pull back from any plans to implement the death penalty and preserve its longstanding positive record on shunning this cruel and irreversible punishment, Amnesty International said today.

The Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Srisena, is reportedly pressing ahead with plans to execute 19 death row prisoners convicted of drug-related offences.

“By resuming executions after more than 40 years, Sri Lanka will do immense...
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Published: Thu, 12 Jul 2018 23:35:27 +0200
Lebanon: Detained activists blackmailed into signing illegal pledges
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-Human rights activists in Lebanon are being blackmailed into signing illegal pledges stating that they would refrain from certain acts as a condition for release from detention, Amnesty International has learned.

A number of people have recently been arrested for expressing their political opinion or for their human rights activism, and have been detained, interrogated and intimidated before being ordered to sign such pledges in exchange for their...
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Published: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:52:52 +0200
Egypt's annual urban consumer price inflation up to 14.4 pct in June -CAPMAS
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-CAIRO, July 10 (Reuters) - Egypt’s annual urban consumer price inflation rose to 14.4 percent in June, from 11.4 percent in May, the official statistics agency CAPMAS said on Tuesday.

Egypt has hiked fuel, electricity and transportation prices over the past two months to help meet the terms of a $12 billion IMF loan programme it signed in late 2016 that includes deep cuts to energy subsidies and tax hikes.
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Published: Tue, 10 Jul 2018 23:53:21 +0200
Egypt denies reports that cockpit fire likely caused 2016 EgyptAir crash
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt’s public prosecutor on Monday denied reports that a cockpit fire may have caused a 2016 Paris-Cairo EgyptAir flight crash, reiterating that forensic information had shown traces of explosive materials on the victims’ bodies.

In rare criticism of another country’s crash probe, the French BEA air accident investigation agency said last week that Egyptian authorities had apparently not followed up on its calls to further...
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Published: Tue, 10 Jul 2018 20:43:50 +0200
Alan Alda's new life lesson is that people need to connect
Middle East today / Sweden / Stockholm:-NEW YORK (Reuters) - (The writer is a Reuters contributor. The opinions expressed are his own.)

Based on the years Alan Alda has spent in your living room, you may think the 82-year-old actor is one of your best friends.

His ability to connect with audiences - since his breakout role as Hawkeye Pierce on “M*A*S*H” in the 1970s, through countless programs like “The West Wing” and “30 Rock” - has led to a new career promoting...
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Published: Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:31:18 +0200
Syria: US-led Coalition ‘deeply in denial’ about civilian casualties in Raqqa
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Published: Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:12:37 +0200
Russia and USA must use Putin-Trump summit to show they are responsible international players
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Published: Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:54:01 +0200
Chad: People forced to pay a heavy price for harsh austerity measures
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Published: Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:40:09 +0200
“You will always have a friend”: Children from India to Venezuela express solidarity with kids locked up under Trump’s orders
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Published: Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:58:52 +0200
The spirit of Liu Xiaobo will never die
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Published: Sun, 15 Jul 2018 11:29:36 +0200
Egypt uncovers mummy burial site near Great Pyramids
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Published: Sat, 14 Jul 2018 21:33:16 +0200
Cameroon: Credible evidence that Army personnel responsible for shocking extrajudicial executions caught on video
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Published: Sat, 14 Jul 2018 18:34:07 +0200
Ola al-Qaradawi has started a hunger strike
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Published: Sat, 14 Jul 2018 11:46:19 +0200
A brief history of governments hacking human rights organizations
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Published: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 22:27:42 +0200
Egypt court finds 37 guilty at illegal organ trading trial
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Published: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 22:07:45 +0200
Egypt civil aviation minister says air traffic at Cairo airport unaffected after blast
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Published: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 22:03:30 +0200
Egyptian courts sentence 31 to death for killings, prison escape
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Published: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 21:34:58 +0200
Chemicals factory blast injures 12 outside Cairo's main airport
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Published: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 21:31:59 +0200
At least 58 injured as train derails in Egypt
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Published: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 21:17:04 +0200
TWELVE injured in huge EXPLOSION at Cairo airport as smoke rises over Egypt capital
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Published: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 21:05:16 +0200
Sri Lanka: The death penalty is a cruel and irreversible punishment
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Published: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 10:24:57 +0200
Iran: Young man flogged 80 times for drinking alcohol as a child
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Published: Thu, 12 Jul 2018 23:35:27 +0200
Lebanon: Detained activists blackmailed into signing illegal pledges
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Published: Thu, 12 Jul 2018 22:52:51 +0200
Disappearances and torture in southern Yemen detention facilities must be investigated as war crimes
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Published: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:52:52 +0200
Egypt's annual urban consumer price inflation up to 14.4 pct in June -CAPMAS
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Published: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:21:10 +0200
Egypt's core inflation decreases to 10.9 pct yr/yr in June -C.bank
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Published: Tue, 10 Jul 2018 23:53:21 +0200
Egypt denies reports that cockpit fire likely caused 2016 EgyptAir crash
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Published: Tue, 10 Jul 2018 23:42:48 +0200
Egypt arrests head of Customs Authority for alleged bribery
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Published: Tue, 10 Jul 2018 20:43:50 +0200
Alan Alda's new life lesson is that people need to connect
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Published: Mon, 09 Jul 2018 09:59:27 +0200
Third of sovereign funds plan to cut equity holdings, cite trade war fear
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