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North Korean diplomat defects in Kuwait

North Korea’s acting ambassador to Kuwait has defected to South Korea, the latest in a recent string of high-profile escapes from the isolated country, a South Korean lawmaker said on Monday. Ryu Hyun Woo had led North Korea’s embassy in Kuwait since former Ambassador So Chang Sik was expelled after …

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Egyptian parliament condemns UN human rights report

Rhe human rights committee of Egypt’s House of Representatives, headed by Tarek Radwan, condemned, on Sunday, recent accusations made by the United Nations (UN) special rapporteur for human rights. The UN rapporteur, Mary Lawlor, had made the accusations on Egypt’s human rights record, describing it as “narrow” and “segmented”. The …

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New violence erupts between Arabs, non-Arabs in Darfur

Clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan’s West Darfur have killed at least 32 people, according to a local medical official, as Sudanese authorities imposed a round-the-clock curfew on the province. Darfur remains scarred by war after a rebellion in the early 2000s was brutally suppressed. The most recent violence …

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Constitutional crisis in Kuwait with mass cabinet resignation

Kuwaiti ministers handed in their resignations to the prime minister on Tuesday, the government communications office (CGC) said, days after lawmakers submitted a motion asking to question the premier over issues including the makeup of the cabinet. Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah must submit the resignations to the OPEC …

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Sudanese army heading back to Darfur

Sudan is to send troop reinforcements to the south of its Darfur region after 15 people were killed in tribal clashes, the official news agency SUNA said. The governor of South Darfur state, Musa Mahdi, announced “the deployment of a large number of military forces in order to arrest those …

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Sudan-Ethiopia border dispute escalates

Sudan has taken control of most of the land it accuses Ethiopians of encroaching upon near the border between the two countries, the Sudanese information minister said on Saturday. Tensions in the border region have flared since the outbreak of conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region in early November and …

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Calls in Egypt for online security against social media attacks

The editor-in-chief of al-Dustour newspaper, Mohamed el-Baz, has called for Egyptians to take action online to defend the state against attacks on social media. On the Dec. 13 “Akher Al-Nahar” show on Al-Nahar, Baz said that as the 10th anniversary of the January 25 Revolution approaches, supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood are criticizing the revolution and …

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Rabbis, imams release doves in Dubai

The newfound peace between Israel and the United Arab Emirates was celebrated on Wednesday with a ceremony in which white doves were released heavenward by three rabbis and two imams. By the Levant News Newsdesk The ceremony took place at the Israel Dubai Business Forum, a conference at the Marriott …

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Qatar in new meritime skirmish with Bahrain

Qatar’s interior ministry said on Saturday its coastguard arrested three people on a Bahraini cruiser catching fish in Qatari territorial waters. Bahrain’s interior ministry said it had not received any official notice but that such provocative practices were inconsistent with the principles of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations and …

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