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Kazak protesters and police killed as clashes continue

Dozens of protesters were killed in Kazakhstan in attacks on government buildings and at least a dozen police officers died, including one who was found beheaded, authorities said Thursday. There were attempts to storm buildings overnight in the country’s largest city, Almaty, and “dozens of attackers were liquidated,” police spokeswoman …

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Guterres condemns continued democratic crackdown in Sudan

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday condemned the continued violence targeting anti-coup demonstrators in Sudan, his spokesman said. Guterres called on the “Sudanese security forces to exercise the utmost restraint and adhere to their obligations in relation to the rights to freedom of assembly and expression,” Stephane Dujarric said in …

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Hamdok finally quits as new protests quashed

Sudan’s civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok resigned Sunday, more than two months after a coup and following another deadly crackdown on protesters, with the military now firmly in control. Sudan had been undergoing a fragile journey toward civilian rule since the 2019 ouster of autocrat Omar Al-Bashir, but was plunged …

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Sudan protests take off again, met by tear gas

Security forces fired tear gas at protesters trying to march toward the presidential palace in Sudan’s capital on Thursday, a Reuters witness said. Thursday was the 11th day of major demonstrations since an Oct. 25 coup, which saw Abdallah Hamdok removed and then reinstated as prime minister. The demonstrators have …

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Hamdok says he will resign in a few hours time

Sudan Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has told a group of national political and intellectual figures that he intends to resign in the coming hours, two sources close to Hamdok told Reuters on Tuesday. Hamdok was reinstated on Nov. 21 following a coup a month earlier that saw the military take …

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Tunisians commemorate revolution with new protests

Official observances took place at the birthplace of Tunisia’s 2011 revolution, while opponents and supporters of the country’s president held rival demonstrations in the capital Friday, the new date the leader chose to mark Revolution Day. A few hundred demonstrators gathered in Tunis on Friday morning to protest Tunisian President …

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Post-coup Sudan council appointed by coup leaders

Sudan’s General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan on Thursday named a new ruling council to steer the country’s transition after last month’s military takeover, state television reported. The announcement came more than two weeks since Burhan dissolved the government led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, detained the civilian leadership, and declared a …

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Sistani succession causes political instability in Iraq

Besides Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama, few religious leaders today command as much respect among Muslims and non-Muslims alike as Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, the 91-year-old “supreme marja” of the world’s Shiite Muslims. Al-Sistani was a disciple of Ayatollah Abu Al-Qasim Al-Khoei, who was for decades the most renowned religious …

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Iraqis protest latest round of elections, swarm Baghdad

Hundreds of Iraqis marched in the center of Baghdad on Friday to mark two years since mass anti-government protests erupted in the Iraqi capital and southern provinces calling for reforms. Around 1,000 protesters took part in the event, including a significant number of women, many carrying photos of loved ones …

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Tunis protests deepen in face of growing presidential power

Several thousand demonstrators rallied in the Tunisian capital on Sunday to protest against President Kais Saied’s seizure of power, calling on him to step down in the biggest show of public anger since his intervention.https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.481.0_en.html#goog_91845150  Saied this week brushed aside much of the 2014 constitution, giving himself power to rule …

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Field Marshal Tantawi dies at 85

Field Marshal Hussein, the former head of the military council that ruled Egypt after longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak was ousted during the 2011 Arab Spring uprising, died on Tuesday, Egypt’s presidency said. He was 85. After his stint as Egypt‘s de facto leader, he was soon sacked by the country’s first …

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Russians impose peace on war torn Deraa

A Russian-brokered ceasefire came into force on Wednesday in Daraa province, the cradle of Syria’s uprising where regime forces have been battling holdout rebels, a war monitor and state media said. The southern province of Daraa, held for years by opposition forces, was returned to government control in 2018 under …

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Iran’s hardliner in front row for presidential spot

Ebrahim Raisi’s record of fierce loyalty to Iran’s ruling clerics helps explain why the chief judge is a frontrunner in Friday’s presidential election, a contest that authorities have limited almost exclusively to hardline candidates. As the. A victory for Raisi, 60, a relentless critic of the West whose political patron …

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Evidence Assad regime used chlorine bomb

The global chemical weapons watchdog has “reasonable grounds to believe” that Syria’s air force dropped a chlorine bomb on a residential neighbourhood in the rebel-controlled Idlib region in February 2018, a report released on Monday said. There was no immediate comment from the Syrian government. Syria and its military ally …

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Revenge killings jeopardise Libyan peace

Gunmen assassinated an eastern Libyan commander wanted for war crimes on Wednesday, medics said, underscoring the risks of violent escalation on the ground that poses the biggest challenge to Libya’s new unity government. Mahmoud al-Werfalli was shot from a car outside a hospital in Benghazi alongside two of his bodyguards, …

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Relations finally thaw between Qatar, Egypt

Delegations from Qatar and Egypt met in Kuwait on Tuesday for the first time since an agreement last month to end a rift, both countries’ foreign ministries said, in a further push to bury a Gulf Arab diplomatic feud with repercussions around the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain …

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Police isolate central Tunis as protests persist

Police locked down a large area of central Tunis on Saturday, blocking roads as thousands of protesters, backed by the country’s powerful labour union, gathered in Tunisia’s biggest demonstration for years. The rally was held to mark the anniversary of the 2013 killing of a prominent activist and to protest …

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Antonio Guterres wants foreign forces out of Libya

The U.N. Security Council and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called for thousands of foreign fighters and mercenaries to immediately leave Libya, with Guterres demanding that they “leave the Libyans alone.” Libya has been divided since 2014 between the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in the capital Tripoli, …

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Lebanese soldiers wounded in loackdown protests

The Lebanese Army Command has announced that 31 soldiers were wounded during clashes between protesters and security forces in the northern city of Tripoli, after protests turned violent. People took to the streets in Tripoli, the south Beirut Dahye suburbs and in the Bekaa to protest their living conditions 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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