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Lebanese secure money to continue Hariri tribunal

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon said on Monday it has secured enough funding to hear the appeal of its main case, centering on the 2005 assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, which will start Oct. 4. Three months ago the United Nations-backed international tribunal, located near The Hague, had said …

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Tunis crackdown reaches prominent judge

A Tunisian judge who has been accused by human rights groups of hiding terrorism-related files has been placed under house arrest for 40 days, local radio and a security source said on Saturday. The move against Judge Bechir Akremi came after President Kais Saied pledged to lead a campaign against …

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US prosecutors charge Iranians with kidnap attempt

U.S. prosecutors have accused four Iranians alleged to be intelligence operatives of Tehran of plotting to kidnap a New York journalist and human rights activist who was critical of Iran, according to a Justice Department indictment. unsealed Tuesday. In recent years, Iranian intelligence officers have tricked a number of overseas …

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EU joins sanctions game against Iran

The European Union will target eight Iranian militia and police commanders and three state entities with sanctions next week over a deadly crackdown in November 2019 by Iranian authorities, three diplomats said on Wednesday. The travel bans and asset freezes will be the first time the EU has imposed sanctions …

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New Quds Force leader admits links to Houthis

Tehran supports attacks on Saudi Arabia by the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ overseas Quds Force has admitted. Ismail Qaani told a conference in the northeastern city of Mashhad that the Houthis had launched  “18 operations in less than 10 days” targeting …

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Biden sanctions Russia over Navalny attempted poisoning

Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said late on Tuesday that new sanctions imposed by the United States were evidence of a “hostile anti-Russian lunge” and said it would retaliate to what it described as another blow to U.S.-Russia ties. In President Joe Biden’s most direct challenge yet to the Kremlin, …

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Fallout of Khashoggi report going global

The world reacted to the release on Friday of a U.S. intelligence assessment that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation to capture or kill dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi: OFFICE OF U.S. DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE REPORT: “We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved …

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In wake of Khashoggi report, US sanctions certain Saudi officials and contemplates halting arms sales

The Biden administration announced sanctions and visa bans on Friday targeting Saudi Arabian citizens over the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but stopped short of imposing sanctions on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman himself. U.S. President Joe Biden’s actions in the first weeks of his administration appear aimed at …

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UN in friction with Saudi over free speech

United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, in rare public comments on Saudi Arabia, said on Friday that people were unlawfully held in the kingdom and urged it to uphold freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly. Bachelet, addressing the U.N. Human Rights Council where Saudi Arabia is …

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Hezbollah strenuously denies links to activist’s death

Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday dismissed accusations of any links between the group and the killing of researcher and activist Lokman Slim. “Any incident that happens in your area then you are accused until the opposite is proven? Is this something that is practiced in the whole …

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In new provocation Iran tests new drone technology

Iran launched exercises featuring a wide array of domestically produced drones on Tuesday, Iranian media reported, days after the anniversary of the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general by a drone strike in Iraq. Iran and the regional forces it backs have increasingly relied in recent years on drones …

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Israeli cyberspy company now falls afoul of human rights groups

A coalition of human rights groups on Wednesday joined Facebook’s lawsuit against Israeli spyware vendor NSO, alleging that the company “prioritizes profit to the detriment of human rights.” The organizations – including internet rights group Access Now, London-based Amnesty International, and the Committee to Protect Journalists – filed an amicus …

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Israeli hacking company in trouble with software giants, charged with Qatar and Khashoggi crises

Tech giants including Microsoft and Google on Monday joined Facebook’s legal battle against hacking company NSO, filing an amicus brief in federal court that warned that the Israeli firm’s tools were “powerful, and dangerous.” The brief, filed before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, opens up a …

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Iraq reaffirms committment to expelling foreign troops

Iraqi parliamentarians ratified their commitment to a resolution to expel all foreign troops from the country, as it was reported. During a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, lawmakers reiterated that the Pentagon must withdraw from Iraq. Deputy Fazel Yabert al-Fatlawi said his …

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