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Gaddafi’s widow files complaint to UN over son’s detention

Gaddafi’s widow files complaint to UN over son’s detention

The widow of former Libyan president, Muammar Gaddafi, has filed a complaint to the Geneva-based Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) against the imprisonment of her son, Saadi, despite his acquittal by a Libyan appeals court in a murder case. The Gaddafi family’s lawyer Khaled Zaidi told the Alarabiya.net that […]

Egypt postpones trial of 292 defendants accused of targeting Sisi

Egypt postpones trial of 292 defendants accused of targeting Sisi

An Egyptian military court has adjourned until 15 August a trial held for 292 defendants who are accused of taking part in an attempt to assassinate President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and former Saudi crown prince Mohammad Bin Nayef. Prosecutors also charged the defendants with murdering three judges in the North Sinai city of Arish and […]

Egyptian diplomat accused of ‘attempting to overthrow the incumbent regime’

Egyptian diplomat accused of ‘attempting to overthrow the incumbent regime’

Some lawyers have filed a complaint against the Egyptian ambassador Maasoum Marzouk, accusing him of “attempting to overthrow the incumbent regime and deliberately inciting the public,” local media reported yesterday. Marzouk was also accused of “insulting the Egyptian judiciary,” which is being represented by Hanafi Jibali the president of the country’s Supreme Constitutional Court. The […]

Djibouti ‘rejects’ UAE port legal action

Djibouti ‘rejects’ UAE port legal action

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) owned port company DP World is looking at its “options” following a legal ruling that sided in its favour over a row with Djibouti over control of the Doraleh port terminal, according to Garowe Online. Djibouti seized the Doraleh Container Terminal from DP World in February, over an ongoing dispute […]

Egypt to release 1,118 prisoners following presidential pardon

Egypt to release 1,118 prisoners following presidential pardon

Egyptian authorities today announced the release of 1,188 prisoners after a presidential pardon was issued for the second time in a week. It is unknown whether any of those released were being held on political grounds, however, the Ministry of the Interior said 395 inmates were to be released as a result of the pardon […]

Egypt mulls reducing civil servants’ working days

Egypt mulls reducing civil servants’ working days

Egypt is studying a proposal to reduce the number of working days civil servants work but said it will not reduce their working hours, the Anadolu Agency reported. The Information and Decision Support Centre (IDSC) said in a statement that the government’s Central Agency for Organisation and Management is studying the reduction of the number […]

US-Somalia forces ‘take over’ Al-Qaeda hideouts

US-Somalia forces ‘take over’ Al-Qaeda hideouts

The United States-backed Special Forces have taken over a strategic base from the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab in Southern Somalia, Garowe Online reported today. A surprise dawn attack was launched by American Special Forces along with the “Danab”, Somalia’s Special Forces unit, triggering a lengthy gun battle. The operation resulted in taking back key villages, including […]

UN should never be a target, Baghdad bombing survivors stress, 15 years after deadly attack

UN should never be a target, Baghdad bombing survivors stress, 15 years after deadly attack

On 19 August 2003, a suicide bomber drove a truck full of explosives to the United Nations headquarters in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, Iraq, and blew it up, killing 22 people – among them Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the head of the UN mission in Iraq. The […]

Yemen bus attack just the latest outrage against civilians: UN agencies

Yemen bus attack just the latest outrage against civilians: UN agencies

An air strike on a busy market area in Yemen that reportedly killed scores of people including more than 20 children on a bus, is likely the worst attack on youngsters in the conflict so far, and the latest in a recent spate of violence targeting civilians, UN agencies said on Friday. According to the […]

UN targets half a million Yemenis in battle-scarred Hudaydah with cholera vaccine – UNICEF

UN targets half a million Yemenis in battle-scarred Hudaydah with cholera vaccine – UNICEF

Over a year after cholera broke out in Yemen, killing more than 2,000 people, the disease is back and spreading fast in the Houthi-held port city of Hudaydah; a target of continued air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition to regain control of the city. To mitigate the risks, on Saturday, the Ministry of Health and […]

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