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Migrant boat capsizes south of Sicily, hundreds rescued but dozens drown
12th Oct 2013

Migrant boat capsizes south of Sicily, hundreds rescued but dozens drown

For the second time in a week, a boat smuggling migrants from Africa to Italy has sunk. A joint operation by Italian and Maltese rescuers has saved 221 people but at least 27 people are reported drowned. The boat capsized … Continued

12th Oct 2013

Bahrain settlement scuttled by Saudi Arabia

By Elie Chalhoub Al-Akhbar: The good news is that a political settlement of the Bahraini crisis – sponsored by the United States and acceptable to Iran – is beginning to take shape. The problem is that Saudi Arabia is not … Continued

11th Oct 2013

European Parliament approves Eurosur border surveillance

EU lawmakers have approved the Eurosur border surveillance program, aimed at monitoring the bloc’s external border. The vote comes just one week after at least 289 asylum seekers drowned off the coast of Lampedusa. The European Parliament approved the Eurosur … Continued

11th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: Shoura Council puts brakes on women driving proposal

[Shoura Council]      By Ibrahim Nafee Jeddah, (Arab News): The Shoura Council on Thursday rejected a move by three women members to have the body discuss lifting a ban on women driving in the country, according to a report … Continued

11th Oct 2013

Bahrain sentences 18 to prison for participating in ‘unauthorized protests’

A Bahraini court on Thursday sentenced 18 people to between five and seven years in prison after they were convicted of attacking a police station, a judicial source said. Fifteen defendants were jailed for seven years and three for five … Continued

10th Oct 2013

UAEThirty charged for allegedly setting up Muslim Brotherhood branch

Thirty Emiratis and Egyptians charged with allegedly setting up an illegal branch of the Muslim Brotherhood are to go on trial in the UAE next month, a newspaper reported Wednesday. The United Arab Emirate’s State Security Court will begin the … Continued

10th Oct 2013

Qatar denies labor group inspectors access to World Cup sites

A delegation from an international labor federation inspecting the situation of migrant workers in the 2022 football World Cup host country, was denied access Wednesday to a construction site in Qatar. “I can’t allow you to visit this site without … Continued

Bangladesh: Nine killed, 50 injured in the fire in garment factory
9th Oct 2013

Bangladesh: Nine killed, 50 injured in the fire in garment factory

[Red Crescent volunteers bring out the body of a fire victim from inside a garment factory early Wednesday. A devastating blaze swept through the factory in Sreepur upazila of Gazipur Tuesday evening killing at least nine people. Photo: Palash Khan] … Continued

7th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: Women granted licenses to practice law

By Ibrahim Naffee Jeddah, (Arab News): Four Saudi women were granted licenses on Sunday by the Ministry of Justice to practice law in the Kingdom’s courts. Up until the implementation of this decision, Saudi women who graduated from law school … Continued

7th Oct 2013

Italy seeks immigration rethink as Lampedusa death toll mounts

Divers have recovered many more bodies after a migrant boat tragedy off the Italian island of Lampedusa. Italy and France are both seeking greater European cooperation on immigration. A further 83 bodies were recovered on Sunday after the tragedy in … Continued

6th Oct 2013

Italy: Anger grows over Italy’s Lampedusa shipwreck tragedy as survivors mourn dead

France has called for an urgent meeting of EU countries following a shipwreck tragedy off the Italian island of Lampedusa, in which hundreds are feared dead. Italy’s coastguard has denied it was too slow to help. On Saturday, French prime … Continued

Italy: Hundreds feared dead off Lampedusa
4th Oct 2013

Italy: Hundreds feared dead off Lampedusa

Searchers continue to find bodies off Italy’s Lampedusa island after the sinking of a migrant boat. The toll stands at at least 110, but it’s feared 300 people may have died in one of Europe’s worst recent sea disasters.  The … Continued

3rd Oct 2013

ICC issues arrest warrant for Kenyan journalist for ‘influencing’ witnesses

The International Criminal Court has called for the arrest of a Kenyan journalist who allegedly bribed witnesses. The court has never before issued a warrant on suspicion of interference with justice.  A high-profile international trial linked to post-election violence in … Continued

1st Oct 2013

Bahrain jails another 37 activists for up to 15 years

A Bahraini court on Monday jailed 37 activists for up to 15 years for carrying out “terrorist crimes” in the kingdom, home to a two-year-old uprising, a judicial source said. The ruling comes one day after the court sentenced 50 … Continued

Nigerian president condemns college killings
30th Sep 2013

Nigerian president condemns college killings

DAMATURU, (Xinhua): Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday condemned the dastardly terrorist attacks in northeast Yobe State that claimed more than 40 lives. Speaking in a televised media chat in Abuja, the nation’s capital city, President Jonathan extended sincere condolences to … Continued

30th Sep 2013

Bahrain jails 50 activists for up to 15 years

A Bahraini court on Sunday sentenced 50 protest activists, many of whom were denied access to a lawyer and gave confessions under torture, to lengthy jail terms on terrorism-related charges, a rights group said. Separately, two police officers who were … Continued

28th Sep 2013

Sudan: Death toll unclear as Sudanese protesters return to the streets of Khartoum

Thousands of people have again taken to the streets of Khartoum and other Sudanese cities to protest against fuel price hikes. Dozens have been killed in clashes between protesters and security forces. The protesters poured out onto the streets of … Continued

28th Sep 2013

Bahraini police clashes with opposition protesters

Police clashed with protesters in a Bahraini village ahead of a demonstration called to demand the release of a prominent former MP, the interior ministry and witnesses said Friday. “Police were the target of a terrorist act of Molotov cocktails … Continued

27th Sep 2013

Bahrain Center for Human Rights receives human rights award

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights, whose founder and director are both jailed, won Norway’s Rafto Prize for rights defenders Thursday for its fight against repression in the Gulf state. The award would “turn the spotlight on systematic violations of … Continued

26th Sep 2013

Sudan: 29 killed as demonstrators clash with police

  Sudan has been hit by a deadly wave of protests against the government’s lifting of a popular fuel subsidy. Internet across the country was reportedly shut down, as police fired tear gas at stone-throwing demonstrators. At least 29 people … Continued

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