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From streets to torture factory: Plight of protesters in Iran

Friday, 23 February 2018

When you enter the streets to protest against the government in Iran, you know exactly what to expect should you get caught. But through sheer desperation, thousands have been forced to take to the streets, with a large number known to have paid a terrible price. With thousands having been arrested during the latest unrest in Iran, many have completely disappeared while in custody, while others are claimed by authorities to have taken their own lives. Out on the streets, where protesters openly ...

EXCLUSIVE: Without technology humans would last just six months, Kevin Kelly

Friday, 23 February 2018

Artificial intelligence is going to become a commodity available to anybody, said Kevin Kelly, the founding executive editor of Wired magazine, which marks its 25th year of publication this year. Speaking to Al Arabiya English on the sidelines of the World Government Summit, Kelly said that when Wired was first launched, people who were in the technology, were called nerds “and that was a sign of disrespect”. However, the world has obviously changed since then and, according to him, ...

Families broken by the carnage of Ghouta’s bombs

Thursday, 22 February 2018

The air strike hit Syria’s eastern Ghouta on Wednesday, three days into a massive bombardment. Soon afterwards, rescuers pulled four children from the building, but their father was killed and they were now orphans. A neighbor, Mohammed Abu Anas, helped to dig through the rubble and then ran for medical aid through battered alleyways with one of the children bleeding in his arms. “There is fear and anguish among people here, there are hundreds of martyrs and injured,” he said ...

Floating Island: New home for Rohingya refugees emerges in Bay of Bengal

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Bangladesh is racing to turn an uninhabited and muddy Bay of Bengal island into home for 100,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar, amid conflicting signals from top Bangladeshi officials about whether the refugees would end up being stranded there.Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Monday that putting Rohingya on the low-lying island would be a “temporary arrangement” to ease congestion at the camps in Cox’s Bazar, refuge for nearly ...

As Yemen falls apart, Marib rises and becomes ‘untouchable’

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The clang of jackhammers and excavators fills the streets of Marib, an oil-rich Yemeni boomtown once accustomed to the sounds of war, now a rare oasis of stability in a country torn by strife. Yemen is convulsed by the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with rampant disease, famine and a ruinous conflict pitting the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi against Iran-aligned Houthi militias. But the fall of Yemen has coincided with the rise of Marib, once seen as an al-Qaeda ...

IN PICTURES: Saudi Crown Prince oversees King Faisal Air Academy graduation

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman oversaw the graduation of the 93rd batch of student cadets from the King Faisal Air Academy at the college's headquarters in Riyadh.Upon his arrival, he was received Deputy Riyadh Governor Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz, Chairman of the General Staff Maj. Gen. Abdulrahman Al-Bunyan and Commander of the Saudi Royal Air Force Maj. Gen. Mohammed Al-Otaibi.The King Faisal Air Academy includes programs and training for fighter ...

Egyptian girl, 4, raped and murdered in case similar to Pakistan’s Zainab

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

In a similar fate to that of Pakistan girl Zainab Ansari, a four-year-old girl was recently raped and murdered in an Egyptian village in a case that has sparked outrage.The details surrounding the tragic case of Rodaina Abdou resembles much of what had happened to the Pakistani seven-year-old more than a month ago.Abdou from a village in the Menoufia governorate, northern Egypt, had been brutally raped and “slaughtered” by her rapist.Residents of the area said the father reported ...

Train-related selfie death toll rising in India despite minister’s appeal

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

More people are killed in India while taking selfies – especially with trains – than in any other country. And how dangerous the trend has turned is evident from an impassioned appeal by Piyush Goyal, Minister for Railways, to India’s selfie-obsessed youth to stop playing with their lives. But the death toll is still rising across the nation. “Frequent reports of selfie-addicted young men and women being run over by trains are heart-rending. Campaigns to teach the youth ...

ANALYSIS: Is there a place for women within Egypt’s judiciary?

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Egyptian MP Nadia Henry submitted on February 7 a draft law to the House of Representatives demanding gender equality in judicial positions. The proposal, which was referred by the parliament speaker to the Legislative and Constitutional Affairs Committee, states that all judiciary entities should be committed to appointing women in accordance with the same criteria based on which men are selected and that any laws to the contrary are to be revoked. The draft law cites articles 9, 11, and 53, ...

Rape-accused Tariq Ramadan faces US charges as ‘Muslim victim comes forward’

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Rape-accused Muslim academic Tariq Ramadan could now face charges in the United States after American attorney Rabia Chaudry said she had referred an alleged victim to a federal prosecutor this week. Ramadan is currently being held in a French prison since February 2 on charges that he raped two women in Paris and Lyon. Chaudry confirmed to Al Arabiya English that she had referred “a Muslim victim” to the prosecutor, declining to comment on the matter further or explaining exactly ...

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