UAE NAMES NOURA AL-MATROUSHI AS ‘FIRST FEMALE ARAB ASTRONAUT’

Sun 11 March 2021: In a first, the UAE leader has named its first female astronaut for a space programme. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Saturday announced it had chosen the Arab world’s “first female astronaut” to take part in its ambitious space program. UAE Vice President and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid […]

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FUEL CRISIS PARALYSES TRANSPORTATION IN DAMASCUS

Sun 11 April 2021: The exacerbation of a fuel security crisis in areas controlled by the Syrian regime has caused long lines of vehicles in front of gas stations on Friday, Anadolu Agency reports. The transportation sector is paralyzed completely, especially in the capital of Damascus where public transport has stopped operating, local sources told Anadolu Agency. They […]

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TOP DIPLOMATS OF TURKEY, EGYPT HOLD RARE PHONE CALL AMID PUSH FOR NORMALIZATION

Sat 10 April 2021: Turkey’s top diplomat Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, have exchanged good wishes for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in a rare phone call amid efforts to mend ties after the 2013 breakup, a Turkish ministry source told Sputnik. In March, Cavusoglu said that Ankara was normalizing high-level […]

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AMNESTY – ANNUAL REPORT OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN IRAN

Sat 10 April 2021: Amnesty International released its annual report on Wednesday, April 7, with a section on human rights abuses in Iran. In this report, with a sharp criticism of the human rights situation in Iran, it announced that the Iranian government in 2020 was increasingly using executions as a tool for political suppression of protesters […]

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EU INSTITUTIONS TONE DOWN ITALY PM’S DESCRIPTION OF ERDOGAN AS ‘DICTATOR’

Sat 10 April 2021: EU institutions have been toning down Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s description as a “dictator” by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, AKIpress News Agency reported on Friday. During a meeting held in the Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday, European Union (EU) Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, one of the two visiting EU leaders, […]

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UN RIGHTS OFFICE CONCERNED ABOUT ARRESTS IN JORDAN

Sat 10 April 2021: The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office on Friday voiced its concerns about the arrests made following the alleged attempted coup in Jordan, news agencies reported. Spokesperson for the office Marta Hurtado said it was unclear whether Jordan’s Prince Hamzah, the key suspect, remains under house arrest. Hurtado also expressed concern at […]

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KUWAIT WANTS TO STRENGTHEN TIES WITH TURKEY, SAYS RULER

Fri 09 April 2021: Kuwait’s ruler has sent a letter to Turkey’s president reaffirming his country’s desire to bolster ties with Ankara, Kuwaiti media reported today, Anadolu Agency reports. The letter was delivered by Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Sabah during his meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Turkish capital on Thursday, according to […]

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EGYPTOLOGISTS UNCOVER 3,000-YEAR-OLD ‘LOST GOLDEN CITY’ BURIED UNDER THE SANDS

Fri 09 April 2021: Archaeologists have hailed the discovery of what is believed to be the largest ancient city found in Egypt, buried under sand for millennia, which experts said was one of the most important finds since the unearthing of Tutankhamun’s tomb, and dates back to a golden age of the pharaohs 3,000 years ago. […]

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AMNESTY URGES BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TO CALL OUT HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN EGYPT

Thu 08 April 2021: Amnesty International’s MENA advocacy director has called on US President Joe Biden to denounce human rights in Egypt and demand change. “Tens of thousands of people have been swept up and detained in Egypt, and Amnesty International has called it the world’s largest open-air prison,” Philippe Nassif told Today News Africa. President […]

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