Egypt lawyer gets 10 years, social media ban for Facebook posts

Egypt lawyer gets 10 years, social media ban for Facebook posts

Image copyright Reuters Human rights groups have condemned the 10-year jail term given to an Egyptian lawyer for criticising the government. Amnesty International called the conviction of Mohamed Ramadan over online posts a “blatant assault on freedom”, and proof that anti-terror laws were being used to target critics. Ramadan was convicted, under a 2015 law, […]

Syria chemical attack ‘fabricated’ – Assad

Syria chemical attack ‘fabricated’ – Assad

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Assad said Syria had given up its chemical weapons arsenal Syria’s President Bashar-al Assad says reports of a chemical attack by his forces were “100% fabrication”. In an exclusive video interview with Agence France-Presse, he said “there was no order to make any attack”. More than 80 people were […]

Syria war: US-Russia ties worse under Trump, Putin says

Syria war: US-Russia ties worse under Trump, Putin says

Image copyright EPA Image caption Vladimir Putin said the level of trust had particularly deteriorated on a military level Russian President Vladimir Putin has said relations with the US have worsened since President Donald Trump took office in January. He told Russian TV that trust between the two countries had particularly deteriorated “on the military […]

Iran election: Ahmadinejad registers despite Khamenei warning

Iran election: Ahmadinejad registers despite Khamenei warning

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the warning against running was “just advice” Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has registered as a candidate in Iran’s presidential election, despite being told not to by the Supreme Leader. Mr Ahmadinejad, a hardliner who served two terms between 2005 and 2013, filed paperwork for the 19 May […]

US accuses Russia of covering up Syria chemical attack

US accuses Russia of covering up Syria chemical attack

Image copyright Getty Images Russia has tried to deflect blame for a deadly chemical attack away from the Syrian government, the US has said. White House officials told reporters that intelligence reports confirmed that Syria was responsible for the incident, which killed 89 people. Syria has denied it and Moscow has instead blamed rebel forces. […]

Syria war: Tillerson to urge Russia to stop supporting Assad

Syria war: Tillerson to urge Russia to stop supporting Assad

Media captionRex Tillerson: Reign of Assad family coming to an end US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is to urge Russia to stop supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, during talks in Moscow. The visit comes amid rising tensions over last week’s chemical weapons attack in Syria and US air strikes on a Syrian airbase launched […]

Migrants ‘sold in Libya slave markets’

Migrants ‘sold in Libya slave markets’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Reports of African migrants being bought and sold mark a new low in the crisis Africans trying to reach Europe are being sold by their captors in “slave markets” in Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says. Victims told IOM that after being detained by people smugglers or militia […]

Syria ‘chemical attack’: Turkey says tests confirm Sarin was used

Syria ‘chemical attack’: Turkey says tests confirm Sarin was used

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Casualties from the incident suffered symptoms consistent with reaction to a nerve agent Turkey says it has “concrete evidence” the nerve agent Sarin was used in a suspected attack by Syrian government forces a week ago, state media report. Health Minister Recep Akdag was quoted by the Anadolu news agency […]

Death penalty: Global executions fall 37% since 2015 – Amnesty

Death penalty: Global executions fall 37% since 2015 – Amnesty

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The number of recorded executions in Pakistan have decreased by 73% since 2015 The number of executions recorded worldwide in 2016 fell by 37% on the previous year, human rights group Amnesty International says. At least 1,032 people were executed last year, down from 1,634 in 2015, Amnesty said. […]

Mosul battle: Abandoned lion and bear rescued from zoo

Mosul battle: Abandoned lion and bear rescued from zoo

Image copyright AFP Image caption Lula the bear was suffering from pneumonia when found at the zoo in February The only surviving animals of Mosul zoo have been rescued from appalling conditions in the war-torn Iraqi city. Simba the lion and Lula the bear were found abandoned at the privately-owned zoo in February, still in […]