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UK and EU pledge £170m in aid to combat famine in South Sudan

Funding response follows UN warnings that 40% of South Sudan’s population are in urgent need, with people already dying from hunger Aid for South Sudan totalling £170m has been announced by the UK government and the EU following the declaration of the world’s first famine since 2011. Show More Summary

Car bomb kills dozens after Isis driven out of Syrian town

At least 42 civilians and rebel fighters killed in blast in al-Bab, a crucial strategic area vacated this week by Islamic State Dozens of people have been killed in a car bomb blast in al-Bab, the Syrian town at the centre of a major battle between Turkey-backed rebels and Islamic State that saw Isis driven out on Thursday. Show More Summary

Israel denies visa to 'hostile' Human Rights Watch and warns it is assessing other groups

Decision to ban new HRW director from working in Israel is an ‘ominous turn’ and puts country in same league as North Korea says NGO Israel is refusing to issue visas to the international staff of one of the most prominent international...Show More Summary

Four Azeri Rights Activists Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison for Peaceful Activism

Four Iranian ethnic Azerbaijanis have been issued long prison sentences for peacefully defending their rights, the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. One defendant, Alireza Farshi, told the Campaign that Branch 1 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court had sentenced him to 15 years in prison and two years in exile while three of his […]

Jamal al-Harith 'was radicalised decade after Guantánamo release'

British suicide bomber’s wife says his views became extreme after he began associating with Islamic State recruiter Raphael Hostey The wife of British suicide bomber Jamal al-Harith has revealed for the first time that her husband was radicalised a decade after his release from Guantánamo Bay by the Islamic State recruiter Raphael Hostey. Show More Summary

Iran's president tries to defuse anger in an oil-rich province hit by dust storms, blackouts and protests

Bidding to ease public anger over a mounting environmental crisis, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday visited an oil-rich southwestern province that has been crippled by sandstorms and power blackouts. Residents of Khuzestan province have long struggled with high levels of dust because...

Syrian peace talks: women issue plea to find missing loved ones

Syrian women gather at UN headquarters simply wanting to know if their sons, brothers and husbands are alive or dead With the first day of the Syrian peace talks in Geneva bogged down in a row over the composition of the opposition delegation,...Show More Summary

MPs call on Theresa May to release 'kill list' for UK drone strikes

Letter signed by former DPP also calls for release of report into 2015 strike that killed Cardiff-born Reyaad Khan in Syria Lord Macdonald, the former director of public prosecutions, has co-signed a letter to Theresa May calling for...Show More Summary

Israel appoints three conservative judges to supreme court

Move seen as victory for far-right justice minister Ayelet Shaked, who says she aims to reduce court’s interference in politics Israel has appointed three new conservative judges, including a settler, to its 15-member supreme court,Show More Summary

Iraqi forces storm Mosul airport in effort to seize city from Isis

Troops control much of base to southwest of city, which they hope to use to capture heavily fortified western suburbs Iraqi forces seized control of much of Mosul airport on Thursday morning, marking an important moment in a push to recapture the city from Islamic State. Show More Summary

The Raqqa Diaries by Samer review – brutal and powerful

Reports smuggled out of Isis-occupied Syria detail the horrors faced by a desperate population In March 2013, Free Syrian Army fighters, alongside the al-Qaida-linked militia Jabhat al-Nusra, liberated Raqqa, a city in Syria’s east. Statues of Assad were attacked, detainees were set free, a hip-hop concert was held. Show More Summary

Largest Trade Union Body Asks Iran’s Leader to End Persecution of Prominent Activist

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has written to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei calling for an end to the persecution of Reza Shahabi, a prominent labor activist who has refused to comply with a summons to return to prison.  “A return to detention of Reza Shahabi, unjustly convicted for his trade union activity, would […]

British suicide bombing suspect wasn't being tracked by UK intelligence

Former Guantánamo detainee Jamal al-Harith was able to travel to Iraq because he was not considered a major security threat The British former Guantánamo detainee thought to have carried out a suicide bombing for Islamic State in Iraq this week was not being monitored by the British security services when he left the UK in 2014. Show More Summary

The Guardian view on terror suspects: protecting their rights is in our interests | Editorial

Jamal al-Harith, previously held at Guantánamo Bay, has blown himself up for Islamic State. But his case cannot justify the expansion of such detention and use of torture Amid the storm over Jamal al-Harith, who was paid £1m compensation...Show More Summary

US military will retain core strategy against Isis as Trump mulls escalation

Central Command indicates reliance on proxies for lion’s share of fighting Defense secretary to present options for expanding conflict next week The US military command responsible for fighting the Islamic State has signaled it willShow More Summary

Beaten and Harassed, Dual National Serving 18-Year Prison Sentence in Iran on Hunger Strike

Iranian-American dual citizen Reza (Robin) Shahini, currently serving an 18-year prison sentence in Gorgan Prison (about 190 miles east of Tehran), has gone on hunger strike to protest his unjust sentence. An informed source also told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Shahini, who is currently being held in solitary confinement, has been […]

Sunni Leader Calls on Khamenei to Investigate Reports of Expedited Executions of Sunni Prisoners  

Iran’s most senior Sunni cleric, Molavi Abdolhamid Ismaeelzahi, has written to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei asking him to “calm the worries of the Sunni community” over reports that an order has been issued to speed up scheduled executions of Sunni death-row prisoners. In a letter published on February 20, 2017, Molavi Abdolhamid pointed to […]

Why it was right to release Jamal al-Harith in 2004 | David Blunkett

The former Guantánamo detainee’s subsequent repellent acts do not mean he should have been held without due process A great deal has been said and written over the last 24 hours regarding the return to Britain of Jamal al-Harith from Guantánamo Bay in March 2004. Show More Summary

Could Trump’s radical approach bring peace to Israel and Palestine? | Ian Lustick

The last three US presidents have done little for the peace process. By ending the obsessive pursuit of a two-state solution, perhaps Trump has now opened a door A broken watch is right twice a day. Occasionally, so is Donald Trump.Show More Summary

Syria peace talks: a year of little progress

With the US lacking a strategy, Turkey taking steps away and Bashar al-Assad going nowhere, UN talks resume with little prospect of a breakthrough When the UN’s special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, reconvenes the Syrian peace...Show More Summary

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