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Aid worker sentenced to 20 years in Saudi prison

Abdulrahman al-Sadhan was arrested in March 2018 from Red Crescent’s Riyadh office without a warrant.

Syria airstrike Syria asks UNSC to prevent Israel’s repeated attacks on its territory

Syria raised the demand to the UNSC following an Israeli airstrike on Thursday using Lebanese airspace. Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes inside Syria since the beginning of the Syrian war in 2011

Iraq protests Iraqis protest against unemployment, shut down major oil refinery

Protests against unemployment have been taking place for five days in a row in southern Iraq, causing massive fuel shortages in the region and adversely impacting oil production and refining at the Nasiriyah oil refinery

Palestinians welcome resumption of US aid to UNRWA

In 2018, the Donald Trump-led US administration had stopped humanitarian aid to the UN agency which caters to the need of 5.7 million Palestinian refugees in the occupied territories and beyond

42-year-old Palestinian father of five is the latest victim of Israel’s ‘murder at checkpoint’

42-year-old Osama Mansour was shot in front of his wife while they were leaving an Israeli military checkpoint on their way back home. The soldiers fired on them after asking them to drive away following a search of the vehicle

US activists on hunger strike demand end to Yemen blockade

Six activists launched a strike on March 29 in Washington DC, demanding an end to the US-supported blockade of Yemen led by Saudi Arabia. A National Day of Fasting will also be observed on Thursday

Iranian vessel attacked Iranian vessel attacked in Red Sea as nuclear deal revival talks begin

The attack on the Saviz took place on the same day as the meeting of the joint commission of the signatories of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to work out ways to revive the deal

Amid testimony against him in corruption case, Benjamin Netanyahu is asked to form the govt. again

A day after the corruption trial against Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu began, president Reuven Rivlin handed him the mandate to try and form a new government

Palestinian prisoner Rushdi Abu Mokh is released after 35 years in Israeli custody

Rushdi Abu Mokh was arrested in 1986 and charged along with three others with the murder of an Israeli soldier and membership of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

Saudi aid worker sentenced to 20 years in prison

It is believed that Abdulrahman al-Sadhan has been convicted in connection with operating an anonymous Twitter account that was critical of human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia and the policies of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman

Duterte’s lockdowns falters even as Philippines add over 100,000 new COVID cases in 10 days

The series of heavily policed and extended lockdowns in place since March 2020, has failed to contain the spread of COVID-19 and given way to more human rights violations

Ahead of nuclear deal meeting in Vienna, Iran calls for lifting of all US sanctions

Iranian officials said that there were no plans for meetings with US officials “directly or indirectly.” They also rejected any step-by-step proposal for the restoration of the deal, calling for the immediate withdrawal of sanctions

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