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Saudi jails rights activist for 15 years: relatives DUBAI: A Saudi court on Sunday sentenced to 15 years in jail a prominent rights lawyer described by Amnesty as a prisoner of conscience, relatives said in a statement posted on Twitter.The tweet said that Waleed Abulkhair, who has had many run-ins with the authorities over his activism and for allegedly insulting authorities, was also banned from travelling abroad for 15 years and fined 200,000 riyals (around $54,000).His wife, Samar Badawi, in a telephone interview with AFP, stressed that Abulkhair contested the ruling and refused to recognise it."Waleed does not recognise the legitimacy of this court, refuses to accept its verdict and has no intention to appeal," as allowed under the law, said Badawi.He was convicted on a series of charges, she said, including "undermining the regime and officials" as well as "inciting public opinion" and "undermining judicial authorities".Abulkhair has been under arrest since April 16. On bail for having ...

10 dead in Yemen-Saudi border post attack: officials RIYADH: An attempt by militants to infiltrate Saudi Arabia from Yemen left five security officers dead on the two sides of the border, along with five assailants, officials said on Saturday.The Saudi interior ministry said six assailants attacked the Wadia border post in the south of the kingdom on Friday.After an initial clash on Yemen's side of the border that left a Yemeni soldier dead, according to a security official in Sanaa, the infiltrators in ...
Iranian pilot killed fighting in Iraq: state media TEHRAN: An Iranian pilot has been killed while fighting against militants in Iraq, state media reported on Saturday, in what is thought to be Tehran's first such military casualty.Iran's official IRNA news agency did not say whether the pilot died while flying sorties or fighting on the ground. Colonel Shoja'at Alamdari Mourjani was killed "defending" holy sites in the city of Samarra, north of Baghdad, it said. His death comes after Iranian declarations that it ...
Iraq PM vows to 'never give up' on third term bid BAGHDAD: Iraq's premier insisted on Friday he would "never give up" seeking a third term despite allegations at home and abroad of sectarianism and authoritarianism amid a sweeping militant-led offensive.At least 15 people were killed in a suicide attack on Iraqi forces south of Samarra, a mostly Sunni city that also houses one of the Shiite Islam's holiest shrines and is a main front line in the weeks-old crisis.Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's remarks came after ...
Erdogan rebukes footballer over 'foreign' tattoo ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan chided a promising young footballer on Friday for having a tattoo on his wrist, warning such foreign-inspired body art could give him skin cancer. The incident occurred when Erdogan visited the Turkish national team's training facilities in Istanbul, where he chatted and shook hands with young players. In a video circulated on social media websites, a smiling Erdogan is heard telling the 18-year old Galatasaray player Berk Yildiz: ...
Fighters controls all main Syrian oil fields: NGO BEIRUT: The fighters Islamic State (IS) is now in full control of all main oil and gas fields in Syria's Deir Ezzor province, bordering Iraq, a monitoring group said.IS declared an "Islamic caliphate" in areas it controls in Syria and Iraq, where it is spearheading an offensive against government troops."IS took control of the Tanak oil field, located in the Sheiytat desert area in the east of Deir Ezzor province," late Thursday after rival rebels ...
Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian teen: officials RAMALLAH: Israeli troops shot dead a young Palestinian early on Tuesday during a raid into the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank, Palestinian security and medical officials said.They named the dead youth as Yusuf Abu Zagher, 18, and said the incident appeared unrelated to Israeli operations in the southern part of the territory.The Israeli military had no immediate comment.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...


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