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Sudan journalists protest seizure of newspaper

Sudanese journalists organised a sit-in today in front of the National Council for Press and Publications (NCPP) to protest the repeated confiscation of the Al-Jareeda newspaper by the Sudanese security and intelligence agencies. The journalists delivered a memorandum to NCPP head Fadlallah Muhammad, complaining against the increasing violation of press freedoms in the country. Muhammad stressed to the protesters that the NCPP stood with the newspapers and rejected their seizure by the government. The memorandum said: “The print-runs of the Al-Jareeda newspaper have been confiscated by the National Intelligence and security services 11 times in one month…in a fierce attack on freedom of expression which is the first of its kind in the history of the Sudanese press.” The memo […]


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Sudan journalists protest seizure of newspaper

Sudanese journalists organised a sit-in today in front of the National Council for Press and Publications (NCPP) to protest the repeated confiscation of the Al-Jareeda newspaper by the Sudanese security and intelligence agencies. The journalists delivered a memorandum to NCPP head Fadlallah Muhammad, complaining against the increasing violation of press freedoms in the country. Muhammad stressed to the protesters that the NCPP stood with the newspapers and rejected their seizure by the government. The memorandum said: “The print-runs of the Al-Jareeda newspaper have been confiscated by the National Intelligence and security services 11 times in one month…in a fierce attack on freedom of expression which is the first of its kind in the history of the Sudanese press.” The memo […]


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‘Tunisian foreign fighters to be dealt with under anti-terrorism law’

Returning Tunisian militants will be immediately arrested and judged under anti-terrorism laws, the prime minister said, seeking to calm fears over the homecoming of some of the country’s several thousand jihadists. Tunisia is among the countries with the highest per capita number of militant Islamists, a problem linked to widespread radicalisation among disillusioned youth and a loosening of security controls after Tunisia’s 2011 uprising. More than 3,000 Tunisians are known to have travelled abroad to fight abroad, according to the interior ministry. Last week, the interior minister said 800 had already come back to Tunisia, without giving details on what had happened after their return. Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said returnees would be dealt with according to a 2015 anti-terrorism […]


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‘Tunisian foreign fighters to be dealt with under anti-terrorism law’

Returning Tunisian militants will be immediately arrested and judged under anti-terrorism laws, the prime minister said, seeking to calm fears over the homecoming of some of the country’s several thousand jihadists. Tunisia is among the countries with the highest per capita number of militant Islamists, a problem linked to widespread radicalisation among disillusioned youth and a loosening of security controls after Tunisia’s 2011 uprising. More than 3,000 Tunisians are known to have travelled abroad to fight abroad, according to the interior ministry. Last week, the interior minister said 800 had already come back to Tunisia, without giving details on what had happened after their return. Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said returnees would be dealt with according to a 2015 anti-terrorism […]


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Sudan to announce new national government

Sudan is set to announce a new national government early next month including a minister to take over the newly recreated post of prime minister, a senior official disclosed yesterday. The Sudanese Presidential Assistant Ibrahim Mahmoud said in a press conference in Khartoum that President Omar Al-Bashir will issue a decree slated for 10 January to declare the new government once the arrangements are finalised. The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the political parties participating in national dialogue efforts have engaged in broad-based consultations to name the new prime minister and the entire cabinet, Mahmoud said. He called on the opposition to join the new government. “The doors are still open for the boycotters to join the national consensus […]


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Netanyahu says wrongdoing allegations will turn out to be false

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today denied allegations that he received “significant gifts” from a local and a foreign businessman after the attorney-general said a criminal investigation will be launched next week. A statement issued by a Netanyahu spokesman said the probe would fail to uncover any evidence against him. “All the supposed affairs will turn out to be fiction, as will be the claims currently being published in the media… Nothing will be found because there is nothing to uncover,” Netanyahu’s spokesman said. Israel’s Channel 10 television said on Wednesday that Attorney-General Avihai Mandelblit, who was working with prosecutors and police, had ordered a probe. The report said Mandelblit had authorised police to question Netanyahu under caution in two […]


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Netanyahu says wrongdoing allegations will turn out to be false

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today denied allegations that he received “significant gifts” from a local and a foreign businessman after the attorney-general said a criminal investigation will be launched next week. A statement issued by a Netanyahu spokesman said the probe would fail to uncover any evidence against him. “All the supposed affairs will turn out to be fiction, as will be the claims currently being published in the media… Nothing will be found because there is nothing to uncover,” Netanyahu’s spokesman said. Israel’s Channel 10 television said on Wednesday that Attorney-General Avihai Mandelblit, who was working with prosecutors and police, had ordered a probe. The report said Mandelblit had authorised police to question Netanyahu under caution in two […]


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Senior Hamas official visits Egypt to discuss bilateral relations

The deputy head of the Hamas political bureau arrived in Egypt on Wednesday for an official visit, the movement’s spokesman Abdul Latif Qanou has announced. Mousa Abu Marzook is expected to hold several meetings with Egyptian officials to discuss bilateral relations between Hamas and the government in Cairo. Qanou added that the meetings will also discuss the latest developments in Palestine. The visit by Abu Marzook comes several weeks after a member of the political bureau in the Gaza Strip, Mahmoud Zahar, told reporters that meetings “will be held” between Hamas and Egyptian officials in Cairo. At the time, Zahar said that communication between Hamas and Egypt “has never stopped” and that there is a “common desire” to hold such […]


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Senior Hamas official visits Egypt to discuss bilateral relations

The deputy head of the Hamas political bureau arrived in Egypt on Wednesday for an official visit, the movement’s spokesman Abdul Latif Qanou has announced. Mousa Abu Marzook is expected to hold several meetings with Egyptian officials to discuss bilateral relations between Hamas and the government in Cairo. Qanou added that the meetings will also discuss the latest developments in Palestine. The visit by Abu Marzook comes several weeks after a member of the political bureau in the Gaza Strip, Mahmoud Zahar, told reporters that meetings “will be held” between Hamas and Egyptian officials in Cairo. At the time, Zahar said that communication between Hamas and Egypt “has never stopped” and that there is a “common desire” to hold such […]


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Jordan holds Israel responsible for violations against Al-Aqsa

The Jordanian government yesterday said it held Israel, as the occupying power, fully responsible for any violation against the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Jordan’s Petra news agency reported. State Minister for Media Affairs and government spokesman, Mohammed Al-Momani, said any attempt by Israelis to storm or enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is illegal and an aggressive act against the Islamic holy site and the feelings of Muslims. The minister also reaffirmed Jordan’s stance on maintaining the status quo at Al-Aqsa. The minister was commenting on the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by 149 Jewish settlers yesterday. Earlier, the Islamic Waqf in Jerusalem said in a statement that about 15,000 Israelis stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound during the current year.