AFEX condemns gruesome murder of Jamal Khashoggi…calls on the UN to take decisive action against Saudi Arabia

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), a network of prominent media and freedom of expression organizations across the continent, today condemned the October 2, 2018 gruesome murder of renowned Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, saying a country that indulges in such barbaric behaviour ought to be ostracized by the civilized world. In a statement issued from its Secretariat in Accra, AFEX called on the United Nations to demonstrate its commitment to the safety of journalists and ending impunity for crimes against journalists by…

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Saudi Arabia beheads Indonesian migrant worker over murder

Saudi Arabia beheads Indonesian migrant worker over murder

Saudi Arabia beheads Indonesian migrant worker over murder By Newsdesk with agency report Saudi Arabia has beheaded an Indonesian migrant worker,Zaini Misrin, for murder despite suspicions that the accused was forced into his confession and repeated pleas by Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo that the man be granted clemency. According to Migrant Care, an Indonesian organization focusing on the welfare of Indonesian migrant workers, Misrin, a driver, was executed on Sunday . He was found guilty of the murder of his Saudi employer in 2008, after being arrested four years…

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Heir to Saudi throne relieves women of black headscarves

Heir to Saudi throne relieves women of black headscarves

Heir to Saudi throne relieves women of black headscarves By Newsdesk with agency report In a bid to enhance his reformist credentials, heir to Saudi Arabia throne Prince Mohammed bin Salman has announced that women in the country do not need to wear traditional black abayas or headscarves. Prince Salman made this disclosure ahead of his first trip to  the United States America. The 32-year-old prince, who will meet Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday, said that Saudis had “come a very long way and have a short…

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Saudi Arabian columnist bags five years jail term for insulting royal court

Saudi Arabian columnist bags five years jail term for insulting royal court

Saudi Arabian columnist bags five years jail term for insulting royal court By Newsdesk with agency report A Saudi Arabian criminal court has sentenced a prominent columnist to five years in prison on charges of allegedly insulting the royal court. The ruling was issued against Saleh al-Shehi on Thursday, just as the court also ruled that the writer was banned from traveling abroad for five years after completion of his prison term. Al-Shehi, with nearly 1.2 million followers on Twitter, was detained after he accused the Royal Court of Saudi…

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Saudi Arabia, UAE planned to invade Qatar-Deputy prime minister

Saudi Arabia, UAE planned to invade Qatar-Deputy prime minister

Saudi Arabia, UAE planned to invade Qatar-Deputy prime minister By Bimbo Ogunnaike with agency report Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence, Dr Khaled bin Mohamed Al Attiyah has alleged that Saudi Arabia and its allies were planning to invade the small Gulf country, when they imposed the blockade. Al Attiyah made the allegation in an interview with a Washington based news media, saying the two countries used everything at their disposal to bring in and replace their leaders. “We have diffused their intention. But at the…

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Indian cleric issues decree against women watching football

Indian cleric issues decree against women watching football

Indian cleric issues decree against women watching football By Bimbo Ogunnaike A senior cleric at an influential Islamic seminary in northern India has issued a religious decree saying that Muslim women should not watch men playing football. Mufti Athar Kasmi said that watching men “playing with bare knees” violated the tenets of Islam and was forbidden for women. Kasmi is cleric at Darul Uloom, Asia’s largest Sunni Muslim seminary in the northern town of Deoband. The cleric also lashed out at the men who allow their wives to watch football,…

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Syria rejects peace proposal by US, Saudi Arabia

Syria rejects peace proposal by US, Saudi Arabia

Syria rejects peace proposal by US, Saudi Arabia By our reporter with agency report The Syrian ambassador to the United Nations and head of the government delegation to intra-Syrian peace talks, Bashar al-Ja’afari has rejected a proposal offered by some countries, including the US and Saudi Arabia, for the resolution of the Syrian crisis, describing it as “not even worth the ink.” al-Ja’afari made the remarks at a press conference held at the end of UN-brokered indirect peace negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition groups in the Austrian capital…

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Yemeni forces killed dozen of Saudi mercenaries

Yemeni forces killed Saudi mercenaries

Yemeni forces killed dozen of Saudi mercenaries By our reporter with agency report Yemeni army forces yesterday killed dozens of Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen’s resigned president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, at their base in the country’s southwestern province of Ta’izz. A Yemeni military source, begged not to be named told Yemen’s local media that Yemeni soldiers and their allies launched a Qaher 2-M (Subduer 2-M) missile at al-Khayami base on Monday afternoon. The source added that the attack left more than 35 Hadi loyalists dead and over 20 others injured.…

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