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(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 15, 2014, general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. - US President Donald Trump said October 11, 2018 he was not yet prepared to limit arms sales to Saudi Arabia over journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, but he faced mounting pressure from concerned American lawmakers. Saudi Arabia is one of the world's largest arms purchasers, with most of them coming from the United States.Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post, vanished more than a week ago during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish government sources say he was murdered there, a claim Riyadh denies. (Photo by MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH / AFP)

West urges Saudi Arabia to release women activists, prosecute Jamal Khashoggi’s killers

Dozens of Western countries on Tuesday voiced concern at Saudi Arabia’s continued detention of women activists and called for those behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to be brought to justice.

Pakistani journalist arrested for articles critical of military

A Pakistani journalist has been arrested in the port city of Karachi, accused of spreading hateful content against the country's military on social media, according to police authorities and the journalist's family.
The U.N. human rights office calls the decision to close Jordan’s Teachers Syndicate another blow to the union’s freedom of association and to its ability to operate without governmental interference.

UN denounces muzzling of teachers union in Jordan

The U.N. human rights office calls the decision to close Jordan’s Teachers Syndicate another blow to the union’s freedom of association and to its ability to operate without governmental interference.
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Coronavirus: Amnesty urges decongestion of prisons in Africa

As cases of coronavirus increase in sub-Saharan Africa, authorities in the region must take urgent action to protect inmates from COVID-19 by decongesting the prisons, Amnesty International has said.
Amnesty International

Amnesty: Armed conflicts, state repression fuel cocktail of human rights violations in Africa

The report analyses major developments from the past year including the deposition of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, the Zimbabwean government’s response to mass protests, and increasing attacks on civilians in Mozambique and Mali.
Riot police try to disperse people as they protest on a highway against increased gas prices in Tehran ( Reuters )

Over 304 protesters killed in Iran

Amnesty International says Iranian security forces have killed at least 304 protesters between November 15 and 18, using “lethal weapons” to suppress dissent.

Nigeria government urged to fight crime to encourage foreign investors

The Chief Executive Officer of Bi-Communications, Dr Aisha Agberebi, has urged the federal and state governments to do all within its power to fight crime in the country.
Commemoration in Istanbul for Slain Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Istanbul remembers slain Saudi journalist with calls for justice

A somber commemoration marking the first anniversary of the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was held Wednesday in Istanbul just a few meters from the Saudi consulate where he was dismembered.

#RevolutionNow: SERAP writes UN Human Rights Council over attacks on journalists, protesters

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to all member and observer states of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, urging them to “urgently convene a special session on Nigeria over arbitrary arrests and repression by officers of the Nigeria Police Force and other security forces of ‘RevolutionNow’ protesters, organizers, activists, and journalists who covered the protests on Monday across the country.”
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WhatsApp vulnerability allowed spyware to be installed on smartphones

Facebook-owned messaging giant WhatsApp has confirmed a vulnerability that allowed hackers to install spyware on smartphones.

SERAP sues federal government, states over alleged attacks on journalists, bloggers

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has dragged the Federal and state governments to the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja over alleged attacks on journalists and bloggers.

Beyond the illegal search of Edwin Clark’s house

The three police inspectors who searched Chief Edwin Clark’s house at Abuja a fortnight ago have been dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force with ignominy for gross abuse of police powers.

Femi Falana drags Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni to UN over alleged rights violations

A Nigerian human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has appealed to the United Nations (UN) to investigate Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni over alleged grave human rights violations in Uganda.

UAE rights activist Ahmed Mansoor put on trial in Abu Dhabi

The trial of an Emirati human rights activist, who was arrested after falling foul of the country's cybercrime laws, has started in the UAE's capital, Abu Dhabi.

South Sudan: UN condemns violations of freedom of expression

A UN report has revealed that undue restrictions on freedom of expression are having a “chilling effect” and “further shrinking the space for debate and dissent” in war-torn South Sudan.

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Edo election: US expresses concern over vote-buying, intimidation of voters

The United States Government Wednesday said it is concerned over recorded cases of vote-buying and intimidation of voters and observers during last Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State.
Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said- “I strongly condemn the recent killings of civilians, including women and children in the North-West of Cameroon on 14 February 2020.”

British lawmakers write Commonwealth over killings in Nigeria

Thirteen members of the House of Lords, United Kingdom, have expressed concern over the killings by Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East and Fulani herdsmen in the Middle Belt region.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is delighted with his team's effort this season, despite losing the FA Cup final.

Frank Lampard urges Premier League clubs to help save struggling EFL

Frank Lampard has urged Premier League clubs to ‘have a heart’ and help save Football League sides amid the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic.
Wolves have completed the signing of right-back Nelson Semedo from Barcelona in a deal worth around £29m.

Wolves complete signing of Barcelona star

Wolves have completed the signing of right-back Nelson Semedo from Barcelona in a deal worth around £29m.
Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard has tested positive for Covid-19 following Monday’s round of testing, report Onda Cero radio station.

Real Madrid confirm entire first-team squad recorded negative virus tests amid midfielder’s reports

Real Madrid have confirmed that their entire first-team squad and coaching staff have tested negative for coronavirus, ending speculation that Martin Odegaard would have to self-isolate after reports on Tuesday claimed that he had contracted the disease.