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Saudi state implicated into Khashoggi killing: UN experts

The UN human rights investigator Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard  leading the international inquiry into the murder of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi has obtained conclusive evidence implicating the Saudi government for the crime, calling it “a brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the state of Saudi Arabia”, in a statement released on Thursday 7 February. The interim report comes after a weeklong investigation in Turkey by her team of three international legal and forensic experts. The final report to the UN Human Rights Council will be presented in June 2019. Saudi Arabia also “seriously undermined” Turkey’s efforts to investigate...

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Escalation in Israeli settler terrorism

In the latest episode of the ongoing settler violence against Palestinian villagers, Hamdi Naasan 38, a father of four was shot and killed while more than 30 other Palestinians were wounded by armed Jewish settlers, from illegal Israeli settlements, raiding the village of Al-Mughayir in the West Bank on Saturday 26 January. While the Israeli army obstructed mourners by setting up roadblocks on highways and roads leading to the burial site, the funeral of Hamdi Naasan was attended by thousands of Palestinians. The UN’s Middle East envoy,  Nikolay Mladenov termed the killing “shocking and unacceptable” and called on Israel...

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Israeli spyware linked to Khashoggi murder

A spying software Pegasus sold by an Israeli secretive company to Saudi Arabia at a cost of $55 million  was used to spy on mobile communication between Jamal Khashoggi and his friend, a Saudi dissident based in Canada, Omar Abdul Aziz. Khashoggi during his WhatsApp messaging was very critical of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Sulman calling him “beast” and Pac-man” who would “devour” all in his path. It is thought that this infuriated MBS so much that he authorised Khashoggi’s brutal murder in the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul by his death squad. The CIA has finally concluded that Khashoggi’s...

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Erdogan win at Turkish elections

The elections held on Sunday 24 June 2018, the Turkish leader in power for the last 15 years, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won 52.5 percent of the votes to become the country’s first executive president with significantly increased powers under constitutional amendments approved in a referendum last year. Under this US style presidential system, he will be able to appoint vice presidents, ministers, high-level officials and senior judges, as well as dissolve parliament and impose a state of emergency. Mr Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AK) achieved 42.5 % of the vote with 295 seats in the parliament while...

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Liberman calls critics of Israel as “anti-Semitic supporters of terror”

While Israeli snipers continue to kill and maim unarmed Palestinians, The Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman has reacted to the cancellation of football match between Argentina and Israel in Jerusalem by saying that Argentina’s players “could not stand up to the pressure that Israel-haters are inciting” and “we will not give into these anti-Semitic supporters of terror.” A Palestinian youth, Ezzadin Tamimi was shot dead by an Israeli soldier on Wednesday 6 June in the West Bank on suspicion of throwing stones. Eye witnesses  said paramedics were prevented from treating Tamimi as he bled out from his wounds. Israel has now passed a...

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