Brazil: Bolsonaro Leads 2019 Record for Attacks on the Press

The far-right former Capitan accounted for three out of five press attacks in 2019.

Beijing Enlight Media Announces One Billion Yuan Investment in Animation

Pproducer of smash hit ‘Nezha’ Beijing Enlight Media said it will invest about 1 billion yuan ($145 million) over the next five years to adapt comic content into animated productions.

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Christian delegation urges international community to recognise state of Palestine

Orthodox Christmas service, officiated by Archbishop Alexios in Gaza City, Gaza on 7 January 2020 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]
A group of bishops from across Europe and North America have voiced their deep concerns over Israel’s occupation of Palestine. The group, who visit the region every year to promote dialogue and peace, described at length the grim situation following their return from the occupied territory. “Every year we come to encounter and hear the people of the Holy Land. We are inspired by their enduring resilience and faith in a worsening situation,” announced the 15-member group in a statement. The delegation conveyed the message of their Christian counterparts in Palestine, who warned that people are facing further “evaporation of hope for a durable solution.” They described that they had: “Witnessed this reality first-hand, particularly how construction of settlements and […]

Israeli court to keep spyware firm information from public

An Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, on 28 August 2016, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv. [JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images]
Tel Aviv District Court is allowing a closed-door hearing of the case challenging an Israeli spyware firm, NSO Group, following the ministry’s legal team appeal that it should be held in secret, on national security grounds. Amnesty International has filed a case against the notorious tech company, which calls for Israel to impose restrictions by revoking the spyware firm’s export license, preventing it from selling its contentious product abroad. NSO Group creates surveillance software that is believed to have been used to target political journalists and dissidents around the world. According to The Times of Israel, the company stated that it sells its technology to Israeli-approved governments, to help them stop militants and criminals. The identities of its clients are […]

Official: Hamas relations with Saudi Arabia ‘estranged’

Deputy Hamas leader in Gaza Khalil Al-Hayya [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
A member of Hamas’ political bureau Khalil Al-Hayya said Thursday that relations with Saudi Arabia are “estranged,” denying enmity with Riyadh. “Perhaps [there] is a rupture of relations that the brothers of Saudi Arabia have imposed,” Al-Hayya said in an interview published by the movement’s official website. “These are our people, our pride… and we ask them to support our people and their steadfastness and stand by our side,” he said in reference to the Saudi rulers, stressing that his movement is interested in maintaining relations with Saudi Arabia based on embracing the Palestinian cause, and not on boycotting any other country, in reference to Iran. READ: PA committed 424 violations against university students in 2019 Al-Hayya said Hamas’ political […]

Over 500 dead in Syria Al-Hol camp in 2019

A Syrian child looks on in the Al-Hol camp in Syria, on 8 August 2019 pDELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images]
At least 517 inhabitants – mostly children – of the famed Al-Hol camp which houses relatives of detained Daesh fighters in northern Syria, have died throughout 2019, the Kurdish Red Crescent reported. The Kurdish-run camp, which hosts around 68,000 people reliant on humanitarian aid and assistance, has long been deemed to be above capacity and in need of urgent care. The worsening conditions in the camp such as poor sanitation, malnutrition and illness, have resulted in the deaths of 371 children among the 517 dead overall, according to the Kurdish Red Crescent spokesperson, Dalal Ismail, reporting to French news agency, AFP, yesterday. READ: Finland aims to repatriate Daesh children from Syria ‘as soon as possible’ The cold and harsh winter […]

Report: Kuwait deported 40,000 expats in 2019 

Kuwait has expelled 40,000 expatriates, representing 20 different nationalities in 2019, for various reasons, most notably for violating residency law and involvement in criminal activities, Kuwaiti Al-Qabas newspaper reported on Thursday. The Kuwaiti ...

Pentagon: 11 US troops wounded in Iran missile attack

Iraqi sites published photos that they said were leaked from inside the Al-Asad base, in Anbar Province, after the Iranian missile strike, in retaliation for the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad. [Arabi21]
Contrary to US President Donald Trump’s declaration that no US soldiers were harmed in Iran’s retaliatory attack over the assassination of its top general, Qassem Soleimani, the Pentagon has now revealed that at least 11 troops were wounded in the missile attack on the Ain Al-Assad airbase in the Anbar province. The airbase is one of the bases used by the US in Iraq, which were struck resulting in significant damage. “No Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime. We suffered no casualties,” posted Trump on Twitter, a day after the 8 January attack codenamed ‘Operation Martyr Soleimani’, by the Iranians. The troops were medevacked this week to Germany and Kuwait, to be treated for traumatic […]

The Maldives Seek Financing to Manage Climate Change Impacts

This small nation may lose entire islands unless it can quickly access cheap financing.

Iraq: Obese Daesh mufti who called for rape and genocide caught

Obese Daesh mufti Abu Abdul-Bari [Twitter]
A morbidly obese Daesh ‘mufti’ who advocated enslavement, rape, torture and ethnic cleansing was caught in a raid yesterday by an elite Iraqi SWAT team of the Nineveh regiment in the city of Mosul. Shifa Al-Nima, also known as Abu Abdul-Bari, was too overweight (reportedly weighing over 135 kilograms) to be put in a police car and was instead, unceremoniously taken into custody on the back of a pick-up truck. Al-Nima is considered to be one of the biggest captures among the Daesh leadership in recent months, due to his position as the terrorist organisation’s top religious authority in issuing fatwas (religious edicts). This 130-kg ISIS preacher had to be carted from his hideout in a truck after cops failed to get him into a car […]
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