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Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders have called on authorities to redouble efforts to secure the release of British photojournalist John Cantlie after five years' IS captivity

Syrian regime forces have continued bombardment of a besieged Damascus suburb, killing more civilians on the sixth consecutive day of heavy bombing - and prompting a UN warning.

Qatar sets $200 minimum wage for migrant <em>workers</em>

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Qatar sets $200 minimum wage for migrant workers

World Cup 2022 host Qatar has come under heavy criticism for its treatment of foreign workers. In its latest labour overhaul, authorities have set a minimum wage of $200.

Air strikes bombard aid warehouse in Syria rebel bastion Air strikes bombard aid warehouse in Syria rebel bastion

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Air strikes bombard aid warehouse in Syria rebel bastion

Air strikes bombarded an aid warehouse in Douma, Eastern Ghouta, on Wednesday, days after the first delivery of food and medicine to the area in ...

HRW slams treatment of Tanzanian domestic <em>workers</em> in Gulf

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HRW slams treatment of Tanzanian domestic workers in Gulf

Human Rights Watch have described the horrific treatment of Tanzanian domestic workers in the Gulf states the UAE and Oman, ...

Tom Charles

UK courting UAE despite human rights alarm

Comment: For the UK, cultural ties, such as the British Council-UAE collaboration act as a lubricant to facilitate the easy flow of capital, writes Tom Charles.

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Heavy bombing wreaks havoc on Aleppo despite 'de-escalation zone'

Dozens of Syrian civilians, including 20 children, were killed on Monday in airstrikes on the northern province of Aleppo despite a ...

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Thousands of children referred to UK counter-extremism programme

A quarter of referrals to the UK's Prevent programme to stop people being drawn into terrorism were under 15 years old, according to the first ...

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Qatar appoints women to Shura Council for first time

Four woman will sit on the 45-strong council, which is responsible for discussing draft laws approved by the cabinet, general government policy ...

ILO drops case against Qatar over migrant worker <em>rights</em>

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ILO drops case against Qatar over migrant worker rights

World Cup host Qatar has agreed to far-reaching labour reforms to improve conditions for migrant workers, after coming under pressure ...

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Famed Louvre name arrives in Abu Dhabi

Ten years since France and the UAE agreed a deal for rights to the Louvre brand, VIPs on Wednesday celebrated the inauguration of the ...

The many missed-steaks of halal slaughter

Ruqaya Izzidien

The many missed-steaks of halal slaughter

Comment: Halal abattoirs are cruel - they require cattle and poultry to be alive at the time of killing...

Israeli prime minister's wife faces lawsuit over 'housekeeper abuse'

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Israeli prime minister's wife faces lawsuit over 'housekeeper abuse'

A woman has filed a $64,000 civil suit against Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, who is accused of 'abusing' her ...

Clandestine sex industry booms in Rohingya refugee camps

Stefanie Glinski

Clandestine sex industry booms in Rohingya refugee camps

'At least 500 Rohingya prostitutes live in Kutupalong. Recruiters now have their eyes set on the newcomers'

Human <em>rights</em> <em>workers</em> in 'Istanbul-11' case released on bail Human rights workers in 'Istanbul-11' case released on bail

Ylenia Gostoli

Human rights workers in 'Istanbul-11' case released on bail

Human rights workers detained by Turkey since July have been released on bail by a court in Istanbul after a 12-hour hearing.

Robert Cusack

Ugandan workers committing suicide in UAE at alarming rate

Lawmakers have criticised the UAE for its appalling work conditions - leading to sky-rocketing suicide rates among migrant workers.

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Qatar to introduce its first ever minimum wage

Workers' groups hail a 'genuine breakthrough' in Qatar's labour laws amid ongoing pressure to improve conditions in the run to the 2022 ...

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Draft UN resolution pressures Myanmar over Rohingya crisis

A six-page resolution seeking to end the persecution of Rohingya Muslims is set to be put before the UN Security Council, pressuring Myanmar to ...

Rami Almeghari

Palestinians look forward to a political breakthrough

The Cairo deal could yet pave the way to fresh elections in Palestine, offering a glimpse of hope that the blockade of Gaza may be lifted, ...

'Me Too' in MENA

Hadani Ditmars

'Me Too' in MENA

Blog: Harassment is a universal experience for women, writes Hadani Ditmars.

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UK court rules against Saudi diplomat in slavery case

A UK court has ruled a former Saudi diplomat can be tried on allegations of trafficking and slavery of a domestic worker as he no longer had ...

Indian woman 'tortured, kept as slave' in Saudi Arabia

The New Arab

Indian woman 'tortured, kept as slave' in Saudi Arabia

A video of an Indian woman working in Saudi Arabia tearfully begging to be rescued from alleged slave labour and abuse has gone viral in her ...

More than 20,000 illegal child marriages every day

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

More than 20,000 illegal child marriages every day

More than 100 million girls are still not protected by law against child marriage, reports Jonathan Fenton-Harvey.

Egypt bans prominent human <em>rights</em> activist from receiving award

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Egypt bans prominent human rights activist from receiving award

Egyptian activist Mohammed Zaree said he hopes the award will him and other members of the country's vulnerable human rights community ...

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