JORDAN’S PRINCE HAMZAH ACCUSED OF ‘DESTABILISATION PLOT’

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By Donnelly McCleland Jordan has banned reporting about an alleged plot to destabilise the country, said to involve controversial ex-Crown Prince Hamzah bin Hussein. The prosecutor general said the ban extended to social media networks. Over the weekend, the government accused Prince Hamzah, 41, of conspiring against the kingdom. Details have now emerged of an…

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RARE PROTESTS IN EGYPT LEAD TO CLASHES AND ARRESTS

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Almost 500 people have been detained in Egypt in the past few days after protests against alleged government corruption, human rights activists say. Demonstrations were reported in Cairo, Alexandria and several other cities on Friday night [20 September], and in the port city of Suez on Saturday evening. The authorities have not yet released an…

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ATTACKS ON SAUDI OIL FACILITIES HEIGHTEN REGIONAL AND GLOBAL TENSIONS

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Iran was responsible for the attacks on two Saudi oil facilities earlier this month, the leaders of the United Kingdom, France and Germany said, drawing a sharp response from Iranian officials. The leaders issued a joint statement on Monday [23 September] as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hinted that the UK may withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, as US President…

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IRAN AND THE US ESCALATE THEIR ‘WAR OF WORDS’

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By Andrew Richards Iran announced that it would stop complying with certain elements of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran nuclear deal, in 60 days if the remaining signatories did not find a way to make the deal more economically beneficial to Iran. The announcement came a year after President…

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ISSUE 192 | 12 APRIL 2018

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MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT EGYPT ELECTIONS THAT GUARANTEED SISI’S WIN

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29 MARCH 2018 – Polls closed after a three-day presidential election that incumbent Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is set to easily win, but questions remained whether enough voters showed up to lend it legitimacy. Polling stations remained quiet throughout Wednesday with only a few people trickling in to periodically cast their ballots. A prosecutor who oversaw one station in a Cairo…

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