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International rights groups slam arrests of seven Saudi women activists.

International rights groups slam arrests of seven Saudi women activists.

International rights groups have slammed the arrests of at least seven prominent Saudi Arabian women’s rights activists, which were made just one month before the kingdom is set to lift its decades-long driving ban on women. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch named six of the detainees, both men and women, and called on Saudi [&hellip

Maduro re-elected Venezuelan president.

Maduro re-elected Venezuelan president.

Nicolas Maduro has been re-elected for a second term in office as Venezuela’s president in an election rejected as “illegitimate” by his main rival, who has also demanded that a repeat vote be held later this year. With more than 90 percent of the ballots cast in Sunday’s presidential election counted, the National Election Council [&hellip

Moqtada al-Sadr’s Alliance wins Iraq’s parliamentary elections.

Moqtada al-Sadr’s Alliance wins Iraq’s parliamentary elections.

Iraq’s electoral commission has announced the Sa’iroun (Marchers) political bloc, cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s Alliance with Communists, as the winner of the country’s parliamentary elections. According to Press TV, Sadr’s Alliance, which contested in Iraq’s elections for the first time, captured 54 parliamentary seats, the commission said on Saturday. Sadr’s movement forms the backbone of the [&hellip

UWT calls development stakeholders to support women.

UWT calls development stakeholders to support women.

The Chairperson of Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) women’s Wing, (UWT), Ms Gaudensia Kabaka has asked development stakeholders to focus on supporting women in rural areas so that they can participate in bringing about development through industrialisation. Speaking during the Africa Reconnect 2018 Conference and Exhibition in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Ms Kabaka said women are [&hellip

Tips for boosting Africa’s peace… From ex-presidents Mkapa, Mbeki and Mohamud.

Tips for boosting Africa’s peace… From ex-presidents Mkapa, Mbeki and Mohamud.

Former African leaders have called on current leaders in the continent to promote universal accession and implementation of the African Peer Review Mechanism to foster peace and security. Former presidents Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania, Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia, said in Dar es Salaam yesterday that APRM was an [&hellip

Ambitious scheme for better towns on.

Ambitious scheme for better towns on.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said yesterday that the government was reviewing the national building specifications and codes to meet the current needs and planning, especially in townships, cities and fast growing municipalities. He said the move sought to create a well planned and designed buildings so that the mistakes experienced in Dar es Salaam city [&hellip

5,108 get mining licences as State sounds warning.

5,108 get mining licences as State sounds warning.

The Mining Commission yesterday announced the issuance of 5,108 primary mining and prospecting licences with a caution that whoever violated the agreed regulations would have their licences revoked. Addressing reporters here yesterday, the Commission Chairman, Prof Idris Kikula, said the licences had been granted to those who submitted applications before July 4, 2017. He said [&hellip

Saudi Arabia: women’s rights activists arrested before lifting of driving ban.

Saudi Arabia: women’s rights activists arrested before lifting of driving ban.

Saudi authorities have arrested seven prominent women’s rights advocates, just weeks before the kingdom’s longstanding driving ban on women is set to be lifted, Human Rights Watch said on Saturday. While the reasons behind the arrests are not clear, activists told HRW that in September 2017, “the royal court had called the country’s prominent activists [&hellip

Iranian president urges world to boycott Israel, revise ties with US.

Iranian president urges world to boycott Israel, revise ties with US.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called on Muslim countries and other world nations to revise their ties with the US and sever all their relations with Israel in response to their hostile policies against Palestine. Speaking at the meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on Friday, Rouhani slammed Israel’s recent massacre [&hellip

WHO: Congo faces ‘very high’ risk from Ebola outbreak.

WHO: Congo faces ‘very high’ risk from Ebola outbreak.

An Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo has a high risk of spreading internally, the World Health Organization warned Friday ahead of a meeting on whether to declare it an event of international concern. In a statement, the UN agency said WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus would convene an emergency committee to [&hellip