‘You don’t belong’: land dispute drives new exodus in Ethiopia’s Tigray

This time, it is due not to the fighting, but to regional forces and militiamen from neighbouring Amhara seeking to settle a decades-old land dispute The dusty buses keep coming, dozens a day, mattresses, chairs and baskets piled on top. They stop at schools hurriedly turned into camps, disgorging families who describe fleeing from ethnic …

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Sanaa Seif: Egypt rights activist jailed for ‘spreading false news’

A court in Egypt has sentenced the prominent human rights activist Sanaa Seif to 18 months in jail after finding her guilty of “spreading false news”. Seif was detained in June as she tried to file a complaint about an assault that she had allegedly suffered. Prosecutors later accused her of making unfounded claims about …

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First Russia poisoned him. Now this is the prison camp for Alexey Navalny

A ferocious-looking dog on a short leash barked its warning as the guards checked our passports before ordering us to leave the notorious site where Russia’s main opposition leader, Alexey Navalny, has been sent for the next two-and-a-half years. Life inside is hidden from view, behind high metal fences and barbed wire surrounding this dilapidated-looking facility, …

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With no successor in sight, Xi Jinping heads to major Party meeting with more power than ever

In March 2020, the annual meeting of China’s national legislature in Beijing was delayed for the first time in decades, as Chinese President Xi Jinping attempted to gain control over what would fast become a global pandemic. One year on, the high-profile event is due to start on Friday, in line with pre-pandemic traditions, in …

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Baton Rouge police are investigating after a video shows an officer with his arm around teen’s neck during arrest

Police are investigating the arrest of a Baton Rouge teenager on Sunday after a video posted online shows an officer pinning the 13-year-old to the ground with his arm under the boy’s neck. No decision has been made yet on whether the officers involved in the incident would face disciplinary action, Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon …

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Tigray crisis: ‘Overwhelming’ humanitarian needs in Ethiopia’s region

The needs of people affected by deadly fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region are “overwhelming”, the International Committee of the Red Cross has warned. “The people in Tigray… lost the harvest season,” the ICRC’s director of operations, Dominik Stillhart, told the BBC during his visit to Ethiopia. He said there were “serious issues with regards to …

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Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul released from prison

Loujain al-Hathloul, one of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent women’s rights campaigners, has been released after more than 1,000 days in prison for what critics have described as politically-motivated charges. Hathloul, 31, was arrested in a May 2018 sweep that targeted well-known opponents of the kingdom’s since-rescinded law barring women from driving. She told her family …

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