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HRW: Saudi forces torture, disappear Yemeni civilians

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has condemned Saudi Arabia and Saudi-backed forces in war-torn Yemen for carrying out a series of abuses against Yemeni civilians in the furthermost eastern province of al-Mahra. In a report published on Wednesday, the New York-based group said the abuses included arbitrary arrests, forced disappearances and[…]

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Myths, lies and the coronavirus: How Middle East tensions are being stoked

By Mark Owen Jones Coronavirus is being opportunistically weaponised through disinformation and propaganda tactics aimed at demonising political opponents, while exposing latent prejudices. There have been numerous reports of increased xenophobia towards those who look Chinese. Epidemics often prompt the activation of latent tropes that paint specific communities as uncivilised[…]

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Travel agents scramble to rearrange bookings as Saudi Arabia suspends Umrah over coronavirus fears

Saudi Arabia’s decision to suspend travel to the country’s holiest sites over fears of the fast-spreading coronavirus has left travel agents scrambling to rearrange bookings as pilgrims remain in the dark over how long the “temporary” ban might continue. Late on Wednesday, Riyadh’s foreign ministry tweeted that it was suspending entry for pilgrims heading to Mecca and Medina for[…]

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