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    'I am a human rights professor,' Iranian FM Zarif responds to question on rights abuses

    Responding to a question regarding Iran's human rights abuses, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Foreign Affairs Minister of Iran, said "I am a human rights professor, I have taught human rights for over 30 years,” at the 2019 Munich Security Conference. “I believe human rights for us [Iran] is a security requirement - not a moral nicety,” Zarif added.

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    Saudi Crown Prince's plane welcomed by Pakistani fighter jets

    The plane carrying Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Moahmmed bin Salman and his official delegation to Pakistan was accompanied by Pakistani JF-17 fighter jets as it entered Pakistani airspace this afternoon. Photos of the fighter jets were tweeted by Bader al-Asaker, Head of the Private Office for HRH the Crown Prince and Chairman of Misk Initiatives Center on Sunday. The fighter jets are produced jointly by Pakistan and China.

  • Arab News

    Lebanon censors caricature of Khamenei in French weekly

    BEIRUT:  Lebanon's General Directorate of General Security has censored a caricature of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei that was published in the French weekly Courrier International. The directorate covered the caricature with a sticker before allowing the publication to enter Lebanon.  The move has sparked debate on social media, including criticism and questions as to whether the directorate is affiliated with the Shiite group Hezbollah, a close ally of Tehran. There were also questions as to whether such censorship would apply to other leaders who are caricatured by the French newspaper. Journalist Dima Sadek shared the caricature on social media in defiance of the censorship. Journalist

  • Arab News

    Iran faces angry online backlash over activists' abuse claims

    GENEVA, LONDON: In early January, labor activist Esmail Bakhshi posted a letter on Instagram saying he had been tortured in jail, attracting support from tens of thousands of Iranians online. Bakhshi, who said he was still in pain, also challenged the intelligence minister to a public debate about the religious justification for torture. Late last month, Bakhshi was rearrested. Sepideh Qoliyan, a journalist covering labor issues in the Ahvaz region, was also rearrested on the same day after saying on social media that she had been abused in jail. Bakhshi's allegations of torture and the social media furor that followed led Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to call for an investigation, and the

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    Saudi Crown Prince orders 2,107 Pakistani prisoners released

    Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered the release of 2,107 Pakistani prisoners from the Kingdom's jails during a high-profile visit to Islamabad, the official Twitter account of the Pakistani Government tweeted on Monday. Last Update: Monday, 18 February 2019 KSA 15:15 - GMT 12:15

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    Royals 'are thinking of sending their child to an American school'

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reportedly considering sending their child to an American school. The royal duo - who married in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in May - are currently preparing for the arrival of their first child, and they are apparently considering sending their first-born to ACS Egham International School in Surrey, South-East England. A source told E! News: "Meghan is also keen for her child to be fully aware of his or her American heritage." The private school used to be known as the American Community School, and offers an American curriculum to students aged 4 to 18. The school is also located relatively close to Frogmore Cottage, which is the future home of the

  • Egypt Independent

    Rouhani says Iran ready to improve ties with Gulf states

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran is ready to work with all of its neighbors to secure peace in the Middle East in the face of US and Israeli aggression, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, in his latest attempt to weaken ties between regional rival Saudi Arabia and America. Iran and Saudi Arabia have been fighting proxy wars for years, backing opposing sides in conflicts in Syria and Yemen. But pressure is building on Tehran after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of a 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers and reimposed sanctions. Saudi Arabia welcomed the move. “Iran is ready to work with regional states to preserve security in the Middle East,” Rouhani said in a public speech