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Egypt frees Al-Jazeera journalist detained since 2016 - Dotemirates
23/05/2019

Egypt frees Al-Jazeera journalist detained since 2016

An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the release of an Al-Jazeera journalist who had been detained since 2016 on allegations of spreading false news and defaming Egypt's reputation. Mahmoud Hussein, an Egyptian journalist working for the Qatar-based satellite network, was detained at the Cairo airport in December 2016 when he arrived on a family vacation from Doha. No official charges were ever raised against him and Hussein didn't stand trial. "This case shows the misuse of pre-trial detention as a form of punishment in Egypt," said Gamal Eid, executive director of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information. He said...


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Doctors warn of fallout from new immigration rule

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Kuwait police patrols told to stop chasing cars

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17/08/2019

Houthi drones strike Saudi oil installation

Iran-aligned Houthis hit a Saudi oil installation on Saturday. State oil company Aramco said the attack caused a "limited fire" at a gas plant which had been contained and did not impact production. Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih condemned the strike as "cowardly" sabotage directed at global oil supplies. Click/tap here to subscribe to Khaleej Times news alerts on WhatsApp. Make sure you save the phone number under Contacts on your phone for uninterrupted service. ERROR: Macro /ads/dfp-ad-article-new is missing!
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Opinion: The EU must respect the nation-state

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17/08/2019

Man charged with attempted murder of Illinois state trooper

A 43-year-old suburban Chicago man has been charged with attempted murder for shooting and wounding an Illinois State Trooper who serving a warrant at the man's home. Authorities say Volodymyr Dragan of Wheeling shot the 32-year-old trooper about 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The trooper was among a group of officers serving a warrant for aggravated assault on a police officer and other allegations stemming from a state police traffic stop on Interstate 294 early Thursday. The trooper's injuries were not life-threatening. Dragan was arrested is scheduled for a bond hearing Saturday. He also is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm...