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PPP activist who hurled shoe at ex-CM dies in road mishap

KARACHI: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) activist, who had hurled a shoe at former Sindh chief minister Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim, died in a road accident in Karachi on Sunday. As per details, Dr Agha Javed, who is the elder brother of PPP leader Agha Majid, lost his life in the accident near Punjab Chowrangi. PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari expressed sorrow over the demise of the party activist and extended condolences to the bereaved family. My elder brother Dr. Agha Javed has passed away in Road accident.…

UAE jails activist for 10 years over social media posts

RIYADH: Prominent Emirati activist Ahmed Mansoor has been sentenced to 10 years in jail and fined 1 million AED ($272,000) on charges of criticizing the United Arab Emirates government on social media, The National newspaper reported late on Wednesday. A trade and tourism hub, the UAE is an absolute monarchy that tolerates little public criticism of its ruling system and has prosecuted Mansoor and other pro-democracy activists for what it called insulting the country’s leaders.  Mansoor was among five activists…

Egypt court sentences activist to two years over Red Sea islands protest

CAIRO: A court in Alexandria has sentenced leading rights activist Mahienour el-Massry to two years in prison on charges of illegally protesting against the Egyptian government’s decision to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, judicial sources said on Saturday. The court tried four other people in absentia and handed them four-year sentences on the same charges, the sources said. El-Massry was detained in Egypt’s second largest city along with activist Moatasim Medhat at a court hearing in November, ahead of…

Israel extends detention of Palestinian teen held over slap: family

JERUSALEM: An Israeli military court decided on Wednesday to extend the detention of a high profile Palestinian activist, her father said, after a viral video showed her slapping Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank. Ahed Tamimi, 17, a campaigner against Israel's occupation of the West Bank, was arrested on Tuesday along with her mother after the video was widely shared by Israeli media. In it Tamimi and another woman approach two Israeli soldiers, before shoving, kicking and slapping them while filming on mobile…

UAE arrests prominent activist for ‘incitement’ on social media

SHARJAH: The United Arab Emirates arrested political activist Ahmed Mansoor on charges of spreading sectarianism and hatred on social media, state news agency WAM reported on Tuesday, in a move criticized by rights groups. Mansoor, an electrical engineer and poet, had used social media "to publish false information and rumors as well as promoting (a) sectarian and hate-incited agenda," WAM quoted the public prosecutor on Tuesday as saying. His posts "harm national unity and social harmony and damage the country's…

Human rights activist Salman Haider goes missing in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Salman Haider, a human rights activist and a professor at the Fatimah Jinnah Women University, has reportedly gone missing from the federal capital. According to police, Haider's wife lodged a First Information Report (FIR) at the Lohi Bher police station over the incident. Haider reportedly went to Banigala on Friday and his car was later recovered by from Koral Chowk. His wife had received a SMS on her mobile phone to collect his car from the Koral Chowk. Haider is also a poet, columnist and a theater…

Omaima Hoshan -The Syrian teenager fighting against child marriages

MAFRAQ: Morning creeps up on the Zaatari refugee camp, an ever-increasing settlement of Syrians who have fled the war across the border. Omaima Hoshan meets up with a group of young girls; some accompanied by their parents and then leads them to a makeshift workshop in the camp. The workshop organized is to help discourage the young girls from the custom of child marriage.