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In his white prison uniform, Sherif Farag was forced to present his thesis behind bars where he spent months without trial, a procedure Egypt's government is accused of using to silence its opponents.   Farag, a lecturer's assistant at...
A twist of fate stopped Abu Fahd boarding a doomed migrant boat that sank off Malta with hundreds aboard, but the Syrian and his family are already plotting another perilous voyage.   Abu Fahd, his wife and five children were supposed to take a...
The Ukrainian and European parliaments on Tuesday simultaneously ratified a landmark pact at the heart of the ex-Soviet country's bloodiest crisis since independence. The vote on an accord that decisively steers Ukraine towards the West came...
Health workers reported Wednesday being overwhelmed by new Ebola cases at the epicentre of an outbreak described as an existential threat to hardest-hit Liberia. The World Health Organization (WHO), which raised the death toll to nearly 2,300, has...
Flight MH17 that crashed over rebel-held eastern Ukraine split into pieces during flight after being hit by numerous high-speed objects, said a report released by the Netherlands on Tuesday. "Flight MH17... operated by Malaysia Airlines broke...
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has threatened to break off a unity agreement with Hamas if the Islamist movement does not allow the government to operate properly in the Gaza Strip. His remarks came on the eve of talks in Cairo with Egyptian...
An Afghan judge on Sunday sentenced seven men to death for the gang-rape of four women in a case that has sparked nationwide outrage, with angry protests outside the court and proceedings broadcast live on television. The seven men, who stood in the...
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to break off a unity agreement with Hamas if the Islamist movement does not allow the government to operate properly in the Gaza Strip.   "We won't accept a partnership with (Hamas)...
The United States launched its first air strikes in Iraq's Sunni Arab heartland, bombing jihadists near a key dam on the Euphrates River, the US military said on Sunday. "At the request of the government of Iraq, US military forces attacked...
Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine on Saturday accused Kiev's forces of breaking a ceasefire just hours after it was agreed, and vowed to pursue their independence drive in the east.   A leading member of the parliament established by the self-...