Iran: Jailed rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh temporarily released #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Tehran, Iran – Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been temporarily released from prison after concerns mounted over her deteriorating health. The 57-year-old “went on furlough with the approval of the prosecutor presiding over women’s prison”, Mizan, the judiciary’s news website, said without providing any further details. Reza Khandan, Sotoudeh’s husband, confirmed the […]

US Elections: How Biden flipped battleground Pennsylvania #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US – The Associated Press declared victory for United States presidential candidate Joe Biden on Saturday morning after he outpaced incumbent Donald Trump in Pennsylvania. Biden won the state and the presidency not because he was a particularly beloved candidate, according to experts and recent opinion polls in Pennsylvania, but because voters saw […]

Seventeen bodies found in new Libya mass graves #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

The graves were discovered in Tarhuna, the main staging point of Haftar’s year-long offensive on the capital, Tripoli. Seventeen bodies have been unearthed in newly found mass graves in western Libya’s Tarhuna region, taking the total exhumed in recent months to 112, the missing persons authority said. Lotfi Tawfiq, who heads a committee tasked by […]

JOE BIDEN BEATS DONALD TRUMP TO WIN WHITE HOUSE: AP #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Democratic candidate is projected to have secured 284 Electoral College votes, the Associated Press reports. Joe Biden is now projected to have 284 Electoral College votes, the Associated Press (AP) news agency said on Saturday, above the threshold needed to clinch the hard-fought United States presidential election. The president-elect was projected to have surpassed the 270 […]

‘Islam’ is not in crisis, liberalism is #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Earlier this month, French President Emmanuel Macron declared in an address to the nation that “Islam is a religion that is in crisis today all over the world”. In the same speech, he unveiled a political programme for strengthening laïcité, France’s unique iteration of secularism that stringently restricts religion in the public sphere. Since then, […]

Guinea top court declares Alpha Conde elected president #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Constitutional court rejects allegations of fraud in October 18 polls, hands 82-year-old incumbent a third term his rivals say is unconstitutional. Guinea’s constitutional court has confirmed President Alpha Conde’s victory in last month’s disputed election, rejecting allegations of fraud and handing him a third term his opponents say is unconstitutional. The 82-year-old Conde’s campaign to […]

UAE announces relaxing of Islamic laws for personal freedoms #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Broadening of personal freedoms reflects the changing profile of a Gulf country seeking robust tourism. The United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday a major overhaul of the country’s Islamic personal laws, allowing unmarried couples to cohabitate, loosening alcohol restrictions, and criminalising so-called “honour killings”. The government said the legal reforms were part of efforts to […]

Ethiopian MPs back plan to replace Tigray government #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Ethiopia’s parliament voted on Saturday to approve the formation of an interim government for the Tigray region as fighting continued and fears of all-out war escalated. A simmering dispute between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s federal government and his former Tigrayan allies exploded on Wednesday after Abiy ordered a military campaign, accusing the Tigray People’s Liberation […]

Ivory Coast opposition leader arrested for rival government #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Ivorian prosecutors are pursuing ‘terrorism’ charges against more than a dozen opposition leaders who boycotted the October 31 vote. Ivory Coast opposition leader and former Prime Minister Pascal Affi N’Guessan was under arrest on Saturday for creating a rival government after President Alassane Ouattara’s election victory, his wife and a spokeswoman said. Ivorian prosecutors are […]

Myanmar’s election in 500 words #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

More than 37 million of Myanmar’s 56 million people are eligible to vote on Sunday. Myanmar will hold national and state elections on Sunday in which Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party will be looking to hold on to power. Here is a closer look at the vote: The […]