Family of US citizens held in Iran press for their release

The families of United States citizens detained in Iran are pushing President Joe Biden’s administration to secure their release before talks about returning to a 2015 nuclear deal. Iranian authorities have arrested dozens of dual nationals and foreigners, including several US citizens, in recent years, mostly on espionage charges. Rights groups accuse Iran of trying […]

Tributes as funeral held for slain Lebanese publisher Lokman Slim

Lokman Slim was found with six bullets in his body in his car last week, his death sparking fears of nationwide unrest. Mourners have attended the funeral of a slain Lebanese publisher and outspoken Hezbollah critic whose murder last week provoked a public outcry. Lokman Slim was found dead with six bullets in his body […]

Myanmar legislators remain held in ‘open-air detention centre’

Hundreds of members of Myanmar’s Parliament remained confined in “an open-air detention centre” in the country’s capital on Tuesday, a day after the military seized power and detained senior politicians including elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. One of the legislators told the Associated Press news agency he and some 400 other parliament members were […]

Lebanon: Funeral held for demonstrator killed in Tripoli protests

More than 220 people also wounded, several of those when security forces opened fire at a group in Al Nour Square. Beirut, Lebanon – Hundreds of mourners in Tripoli on Thursday attended the funeral of Omar Tayba, who was wounded during Wednesday evening’s protests and riots in the city that were fuelled by anger over […]

Amid death penalty fears, calls grow to free Briton held in India

Jagtar Singh Johal, from Scotland, has been held in India since being arrested in November 2017. Human rights organisations in the United Kingdom are urging India to free a Scottish man who has been held without trial for more than three years, as fears grow that he could ultimately face the death penalty. Jagtar Singh […]

Malaysia orders release of Pakistan plane held over lease dispute

A PIA passenger plane was ordered to be released after it was held in Kuala Lumpur nearly two weeks ago. A Malaysian court has ordered the immediate release of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane that was held back at Kuala Lumpur airport nearly two weeks ago due to a British court case over the […]

Indonesia to deport Russian social media star who held party

Author:  AP article author:  AP ID:  1611481611508059700 Sun, 2021-01-24 09:12 DENPASAR, Indonesia: A Russian social media celebrity was being deported from Indonesia on Sunday after he held a party at a luxury hotel on the resort island of Bali attended by more than 50 people despite coronavirus restrictions. The party held on Jan. 11 violated […]

Canadian officials meet ex-diplomat held in Chinese custody

Ottawa says foreign ministry officials met online with Michael Kovrig, who has been held in China since December 2018. Canada said its officials have met online with former diplomat Michael Kovrig who has been held in China for more than two years in a case linked to the detention of an executive of Chinese telecoms […]

Christmas Eve concert held in Paris’ fire-wrecked Notre Dame

Author:  Associated Press article author:  AP ID:  1608841068361079200 Thu, 2020-12-24 15:19 PARIS: Wearing hard hats and protective suits, the choir of Notre Dame Cathedral sang inside the medieval Paris landmark for the first time since last year’s devastating fire for a special Christmas Eve concert. Accompanied by an acclaimed violinist, a rented organ and a […]

Hard-line Indonesian cleric held on suspicion he broke coronavirus restrictions

Author:  Reuters article author:  Reuters ID:  1607802118526998800 Sat, 2020-12-12 23:14 JAKARTA: Indonesian police arrested firebrand Islamic cleric Rizieq Shihab on Saturday on suspicion of breaching coronavirus restrictions by staging several mass gatherings since his return from self-exile last month. The controversial and politically influential cleric has called for a “moral revolution” since returning on Nov. […]

Egypt to offer as much as full ownership in firms held by army

Egypt will offer up to 100 percent stakes in a mineral water company and an oil firm currently owned by the army, says minister. Egypt will offer as much as full ownership in a mineral-water company and an oil firm currently held by the military, pressing ahead in seeking private investment for businesses that President […]

Two Canadians held in China put on trial for alleged espionage

Foreign ministry says the two Canadian nationals are ‘suspected of endangering China’s national security’. China has put two Canadians imprisoned for the past two years on trial, the foreign ministry said on Thursday. Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were arrested in China on December 10, 2018. Confirming the men had been indicted and […]

Iran swaps Kylie Moore-Gilbert with three prisoners held abroad

Iranian state broadcaster shows images of Moore-Gilbert entering a van and of three released Iranians being welcomed home. Tehran, Iran – Iran has swapped jailed British Australian academic Kylie-Moore Gilbert with three unnamed Iranians held abroad, according to state media. Footage released by state broadcaster IRIB on Wednesday showed Moore-Gilbert, who had been imprisoned for […]