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Iran arrests lawyer for criticizing execution

Jun 20, 2018

An Iranian lawyer has been arrested for "spreading lies" after saying on social media that a Sufi executed this week was wrongfully convicted

Saudi entertainment chief sacked after conservative backlash

Jun 19, 2018

Saudi King Salman has sacked the head of the country's entertainment authority after religiously-conservative citizens took to social media to denounce a Russian circus show that showed female performers in tightly-fitted attire

Rumors spread on social media fuel deadly India mob attacks

Jun 14, 2018

Fueled by rumors of child kidnappers that spread on social media, mobs have killed well over a dozen Indians in brutal attacks since early May

Egypt defends austerity measures amid fears of unrest

Jun 13, 2018

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has defended austerity measures aimed at reviving the economy, amid fears of public anger that may have motivated the arrest of activists and bloggers in recent weeks

Turkish presidential candidate runs campaign from jail

Jun 8, 2018

One of the candidates in Turkey's presidential election later this month is running his campaign from jail

Jailed politician makes election speech via call to wife

Jun 6, 2018

In an unusual election campaign, Turkey's jailed pro-Kurdish politician and presidential candidate has delivered a speech from his prison cell through a telephone call to his wife and other family members _ a video of which was later broadcast on Twitter

Egypt in rare unity over love for Salah, loathing for Ramos

May 27, 2018

Heartbroken Egypt shares a rare moment of unity: An outpouring of sympathy and love for Salah, loathing for Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos

Inflamed by social media, mobs kill at least 3 in India

May 25, 2018

Police say mobs of terrified villagers have killed at least three people and attacked several others in southern India after social media messages warned that kidnappers were roaming the region in search of children

Detained Saudi women driving campaigners branded traitors

May 19, 2018

Seven people in Saudi Arabia, including four prominent women's rights activists who campaigned for the right to drive, are being accused by state security of working with "foreign entities"

Egypt arrests activist over video critical of government

May 12, 2018

An international rights group says Egyptian authorities have arrested an activist after she posted a video online lashing out at the state for reasons including deteriorating public services and unchallenged sexual harassment

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