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‘Sportswashing’ fears dog Ruiz-Joshua fight in Saudi Arabia

Dec. 6, 2019 3:25 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — In one part of Riyadh, two of the world’s most high-profile boxers squared off at a weigh-in outside a 5-star hotel ahead of the first heavyweight title fight to take place in the Middle East. Across town, American rappers Akon and Chris Brown were about to headline a...

Iran leader calls for ‘Islamic mercy’ after bloody crackdown

Dec. 4, 2019 12:08 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader called Wednesday for those detained in recent gasoline price protests to be treated with “Islamic mercy” even after authorities acknowledged government forces shot and killed demonstrators nationwide in unrest that reportedly...

Trump decries Iranian crackdown on protesters

Dec. 3, 2019 1:23 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday decried the Iranian government's crackdown on protesters, saying Tehran is killing its citizens for speaking out at demonstrations. “Iran is killing thousands and thousands of people right now as we speak," Trump said despite a much lower death count...

Iran says it killed ‘rioters’ in deadliest unrest in decades

Dec. 3, 2019 11:53 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran acknowledged for the first time Tuesday that its security forces shot and killed protesters across the country to put down demonstrations last month over the sharply spiking price of gasoline, the deadliest unrest to hit the country since the turmoil of the 1979...

Amnesty: Yemen’s disabled are neglected, and suffering

Dec. 3, 2019 12:59 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen’s civil war has exacted an enormous toll on people with disabilities, who find themselves on the margins of society and excluded from badly needed humanitarian assistance, Amnesty International said in a report released Tuesday. The 50-page report by the London-based global rights...

Amnesty says at least 208 killed in Iran protests, crackdown

Dec. 2, 2019 9:18 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — At least 208 people in Iran have been killed amid protests over sharply rising gasoline prices and a subsequent crackdown by security forces, Amnesty International said Monday, as one government official acknowledged telling police to shoot demonstrators. Iran has yet to...

Sudan overturns moral policing law, disbands ex-ruling party

Nov. 29, 2019 8:32 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s transitional government announced Friday it overturned a moral policing law that criminalized revealing clothing for women and drinking alcohol and moved to dissolve the country’s former ruling party, fulfilling two major demands from the country’s pro-democracy...

The Latest: Iran supreme leader says protests a ‘conspiracy’

Nov. 27, 2019 10:14 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on protests and Iran’s recent protests and security crackdown (all times local): 12:35 p.m. Iranian state media is quoting its supreme leader as calling recent mass protests against government-set gasoline prices rising a “conspiracy.”...

Amnesty: Egypt uses prosecution branch to crush dissent

Nov. 27, 2019 3:48 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s government is using a secretive judicial agency designed to fight terrorism to detain peaceful protesters, journalists and critics on trumped-up charges without trial, Amnesty International said in a report released Wednesday. The 60-page report by the London-based rights group...

Iran says protesters attacked hundreds of banks, blaming US

Nov. 27, 2019 1:07 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Protesters angry over government-set gasoline prices spiking in Iran attacked hundreds of banks, police outposts and gas stations in the demonstrations, Tehran acknowledged Wednesday as its supreme leader alleged without evidence that a “conspiracy”...