Science & Technology

Singapore's fake news bill poses 'risks to freedom of speech'

Bill would require social media sites to carry warnings on posts the government deems false and remove certain comments.

Singapore's fake news bill poses 'risks to freedom of speech'

Middle East

HRW: Eight Lebanese citizens face 'terrorism' trial in UAE

Emirati media reported the men are linked to Hezbollah but their families say they have no political affiliations.

HRW: Eight Lebanese citizens face 'terrorism' trial in UAE

Sudan

Sudan's al-Bashir orders release of detained female protesters

Move to release the women coincided with International Women's Day, which saw continued protests against Bashir's rule.

Sudan's al-Bashir orders release of detained female protesters

Lebanon

'This Is Lebanon' webpage shames employers accused of maid abuse

'Pay or become famous', online activists warn employers accused of mistreating domestic workers in Lebanon.

'This Is Lebanon' webpage shames employers accused of maid abuse

Narendra Modi

Amnesty, Greenpeace accuse Indian government of impeding work

Since coming to power in 2014, the Modi government has cancelled the licences of nearly 15,000 charities.

Amnesty, Greenpeace accuse Indian government of impeding work

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's violent crackdown continues amid reports of rape

Fearful residents locking themselves in at night, with at least 12 killed in unrest as sexual assault reports emerge.

Zimbabwe's violent crackdown continues amid reports of rape

Saudi Arabia

Rights groups call for access to Saudi detainees

Detainees include prominent figures held in anti-corruption campaign and high-profile women's rights activists.

Refugees

IOM: 200 refugees drowned in the Mediterranean this year

Sea arrivals to Europe in the first 16 days of 2019 go up to 4,216, compared with 2,365 in the same period of 2018.

IOM: 200 refugees drowned in the Mediterranean this year

Middle East

Doctor and child killed as protests break out across Sudan

Police fire tear gas as demonstrations calling for President Bashir's resignation try to march on presidential palace.

Africa

Zimbabwe accused of violent crackdown on protests

Rights groups say the security forces have responded to demonstrators with 'unprecedented use of excessive force'.

Middle East

Palestinian Authority accused of suppressing freedom of speech

HRW says the PA suppresses dissent and online freedoms.

Saudi Arabia

Canada grants asylum to Saudi teenager Rahaf al-Qunun

The 18-year-old left Bangkok airport for Canada, officials confirmed, after her ordeal went viral on social media.

Canada grants asylum to Saudi teenager Rahaf al-Qunun

Venezuela

Military personnel, relatives tortured in Venezuela: HRW

New report says detainees were strangled, deprived of food and had the soles of their feet cut with razor blades.

Military personnel, relatives tortured in Venezuela: HRW

Thailand

Australia to consider runaway Saudi teen's asylum plea

Canberra says al-Qunun's humanitarian visa application will be 'carefully considered' as UNHCR looks into her case.

Australia to 'consider' Saudi teen Rahaf al-Qunun's asylum plea

Africa

US deploys troops to Gabon amid fears of unrest in DRC

US troops will assist US citizens, personnel in DRC if violent protests over recent elections threaten their security.

US deploys troops to Gabon amid fears of unrest in DRC