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Middle East: Arab women want 'Arab spring' to provide space for their rights

At a conference on women's rights, activists from ten Arab countries agree the focus must be on enshrining women's rights in Arab constitutions. "After Tahrir, [. . .] "there is no turning back." Even though they may use "sexual violence against women, virginity tests and sexual harassment when ...

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General Assembly President calls for inclusive economies in Arab world

The Arab world faces the challenge of building inclusive economies, the President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, has said, stressing that this can only be achieved by ensuring that governments are accountable and responsive to the aspirations of their people.

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VATICAN – MIDDLE EAST The Pope in Lebanon for the mission of Christians and the Arab Spring

The Lebanese president and the Catholic Church in Lebanon have announced that Benedict XVI will visit the Land of Cedars 14 to 16 September next. The occasion is the presentation of the Apostolic Exhortation following the Synod on the Middle East, held in October 2010. AsiaNews asked Fr. Samir ...

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China: Hangzhou, a dissident sentenced to 4 years for "Arab spring" stifled by Beijing

Xue Mingkai, already a year in prison, was convicted of "subversion of state power". The movement began in 2011, but stamped out by the violence of the communist regime, which is still hunting activists to throw them in jail.

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Jordan: Middle East: From Amman, a "Charter" for the rights and protection of Christians in Arab countries

In Jordan, two days of meetings and discussions to shape the future of Christians in the Middle East. The event was attended by religious and secular scholars, Christian and Muslim from Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Egypt, Sudan, Iran and Jordan itself. The goal: to preserve the Christian ...

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China: Beijing imposes a 2011 of repression and torture to stop Arab Spring "contagion"

Terrified of the protests in the Arab world last year, the Communist leaders sentenced to prison between 3,833 activists and dissidents. Of these, 159 were tortured and rendered disabled. Moreover, thanks to a new law, 86% of these arrests have no legal basis. Religious repression and data of the ...

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Ban encourages Jordan and Arab neighbours to continue with reforms

The Arab world has a "generational opportunity" to create a future it deserves, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today during a visit to Jordan, voicing his support for ongoing reforms in the country and the region.

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Egypt: In Tahrir Square to complete the ‘Arab spring’

Demonstrations are held in many cities and universities. Tensions are rising with the Muslim Brotherhoods, which sought to hijack the event. Young people demand justice for those killed and their families, power transferred to a secular government, and a return of the armed forces to their only ...

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Rights Group Says Dictators Cracking Down, In Fear Of 'Arab Spring' Redux

The U.S.-based rights watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) says fears that pro-democracy uprisings across the Arab world might spread to Central Asia fueled a crackdown on dissent in that region last year.

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Syrian Opposition Want UN Role In Arab Mission

The Syrian opposition wants the United Nations to help Arab League monitors on the ground in Syria who are trying to bring an end to ten months of violence.

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Egypt Poised To Take Arab World In New Direction

The coming year has the international community watching the Arab world closely, with analysts focused on Egypt, a historically a powerful force in the region, for signs of things to come.

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Middle East: Christians and Muslims a year since the start of the Arab spring

The Arab uprising spread like wildfire and every Arab country felt its effects. However, the changes must be seen against the backdrop of the Islamist rise to power. Christians are afraid but must cooperate with Muslims. Syria’s case and the bishops’ reaction are a case in point. The West is ...

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Top U.S. Lawmaker Sees Influence Of Arab Spring In Russian Protests

The top Republican lawmaker on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee says the protests taking place in Russia against the ruling power in the Kremlin have been influenced by the Arab Spring and online social-media networks.

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Lebanon: Beirut: Men, not the revolution, are the architects of “Arab Spring's” destiny

The journey to the center of the violence and horror of the Lebanese people, with its trauma and suffering. The civil war is a wound still open for the Lebanese. Restorative justice and Christian forgiveness, with the aim of creating a country marked by peaceful coexistence between races and faiths.

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Migiro urges inclusive development and good governance in Arab countries

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today urged countries in the Arab region to steer their economies towards sustainable development that leads to the creation of more jobs for youth, while ensuring that the transition is anchored in good governance and respect of human rights.

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INDIA – MIDDLE EAST Indian migrant workers exploited and enslaved in Arab countries

More than a million Indians live in the Gulf region. Often, employers take away their papers, including residency permits, forcing them to live as illegal aliens. Each year, thousands of migrants go missing. A Kerala TV station airs their cases and helps families find their loved ones.

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Clinton Hails Arab Spring Movements

Clinton listed the key criteria any party must meet in a democracy, including the rejection of violence, adherence to the rule of law, and respect for the rights of women and minorities.

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KOREA – MIDDLE EAST North Koreans awaken by Arab spring

After years as an architect working for the Communist regime, North Korean defects in Egypt and disappears. After two years on the run, he applied for political asylum in South Korea. Cairo demonstrators helped him realise “how absurd the regime in Pyongyang is, where man and his dignity mean ...

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Amnesty Criticizes Suppliers Of Weapons Used Against 'Arab Spring' Protesters

Amnesty International says many of the countries now backing this year's protests in the Middle East also supplied some of the weapons used against demonstrators.

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UN women's fund invites proposals for grants, especially from Arab countries

The United Nations women's fund for gender equality on Sunday invited organizations and government agencies to apply for grants, adding that first phase of its 2011� funding cycle will give priority to proposals that seek to empower women and their communities in Arab countries.

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