December 7, 2022
Middle East

China’s Xi arrives in Saudi Arabia to deepen energy ties

/ Middle East Issued on: 07/12/2022 – 16:38 04:06 Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh, after his arrival in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, December 7, 2022. © Saudi Press Agency, AP Chinese President Xi Jinping touched down in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for a visit […]

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Is it the end for Iran’s morality police? Activists sceptical of claims body is being disbanded

/ Shows / Middle East matters Issued on: 07/12/2022 – 12:14 11:56 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS © FRANCE 24 A three-day general strike is taking place in Iran this week. It’s a show of defiance, as the anti-regime protest movement approaches its three-month mark with no sign of abating. On Monday, the strike was observed in dozens of […]

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US judge dismisses suit against Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi murder

/ Middle East Issued on: 07/12/2022 – 00:35 File photo of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman taken in December 2019. Saudi Arabia on Oct. 12, 2020 failed in its bid to become a member of the UN Human Rights Council. © Bandar Al Jaloud, AFP A US judge dismissed Tuesday a lawsuit against Saudi […]

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Iran’s protest movement: ‘The tipping point isn’t far away’

As the protest movement in Iran continues to grow in intensity following calls for another three-day strike, the prosecutor general made the surprise announcement on Saturday that the country’s morality police, the group responsible for the death of Mahsa Amini which sparked the protests, had been abolished. The declaration was initially seen as a retreat by the regime but has done […]

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Iran sentences five to death over killing of Basij officer during protests

/ Middle East Issued on: 06/12/2022 – 16:22 Iranians protest the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was detained by the morality police, Tehran, October 1, 2022. © AP Iranian authorities sentenced five people to death for allegedly killing an officer affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard, state media said Tuesday. Eleven others received […]

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No room for compromise? Iran general strike called as hopes for concessions fade

/ Shows / The Debate Issued on: 05/12/2022 – 20:13Modified: 05/12/2022 – 20:27 42:21 THE DEBATE © FRANCE 24 Can Iran’s hardline theocracy make concessions? Since September, there has been no sign of it doing so. Now, though, is something afoot? The attorney general is floating the idea of scrapping the morality police, the force blamed […]

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Iranian shops close in several cities after protesters’ call for nationwide strike

/ Middle East Issued on: 05/12/2022 – 12:02Modified: 05/12/2022 – 12:16 07:15 A woman walks past a closed shop along Satarkhan street in Iran’s capital Tehran on December 5, 2022. © Atta Kenare, AFP Iranian shops shut their doors in several cities on Monday, following calls for a three-day nationwide strike from protesters seeking the […]

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Head of UN agency seeks FIFA deal for World Cup labour rights role

/ Middle East Issued on: 05/12/2022 – 00:51 FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks at a press conference Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. © Abbie Parr, AP After fierce criticism of the Qatar World Cup, the head of the UN labour agency on Sunday pressed FIFA’s president for a greater role scrutinizing future World […]

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Protestors across Iran direct their anger against the so-called morality police

Issued on: 04/12/2022 – 16:09Modified: 04/12/2022 – 18:30 01:17 Protestors across Iran direct their anger against the so-called morality police © France 24 Demonstrators accuse Iran’s morality policy of killing 22-year-old Mahsa Amini for not wearing her hijab correctly. Her death has cast their fight against the hijab into the spotlight. It is a war […]

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Singer Liraz brings Israeli, Iranian musicians together – and challenges Tehran regime

/ Middle East SONGS OF FREEDOM Issued on: 03/12/2022 – 18:08 Israeli-Persian singer Liraz recorded her third album, “Roya”, with musicians from Israel and Iran. © Cem Gültepe Text by: Grégoire SAUVAGE 3 min Israeli-Persian actress and singer Liraz Charhi, whose song “Zan Bezan” (“Women, Sing” in Farsi) has turned into an Iranian protest anthem, […]

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