Amnesty urges Bahrain to release rights activist

A file picture taken on February 11, 2015 in the capital Manama shows Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab and his daughter Malak (L) leaving a court building after attending his appeal hearing. AFP

Here is a round-up of global news developments:

  • Amnesty International has urged Bahrain to release human rights activist Nabeel Rajab. The Prominent rights group called on Manama to drop all charges against Rajab. The European Parliament also adopted a resolution condemning the Bahraini regime’s crackdown on dissent and human rights activists.
  • Iran’s ambassador to the UN has slammed the seizure of the Islamic Republic’s assets by the US as a political decision. Addressing the UN General Assembly, Gholamali Khoshrou said Washington’s move is a clear example of abusing banking and financial networks for QUOTE false and unsubstantiated claims to pressure Iran.
  • Iran has condemned Israel’s plan to build some 800 new settler units in the occupied West Bank. Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said the decision is mockery of international law. He urged global efforts to stop Israel’s settlement expansion in the occupied territories.
  • The Syrian army has cut the only supply route of militants to the flashpoint city of Aleppo. The Castello road is now within the army’s firing range. At least four terrorists were killed in the heavy fighting near the road. The army is pushing to purge Aleppo of terrorists.
  • The death toll from Sunday’s truck bombing in the Iraqi capital Baghdad keeps rising. Iraq’s Health Ministry says the number of people who died in the terror attack has now reached 292. The blast which was claimed by the Daesh terrorist group also left some two-hundred people wounded.
  • Gunmen have attacked a Muslim Eid prayer congregation in Bangladesh, leaving three people dead and several others injured. The incident happened in Kisho-reganj district about 140 kilometers northwest of the capital Dhaka. The attackers hurled bombs at the crowd and engaged in a gun battle with police.
  • British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says it's up to the government, not parliament, to trigger the Article 50 process for leaving the European Union. He added that the British parliament could have a say in the process, but the final decision lies with the next that will succeed David Cameron.
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel has accused Russia of eroding mutual trust with the West over the situation in Ukraine. Merkel said Moscow's actions have disturbed NATO's members in eastern Europe. She made the comments on the eve of a major NATO summit in Poland.


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