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‘No answers’ a year after Soleiman Faqiri prison death

Soleiman Faqiri, 30, died in a Canadian prison on December 15, 2016 [Courtesy Yusuf Faqiri] All Yusuf Faqiri wants, is to know what happened to his brother. It’s been almost a year since Soleiman Faqiri died in a Canadian prison. The 30-year-old had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and was set to be moved to a mental health facility. But as he waited for a bed to open up, Soleiman, who was facing aggravated assault charges, was placed in a segregation cell, also known as solitary confinement, in December 2016.  Less than two weeks after he was first detained at...

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UN clears Qatar over treatment of migrant workers

The UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO) has dismissed complaints about the treatment of migrant workers in Qatar and welcomed the nation’s commitment to improve their plight. The rights body announced on Wednesday its decision to not follow up on earlier complaints about the treatment of foreign labour in the Gulf nation.  As part of a new draft bill, Qatar announced plans to introduce a minimum wage and allow the monitoring of labour practices by trained inspectors last month.  Issa Saad al-Nuaimi, Qatar’s labour minister, said that a support fund would ensure overdue wages were paid to workers. {articleGUID} “The ILO...

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Profile: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

The youngest defence minister in the world, and the first in line to the throne, 32-year-old Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud is also the kingdom’s deputy prime minister. Early life Mohammed bin Salman, known colloquially as MBS, was born on August 31, 1985. His mother, Princess Fahda bint Falah bin Sultan bin Hathleen, is from the Ajman tribe, whose leader is the princess’ father, Rakan bin Hathleen. In 2008, Prince Salman married Princess Sarah bint Mashhoor bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and together they had three children. He received his primary education in Riyadh, the country’s capital, where...

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Spanish court annuls Catalan independence declaration

Protesters hold banners reading ‘Freedom Political Prisoners, We are Republic’ in Sant Jaume square in Barcelona [Albert Gea/Reuters] Spain’s Constitutional Court has annulled Catalonia’s unilateral declaration of independence, which the court described as “a serious attack on the rule of law”. The Catalan parliament should note that the right to autonomy “is not and can not be confused with sovereignty,” the court said on Wednesday, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais. Catalonia’s regional parliament declared independence on October 27.  The declaration followed the disputed referendum on October 1 that was ruled illegal by Madrid. According to the Catalan government...

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Lebanon crisis: Iran-Saudi power struggle over Hariri

Lebanon must deal with the complicated reality of finding Hariri’s replacement [Khalil Hasan/Reuters] Saad Hariri’s resignation as Lebanese prime minister could lead to an extended crisis in the country with neither Iran nor Saudi Arabia achieving their preferred outcomes, analysts told Al Jazeera. Hariri quit in a televised speech while in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, just 11 months into his second stint as premier, plunging the country into uncertainty. Blaming Iran for causing “disorder and destruction” in Lebanon, he lashed out at Hezbollah, the Islamic Republic’s main ally in the country, as “Iran’s arm”. However, the group rejects the...

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