Egypt arrests TikTok star after ‘human trafficking’ conviction

An Egyptian TikTok influencer has been arrested after she and another influencer were convicted of human trafficking and handed long jail terms. In the latest twist in a nearly year-long saga, a Cairo court on Sunday sentenced Haneen Hossam, 20, in absentia to 10 years in prison, and co-defendant Mawadah al-Adham, 23, who was present, […]

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Qatar wealth fund chief is waiting for cryptocurrencies to mature

Cryptocurrencies “need a bit of maturity before we make our view about investing in that space”, QIA Chief Executive Officer Mansoor Bin Ebrahim Al Mahmoud said at the Qatar Economic Forum. By Matthew Martin and Francine LacquaBloomberg “Speculation” around cryptocurrencies is keeping Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund from investing in one of the most volatile asset classes […]

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Mobster videos renew scrutiny on Turkey’s wealth amnesty law

Istanbul, Turkey – YouTube videos of convicted Turkish mob boss Sedat Peker accusing government officials of corruption and more have captivated millions in recent weeks and are renewing scrutiny on a Turkish law critics say provides a convenient loophole for money laundering and criminal activity to thrive. A “wealth amnesty” law that took effect in […]

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Bahrain says it invited Qatar twice for bilateral talks

Bahrain foreign ministry says invitations sent ‘in an attempt to move forward in strengthening the process of joint Gulf cooperation’. Bahrain’s foreign ministry said it has sent two invitations to Qatar asking for its neighbouring Gulf state to send a delegation for bilateral talks in order to “settle outstanding issues”. Quoting the Minister of Foreign […]

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UAE-produced film slammed for depicting Qatar a ‘terrorist state’

The Misfits, a Hollywood film co-produced by an Emirati company, condemned as ‘immoral’ and ‘absurd’. A Hollywood film co-produced by an Emirati film company has been condemned as “immoral” and “absurd” for portraying Qatar as a “terrorist state”. The Misfits, co-produced, filmed, and financed by the UAE-based FilmGate Production in partnership with Paramount Pictures and […]

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‘Sabotage attack’ on nuclear building foiled: Iranian media

The attack was halted ‘before causing any damage to the building’, news agencies said. A sabotage attempt against a building of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization was foiled on Wednesday, Iranian media reported. An Iranian news site close to security services said authorities thwarted a “sabotage attack” on the country’s civilian nuclear programme, without providing […]

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Hamas denounces Israel ‘blackmail and arm-twisting’ over Gaza aid

Palestinian groups say they reject the idea of linking the reconstruction of Gaza to a prisoner exchange deal with Israel. Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip have warned Israel against delays in lifting restrictions imposed on the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave and impeding reconstruction after last month’s devastating attacks. The warning was issued on Tuesday after […]

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Former Mauritanian president jailed, faces graft charges

Incarceration comes days after the former leader refused to continue reporting to police when put under house arrest. Mauritania’s former President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has been jailed after a judge in charge of a corruption probe ordered his incarceration. The ex-leader says he is being persecuted in a bid to keep him out of […]

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