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Iran issues lashings, imprisonment sentences for 7 who made Pharrell Williams 'Happy' fan video

Iran issues lashings, imprisonment sentences for 7 who made Pharrell Williams 'Happy' fan video

TEHRAN, Sept. 19 (UPI) --The seven young Iranians who were arrested in May for making a Pharrell Williams' "Happy" fan video have been sentenced.
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Egypt's proposed anti-terror legislation could broaden definition of 'terrorism'

Egypt's proposed anti-terror legislation could broaden definition of 'terrorism'

CAIRO, April 22 (UPI) -- The Egyptian cabinet is considering imposing new draft anti-terrorism legislation that would broaden the definition of terrorism and impose harsher penalties.
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Amnesty International raises concern over spike in Iranian executions

TEHRAN, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Amnesty International said Iran has carried out 40 executions so far in 2014, a spike the human rights organization said is "alarming."
Egypt bans street protests

Egypt bans street protests

Nov. 26 (UPI)-- On Sunday, Egypt passed a law banning public demonstrations, sparking wide-spread criticism from human rights groups and the United States government.
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Amnesty International: Egypt security forces failed to protect Coptics

LUXOR, Egypt, July 23 (UPI) -- Egyptian security forces did little to protect Coptic Christians during an attack in Luxor that left four men dead, Amnesty International said Tuesday.

Emirati convictions criticized

LONDON, July 2 (UPI) -- The conviction of more than 60 people in the United Arab Emirates on charges of plotting against the government is regrettable, Amnesty International said.

Amnesty troubled by Shiite violence in Egypt

LONDON, June 25 (UPI) -- Amnesty International called on Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to address the level of violence targeting members of the Shiite community in Cairo.

Libya struggling with Gadhafi legacy

LONDON, June 20 (UPI) -- The treatment of foreign nationals held in Libyan holding centers is a "stain" on the government's post-Gadhafi record, Amnesty International said Thursday.

Egyptian teacher fined for allegedly promoting Christianity

LUXOR, Egypt, June 11 (UPI) -- A teacher in Egypt was fined for allegedly preaching Christianity and insulting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad during a lesson on religion, court officials said.

Egypt's sentencing of 42 int'l non-profit staffers concerns U.S.

CAIRO, June 4 (UPI) -- The United States Tuesday expressed concern over sentences a Cairo court gave 42 staffers for non-profits that took foreign funds without government consent.

Bill would hike penalties for criticizing Bahraini king

MANAMA, Bahrain, April 16 (UPI) -- A proposal to hike punishment for criticizing the king of Bahrain is an attempt to stifle protests ahead of the Grand Prix race, a human rights group charges.

Cairo court sentences man to 3 years for defamation of religion

CAIRO, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- An Egyptian court sentenced a man to three years in prison for defamation of religion, which a human rights group called an attack on freedom of expression.

Protesters in Cairo attacked with birdshot

CAIRO, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- An armed attack on protesters camped in Cairo's Tahrir Square injured at least 10 people, officials said.

Protest ban temporary, Bahrain says

MANAMA, Bahrain, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A decision to ban public demonstrations in Bahrain was a temporary move to "gain some perspective," the country's interior minister said.

Bahrain: Violence prompted protest ban

MANAMA, Bahrain, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Bahrain said Wednesday its ban on all public protests was necessary because of increased violence at the pro-democracy rallies.
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