Friday, 7 Aug 2020


Beirut officials under house arrest after blast

A number of Beirut port officials are being placed under house arrest pending an investigation into Tuesday’s huge explosion, Lebanon’s government says. The blast killed at least 135 people and injured more than 4,000 others. A two-week state of emergency has begun. President Michel Aoun said the blast was caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium […]

Egypt's prisons under 'strict information lockdown': HRW

Egyptian authorities have done little to improve conditions for prisoners amid coronavirus pandemic, rights groups say. Rights groups and the UN have made numerous calls since the coronavirusĀ outbreak for Egypt to improve conditions for prisoners, but the country has done little to address the crisis, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says. At least 14 prisoners and […]

Is Iran under attack? Six curious incidents prompt theory that it might be

There have been six curious incidents over the past couple of weeks in Iran. On the face of it, they are unconnected. But as conspiracy theories abound, what do we actually know? Could they be attacks? Who could be behind them and why? What happened? 26 June: An explosion at a weapons depot in Parchin […]

Under Armour to discontinue record apparel partnership with UCLA

(Reuters) – Athletic apparel maker Under Armour (UAA.N) said on Saturday it will discontinue its partnership with UCLA – a 15-year, $280 million accord announced in 2016 that was billed as the largest apparel deal in the history of the American collegiate sports. The University of California, Los Angeles promised to fight the move. The […]