KUWAIT’S EMIR PARDONS AND REDUCES SENTENCES OF 35 DISSIDENTS

Kuwait’s emir on November 13 issued two decrees granting pardons and reduced sentences to 35 dissidents, meeting a key demand of opposition lawmakers locked in a months-long standoff with the government. Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah paved the way in October for an amnesty for politicians and former MPs, which the opposition has made a condition to end a political impasse holding up planned fiscal reforms in the wealthy Gulf state. Published in the Official Bulletin, the decree scrapped jail terms given to 11 politicians including Musallam al-Barrak, Jamaan al-Harbesh and Faisal al-Muslim, who were sentenced for storming the parliament building during the 2011 Arab Spring protests. The emir also pardoned members of the so-called “Abdali Cell”, which was dismantled in 2015, who were sentenced for spying for Iran and Lebanese Shia Muslim group Hezbollah.

TUNISIA PRESIDENT’S SUPPORTERS CALL FOR HIS OVERTHROW

Mohamed Abbou, founder of the Tunisian Democratic Current Party, was subjected to a wave of criticism after he demanded the overthrow of President Kais Saied by any “legal or illegal” means. “Kais Saied must fall by any legal or illegal means,” asserted Abbou, who until recently was the president’s most prominent supporter, noting that he no longer considers Saied as president of Tunisia. Abbou called on President Saied on several occasions to activate Article 80 of the Constitution and called on him to arrest the corrupt and confiscate their property, noting: “In the event that the judiciary does not perform its duty, the head of state passes to place them under house arrest.”

Image with caption: Sudanese protestors demand end of military intervention and transfer of administration to civilians

PROTESTERS FACE TEAR GAS AND BULLETS TO OPPOSE SUDAN COUP

Five protesters were killed on November 13 as huge crowds defied gunfire and tear gas in Sudan’s capital Khartoum and other cities to demonstrate against a military takeover. The protests came two days after army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan announced a new ruling council that excludes the civilian coalition the military had been sharing power with since 2019, hardening opposition among pro-democracy groups to the October 25 coup. In a sign authorities may be stepping up efforts to quash a campaign of planned protests and civil disobedience, security forces moved to disperse protesters as soon as they began to gather in the early afternoon. They fired tear gas and chased demonstrators down side streets to prevent them reaching central meeting points, witnesses said. Most protesters dispersed of their own accord around sunset, though tear gas and gunfire continued until around 8 p.m. in Khartoum North as security forces arrested protesters and removed their barricades.

PAK CJ INAUGURATES REBUILT HINDU TEMPLE IN KP

Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed inaugurated the rebuilt Shri Param Hans Ji Maharaj temple in Karak, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on the occasion of Diwali and felicitated the community on the special occasion, a report said on November 9. In December last year, an irate mob had attacked the temple and demolished it completely. Addressing the inaugural ceremony on November 8, Justice Gulzar said that the Supreme Court has always taken steps to protect the rights of minorities and it would continue to do so in the future, the report said. He highlighted that according to the Constitution, the Hindu community has the same rights as people of other religions, the report said. The CJP observed that everyone loves their holy places and no one has the authority to harm anyone’s religious place. Last month, the apex court also ordered the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government to recover USD 1,94,161 from the culprits involved in vandalising the shrine.

Image with caption: New Armenian terror attack strongly condemned

ARMENIAN TERROR AGAINST AZERBAIJANI SERVICEMEN FLAYED

Azerbaijan has launched a criminal investigation into a provocation of Armenian terrorists against Azerbaijani servicemen, a joint statement of the Azerbaijani Prosecutor-General’s Office and the Interior Ministry has said. The statement stressed that Armenian citizen Norayr Mirzoyan and other persons, who previously acquired an RGD-5 grenade, firearms and explosives to commit a terrorist act and premeditated murder on the Azerbaijani territory on November 13, 2021, moved from the Azerbaijani city of Khankandi along the Khankandi-Lachin highway towards Lachin city in a Mercedes-Benz car, got out of the car near Dashalti village and threw a grenade towards the servicemen of an Azerbaijani armed forces’ military unit and Russia’s peacekeeping contingent, endangering their lives. As a result of the attack, active-duty sergeant Hafiz Nasibov and other servicemen (three in total) received bodily injuries of varying severity. On her official Facebook account, Azerbaijani Human Rights Commissioner Sabina Aliyeva strongly denounced the attack and demanded retribution for the offence.

Image with caption: Lebanon commemorates Turkish poet Yunus Emre

LEBANON COMMEMORATES TURKISH POET YUNUS EMRE

The Turkish Cultural Centre in Lebanon on November 12 held a concert to mark the 700th anniversary of the death of Turkish folk poet and mystic Yunus Emre. The ceremony, dubbed “In the footsteps of Yunus”, was held by the Yunus Emre Institute at the Cultural Association Centre in Tripoli. In attendance was Turkish Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Baris Ulusoy, Turkish Cultural Centre Director Ferkan Ozdemir, the coordinator of TIKA Agency in Beirut, Orhan Eden, and a group of citizens and Lebanese officials. Famous Turkish musician Sedat Anar expressed his “happiness to come to Lebanon for the first time and to play and sing Yunus Emre’s poems.” For his part, Ambassador Ulusoy praised the concert and the declaring of 2021 as the year of Yunus Emre as “a very important act.” Yunus Emre is a Turkish folk poet and mystic who lived in Anatolia from the mid-13th century to the first quarter of the 14th century.

Image with caption: Kyrgyz students win three bronze medals at the Ahmad al-Fergani International Physics Olympiad

KYRGYZ STUDENTS WIN 3 BRONZE MEDALS AT INT’L OLYMPIAD

Kyrgyz students won three bronze medals at the International Physics Olympiad. The Ministry of Education and Science reports. The Ahmad al-Fergani International Physics Olympiad, which was attended by students from 19 countries, was held online and offline from November 8 to 13 in Fergana, Uzbekistan. Kyrgyz students visited Fergana. According to the results of the Olympiad, 11th grade students: Denis Saparbek Uulu (Kadamjai), Niyaz Jusupbekov (Jalal-Abad) and Bekali Hartman (Chui) won bronze medals. The national team of Kyrgyzstan was accompanied by teachers Sadirbek Muratov, Dokturbek Kudashov and Suyun Umarova.

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