Ahmadinejad leads boycott of  ‘sham’ and subdued Iran vote

Ahmadinejad leads boycott of ‘sham’ and subdued Iran vote

  • Ex-president among hundreds of prospective candidates prevented from running
  • Low turnout predicted as observers liken election to coronation for hardliner Ebrahim Raisi
By NAJIA HOUSSARI ·

Special UN human rights office demands end to Houthi offensive in Marib

UN human rights office demands end to Houthi offensive in Marib

  • UNCHR says Iran-backed rebels who target civilians in Yemen are guilty of war crimes and ‘must be held accountable’
  • Houthi drone attack on a gas station in Marib killed more than 20 people, including two children, earlier this month
By Christopher Hamill-Stewart ·

EU sets out potential criteria for Lebanese sanctions — document

EU sets out potential criteria for Lebanese sanctions — document

  • Led by France, the EU is seeking to ramp up pressure on Lebanon's squabbling politicians
  • Senior European official told Reuters Paris had set its sights on sanctioning powerful Christian politician Gebran Bassil
By Reuters ·

Abu Dhabi temporarily suspends use of coronavirus green pass due to technical issues

Abu Dhabi temporarily suspends use of coronavirus green pass due to technical issues

  • The committee approved the use of text messages to show coronavirus test results for those wishing to enter Abu Dhabi
By Arab News ·

Special Faith healers turn vaccine myth busters to get India’s rural population jabbed

Faith healers turn vaccine myth busters to get India’s rural population jabbed

  • While various strategies have been devised to combat vaccine hesitancy, shortage of doses remains a challenge nationwide
  • Officials say local healers, or bhumka, can help todispel myths as they have a great influence over local community life
By Sanjay Kumar ·

British retail sales fell in May on easing lockdown curbs

British retail sales fell in May on easing lockdown curbs

  • Sales by volume declined 1.4 percent in May after a 9.2-percent bounce in April
By AFP ·

FB’s ‘Neighborhoods’ faces crowded niche market, profiling concerns

FB’s ‘Neighborhoods’ faces crowded niche market, profiling concerns

  • Neighborhoods users are prompted to introduce themselves, log interests and answer ice-breaker questions, like favorite DIY projects
By Reuters ·

FB’s ‘Neighborhoods’ faces crowded niche market, profiling concerns

FB’s ‘Neighborhoods’ faces crowded niche market, profiling concerns

  • Neighborhoods users are prompted to introduce themselves, log interests and answer ice-breaker questions, like favorite DIY projects
By Reuters ·