Political Unrest
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Political crisis escalates among Lebanon, Iran, Saudi Arabia

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/10/17, 11:24 am

Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Friday deemed the Lebanese prime minister’s resignation last week unconstitutional, saying Saudi Arabia forced him to step down. Nasrallah said he was certain Saudi Arabia coerced Saad Hariri to resign and prevented him from returning to Lebanon. Hariri on Saturday resigned during a televised statement in Saudi Arabia, citing concerns of assassination attempts against him. Lebanese President Michel Aoun has refused to accept Hariri’s resignation until he returns to the country and explains his reasons.

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Ousted Catalan leaders granted conditional release in Belgium

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/06/17, 08:59 am

A Belgian judge on Sunday granted conditional release to ousted Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and four of his ministers, hours after they turned themselves in to police. The judge said the leaders must remain in Belgium and appear in court in two weeks. The former Catalan officials all face charges of rebellion, sedition, and embezzlement after they unilaterally declared independence in the autonomous region of Spain. On Friday, a Spanish judge issued European arrest warrants for the leaders after detaining eight other former officials in Spain.

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Spanish court detains eight former Catalan leaders

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/03/17, 11:30 am

A Spanish judge on Thursday detained eight members of the deposed Catalan government without bail pending possible charges after Catalonia unilaterally declared independence. The judge released a ninth member of the government, who resigned before the independence declaration, after he paid $58,300 in bail. The Spanish prosecutor’s office summoned the leaders to court Thursday on charges of rebellion, sedition, and embezzlement.

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