5,000 prisoners of conscience in Bahraini regime’s detention, says rights group

An independent human rights group says it has documented the arrest of more than 5,000 prisoners of conscience in addition to 200 victims of excessive use of force, murder and torture in the tiny Gulf kingdom, as the ruling Al Khalifah regime presses ahead with its heavy clampdown on political dissidents and pro-democracy activists.

Pakistani airline to replace music with Quran in Hajj flights

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has banned in-flight entertainment for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims traveling to Jeddah and Medina and will only play Quranic verses and naats for them, an official of the national carrier said on Thursday.

Kabul faces water crisis as drought, population strain supply

The Afghan capital of Kabul faces an eminent crises as drought continues  since shortage of rain and snow, a booming population and wasteful consumption have drained the Afghan capital's water basin and sparked a race to the bottom as households and businesses bore deeper and deeper wells in search of the precious resource.

Freezing temperature kills 15 displaced Syrian kids

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) says at least eight internally displaced Syrian children have lost their lives because of freezing temperatures and the lack of medical care at a refugee camp in southwestern Syria over the past few weeks.

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