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Saudi Arabia beheads Eritrean man while Eritrean president for life, walks on red carpet

Five foreigners, convicted of murder and robbery, have been executed in Saudi Arabia as the rate of capital punishment surges in the kingdom. Saudi Interior Ministry announced in a statement on Monday that the five foreign nationals, convicted of killing an Indian guard and stealing money from a safe, were beheaded in the Red Sea city of Jeddah earlier in the day. The statement, which was carried by the Saudi Press Agency, identified the executed as Khaled Fetini and Ibrahim Nasser from Yemen, Hassan Omar from Chad, Salem Idriss from Eritrea and Abdel Wahhab Abdel Maeen from Sudan.

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Who’s To Blame? Eritrean Refugee Killed By ISIS After Leaving Israel

What happened to Tesfai Kidane? The Eritrean migrant came to a tragic end in Libya at the hands of the Islamic State, but his family isn't sure what path he took to get there or exactly where he was headed. At a time when unstable states are creating floods of refugees in the Middle East and North Africa, Kidane's tale is just one of many filled with random twists and turns and unexpected outcomes. Kidane's journey began when he left his native Eritrea in 2007 and arrived in Israel, where he had family members. "My mother knew him. We met him and he was one of the family," says Mesi Fisahaie, who was Kidane's cousin. Kidane had been drafted into Eritrea's army when he was a teenager a few years earlier. He did not want to go because, among other reasons, there's no time limit on military service there. Soldiers arrested Kidane, his cousin says, when he left barracks to attend his brother's wedding.

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Migrants drown in boat capsize off Egypt, dozens saved off Libya

A boat carrying migrants trying to reach Europe has capsized in the Mediterranean near the coast of Egypt, killing three people. Meanwhile, more than 400 others have been rescued from vessels off Libya.Three people drowned and 31 were rescued after a trawler bound for Europe capsized near the Egyptian city of Idku on Saturday, local media reported. The passengers, believed to be from Syria, Eritrea, Sudan and Egypt, were later arrested by coastguards.

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Ethiopia mulls new anti-human trafficking law

The Ethiopian government will introduce new laws to curb illegal immigration including penal codes of up to 8 years in prisonThe Ethiopian government plans to draft a bill introducing harsher penalties in an effort to curb illegal immigration, an Ethiopian official said Saturday. Solomon Tesfaye, the head of administrative affairs at the Prime Minister's Office, told The Anadolu Agency that the government also plans to introduce another bill to ensure the safety of Ethiopians working abroad.

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Brutalised Eritreans faced with a terrible choice

COMMENT Horror has been expressed at the latest migrant drowning catastrophe in the Mediterranean. Little has been said, however, about Eritrea. But 22% of all people entering Italy by boat in 2014 were from the former Italian country, according to the United Nations refugee agency. After Syrians, they are the second-most common nationality to undertake these journeys. Many who died last week were from there. So why is it so rarely discussed? The answer is essentially the problem. Eritrea is without Western allies and far away. It is also in the grip of a highly repressive regime. This week, it was named the most censored country in the world by the Committee to Protect Journalists, beating North Korea, which is in second place. Reporters without Borders has called it the world’s most dangerous country for journalists. Nobody talks about Eritrea because nobody (that is, Westerners) goes there. In 2009, I travelled there undercover with cameraman Scott Corben. We remain the only independent journalists to have visited the country in more than 10 years.

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Eritrean arrested scaling wall to Cairo Airport runway to travel illegally

CAIRO: An Eritrean was arrested scaling a wall of the Cairo International Airport to enter the runway Wednesday; he told the police he wanted to travel abroad but does not have the money “for the dream,” Youm7 reported.The man is registered with the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Egypt. A total of 48,402 Eritreans lodged asylum applications in 44 industrialized countries in 2014, ranking fifth in the top countries that seeks asylum, according to the UNHCR. The Egyptian Union of Human Rights Organization has submitted a draft anti-illegal immigration law to the Cabinet, stipulating prison terms of 10-20 years for offenders.

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Police chief: Cop filmed beating soldier to be fired [video]

Israel Police Commissioner Yochanan Danino said on Tuesday that an officer who was filmed beating an IDF soldier from Israel’s Ethiopian communitywill be expelled from the force, pending a hearing. “The brutal cop was immediately suspended and he will also be fired pending a hearing,” Danino said. “There is no room for such officers in the Israel Police.” The clip, that emerged on Monday, showed Ethiopian soldier Damas Pakada, being attacked by two policemen the day before. Police said the second man was a volunteer policeman, and noted that he would no longer be allowed to serve with the police. “This is a very serious incident on every level,” Danino said. “This is how we look at it and this is how we looked at all violent incidents in the past,” the police commissioner added. “I said this before and I say this again: We follow a very clear path. Whoever won’t walk it – won’t be with us.” The clash took place in Holon, south of Tel Aviv, on Sunday evening, where police were cordoning off a street due to a suspicious object. “I feel terrible, and humiliated. This is a disgrace to the State of Israel,” Pakada, who claimed it was a racist attack, told Channel 2, Monday. “It’s because of [my] skin color,” he said.

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