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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The top U.S. general in the Middle East praised a major security clampdown in Baghdad on Thursday and said Iraq was far from civil war.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel plans to tighten a financial clampdown on Hamas-ruled Gaza, denying it access to funds including Palestinian tax revenues released to President Mahmoud Abbas, senior officials said on Tuesday.
ZURICH (Reuters) - The Swiss government expects fewer asylum requests in 2016 than last year, after a clampdown on migrants crossing the Italian border.
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi urged China's Communist leaders on Monday to be more open and tolerant amidst a heavy clampdown on dissidents and government critics in recent months.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China has shifted its clampdown on dissent up a gear with the detention of a world-renowned artist, Ai Weiwei, revealing a government at once insecure about its grip on power and yet unruffled by Western criticism of its heavy-handed rule.
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights office called on Tuesday for the immediate release of prominent activists and journalists it said had been arrested or intimidated as part of an apparent clampdown on critical voices ahead of next year's presidential election.