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Tortured Syrian cartoonist haunted by detention

Syrian artist Najah Albukai was held twice in the country's notorious detention centres, where he was tortured. His memories of war have become his art. Today, he's determined to bear witness to the horrors of the Syrian regime, as he spends his time travelling across France to raise awareness about torture.


Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia plans to execute a woman activist. Israa al-Ghomgham has spent nearly three years in jail for her advocacy of greater rights for the country's Shiite minority.

And Israel is divided over the military drafting of ultra-Orthodox Jews. The country now awaits a bill that could unravel the government of Benjamin Netanyahu.

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