Human Rights Watch
Saudi Arabia's hosting of the 2034 World Cup faces strong opposition from the human rights organization Human Rights Watch. In a statement, the organization expressed concerns about the potential negative implications of the kingdom hosting the championship, emphasizing the need for transparency in the bid process.
The Twitter logo is seen on a smartphone held beside a Turkish flag. Photo: EPA/Karl-Josef Hildenbrand
"The Turkish government has accelerated its efforts to enforce censorship and tighten control over social media and independent online news sites ahead of this election," said Deborah Brown, senior technology researcher at Human Rights Watch.
A Saudi film fund announced that it is investing in Johnny Depp's new movie, a French period drama in which he plays King Louis XV.
The Red Sea Film Foundation said in a statement that it was backing the new film, "Jeanne du Barry," directed by France's Maiwenn, who also stars in the title role as the famous 18th century courtesan.
Human Rights Watch has again drawn attention to the problem of air pollution in Bosnian cities. "Nine per cent of the country's deaths are due to air pollution and an estimated 3,300 people die prematurely every year as a result of exposure to ambient PM2.5 air pollution," an HRW report published on Monday says.