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Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

>> The media-freedom group Reporters Without Borders has released an updated list of enemies of the press.

The list of what it calls “predators of the press” includes presidents and heads of government including Chinese President Hu Jintao, Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Also appearing on the list this year are Chechn-ya’s pro-Kremlin Presi-dent Ramzan Kadyrov and Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

>> A row about naming the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories has scuppered a 43-nation scheme for managing Mediterranean water re-sources. The Mediter-ranean Union conference in Barcelona hammered out a draft text in mid-April. But the deal failed when Israel and Arab countries disagreed over how to describe the Palestinian territories. Israel objected to “occupied territories”, the Arab bloc to “territories under occupation”.

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