US CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON KASHMIR CALL TO END LOCKDOWN (WATCH)

Sat 16 November 2019: Lawyers and human rights advocates have testified at a United States congressional hearing on Kashmir, demanding the release of detainees, giving foreign journalists and legal observers access to the majority-Muslim region, and calling for an end to the communication blackout that has been in place since August 5. Kashmiri Americans, legal observers, scholars […]

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GUNMAN ATTACK MUSLIM VOTERS AS SRI LANKA ELECTS PRESIDENT

Sat 16 November 2019: Gunmen in Sri Lanka have fired on buses transporting Muslims to cast their ballots in the presidential election, fuelling fears that minorities are being targeted to stop them voting. Police officials confirmed that the buses, which were carrying hundreds of Muslim residents from the northwest town of Puttalam, were hit on Saturday morning […]

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LIBYA: US WARNS AGAINST RUSSIA ROLE AND CALLS ON HAFTAR TO END TRIPOLI PUSH

Sat 16 November 2019: The United States has called on Libyan renegade General Khalifa Haftar to stop a months-long offensive on Tripoli and said it would back the country’s internationally recognised government against “Russia’s attempts to exploit the conflict”. The statement was the most explicit call by Washington against the self-styled Libyan National Army of Haftar, who was earlier […]

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PROTESTS ERUPT ACROSS IRAN AFTER GOVERNMENT IMPOSES FUEL RATIONING, PRICE HIKES (VIDEOS)

Sat 16 November 2019: Several citizens across Iranian cities, including the conservative stronghold of Mashhad, began protesting on Friday after Iranian authorities introduced petrol rationing and price hikes. Videos being shared on social media showed protesters gathering in squares across the southwestern city of Ahwaz in Iran’s Khuzestan province. One video showed tires being burned […]

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KHAMENEI: IRAN NOT CALLING FOR ELIMINATION OF JEWS, WANTS NON-SECTARIAN ISRAEL

Fri 15 November 2019: Iran is not calling for the elimination of the Jewish people, but believes people of all religions should decide Israel’s future, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday. Since its Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran has refused to recognise Israel and has backed militant Palestinian groups. Israel has long […]

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CEASEFIRE IN GAZA UNDER PRESSURE AFTER RENEWED ISRAELI AIR ATTACKS

Fri 15 November 2019: Israel’s army said early on Friday it had launched fresh raids on targets linked to Islamic Jihad in Gaza, after it fired a number of rockets into Israel, despite a ceasefire that came into effect on Thursday morning. “The IDF (Israeli Defence Force) is currently striking Islamic Jihad terror targets in the Gaza […]

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MEDICINES POSE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL RISK, EXPERTS WARN

Fri 15 November 2019: Residues from billions of doses of antibiotics, painkillers and antidepressants pose a significant risk to freshwater ecosystems and the global food chain, a new analysis said Thursday. There are growing fears that the unchecked use of antibiotics in both medicine and agriculture will have adverse effects on the environment and on […]

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ICC APPROVES PROBE INTO ALLEGED MYANMAR ROHINGYA ABUSE

Fri 15 November 2019: The International Criminal Court on Thursday approved a full investigation into Myanmar’s alleged crimes against the Rohingya, as the southeast Asian nation faced mounting legal pressure worldwide over their fate. Judges backed a prosecution request to probe allegations of crimes against humanity and persecution over Myanmar’s 2017 bloody military crackdown against […]

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CHILE TO VOTE ON NEW CONSTITUTION IN RESPONSE TO PROTESTS

Fri 15 November 2019: Chile announced Friday it will stage a referendum to replace the country’s dictatorship-era constitution next year — a key demand of protesters after nearly a month of sometimes violent civil unrest. The current charter, in force since 1980 and enacted by the former military junta of Augusto Pinochet, has been changed […]

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