Is Sri Lanka on the path to dictatorship?

Sri Lanka has plunged into a bitter power struggle after the surprise sacking of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe by President Maithripala Sirisena. Wickremesinghe’s replacement, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is a former president appointed by his successor and ex-rival for the top job. The political crisis in Sri Lanka is threatening to spiral out of control and undermine stability in…

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US midterms 2018: The candidates looking to make history

This year’s US midterm elections have already been historic. In the primaries, a record number of women, Native Americans, and Muslim candidates ran for office. And as Americans gear up for the November 6 vote, there are several candidates looking to make history again.  From the first expected Muslim congresswomen to the first expected openly…

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Pakistan PM calls for calm after Aasia Bibi cleared of blasphemy

Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has appealed for calm, after far-right protesters blocked roads in several major cities following the Supreme Court’s acquittal of a Christian woman who had been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges. Aasia Bibi, 53, who has been death row for eight years, was acquitted by the country’s top…

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FIFA hints at expanding Qatar 2022 World Cup to wider Gulf region

FIFA, football’s governing body, is considering expanding the Qatar 2022 World Cup from 32 teams to 48, with the possibility of Doha sharing the tournament with other countries in the Gulf region.  FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday that the expansion, which is slated for the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Canada and…

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Taliban appoints ex-Guantanamo inmates to Qatar office

The Taliban have appointed five former commanders who spent more than a decade as prisoners in Guantanamo Bay as members of its political office in Qatar, where tentative talks to end the Afghan conflict are ongoing. The five commanders, Mohammad Fazl, Mohammed Nabi, Khairullah Khairkhwa, Abdul Haq Wasiq and Noorullah Noori, were held for 12…

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Carrying bloodstained backpacks, Yemeni children return to class

Dahyan, Saada – Excited screams used to echo through the corridors. Boys would skip and giggle, arm in arm. They would race across the playground, kicking footballs against the sun-baked earth, imitating their sporting heroes, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. But on Sunday, as the school bell shrilled to mark the start of a new…

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Why Israel does not mind Trump’s anti-Semitic supporters

The massacre of Jewish worshippers on Saturday by an avowed anti-Semite in Pittsburgh reveals a clear, straight line between Trump’s sustained dog-whistles – against Jews, black people, Muslims, immigrants and members of the LGBTQ community – to the violence carried out by right-wing white nationalists. Robert Bowers, apprehended after a shooting spree that killed 11…

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Ali Milani, the young Muslim politician challenging Boris Johnson

London – A British Muslim of Iranian descent will fight Boris Johnson for the former foreign secretary’s constituency, marking a moment in politics that, according to the young parliamentary candidate, could come to represent “poetic justice”. Ali Milani, 24, recently graduated in International Relations from Brunel University London, and has been selected by Britain’s main opposition Labour…

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