Somalia: Mogadishu ‘rocked by blasts, gunfire’

At least 20 people have been killed and 17 wounded in explosions followed by heavy gunfire in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, according to police. Plumes of smoke billowed into the air on Friday as at least two car bombs went off near the popular Sahafi Hotel and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID). Initially, “two blasts struck the perimeter…

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Why the repeal of a racist 19th-century Florida law is important

Amid the highlights of the US midterm election results was the triumph for voting rights in the state of Florida. The nation’s third largest state, which often plays an important role in presidential elections, voted overwhelmingly to approve a constitutional amendment restoring the right to vote for those with a felony conviction. This is a…

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India’s female addicts battle gender bias, social stigma, poverty

The names of patients have been changed to protect their identities.  Nandita* doesn’t remember when she first used Methylphenidate, a central nervous system stimulant. She is now 26 years old and recovering, but was addicted to two substances, not including, she says, alcohol and cigarettes. “The first few times are a blur, it seems like they…

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Australia under growing pressure over remote detention policy

Canberra, Australia – Opposition to Australia’s policy of confining people on remote Pacific islands if they try to get to the country by boat is coming under increasing pressure as evidence grows of the toll it has taken on the health of those held. Outrage in Australia at reports of vulnerable asylum seeker children suffering…

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Federal Judge Blocks Keystone XL Pipeline Permit

A federal judge in Montana on Thursday blocked the Trump administration’s permit allowing the Keystone XL pipeline and barred any construction of the long-delayed project until completion of a supplemental environmental review. Siding with environmentalists and indigenous rights groups, U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris ruled that President Trump’s 2017 cross-border permit of the pipeline…

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Senate, House Seats Remain Unclaimed as Vote Counting Continues

Democrat Lucy McBath unseated Republican incumbent Karen Handel in Georgia’s sixth congressional district Thursday, adding to the Democrats’ new majority in the House with more than a dozen contests still undecided. In the Senate, the situation is reversed, with Republicans clinching control on Tuesday night and looking to three outstanding races to pad their margin.…

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Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s Anchor, Ponders a Future Without the Cartel

Saudi Arabia’s top government-funded think tank is studying the possible effects on oil markets of a breakup of OPEC, a remarkable research effort for a country that has dominated the oil cartel for nearly 60 years. The effort coincides with new pressures on the Saudi government, including from the U.S., where President Trump has accused…

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