‘Gagged’ Thai media fights for a voice as elections loom

Bangkok, Thailand – Journalist Sirote Klampaiboon is one of the most popular presenters on Thailand’s Voice TV, a digital broadcaster that has been penalised at least 20 times for its reporting since the military seized control of the country five years ago and clamped down on freedom of expression. Last month, the military government said…

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Algerians rally for fourth consecutive week against ailing leader

Tens of thousands of Algerians have once again taken to the streets of the capital to demand that ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika quit immediately. Carrying Algerian flags and chanting anti-Bouteflika slogans, protesters on Friday braved cold weather and light rain as they gathered in central Algiers, the site of weekly demonstrations since February 22. Amid…

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Nepal: CK Raut joins mainstream politics averting conflict?

A prominent secessionist leader from Nepal earlier this month agreed to give up his demands for an independent Madhes state, averting the chances of conflict in the country’s south. Chandra Kant Raut signed an 11-point agreement with the government led by the Nepal Communist Party (NCP), pledging to honour the “sovereignty” and “territorial integrity” of the country.…

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Syria condemns Trump’s stance on Golan Heights sovereignty

Syria has condemned US President Donald Trump’s statement that it is time to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, while its close military ally Russia said changing the status of the territory would violate the United Nations agreements. Syrian state news agency SANA cited a foreign ministry source on Friday as saying Trump’s…

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What legacy did Karadzic and the war leave behind for Bosnia?

United Nations judges have sentenced former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic to life in prison, ending one of the most momentous trials over genocide and war crimes committed during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.  The Hague-based tribunal ruled his initial 40-year jail term was too light and decided to increase it to life…

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