Indonesia: 20 years on from downfall of General Muhammad Suharto

As Indonesia marks 20 years since the overthow of former leader General Muhammad Suharto, a meme featuring the notorious president has become a hit on the internet and on buses and minivans all over Indonesia’s cities. The meme first circulated several years ago and tends to resurface every year around the anniversary of Suharto’s resignation. It…

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Greece: Thessaloniki mayor injured after far-right attack

The mayor of Greece’s second-largest city was admitted to hospital with injuries after he was set upon by a group of ultra-nationalist demonstrators. The attack took place in the northern coastal city of Thessaloniki on Saturday during a commemoration marking the killing of Greeks in the Ottoman Empire during the tail end of the World…

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Who will join Washington’s coalition against Tehran?

A threat to the world.  That’s how US President Donald Trump’s administration is describing Iran’s government. The State Department has announced plans to form an international coalition to counter what it calls Iran’s destabilising influence. But it’s not clear what shape this coalition will take or whether it involves any military component. US Secretary of…

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Polls open in Venezuela election boycotted by opposition

Venezuelans have begun heading to the polls in an election boycotted by the opposition but expected to hand deeply unpopular President Nicolas Maduro a new mandate. Maduro, the political heir to the late leftist firebrand Hugo Chavez, has presided over an implosion of once wealthy oil producer Venezuela’s economy since taking office in 2013. Hyperinflation,…

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