Political divisions widen in Albania as EU decision nears

Political divisions are deepening in Albania as the opposition steps up demonstrations against the socialist government of Prime Minister Edi Rama, which it accuses of using drug money to control the country. The opposition Democratic Party left parliament last month and began a series of protests outside Rama’s office. On Thursday it is inaugurating a…

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Brazil’s former president Michel Temer arrested: reports

Brazil’s former President Michel Temer was reportedly arrested on Thursday as part of the sweeping anti-corruption investigation known as “Car Wash”. Local media reported the former president was arrested in his house in Sao Paulo and flown to the Federal Police office in Rio de Janeiro. A spokeswoman for the Prosecutors Office in Rio told…

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‘Festival of colours’: Hindus celebrate Holi

Millions of Hindus across India and other South Asian countries are celebrating Holi – the festival of colours – to mark the arrival of spring. Celebrants daub themselves in brightly coloured powder, or gulal, to celebrate the victory of good over evil, fertility and love. The festival, observed for centuries, holds mythological importance. It is…

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New Zealand bans assault weapons after mosque massacre

Christchurch, New Zealand – New Zealand has banned the sale of assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons after the country’s worst-ever attack that killed 50 Muslims in two mosques.  “Be assured this is just the beginning of the work we’ll be doing,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a news conference on Thursday. “It’s in the national interest…

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‘Women, babies trapped in trees’ after deadly Mozambique storm

Rescue workers in Mozambique are racing against time to save hundreds of people clinging onto roofs and trees around the devastated city of Beira. These efforts come days after a powerful cyclone triggered flash floods, submerging entire villages and wiping out communities across southeastern Africa. Aid workers on Wednesday spoke of women trapped in trees…

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Thailand’s Junta Leader Tries His Hand at Something New: Democracy

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand—Five years after a coup swept him to power, Thailand’s junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha is homing in on his most difficult mission yet: getting elected. For months now the blunt-speaking former general has toured the country ahead of elections on Sunday, talking up his government’s achievements even as it has restricted his opponents’…

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