Ethiopia hopes London museum returns looted treasures

Ethiopian artifacts looted by the British colonialists in the 19th century are on a display in London, but a top Ethiopian official says the treasures belong to Addis Ababa and they need to be returned to the rightful owner. Ethiopia hopes the display at the London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), which will remain open…

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Will Sisi rule Egypt for life?

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is expected to focus on solidifying his grip on power during his second term as president, analysts say. Sisi won presidential elections with 97 percent of the votes in an election that was criticised as being a one-man show with no credible opposition, as at least six other candidates were forced to…

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Is US President Trump ‘milking Gulf countries’ ?

US President Donald Trump is “milking Gulf countries” and exploiting tensions in the Middle East to bolster its arms sales. That’s according to Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst Marwan Bishara, who was commenting shortly after the US leader told Saudi Arabia it needed to pay up if it wanted the US to continue its fight…

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A year after Khan Sheikhoun, Syria chemical weapons ‘still used’

On April 4, 2017, Syrian air raids pummeled the small rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in the northern province of Idlib. As news of the attack spread, it quickly became apparent that something other than conventional weapons had been used. Residents told Al Jazeera they saw people choking and foaming at the mouth, “suffocating while…

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Q&A: Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy, Singapore’s future and a family feud

The rich and modern metropolis of Singapore is frequently described as an “economic miracle”. When Lee Kuan Yew, the principal architect and first prime minister of the wealthy island state, died in 2015, over a million Singaporean residents turned out to honour his memory and his accomplishments – not the least of was the creation of…

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Is Sheikh Hasina turning Bangladesh into one-party state?

Dhaka, Bangladesh – The controversial jailing of former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and the state persecution of dissent have raised fears that the next parliamentary election could turn into a violent sham. Fear of a 2014 repeat, when the parliamentary elections were boycotted by almost all the opposition parties and marred by large-scale violence…

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