Muqtada al-Sadr: Iraq’s militia leader turned champion of poor

Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr surprised the world when his Sairoon Alliance captured more parliamentary seats than any other party or alliance in Iraq’s parliamentary elections, in a remarkable comeback after being sidelined for years by Iranian-backed rivals. Once known as a staunch anti-American militia leader, al-Sadr has rebranded himself in recent years as a patriotic…

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Top US and S Korean diplomats hold emergency call over N Korea

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha held emergency talks on Wednesday following North Korea’s cancellation of ministerial talks with Seoul and threats to pull out of the Trump-Kim summit scheduled to be held in Singapore on June 12. A US State Department source confirmed to Al Jazeera on…

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Burundi votes on referendum that could extend president’s term

Burundians are voting in a constitutional referendum that if passed could see President Pierre Nkurunziza’s stay in power extended until 2034. If Thursday’s referendum vote is passed, the constitution will be amended to extend the president’s term from five to seven years. The changes will also allow President Nkurunziza to stand for two more terms…

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‘He was my whole world’: Palestinians mourn killing of loved ones

Gaza Strip – Nisma Abdelqader still can’t believe her 18-year-old son is dead. Israeli soldiers shot Bilal al-Ashram, who was completing his last year of high school, in the head while he was participating in protests in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. With tears streaming from her swollen eyes, Nisma described her first-born as her “whole…

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Why Iran itself is likely to exit the nuclear deal

Although it was widely expected, US President Donald Trump sent shock waves across the world, especially among his European allies, when he pulled the US out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of action (JCPOA), more commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal. Trump vowed not only to reinstate the “highest level of economic sanctions” on Iran but…

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Walmart Gets Its E-Commerce Mojo Back But Needs Next Steps

Walmart Inc. shook investors earlier this year with an e-commerce stumble. On Thursday, it took a step toward reclaiming the narrative that it has a handle on its digital strategy. As the big-box retailer reported first-quarter earnings, much of the focus was on one number: Its U.S. e-commerce growth. Walmart’s digital business had been booming…

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