Qatar at Asian Cup: ‘No need to mix politics with football’

Qatar’s national team is hoping to keep the ongoing diplomatic dispute with some of its Gulf neighbours separate from the football field as they kick off their campaign at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates. A 25-player Qatari squad, coaches and officials landed in the Emirati city of Al Ain in a…

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Khmer Rouge topple still dominates Cambodian politics 40 years on

Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Forty years ago on Monday, Vietnamese tanks rolled through Phnom Penh, a city that had been a near ghost town during the Cambodia genocide, to signal the overthrow of the regime of Pol Pot, the ultra-communists’ leader who managed to escape in a jeep at the last minute. It was the end…

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From Mueller to Saudi Arabia: 10 things to expect from US politics in 2019

Washington, DC – From new indictments stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia meddling, to Trump’s surprise announcement to pull US troops out of Syria, 2018 was a year full of the expected, but even more so, the unexpected. And 2019, is set to be no different. With the Democrats taking control of…

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The Yawning Divide That Explains American Politics

To understand how American voters are being driven apart, look no further than two powerful demographic forces: gender and education. Once, the political outlooks of white men without a college degree and white women with one were similar. In recent years, the groups, which represent about 40% of voters, have moved sharply apart. Analysis of…

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Tunis suicide attack, a wake-up call on tense politics

Tunis, Tunisia – On Monday afternoon, a suicide bomb blast struck Habib Bourguiba Avenue, one of the most iconic and heavily protected places in the heart of the Tunisian capital, Tunis. A female attacker reportedly used a hand-made explosive device to target a police van, wounding at least nine people. This was the first such incident to…

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Anwar Ibrahim bids to return to heart of Malaysian politics

Port Dickson, Malaysia – On a soggy evening in a small town just south of Kuala Lumpur’s international airport, Anwar Ibrahim fires up the crowd.  Bounding up to the stage, he talks mostly in Malay, peppering his speech with English and delighting the mainly Chinese crowd with a few words of Mandarin.  He tells them…

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How Will the Kavanaugh Fight Shape Future Politics?

5:43   Sen. Susan Collins Will Vote to Confirm Judge Kavanaugh 10/5/2018 Sen. Susan Collins of Maine announced she will vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, giving him the support needed to win the lifetime appointment. In her speech to the Senate, she defended Judge Kavanaugh while acknowledging Christine Blasey Ford’s “sincere,…

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