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Turkey targets Kurdish fighters in Iraq and Syria

Turkish military jets have carried out air strikes against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters in northern Iraq and northeast Syria, killing at least 24 people, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency said. A statement released by Turkey’s air force said that … Continue reading

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UN wants probe into killing of blogger Yameen Rasheed

The United Nations has called for an immediate investigation into the killing of a liberal blogger in the Maldives, calling on the government to ensure the safety of dissidents in the troubled honeymoon destination. On Monday, the High Commissioner for … Continue reading

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Reza Aslan believes in everything – just a little bit

My late teacher Philip Rieff, may he rest in peace, had a doctrine he called “the Monroe Doctrine”. Whenever he shared this doctrine with a new group of colleagues or students he would immediately preface it by saying, “not the … Continue reading

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How Israel denies rights to Palestinian prisoners

In a photograph widely shared on social media this month, Kifah Quzmar, a final-year business student at Birzeit University near Ramallah, wears a red-and-white keffiyeh and a somewhat defiant look. The difference between the 28-year-old and tens of other Palestinian … Continue reading

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Ciudad del Este heist seen as 'robbery of the century'

A gang of dozens of armed robbers have stolen several million dollars from a vault in Paraguay, in what local officials are dubbing the “robbery of the century”. Initial estimates placed the cash haul at around $40m, but a spokesman … Continue reading

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Inside Tehran's monument to US 'arrogance'

Tehran – For close to four decades, the US embassy in downtown Tehran has been preserved in situ, although its diplomatic functions have long since ceased. The 1979 hostage crisis, during which a group of Iranian students stormed the embassy … Continue reading

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Bangladesh's water crisis: A story of gender

Kochukhali, Bangladesh – When Khadija Rahman, then a newly married 14-year-old, moved to the Satkhira district on Bangladesh’s southwest coast, she didn’t realise just how much the scarcity of drinking water in the region would affect her. Now, 10 years later, … Continue reading

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Roadside bomb kills bus passengers in Kurram district

Islamabad, Pakistan – A roadside bomb targeting a bus has killed at least 10 people in the northwestern Pakistani district of Kurram, local officials say. The explosion occurred in central Kurram as the vehicle travelled to the town of Sadda, … Continue reading

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Air strikes kill civilians fleeing Syria's Raqqa

Air strikes have killed at least 11 people, seven of them children, as they tried to flee the fighting in Syria’s northern Raqqa province, witnesses and a monitor said. A family was killed in a suspected US-led coalition air strike that … Continue reading

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Nepal's earthquake disaster: Two years and $4.1bn later

On April 25, 2015, a powerful earthquake killed nearly 9,000 people and destroyed more than 824,000 homes in Nepal. Shortly after, the country’s Reconstruction Authority published a vision for “well-planned resilient settlements and a prosperous society”. But it is clearly falling … Continue reading

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