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'Juarez is waiting for you': Violent city tries tourism

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico – In the early 1970s, Richard Wright, a native of El Paso, Texas, began crossing the then porous US-Mexico border into the northern Mexican community of Ciudad Juarez – a place once deeply connected to his home city … Continue reading

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Kurdish-Arab force makes gains against ISIL in Tabqa

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have advanced against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) near the armed group’s stronghold in Raqqa in northern Syria, according to a monitor. The SDF, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab … Continue reading

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US drone strike kills five suspected al-Qaeda fighters

A US drone strike has killed five suspected members of al-Qaeda in central Yemen, according to local news media and a government security official. Yemen Ajel, a local news website, reported that the drone fired three consecutive missiles at 12:30am local time on Sunday, … Continue reading

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Iranians still waiting for dramatic economic change

Tehran – The Grand Bazaar in Iran’s capital bustles with shoppers strolling past stacks of gold brocade pillowcases, rows of gleaming coffeepots and bins filled with red barberries. The din of afternoon chatter echoes off the bazaar’s high ceilings. But … Continue reading

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Trump-Turnbull's dubious deal

US Vice President Mike Pence has confirmed, with some reluctance, that an Obama-era deal to resettle refugees who are currently detained by Australia in the United States will still go ahead. He did so on a visit to Australia last … Continue reading

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Air strikes 'kill White Helmets volunteers' in Hama

Air strikes have killed at least eight first responders from the Syria Civil Defence in Hama province, according to the group also known as The White Helmets. Saturday’s air strikes hit the rescuers’ centre in Kafr Zita, located in northwestern … Continue reading

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Donald Trump praises his first 100 days in office

US President Donald Trump has described his first 100 days in office as an “incredible journey” during a speech at a rally in the state of Pennsylvania. He used the same speech on Saturday to attack the news media and praise … Continue reading

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UK students on hunger strike in support of Palestinians

A group of students in the UK have launched a hunger strike in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Activists at the University of Manchester said the strike, which began on Thursday, would last for at least one week. … Continue reading

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US families receive Iran payouts, decades after bombings

Economic sanctions have often been seen as a crude political tool with varying effectiveness in bending the will of governments, whether it was Cuba, North Korea or apartheid South Africa. But the continuing US sanctions against Iran have given some … Continue reading

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What change has Trump brought to Washington?

Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States with fewer votes than his opponent. And his approval ratings after 100 days are lower than any previous president. Critics say it’s been a chaotic and controversial start, but consistent … Continue reading

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