Category: fears

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Russia elections: Polls open amid low turnout fears

Moscow – Russians are heading to the polls to vote in a presidential election that is expected to usher in President Vladimir Putin’s fourth term. Seven other candidates are also running in Sunday’s election, with the incumbent leading in the polls by a wide margin. Due to the time difference, voting started in the Russian…

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Colombia’s FARC suspends campaign over security fears

Colombia’s former FARC Marxist rebel group has temporarily suspended its campaign for upcoming parliamentary elections due to security threats to its candidates. FARC leader Pablo Catatumbo announced the party’s decision on Friday in the capital, Bogota. “We have decided to suspend campaign activity until we have sufficient guarantees. We call on all parties and political movements without…

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‘Am I going to outlive?’: Israel stokes expulsion fears

Muhtar Awdalla had two choices: indefinite detention in southern Israel, or a return to his native Sudan, where he feared for his safety. So when Israeli officials offered him a third option – a one-way flight to Uganda and $3,500 cash – he begrudgingly agreed to leave. Awdalla was given a travel document and boarded…

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Iranian tanker ablaze off China amid fears of oil spill

An Iranian oil tanker collided with a bulk freighter and caught fire off China’s eastern coast, leaving its entire crew of 32 missing, most of them Iranians, authorities said. The collision between the Sanchi and the Chinese freighter occurred on Saturday evening roughly 300km off Shanghai, where the Yangtze River meets the East China Sea. …

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Warsaw Muslim centre attack renews Islamophobia fears

Warsaw, Poland – On the night of Friday, November 27, two men in hoodies vandalised the Muslim cultural centre in Warsaw, breaking windows with stones and pieces of concrete. The attack took place amid deepening Islamophobia in Poland, where Muslims comprise a mere 0.1 percent of the population. CCTV footage confirmed the incident, but in the…

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Wheat lend a hand arrives in blockaded Yemen amid famine fears

About 25,000 tonnes of wheat will be offloaded on Monday for starving people in Yemen, the first food aid allowed into the country facing mass famine after a three-week blockade by a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition. A spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP), Abeer Etefa, said the shipment landed on Sunday at the Houthi…