Category: Special News

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Barzani adviser: Kurdish secession is inevitable

Amid rising regional tensions and international opposition, Iraqi Kurds voted in a controversial secession referendum in September, setting off a chain of events that resulted in a military confrontation between Erbil and Baghdad. Central government troops quickly regained control of Kirkuk, home to more than one million people and the hub of a major oil-producing area.…

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Is Chechnya’s Kadyrov in actuality ‘dreaming’ of quitting?

Ramzan Kadyrov, the wilful leader of Russia’s southern Chechen republic, is talking about standing down. He says it is his “dream”. However, if past practise is anything to go by, this does not mean for a minute that he is contemplating retirement at 41, or even relinquishing his ruthless grip on what has become his…

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Pakistan’s take care of protesters a ‘blow’ to democracy

The resignation of Pakistan’s federal law minister and signing of an agreement to end a weeks-long sit-in outside the capital Islamabad has been termed a “surrender” and a “dangerous trend for democracy and the state”. Thousands of supporters of a religious party launched a sit-in outside Islamabad earlier this month, demanding the resignation of minister…

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Pope meets Suu Kyi, fails to level Rohingya in speech

Pope Francis has met Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi but avoided directly addressing the ongoing Rohingya crisis. At the meeting in Yangon on Tuesday, the pontiff stressed the importance of Myanmar respecting the “identity” of all of its ethnic groups, without using the term “Rohingya”. More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring…

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Hadiya case: Fight of a woman to marry man of change

New Delhi, India – From the confines of her parents’ home to the regulation of a hostel; from the “custody” of her parents to the “guardianship” of the college dean: freedom is arriving in instalments for 24-year-old Hadiya. India’s top court on Monday finally heard Hadiya, a woman from a Hindu family whose marriage to a…

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Corrie’s Bruno Langley pleads responsible to 2 counts of sexual assault

Former Coronation Street star Bruno Langley has pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual assault in court this morning. The grim-faced actor, 34, admitted both counts of sexual assault at Manchester Magistrates Court. He was dressed in a smart charcoal grey suit and a pale grey tie as he left his home earlier this morning.…

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Putin will be about to send the oil markets genuine into a tailspin

Oil traders eagerly anticipating an extension of the current OPEC-led production cut could be left sorely disappointed this week, according market analysts including RBC Capital Market’s Helima Croft. OPEC oil ministers will be in Vienna Thursday and there is widespread expectation that members will decide to extend oil output cuts beyond a deadline of March…

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‘He anticipated to have confidence intercourse’: Journalist says Don Burke took her to resort room

Updated November 28, 2017 21:20:12 Photo: Amanda Pepe says she thought Don Burke was helping her with a job opportunity in Sydney. (ABC News: Angelique Donnellan) Amanda Pepe was 20 and working as a TV journalist in Broken Hill when Don Burke arrived in town. Key points: Amanda Pepe says she resigned from her job…

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Kenyatta sworn in as president of Kenya

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has been sworn in for a second and final five-year term, a month after winning a bitterly disputed election rerun marked by delays and boycott. Several heads of states and tens of thousands of his supporters attended the inauguration at a stadium in the capital, Nairobi, on Tuesday. Kenyatta, 55, won…

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Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of ‘Freedom of Oxford’ honour

Awards withdrawn from Aung San Suu Kyi St Hugh’s College, Oxford: Portrait removed, name dropped from common room Oxford: Freedom of the City honour withdrawn London School of Economics: Honourary Students’ Union presidency revoked Glasgow: Freedom of the City honour withdrawn Sheffield: Freedom of the City honour withdrawn Unison trade union: Honourary membership revoked Unifor…