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India state votes in bitterly fought poll

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Voting has begun in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, in a bitterly contested election. More than 49 million people are eligible to vote for the state’s 224 assembly seats. The poll is significant for both India’s major parties ahead of general elections next year. The state is the last major bastion of the opposition Congress party, which India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants ... Read More »

Iraq votes in first poll since IS defeat

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Iraqis are voting in the first parliamentary elections since the government declared victory over so-called Islamic State (IS) last year. About 7,000 candidates from rival coalition alliances are vying for seats in the 329-member assembly. Iraq is still struggling to rebuild itself after four years of war against IS, a BBC correspondent says. He says whoever wins will need to keep Iraq’s fragile unity in ... Read More »

Canada: Monitor to track hate groups amid far-right rise

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A new organisation has been set up to track hate groups in Canada amid what experts say is a marked rise in far-right sentiment across the country. The Canadian Anti-Hate Network (CAN) was launched earlier this month, just as news broke that one of the most prominent neo-Nazi propagandists in North America was living and recruiting members in Montreal. The Montreal Gazette identified Zeiger – as he is known online – ... Read More »

Iran: Israeli Claims Are ‘Fabricated’ And ‘Baseless’

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Tehran denies Israel’s allegations that it launched rocket attacks in the occupied Golan Heights. Iran has denied Israel’s allegations that it launched rocket attacks on its forces in the occupied Golan Heights, calling the claims “fabricated” and “baseless”. On Thursday, Israel launched a wave of attacks on what it called Iranian targets in Syria in response to alleged Iranian attacks that targeted the Israeli-occupied Syrian territory of Golan Heights for the first time. It ... Read More »

Search For Survivors After Deadly Kenya Dam Collapse


Kenya’s public prosecutor orders investigation after a commercial dam burst killed 50 people in Rift Valley A search and rescue operation is under way in Kenya after a deadly dam collapse, which killed at least 50 people with dozens more still missing. Water burst through the banks of the Patel Dam in Kenya’s Rift Valley, about 150km north of the capital Nairobi, on Wednesday night, washing ... Read More »

Activists Launch ‘Justice For Rohingya’ Campaign In London

A legal campaign launched to initiate prosecution of Myanmar officials behind alleged crimes against humanity. An independent legal campaign has been launched in the UK with the aim of initiating the prosecution of those responsible for crimes against humanity in Myanmar‘s Rakhine State. The Justice for Rohingya Minority (JFRM) was launched at the Amnesty International’s UK headquarters in London on Thursday by freelance journalist Veronica Pedrosa, who has ... Read More »

Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad On Course To Be World’s Oldest Elected Leader

Mahathir Mohamad is on course to become the world’s oldest elected leader at 92, after a shock victory in Malaysia’s bitterly fought election. The former PM came out of retirement and defected to the opposition to take on his one-time protégé Najib Razak, beset by corruption allegations. His historic win has ousted the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which has been in power since independence in ... Read More »

Trump Welcomes Freed US Prisoners From North Korea


US president thanks North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and greets three Americans released by Pyongyang. Three Americans freed from prison in North Korea have arrived back in the US a day after their release. US President Donald Trump, alongside First Lady Melania Trump, welcomed the trio when they arrived at the Joint Base Andrews in Maryland outside Washington, DC on Thursday. Kim Dong-chul, Tony Kim, and ... Read More »

Israel Says It Hit Iranian Military Targets In Syria


Military says it carried out the strikes after Tehran fired missiles towards its forces in the occupied Golan Heights The Israeli army said on Thursday it hit dozens of Iranian military targets in Syria overnight, accusing Tehran of launching rocket and missile attack towards its forces in the occupied Golan Heights. “The (Israeli military) has struck dozens of Iranian military targets in Syria,” Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus ... Read More »

Iran Lawmakers Burn US Flag In Parliament

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Iranian lawmakers burned an American flag and cried “Death to America” in parliament on Wednesday to protest President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the multi-party nuclear deal. Images shown on various Iranian media showed an MP brandishing the paper flag and burning it in the centre of the parliament chamber. A conservative lawmaker, Mojtaba Zolnour, joined him and burned a copy of the nuclear ... Read More »

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