Mali elections 2018: Why presidential vote matters

Mali elections 2018: Why presidential vote matters

Voters in Mali are heading to the polls on Sunday to pick their president, in a crucial election many hope will quell years of political unrest and violence, as well as improve economic conditions in the country. A total of 24 hopefuls are competing in the presidential race, with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and opposition frontrunner…
Israel ‘shoots down’ Syrian fighter jet over Golan Heights

Israel ‘shoots down’ Syrian fighter jet over Golan Heights

Israeli military claims it has shot down a Syrian fighter jet that allegedly "infiltrated" its airspace over the occupied Golan Heights. The military statement said on Tuesday that two Patriot missiles were launched at the Sukhoi jet after it crossed 2km "into Israeli territory". Crew's condition was unclear, the Israeli army said. Syrian state media said…
Pakistan elections: Who is ANP’s only female candidate in Punjab?

Pakistan elections: Who is ANP’s only female candidate in Punjab?

Wearing a shalwar kameez and a scarf loosely covering her head, Noshin Afshan carefully steers through the narrow, winding roads of Multan on a motorcycle. She usually drives a car but had to borrow a motorcycle from a fellow male party member to navigate the congested neighbourhoods of the conservative city. Afshan, 36, is on…
Colombia’s social leaders ‘very scared’ amid surge in murders

Colombia’s social leaders ‘very scared’ amid surge in murders

Medellin, Colombia - Carlos Paez doesn't look like someone who would be easily scared. Bold and imposing, with a graying beard and close-cropped hair, he is a man who projects authority. But when the 42-year-old Colombian land restitution activist was asked about the recent threats he has faced, his authority slips. "I'm very scared," he…
UN’s top court rules UAE blockade violated Qataris’ rights

UN’s top court rules UAE blockade violated Qataris’ rights

A provisional ruling by the United Nations' top court has found that measures put in place by the United Arab Emirates as part of its boycott against Qatar amount to racial discrimination. In June 2017, the UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, imposed a land, air and sea blockade against Qatar and severed…
Government forces close on last rebel group in southwestern Syria

Government forces close on last rebel group in southwestern Syria

The Syrian government and its ally Russia stepped up their offensive to defeat the last rebels holding territory in southwestern Syria. Israel was also on high alert on Monday as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces regained ground from the southern rebels, bringing his troops close to the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. Huge plumes of smoke could be seen from…
‘Cigarettes case’ testing Jordan government stance on corruption

‘Cigarettes case’ testing Jordan government stance on corruption

The case of a criminal ring with rumoured political ties involved in the illegal production and smuggling of fake-brand cigarettes worth of millions of dollars is dominating public discussion in Jordan - and testing the new government's stance on corruption. Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz announced on Monday the case's referral to the state security court, which typically…

Does Africa benefit from its relations with China?

China has had a strong presence in Africa for years. Beijing has built countless roads, buildings and provided economic support right across the African continent. Now, it looks set to conquer even more markets, as a result of US President Donald Trump's new trade tariffs. Chinese President Xi Jinping is on a four-nation tour of…
India: Village mourns death of man killed in cow-related lynching

India: Village mourns death of man killed in cow-related lynching

In the early hours of Sunday morning, at around 3am, Akbar Khan was laid to rest in his village in northern Indian Haryana state.  The previous evening, Akbar's family and villagers had placed his lifeless body out on a road near the Alwar-Delhi highway to protest against his brutal killing. Akbar, a 28-year-old Muslim man, was beaten…
Is Imran Khan the Pakistani military’s ‘favourite son’?

Is Imran Khan the Pakistani military’s ‘favourite son’?

A big storyline in the lead up to Pakistan's July 25 election has been the nature of the relationship between Imran Khan, the cricket star-turned-politician and leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, and the country's powerful military. According to the insinuations of some top leaders with the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, the…

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