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Obama in Saudi Arabia on fence-mending visit

U.S. President Barack Obama held talks with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on April 20 as he began a two-day visit hoping to ease tensions with the historic U.S. ally. Riyadh and its Sunni Arab Gulf allies have bristled at what they see as Washington’s tilt toward regional rival Iran after Tehran’s landmark nuclear deal with world powers… Source: Obama in Saudi Arabia on fence-mending visit – MIDEAST Read More »

Feminism in the spotlight as Indonesia celebrates Kartini Day

On April 21, Indonesian school girls will don the kebaya – a traditional blouse-dress costume – and firms will offer discounts to females, as the nation pays tribute to the woman widely regarded as its first feminist… Source: Feminism in the spotlight as Indonesia celebrates Kartini Day Read More »

Saudi Arabia looks for anchor as it inches toward defeat in Yemen

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman’s recent visit to Egypt, although aimed at cultivating Turkey and Egypt into a strategic alliance, has taken place at a time when things look really bad for it in Yemen. Never has the need for actualizing the paper-army, the coalition of 39 countries, been felt as badly as today. On the one hand, the… Source: Saudi Arabia looks for anchor as it inches toward defeat in Yemen – Asia Times Read More »

Why Turkey Is Building Mosques Around The World

A recently inaugurated mega-mosque near Washington D.C. is one of many the Turkish government has built in an effort to extend its influence and tout a moderate model of Islam. -Analysis- ANKARA — President Barack Obama’s decision not to attend the April 2 inauguration of a new mosque near Washington D.C. might have spoild the party a bit. The event was… Source: Why Turkey Is Building Mosques Around The World Read More »

Nato raises ‘justified concern’ that Isil is plotting nuclear attack on Britain

Isil terrorists are plotting to carry out biological and nuclear attacks on Britain and Europe, EU and Nato security chiefs have warned. There is a “justified concern” that Islamist fanatics in Syria and Iraq  are… Source: Nato raises ‘justified concern’ that Isil is plotting nuclear attack on Britain Read More »

US feels ‘overwhelming frustration’ with Israeli government: Biden

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on April 19 acknowledged “overwhelming frustration” with the Israeli government and said the systemic expansion of Jewish settlements was moving Israel toward a dangerous “one-state reality” and in the wrong direction… Source: US feels ‘overwhelming frustration’ with Israeli government: Biden – MIDEAST Read More »

Exploring the real Iran, with social media as your guide

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Travelling independently, our writer relies on the advice and generosity of the young Iranians who are using social media to show foreign visitors the warm, fun and defiant reality of everyday life in their country.. Βeing completely disconnected on holiday isn’t as romantic as some purist travellers may suggest. It might be fine if you plan to stay on a beach or… Source: Exploring the real Iran, with social media as your guide | Travel | The Guardian Read More »

China lands first military plane on disputed reef: state media

Beijing landed a military plane on a disputed South China Sea reef it has built up into an artificial island, officials said on April 18, in the first confirmation of such a flight. An air force plane landed on Fiery Cross reef in the Spratlys archipelago on April 17 to evacuate sick workers, a news report posted online by China’s defence ministry said… Source: China lands first military plane on disputed reef: state media – ASIA Read More »

Are the US and Russia helping or deceiving the Syrians?

After five years of war, expecting the Syrians to give Bashar al-Assad a chance is as reprehensible as it is dangerous.. When American and Russian spokespersons deny the existence of a secret agreement between them over Syria, they’re not necessarily lying – but they are being… Source: Are the US and Russia helping or deceiving the Syrians? – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Indonesia rules out apology to victims at state-endorsed talks on 1965 massacres

Jakarta: Indonesia’s chief security minister said the country must make peace with its past but ruled out a government apology to the victims of the 1965 anti-communist purge at the first ever state-sanctioned discussions on the mass killings. Luhut Panjaitan – one of President Joko Widodo’s most trusted ministers – said the two-day symposium reflected the government’s intention to resolve past… Source: Indonesia rules out apology to victims at state-endorsed talks on 1965 massacres Read More »

Turkey Builds Mega-Mosque in U.S., Blocks Churches in Turkey

As yet another enormous mosque has opened in the U.S. (funded by the Turkish government), Christians in Turkey are waiting for the day when Turkish state authorities will allow them freely to build or use their churches and safely pray inside them. In… Source: Turkey Builds Mega-Mosque in U.S., Blocks Churches in Turkey Read More »

After Long Silence, Indonesia Allows Talk of Anti-Communist Atrocities

JAKARTA, Indonesia — When Putu Oka Sukanta was awakened by knocking on his door late one night in October 1966, he says, he instinctively knew who was there. Indonesian soldiers, police officers and plainclothes intelligence agents took… Source: After Long Silence, Indonesia Allows Talk of Anti-Communist Atrocities – The New York Times Read More »

If You Don’t Pay These Taxes, Expect a Troupe of Drummers at Your Door

Indian city aims to shame evaders by making a din; payments come quickly. THANE, India—For five years, real-estate developer Prahul Sawant ignored government orders to pay his taxes. Then the drummers showed up, beating their instruments and demanding he cough up the cash. Neighbors leaned out windows and gawked… Source: If You Don’t Pay These Taxes, Expect a Troupe of Drummers at Your Door – WSJ Read More »

Race for Latest Class of Nuclear Arms Threatens to Revive Cold War

The United States, Russia and China are now aggressively pursuing a new generation of smaller, less destructive nuclear weapons. The buildups threaten to revive a Cold War-era arms race and unsettle the balance of destructive force among nations that has kept the nuclear peace for more… Source: Race for Latest Class of Nuclear Arms Threatens to Revive Cold War – The New York Times Read More »

Can the Kuwait peace talks break Yemen’s deadlock?

Since fighting broke out in March last year, Yemen’s war has taken a devastating toll on this poorest country on the Arabian Peninsula. The conflict between the insurgent Huthi movement on the one side and the government of President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, supported by a Saudi-led international coalition on the other side, has cost the lives of… Source: Can the Kuwait peace talks break Yemen’s deadlock? | Crisis Group Read More »

Sesame Street’s first Afghan Muppet empowers girls

With purple skin and an orange nose, her multi-colored braids wrapped in a headscarf, Zari is Sesame Street’s first female, Afghan muppet and she has a message: girl power. Producers hope the character, who debuted on the local version of the show this month, will provide a much needed boost to gender equality in a country where girls still trail… Source: Sesame Street’s first Afghan Muppet empowers girls – MIDEAST Read More »