Middle East

Moderation key to fighting extremism, Hariri stresses

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BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri vowed on the fourth day of his visit to the U.S. to fight extremist forces whether they came from Al-Qaeda or Hezbollah, stressing that moderation is the key to confronting religious extremism roiling the Middle East. The Daily Star – Hussein Dakroub ””” Summary – Hariri made the declaration before he met with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at ... Read More »

Russia knows genocide well, Turkey fires back

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Hurriyet - Turkey said on April 24 that it rejected and condemnedRussian President Vladimir Putin calling the 1915 mass killings of Ottoman Armenians a “genocide.” “Taking into account the mass atrocities and exiles in Caucasus, in the Central Asia and Eastern Europecommitted by Russia for a century; collective punishment methods such as Holodomor as well as inhumane practices especially against ... Read More »

Is Anzac Day a remembrance or a sedative?

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The Gallipoli Centenary may well be the biggest civic cultural event this country has seen or will see in a generation. The Interpreter James Curran The commemoration of the First World War in various forms has been undergoing something of a resurgence in Australia in recent years. In itself this is an extraordinary phenomenon, especially when there was a prediction ... Read More »

Turkish lawyer arrested for insulting Erdoğan

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A Turkish lawyer was arrested April 21 for “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during a job interview to become a judge. Hurriyet - AFYONKARAHİSAR Lawyer Umut Kılıç “You are not going to let me become a judge anyway. You are the men of Erdoğan the fascist,” Umut Kılıç, a lawyer registered at the bar association of the inner Aegean province of ... Read More »

Bungling the budget

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After several months of bickering, horse trading and using the media to convince the public that they’re serious, Lebanese government ministers have been busy discussing the annual state budget. The Daily Star - Editorial But instead of seeing the Cabinet endorse a satisfactory solution, the public is now being treated to the spectacle of ministers sitting down to disagree, and failing ... Read More »

Judge blocks deportation flight for rejected Afghan asylum-seekers

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Charter flight due to depart on Tuesday night cancelled after warning by Afghan minister for refugees and repatriation that 80% of country is not safe to return to The Guardian – Alan Travis Home affairs editor A charter flight which was due to depart on Tuesday night with dozens of Afghan asylum-seekers facing removal from Britain has been cancelled on the ... Read More »

Taliban Are Said to Target Hazaras to Try to Match ISIS’ Brutality

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KABUL, Afghanistan — A wave of kidnappings followed by numerous beheadings of members ofAfghanistan’s Hazara ethnic group have spread alarm and anger among a people who have historically been this country’s most persecuted. The New York Times – By ROD NORDLAND and JAWAD SUKHANYAR Activists and relatives of abducted Hazaras gathered this week in Kabul, Afghanistan, as part of a protest ... Read More »

Mapped: The world’s most open governments


Raziye Akkoc The Telegraph It comes as no surprise that Nordic countries top the WJP Open Government Index but the UK’s position as having the eighth most open government out of more than a 100 countries is welcome news. Click to find out each country’s score An improving economy and better resources in the developing world may not equal a ... Read More »

These are the top 10 myths about the human brain


Fiona Macdonald Science Alert When it comes to our brains, there’s a lot we’re yet to learn – for example, exactly what role sleep plays in memory formation, and how to stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. But there’s plenty that scientists do know, and you might be surprised to find that a lot of it contradicts what you believe ... Read More »