Russian PM visits disputed Kuril islands, triggering Japan protest

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev landed Aug. 22 in the Kuril islands, prompting a swift rebuke from Tokyo, which claims sovereignty over the northwest Pacific archipelago in a long-running dispute. Hurriyet – MOSCOW – AFP Medvedev visited Iturup, one of four islands in the chain that lies off Russia’s far eastern coast and just north of Japan, Russian media reports ... Read More »

Turkey condemns BBC story on PKK

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UK broadcaster’s piece on Kurdistan Workers’ Party militants is ‘clear support to terrorism’, says Turkish Foreign Ministry. Anadolu Agency - ANKARA Turkey has condemned the BBC for publishing an article Ankara describes as “clear support to terrorism”. The criticism from Turkey’s Foreign Ministry comes after an Aug. 20 piece released by the U.K. broadcaster which featured interviews with members of ... Read More »

Yazidis left to their fate in Iraq: ‘The world has forgotten us’

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A year after Islamic State’s siege of Mount Sinjar alerted the world to the fate of the Yazidi people, the Iraqi MP who highlighted their plight tells Richard Spencer that they have been abandoned The Telegraph – By Richard Spencer, Erbil The woman MP from the threatened Yazidi minority who attracted the world’s attention to her people’s plight a year ... Read More »

Protesters and investigators arrested as Malaysian PM Najib Razak cracks down

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Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has widened a crackdown on his critics as he fights to hold on to power amid explosive corruption allegations. The Canberra Times – Lindsay Murdoch, South-East Asia correspondent for Fairfax Media Police arrested the leaders of protest rallies scheduled for the capital Kuala Lumpur at the weekend and took pre-emptive action on Saturday ... Read More »

The Last Bullfight

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Members of Colombia’s younger generation say they “will not torture for tradition.” TheAtlantic Jim Glade MEDELLÍN, Colombia—On a scorching Saturday in February, hundreds of young men and women in Medellín stripped down to their swimsuit bottoms, slathered themselves in black and red paint, and sprawled out on the hot cement in Los Deseos Park in the north of the city. ... Read More »

Settlers clash with Israeli police in West Bank

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Jewish settlers clashed with Israeli police on July 28 as authorities took control of homes being built in the occupied West Bank, after a court ruled that the illegal structures must be demolished. Hurriyet – JERUSALEM – Agence France-Presse The Israeli High Court last month ordered the two structures in the Beit El settlement north of Ramallah to be razed ... Read More »

Study: Christian population in the Mideast is dropping rapidly

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Studies show the remaining Christians in most – but not all – of the Middle East are in dire straits. By Haaretz The dire fate of the Christian communities in the Middle East has become headline news lately. The murderous civil war in Syria; the rise of the Islamic State; the turmoil in countries such as Iraq, Libya, and in ... Read More »