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What’s driving down the number of terrorist attacks?

There has been a fall by almost one-quarter in the number of attacks by armed groups worldwide last year. That is one of the conclusions of the US State Department's latest annual survey of global terrorism But Iran will not welcome another of the survey's highlights. The Americans single out the Iranians as the world's…
What will it take for North Korea to denuclearise?

What will it take for North Korea to denuclearise?

South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has requested to hold another summit with US President Donald Trump soon in order to move along Pyongyang's process of denuclearisation. So what will it take for North Korea to finally give up its nuclear weapons, and what concessions are the United States willing…
Guatemala: Thousands demand President Jimmy Morales resign

Guatemala: Thousands demand President Jimmy Morales resign

Santa Cruz del Quiche - Thousands took to the streets in several major cities and small towns in Guatemala on Thursday, demanding the resignation of dozens of legislators and officials, including President Jimmy Morales. The protests were prompted by Morales's decision last month to not renew the UN-backed International Commission Against Impunity's (CICIG) mandate, which is…
Yom Kippur and Ashoura: Are Muslims observing a Jewish holiday?

Yom Kippur and Ashoura: Are Muslims observing a Jewish holiday?

On the Gregorian calendar (so named after Pope Gregory XIII) this September, two of the holiest Jewish and Islamic high holidays coincide. On September 10, Jews around the world began their high holidays by commemorating Rosh Hashana which continues for 10 days until September 19, Yom Kippur. It is on that day that Muslims in…
The mixed tale of women’s empowerment in Rwanda

The mixed tale of women’s empowerment in Rwanda

Kigali, Rwanda - In this old building in the colourful Nyarugenge district, one of the oldest areas in Rwanda's capital, Kigali, women sit at wooden tables, dutifully tending to a collection of colourful textiles. Ripples of occasional laughter rupture the looping drone of a dozen sewing machines as the women cut, sew and stitch anything from…
Russia’s military unintelligence

Russia’s military unintelligence

On September 5, the UK named two agents of the Russian military intelligence (GRU) as the main suspects in the Skripal poisoning case.  The two are accused of depositing a nerve agent in the Salisbury home of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent, which poisoned him and his daughter in March this year. The British authorities…
South Korea’s leader: Pyongyang seeks second Trump-Kim summit

South Korea’s leader: Pyongyang seeks second Trump-Kim summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has requested a second summit with US President Donald Trump and also wants US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit Pyongyang soon, according to South Korea's president. Speaking at a news conference upon his return to Seoul on Thursday, Moon Jae-in said Kim told him during his three-day summit…
Rights group calls Egypt an ‘open-air prison’ for critics

Rights group calls Egypt an ‘open-air prison’ for critics

The human rights organisation Amnesty International has called on Egyptian authorities to release people imprisoned for peacefully expressing their opinions and to end legislation that has allowed the state to clamp down on freedom of speech in the country. In a new campaign launched on Thursday, titled "Egypt, an Open-Air Prison for Critics", Amnesty said…
Malaysian ex-PM Najib hit with 25 new charges over 1MDB scandal

Malaysian ex-PM Najib hit with 25 new charges over 1MDB scandal

Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak has been hit with 25 new corruption charges linked to the 1MDB scandal. The new charges include four counts of abuse of power and 21 counts of money laundering over hundreds of millions of dollars of funds received in his personal bank account. Najib was detained by Malaysia's anti-corruption agency on…
US ready to resume N Korea talks, seeks denuclearisation by 2021

US ready to resume N Korea talks, seeks denuclearisation by 2021

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he wants to restart nuclear talks with North Korea at the "earliest opportunity" in the wake of new agreements reached between the two Koreas at a summit in Pyongyang. The move comes after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pledged at the historic summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to dismantle…
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