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Gaza fishermen: Israel extending fishing zone is token gesture

Gaza fishermen: Israel extending fishing zone is token gesture

Gaza Strip - Under cover of early morning darkness, Hassan Zidan, a Palestinian fisherman in Gaza, puts on warm clothes and ventures out to sea in a rickety fishing boat along with his friends. They hope to catch a good amount of fish to sell in the morning market. But before that, they will have…
Open-source framework for publishing content

Open-source framework for publishing content

A television plays quietly in the background as 68-year-old Jim Lamont prepares soup at his kitchen table. He opens a can of spam and cuts its contents into precise cubes, drains a can of corn and slices an onion. Along with the soup, he boils a porcupine. Jim likes the taste of the meat but doesn't…
Sudan probes al-Bashir after ‘large sums of cash found at home’

Sudan probes al-Bashir after ‘large sums of cash found at home’

Sudan's public prosecutor has begun investigating deposed President Omar al-Bashir on charges of money laundering, the Reuters news agency said, citing a judicial source.  The source said on Saturday that military intelligence had searched al-Bashir's home and found suitcases loaded with more than $351,000 and six million euros ($6.75m), as well as five million Sudanese…
‘We need to change the system’: Ukraine presidential runoff vote

‘We need to change the system’: Ukraine presidential runoff vote

Kiev, Ukraine - Ukrainians are set to choose the country's sixth president in a runoff vote that is expected to bring an anti-establishment political novice, comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, to power. Sunday's poll between two candidates comes just three weeks after Zelensky, 41, won the first round of the election on March 31 among 39 candidates…
Notre Dame fire pledges inflame Yellow Vest protesters

Notre Dame fire pledges inflame Yellow Vest protesters

Paris, France - Holding signs that read "What about the poor?" and chanting "Justice for all," France's Yellow Vest protesters, ignoring the displays of unity by the French political class in the wake of the Notre Dame fire, marched through the streets of Paris and other cities on Saturday, vowing to persevere in what they called…

Will Egyptian President Sisi’s mandate be extended?

Millions of Egyptians are heading to polls to vote in a constitutional referendum that could keep President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi in office until 2030. The move has received overwhelming backing from parliament. Supporters say Sisi has stabilised Egypt and needs more time to finalise economic reform. If passed, the president would be able to appoint top…
Sudan: Victims’ families seek justice for al-Bashir era killings

Sudan: Victims’ families seek justice for al-Bashir era killings

Khartoum, Sudan - More than 29 years after her son was executed by the Sudanese military, Hanim Hassan, a frail woman in her early 70s, started once again accepting condolences for his death.  "I feel much better accepting condolences with Bashir gone," Hanim said, holding a rosary in her hand and going through the beads. "But I…
Trump praises Haftar in apparent reversal of US policy on Libya

Trump praises Haftar in apparent reversal of US policy on Libya

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Libya's capital, Tripoli, on Friday after US President Donald Trump praised Libya's Khalifa Haftar amid a military assault by the renegade general to seize the capital. A White House statement said Trump and Haftar spoke by phone on Monday "to discuss ongoing counterterrorism efforts to achieve peace and…
Irish police arrest two teenagers over killing of reporter McKee

Irish police arrest two teenagers over killing of reporter McKee

Northern Ireland police said that two men have been arrested over the killing of journalist Lyra McKee in the city of Londonderry, also known as Derry, on Thursday. "Major Investigation Team detectives have arrested two men, aged 18 and 19 under the Terrorism Act, in connection with the murder of Lyra McKee in the Creggan area of…
India elections: Will farm crisis be PM Narendra Modi’s undoing?

India elections: Will farm crisis be PM Narendra Modi’s undoing?

Mandya/Koppal, Karnataka - It is a discomfiting question to pose to residents of Volagerehalli, a village in Mandya district in the southern Indian state of Karnataka: "Why are farmers in your village committing suicide?" They're unaware that Volagerehalli reported five suicides in two years between 2015 and 2017, but not shocked to hear this. But…
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