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Vietnam’s last public letter writer, ‘a witness of Saigon’

Vietnam’s last public letter writer, ‘a witness of Saigon’

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - As Ho Chi Minh City's French colonial architecture recedes into the background and the number of shiny skyscrapers grows in the Southeast Asian megacity there is one man who might be the last vestige of Vietnam's colonial past. Duong Van Ngo is the only remaining public writer and still…
Exclusive: Bangladesh top security adviser accused of abductions

Exclusive: Bangladesh top security adviser accused of abductions

The most senior security and defence figure in Bangladesh has been accused of using military intelligence agents to abduct and interrogate people to settle a business dispute involving his wife. The allegations have been made against Major General Tarique Ahmed Siddique, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's security adviser who has effective control over the country's armed…
AIPAC convenes annual conference in Washington amid division

AIPAC convenes annual conference in Washington amid division

AIPAC, one of the most powerful lobby groups in the United States, is facing new criticism from Democrats and advocates for Palestinian rights as it convenes its annual policy conference this week amid a widening US political divide over Israel. The annual pro-Israel event, which starts on Sunday, is expected to draw more than 15,000…
How do UK Muslims feel after series of Islamophobic attacks?

How do UK Muslims feel after series of Islamophobic attacks?

Manchester, UK - In the early hours of Thursday, five mosques in the English city of Birmingham were damaged - the latest in a string of Islamophobic attacks in the UK. The spate of vandalism came just days after a gunman killed 50 worshippers during Friday prayers at two mosques in New Zealand, placing Muslim communities in the UK and around the world on…
Mali sacks top army chiefs, dissolves militia after scores killed

Mali sacks top army chiefs, dissolves militia after scores killed

Mali's government has announced the sacking of top military officers and the dissolution of a militia, a day after the killing of more than 130 people. Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga said on Sunday new military chiefs would be named, and that the Dan Nan Ambassagou association, comprising Dogon hunters, had been dissolved. "The protection of…
Algerian who fought beside bin Laden: ‘I wanted to help Muslims’

Algerian who fought beside bin Laden: ‘I wanted to help Muslims’

London, United Kingdom - Abdullah Anas sits upright, smiling and speaking clearly as he recalls his decision to join the "Afghan Arabs" during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan (1979-1989).   "I didn't even know where Afghanistan was on the map," he says. "I was a country boy from Algeria, all I knew is I wanted to help…
‘Agreement in principle’ reached to avoid US government shutdown

‘Agreement in principle’ reached to avoid US government shutdown

Negotiators in the US Congress say they have reached an "agreement in principle" to fund the government and avoid another partial government shutdown. The emerging agreement was announced late on Monday by a group of politicians, including Republican Senator Richard Shelby and Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey, after a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill. Speaking to…
EU hits Google with $1.69bn fine for abusing online ads market

EU hits Google with $1.69bn fine for abusing online ads market

European Union regulators have fined Google $1.69bn for blocking rival online search advertisers, hitting the US-based tech giant with a third penalty in two years. The punishment on Wednesday brought Google's total tab with the bloc $9.31bn, which amounts to far less than the maximum fine of 10 percent of the company's annual turnover.  In the latest ruling,…

Is China taking social monitoring too far?

Millions of Chinese people have been banned from travelling on planes and trains as the government in China expands its social credit programme that ranks people's trustworthiness. Last year, more than 17 million people with low scores were barred from buying plane tickets, and another five million were not allowed on high-speed trains. Four million…
How the world votes: 2019

How the world votes: 2019

Nearly two billion voters in 50 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.
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