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May 23, 2016 6:22 PM Bombs kill nearly 150 in Syrian government-held cities: monitor

BEIRUT Bombs killed nearly 150 people and wounded at least 200 in Jableh and Tartous on Syria's Mediterranean coast on Monday in the government-controlled territory that hosts Russian military bases, monitors and state media said. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks in the cities that have up to now escaped the worst of the violence 15

May 23, 2016 3:35 PM Human rights abuses cloud Obama visit to Vietnam

The biggest challenge to President Barack Obama’s attempt to improve ties while visiting Vietnam this week is the communist nation’s dismal record on human rights. Some residents can't practice their religion. Other activists aren’t allowed to run for political office. And an increasing number of bloggers face retribution for calling for more freedom 21

May 22, 2016 9:02 AM Speaker fumes; Achimota-Ofankor road cost bloated 217%

The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, has flayed the Roads and Transport Committee of Parliament for its failure to exercise proper diligence over the Achimota-Ofankor Highway project, contributing to the 217 per cent inflation of the project’s value. “In fact all of us would have to take the blame; the engineers, those who did not follow procurement 14

May 19, 2016 1:16 AM Bernie Sanders' Marriage of Convenience With Democrats Fraying

The 25-year-marriage of convenience between Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party is on the rocks, as the Vermont independent senator is threatening to take his millions of supporters with him in the separation. Sanders has made it clear he will his lead his army of committed activists into battle against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump 16

May 18, 2016 12:35 PM The Daily 202: Liberal allies turning on Bernie Sanders after Nevada donnybrook

-- Bernie Sanders won yesterday’s Democratic primary in Oregon by 8 points, and Hillary Clinton has declared victory in Kentucky. The AP says the Bluegrass State remains too close to call. The front-runner leads by about 2,000 votes out of half a million cast, less than one half of one percent. Asked whether Sanders would consider seeking a recount 198

May 16, 2016 5:58 PM Sadiq Khan: a new hope?

General view of London’s Tower Bridge and The Shard. Photo taken April 20, 2016. On May 5, London elected its first Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, who assumed office after receiving a record 57 percent of the vote in the final round. This wasn’t only a first for London but also for the West, as Khan is also the first openly practicing Muslim to become the mayor 34

May 16, 2016 10:02 AM Thousands of Afghan Hazaras join power line protest in Kabul

KABUL Thousands of demonstrators from Afghanistan's Hazara minority marched in protest through Kabul on Monday saying that they are missing out on a multi-million dollar power transmission line, posing a major challenge to the government of President Ashraf Ghani. Protesters have been demanding that the planned route for the 500 kV transmission line linking 3

May 16, 2016 6:23 AM My tip-off led to Mandela's arrest

New York - A former US diplomat, who was working as a spy for the CIA, revealed that he was responsible for an apparent tip that led to Nelson Mandela's 1962 arrest. The Sunday Times revealed that Donald Rickard, who served as the US vice-consul in Durban and was a CIA-operative, admitted to providing the intelligence that resulted in Mandela's capture 46

May 14, 2016 12:57 PM Buddhist monk hacked to death in Bangladesh

A 75-year-old Buddhist Monk was found with his throat slashed, inside a monastery in Bangladesh. It's the latest in a spate of grisly murders, including seven in the past month. Police said the body of Maung Shue U. Chak was discovered Saturday morning when his daughter-in-law arrived to bring him food. "Villagers found Bhante [monk] Maung Shue U. Chak's 10

May 13, 2016 10:27 AM Eight Turkish soldiers, 22 militants killed as violence widens in southeast

DIYARBAKIR/ISTANBUL, Turkey (Reuters) – Eight Turkish soldiers and 22 Kurdish militants have been killed in clashes over the last two days, authorities said on Friday, as violence widened in the largely Kurdish southeast following two bombings. After the collapse of a ceasefire between the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the government last July, Turkey’s 7