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  • Tymoshenko on hunger strike to push for EU deal

    26 November 2013 7:53 AM 65

    After years of preparations for a landmark deal with the EU, President Viktor Yanukovych’s government announced abruptly last week that it was putting the agreement on hold and that Ukraine would focus on improving ties with its giant neighbor Russia. The decision threw everybody off guard, since Yanukovych promised just two months ago that the political

  • Man fails in climate change refugee bid

    26 November 2013 7:27 AM 70

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A Pacific islander's bid to become the world's first climate change refugee failed Tuesday, with a New Zealand judge describing his case as "unconvincing". Lawyers for Loane Teitiota, 37, argued that New Zealand immigration authorities should not deport him, even though his visa had expired, because rising seas were threatening

  • Indian gays demand an end to discrimination

    25 November 2013 1:56 AM 76

    NEW DELHI: Gay rights activists sang songs and carried rainbow-colored flags while marching to the beat of traditional Indian drums Sunday, as they paraded through India's capital to demand an end to the stigmatisation of gays in the deeply conservative country. The demonstrators urged an end to all forms of discrimination against gays, lesbians and transgenders

  • Angola 'Bans Islam', Dismantles Mosques, According To News Reports

    24 November 2013 11:35 PM 96

    Update, 2:32 p.m., Nov. 25, 2013: Officials at the Angolan Embassy in Washington, D.C., denied Monday that the nation has banned Islam and dismantled mosques, disputing published news accounts and stating that they cannot authenticate comments reportedly made by top Angolan officials that support the claims. Read more here. A number of news outlets

  • Gay rights activists march in India, demand end to stigmatization

    24 November 2013 2:05 PM 80

    NEW DELHI -- Gay rights activists sang songs and carried rainbow-colored flags while marching to the beat of traditional Indian drums Sunday, as they paraded through India's capital to demand an end to the stigmatization of gays in the deeply conservative country. The demonstrators urged an end to all forms of discrimination against gays, lesbians and transgenders

  • Political newcomers, Agang and EFF, are unhappy with Icasa’s decision to split free political airtime by party size

    24 November 2013 7:56 AM 67

    Draft regulations issued by Icasa have detailed that the split of free airtime for political parties will be determined by their size – leaving newcomers, Agang and EFF, crying foul. This is according to the Sunday Times, which has quoted party representatives speaking out against the draft regulations, calling the policy unfair, with Agang stating that the move “entrenches

  • Egyptian army chief Sisi does not rule out presidential bid

    22 November 2013 12:20 PM 91

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who led the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi, held open the possibility he might run for the presidency in an interview published on Thursday. Sisi, 59, deposed the Islamist Mursi in July following mass protests against his rule. He has since emerged as a popular figure to many Egyptians

  • UN official urges parties to refrain from undermining peace talks

    21 November 2013 6:05 PM 87

    Wednesday 20 November 2013 05:39 The announcement of settlement advancement plans in the West Bank by the Israeli government cannot be reconciled with the goal of a negotiated two state solution. That was the view expressed by the political head of the United Nations (UN) in a briefing to the Security Council, who urged parties to refrain from actions

  • Pope says 'no Middle East without Christians'

    21 November 2013 2:29 PM 97

    "We will not resign ourselves to imagining a Middle East without Christians," he said after meeting with Patriarchs from Syria, Irak and Egypt, before calling for "the universal right to lead a dignified life and freely practise one's own faith to be respected." The Arab Spring uprisings which revolutionised the region have increased tensions between

  • Suu Kyi addresses Myanmar parliament

    27 July 2012 9:45 AM 37

    Yangon - Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi addressed Myanmar's parliament for the first time on Wednesday to support calls by a ruling party lawmaker for new laws to protect the country's many ethnic minority groups. While her address might be routine for many parliaments around the world, it symbolised the huge changes that have unfolded in Myanmar since