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Indonesians rally for peace before mass protest against Jakarta governor

News Room : December 1, 2016 8:05 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia: Thousands of Indonesians rallied across the country praying, singing and calling for peace ahead of a major protest this week by Muslims against Jakarta’s Christian governor. Friday’s rally in Jakarta is expected to attract about 150,000 people who have been angered by allegations that Basuki Tjahaja Purnama insulted Islam, a criminal offense in more »
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Suu Kyi vows ‘reconciliation’ amid Rohingya crisis

News Room : December 1, 2016 8:04 am
SINGAPORE: Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has vowed to work for “peace and national reconciliation” amid mounting international condemnation of a bloody army crackdown on her country’s Muslim Rohingya minority. The Nobel Peace Prize winner did not mention the violence in Rakhine state, but told a business forum in Singapore that multi-ethnic more »
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Conflict displaces record number of Afghans in 2016: UN

News Room : December 1, 2016 8:02 am
KABUL: The number of people displaced by conflict in Afghanistan this year has surpassed half a million people, the United Nations reported on Wednesday, the highest number since it began tracking such statistics in 2008. More than 515,800 people have been internally displaced by fighting in 2016, surpassing the previous record of about 471,000 set more »
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South Korea president’s impeachment vote delayed

News Room : December 1, 2016 8:01 am
SEOUL: An impeachment vote against South Korea’s scandal-hit president will be postponed by at least a week, lawmakers said Wednesday, after Park Geun-Hye announced she was willing to stand down early. Lawmakers from Park’s own party had backed moves to impeach her this Friday, but now want the issue discussed in parliament before holding a more »
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‘No further talks’ with Turkey on EU membership

News Room : December 1, 2016 8:00 am
BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told lawmakers in her conservative bloc that she does not expect the European Union to open negotiations on new policy areas with Turkey in its talks to join the bloc, a source told Reuters. Turkish accession talks began in 2005 but have made slow progress. Merkel has repeatedly said more »
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Trump stepping out of his business empire

News Room : December 1, 2016 7:55 am
WASHINGTON: President-elect Donald Trump said  that he’s leaving his business empire to focus on being the nation’s 45th president, bowing to pressure to avoid potential conflicts of interest between governing and profiting from the private sector. President-elect Donald Trump said that he’s leaving his business empire to focus on being the nation’s 45th president, bowing more »
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‘Giant graveyard’: UN envoy issues stark wanting over Aleppo

News Room : December 1, 2016 7:45 am
NEW YORK: As a human catastrophe is unfolding in Aleppo, a top UN envoy has pleaded with the Security Council to save the battered city from being exterminated. Photographs coming out of the besieged city tell a harrowing tale of death, destruction and misery. There is no one to shed a tear over the cold more »
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Dutch MPs approve partial ban on wearing of full-face veil in public

News Room : November 30, 2016 11:16 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands: Dutch MPs voted overwhelmingly to ban the Islamic full-face burqa from some public places such as schools and hospitals, the latest such move in a European country. “The law is adopted,” said the speaker of the lower house of parliament, Khadija Arib, referring to legislation which will also ban niqabs or burqas, more »
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