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Japan seeks Unesco status for sacred men-only island

Okinoshima, which is off-limits for women, is among five sites being put forward for the UN's World Heritage listings<p>A small Japanese island which refuses access to women is to be nominated by the government as a future Unesco World Heritage site.<p>Okinoshima, a sacred island off the coast of …

Amid Farook family violence, brothers were a study in contrasts

The brothers were a study in contrasts.<p>Syed Raheel<p>Farookwas the extrovert — loud and sociable with an air of nonchalance. Acquaintances said he preferred to walk a casual line when it came to religion. He told people he "wasn't into Islam," dated a non-Muslim girl, imbibed freely and showed up at a …

Australia court blocks attempt to mark ten-year anniversary of Sydney race riots

The far-right rally was intended to mark the ten-year anniversary of the alcohol-fuelled Cronulla race riots, which pitted “Anglo” Australians against the city’s Middle Eastern community<p>A court in Australia blocked a far-right group from holding a rally on the tenth anniversary of the nation’s …

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Donald Trump struggles to turn political fling into a durable campaign

Donald Trump was ensconced inside his Manhattan skyscraper early last week, preparing for his first presidential debate. The celebrity billionaire wanted to turn the summer fling that had catapulted him to the front of the Republican pack into a candidacy capable of winning the White House — and …