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Growing up under Europe’s last dictatorship

In the mainstream media, Belarus is mainly known as Europe’s last dictatorship. Located in eastern Europe, it was once part of the Soviet Union, before declaring independence in 1991. The country owes its current political reputation to its leader, Alexander Lukashenko, who has served as the …

China criticises Taiwan over telephone fraud case

<b>China has criticised Taiwan for releasing 20 people suspected of being involved in a telephone fraud case linked to mainland China.</b><p>They were part of a group of Taiwanese nationals arrested in Malaysia and deported to Taiwan.<p>China said it wanted to prosecute them, but Taiwanese officials said there …

China

Golan Heights 'forever Israeli', PM Benjamin Netanyahu vows

<b>Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed the Golan Heights will forever stay in Israel's hands, at the country's first cabinet meeting held in the occupied territory.</b><p>He called on the international community to recognise Israeli sovereignty.<p>Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria in …

Israel
Cuba

Video of soldiers torturing woman prompts apology from Mexican defense chief

Mexico's defense secretary formally apologized to the country for a video-recorded incident of torture involving two soldiers and a federal police officer.<p>Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda addressed a sea of green-uniformed soldiers in a televised address Saturday that illustrated just how damaging …

Human Rights
Cuba

Obama immigration action goes before Supreme Court | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case on Monday that tests the boundaries of presidential powers, confronting the question of whether President Barack Obama exceeded his authority with unilateral action to spare millions of people in the country illegally from deportation.<p>A …

Immigration

Sisi stirs uproar on free speech after Egypt transfers islands | Reuters

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s speech on Wednesday was meant to staunch uproar over the transfer of two islands to Saudi Arabia, but his reprimand to an audience member ignited a furor over free speech.<p>Egyptian activists shout anti-President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and …

North Africa

Puerto Rico is losing a doctor a day

Puerto Rico is losing a doctor a day.<p>Justin Maldonado learned that fact in the most tragic way possible.<p>His uncle had a stroke in the summer of 2014. The family rushed him to a local hospital in Coamo. The emergency room doctors recommended that his uncle be taken immediately to a neurologist.<p>Then …

Caribbean

36,000 Verizon workers go on strike

36,000 Verizon workers have walked off the job Wednesday after failing to reach a new labor agreement.<p>This is the largest strike in the United States since Verizon workers last walked off the job in 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That strike involved 45,000 workers.<p>Most of …

Dominican Republic

Hero or murderer? Israelis rally around young soldier accused of executing wounded Palestinian

As he sits alone in the front row of a military courtroom, “Sergeant E” looks too young and childlike to be a national symbol.<p>The 19-year-old Israeli soldier is the star of a grim three-minute video shot in Hebron, the West Bank city which has been the backdrop for some of the worst violence of the …

Religion

Analysis: Saudi-Egypt deals part of Gulf effort to unite Sunnis against Iran

Some remain skeptical about the effectiveness of Saudi led efforts of unifying status-quo Sunni powers against Iran.<p>Saudi Foreign Minister Adel …

Suicide epidemic leads to state of emergency in Canadian aboriginal community

There's a crisis gripping a small indigenous community in Northern Ontario: The Attawapiskat First Nation, home to fewer than 2,000 people, is struggling with a suicide epidemic.<p>In October, a 13-year-old girl committed suicide in Attawapiskat; since then, according to the Canadian Press, there have …

Women 'raped routinely in North Korean army', defector claims

Female soldiers are routinely raped in the North Korean army, a defector has claimed.<p>Lee So-yeon, a former soldier who has since left North Korea and …

North Korea
Louis Farrakhan

Report: Russia withdrawal due to disappointment with Iran and Hezbollah

Russian forces did not receive the backing on the ground that it expected, and the leadership had deep differences with the Iranians on the direction …

Russia

The end of Israeli democracy?

In a recent op-ed in the Forward, Daniel Sokatch, CEO of the left-leaning US-based New Israel Fund, laid out his widely shared aspiration to …

Israel

Do The Roots of Jihad Lie in The Quran?

Perhaps the most exciting outcome of my op-ed in USA Today are the responses and open discussion of the Quran's teachings in popular news sources, including TIME Magazine, the Huffington Post, and a Patheos blog. Such public dialogue and discussion is the key to moving forward and addressing the …

Islam

Anti-Israel shop protests risk bringing Middle Eastern violence to High Streets – Jewish leaders

Supermarket protests in Britain stirring up tensions and intimidation while achieving nothing for Palestinians, say Jewish community leaders<p>Protest groups targeting supermarkets over the sale of Israeli products risk importing Middle Eastern violence to British high streets, Jewish have leaders …

San Antonio Spurs' Offseason Gives Golden State Warriors New Fuel for Title

It's hard to be better than historically great, but the Golden State Warriors will draw motivation from a familiar source as they look to follow up one championship season with another.<p>According to Basketball-Reference.com, the 2014-15 Warriors posted the seventh-highest simple rating score in …

Basketball

The Computer Simulation That Almost Started World War III

Remember the 1983 movie <i>WarGames</i>? The film is about a computer “game” with the potential to start thermonuclear war. But strangely this scenario is …

Iran's supreme leader reportedly slams 'American Sniper'

Iran's supreme leader has criticized the film "American Sniper," saying the movie about a U.S. soldier fighting in Iraq encourages violence against Muslims, a state-run newspaper reported Tuesday.<p>The comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, published in the daily IRAN Farsi newspaper, come amid renewed …

Europe

Can Russia Survive After Ukraine?

While fighting raged in Ukraine a conference brought together economists, politicians and journalists to debate the war’s causes and question …

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Al-Qaeda seizes Iraq's third-largest city as terrified residents flee

Militants storm northern city of Mosul, freeing thousands of prisoners, as Iraqi prime minister declares state of emergency and offers to arm citizens who volunteer to fight against militants<p>Al-Qaeda seized control of Iraq's third biggest city on Tuesday, freeing thousands of imprisoned fellow …