‘Abdul Does Not Celebrate Norouz&#...

‘Abdul Does Not Celebrate Norouz’: Anti-Norouz Campaign Prompts...

An online campaign in Afghanistan calling for the boycott of the ancient festival of Norouz has prompted a backlash among many Afghans, who have vented their exasperation at the growing influence of fundamentalist Islamic ideology in the war-torn country. Heralding the arrival of spring, the... read more »

Hijab Vs. Education: Kazakh Schoolgirls ...

Hijab Vs. Education: Kazakh Schoolgirls Face Dilemma Over Head-Scarf Ban

Thirteen-year-old Gulsezim Samat hasn’t attended classes since mid-October, when she was told to remove her head scarf before entering her school in the Kazakh village of Chapaev. The school in West Kazakhstan Province, like all educational institutions below university level in the country,... read more »

Endangered U.S. ‘Diversity Visa...

Endangered U.S. ‘Diversity Visa’ Plan

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump has demanded an end to the visa lottery program that grants legal permanent residency — so-called green cards — to people from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Trump’s call came after police identified an... read more »

German Chancellor Merkel Fails To Form C...

German Chancellor Merkel Fails To Form Coalition, Amid Talk Of New Election...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has failed to form a three-way coalition with her conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), the Greens, and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP), bringing up the possibility of new parliamentary elections. On November 20, Christian Lindner, head of the FDP, said... read more »

Iran’s Supreme Leader Calls For More Aid For Earthquake Survivors

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on the authorities to provide more aid for the survivors of a devastating earthquake that hit the country’s west more than a... read more »

U.S. General In Afghanistan Sets Goal To Drive Taliban To ‘Irrelevance’

The top U.S. general in Afghanistan has announced a two-year plan to drive back the Taliban and help Afghan security forces take control of at least 80 percent of the country, compared to... read more »

Trump Says U.S. Will Declare North Korea A State Sponsor Of Terror

President Donald Trump has announced that the United States will designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism amid heightened nuclear tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The code... read more »

Hague Court Seeks To Investigate Alleged War Crimes By Taliban, CIA In Afghanistan

The International Criminal Court has announced that it is seeking authority to investigate possible war crimes in Afghanistan, including allegations involving the U.S. military, CIA, Afghan... read more »

About 12 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are at ris...

By Daniel Wesangula NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Climate change is making drought and humanitarian disasters worse in the Horn of Africa, Oxfam said on Thursday, ahead of a major... read more »

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