Malaysia says no ‘U-turn’ in death penalty abolition

Malaysia says no ‘U-turn’ in death penalty abolition

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - As a lawyer, Liew Vui Keong helped one of his clients appeal successfully against a death sentence. Now, as Malaysia's minister in charge of law, he is working to get the death penalty abolished in its entirety. The legislation could be introduced in parliament before the house finishes its current sitting…
Tougher palm oil rules agreed amid polarising debate over crop

Tougher palm oil rules agreed amid polarising debate over crop

The organisation promoting sustainable use of palm oil has agreed to tighten rules on the production of the crop, requiring companies to commit to no deforestation and not planting on wetland in order to secure certification, amid contentious debate over the product's use and impact on the environment. The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)…
Tariq Ramadan granted bail in France sex assault case

Tariq Ramadan granted bail in France sex assault case

Tariq Ramadan, a prominent Islamic scholar, has been released on bail after being held in detention for nearly 10 months over charges of sexual assault, his lawyer said. A Paris Court of Appeal granted the 56-year-old Swiss academic bail on Thursday even as the investigation into the case continues. "Where would I flee to," he asked during…
Report: More than 40 killed in Zimbabwe bus accident

Report: More than 40 killed in Zimbabwe bus accident

At least 42 passengers have been confirmed dead, Zimbabwe police said Friday, after a suspected gas tank exploded on a bus, with pictures showing the burnt-out wreckage of the vehicle. The accident happened late on Thursday in Gwanda district, about 550km south of Harare, Zimbabwe's capital. "At the moment we know that more than 42…
How the tourism industry underpins illegal Israeli settlements

How the tourism industry underpins illegal Israeli settlements

Occupied West Bank - Rows of Israeli flags mark the entrance to the Ahava Visitor Center a few hundred metres from the northwestern banks of the Dead Sea.  Inside, the cosmetics manufacturer sells "With Love from Israel" skincare gift sets to the American, Russian and Korean tourist groups that arrive in buses every 10 minutes or so. For the unsuspecting visitor, it…
Who are the new leaders of the American people?

Who are the new leaders of the American people?

out of 23 members of cabinet are white men Cabinet members are among the most powerful people in the county. Their job is to lead their respective executive departments and advise the president. The cabinet consists of the Vice President and 15 executive departments ranked according to their presidential line of succession. Additional members can…
Colombia opens first tent camp for Venezuelan migrants, refugees

Colombia opens first tent camp for Venezuelan migrants, refugees

Bogota, Colombia - Jenifer Torealba arrived at Colombia's first migrant tent camp on Tuesday after walking eight days with her six-year-old daughter from their home in Maracaibo, Venezuela, only to find the gate closed. The camp, the first of it its kind in a country that has long weathered the rising tide of Venezuelan migration,…
‘Africa’s fastest train’ steams ahead in Morocco

‘Africa’s fastest train’ steams ahead in Morocco

Morocco's King Mohammed VI and French President Emmanuel Macron have inaugurated what has been described as Africa's fastest train, with a trip from the northwestern city of Tangier to the capital, Rabat. The railway, known as the LGV, will more than halve the travel time between the industrial and commercial hubs of Casablanca and Tangier to…
South Africa parliament panel backs constitutional change on land

South Africa parliament panel backs constitutional change on land

A parliamentary committee in South Africa has backed a recommendation to amend the constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) aims to change the constitution to allow for the new legislation to address racial disparities in ownership that persist more than two decades after apartheid's demise in 1994. Its legislators…
What game is Russia playing in Afghanistan?

What game is Russia playing in Afghanistan?

Earlier this month, the Russian government hosted a much-awaited peace conference on Afghanistan, which was attended by representatives from the Taliban. After the event, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was photographed posing next to members of the Taliban leadership, who, paradoxically, are still on Russia's terror list.  For keen observers of Russian foreign policy, it…

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