New Zealand mosque attacks prompt flood of support for Muslims

New Zealanders have responded to the Christchurch mosque massacres with an outpouring of interfaith solidarity - crowdfunding millions of dollars, donating halal food and even offering to accompany local Muslims now scared to walk the streets. The killing of 49 people at two mosques in this usually placid city on Friday has sent shockwaves rippling across…
The Maharashtra Muslims acquitted of ‘terrorism’ after 25 years

The Maharashtra Muslims acquitted of ‘terrorism’ after 25 years

Bhusawal, Maharashtra - On May 28, 1994, Farukh Ahmad Khan, a tall, slim man, was delivering a lecture to his students in Thane, Maharashtra, when he was told that a police officer was looking for him. Khan, then 24, wanted to work abroad and had applied for a passport. He thought that the officer's visit…

China says 13,000 ‘terrorists’ arrested in Xinjiang since 2014

Authorities in China have arrested almost 13,000 "terrorists" in the restive far western region of Xinjiang since 2014, the government said on Monday. The announcement was made in a lengthy policy paper again defending Beijing's controversial "de-radicalisation" measures. China has faced growing international opprobrium for setting up facilities that United Nations experts describe as detention…
Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi crashes, deaths reported

Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi crashes, deaths reported

An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi with 149 passengers and eight crew believed to be on board, Ethiopian Airlines said. Ethiopia's prime minister offered condolences to victims' families. "We hereby confirm that our scheduled flight ET 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in accident today," the…
MPs to vote on May’s Brexit deal in second meaningful vote

MPs to vote on May’s Brexit deal in second meaningful vote

London, United Kingdom - British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to bring her deal back to parliament on Tuesday for a second meaningful vote. Talks in Brussels have been deadlocked and over the weekend, it became clear that May was unable to convince EU leaders to agree to changes she was seeking to the withdrawal…
UK parliament blocks May’s Brexit deal for second time

UK parliament blocks May’s Brexit deal for second time

London, United Kingdom - With the clock counting down to Britain's scheduled departure from the European Union, UK legislators have voted down embattled Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal for a second time this year. A second so-called "meaningful vote" on Tuesday ended with another heavy defeat for the prime minister, with 391 MPs voting against and 242 supporting…

Bill Browder: ‘Living rent-free in Putin’s head’

The turmoil of post-Soviet Russia in the 1990s saw a handful of business people grow rich, while the country itself grew poor. Into the mix of chaotic capitalism and Wild West opportunity stepped a young Stanford business graduate ready to make his fortune: Bill Browder founded what would become the largest foreign investment fund in…

After 60 years in India, why are Tibetans leaving?

Mumbai, India - For many years, 34-year-old Kunsang Tenzing has been thinking about leaving India.  His family did years ago. Most of his closest friends have also moved.  Over the last seven years, the Tibetan refugee community in India has dropped by 44 percent, from around 150,000 in 2011 to 85,000, according to Indian government…

‘There was blood everywhere’: NZ mosque attack survivor

Christchurch, New Zealand – At about 2pm on Friday, when the gunfire at Christchurch's Linwood mosque finally let up, Abdi Sheikh Hassan found himself underneath a pile of bodies. Hassan says he was at the front of the mosque's prayer hall, close to the Imam, when a man armed with an assault weapon approached the…
‘This is our time; it’s the time for Algerian people’

‘This is our time; it’s the time for Algerian people’

Paris, France - Shouting "Bouteflika has got to go", waving Algerian and Berber flags and brandishing signs demanding Algeria's ailing president step down, some 10,000 people have rallied in the centre of France's capital, Paris, on Sunday. "This is our time; it's the time for Algerian people," one of the protesters on Sunday said, echoing the…

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