Author: Hallie Kielb

Sudan Bans FGM As It Breaks With Hardline Islamist Policies

Sudan is breaking with hardline Islamist policies as it announces it will ban female genital mutilation (FGM), cancel prohibitions against religions conversions from Islam, allow women to travel with their children without the permission from male family members, and permit non-Muslims to consume alcohol. This is a decisive break from

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Turkish Jets Strike Kurdish Militant Targets In Northern Iraq

On Sunday, June 14th, warplanes took off from various air bases in Turkey directed at multiple Kurdish targets in various regions of northern Iraq, including the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)’s Qandil stronghold. The Turkish Defence Ministry said that these actions came in response to an increase in militant attacks on

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Sudan’s Schools Shut Following Student Killings

All schools in Sudan have been suspended indefinitely by the Transitional Military Council following a horrific shooting at a student protest this week. On Monday, July 29, a protest involving high school students in the Sudanese city of El-Obeid went horribly wrong when security forces killed five demonstrators at a

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Governor Of Rio Refers To Increase In Police Killings As “Normal”

As a rise in police killings plagues Rio de Janeiro, Wilson Witzel, the current far-right Governor, has claimed that the increase in his state in Brazil is “normal” and simply a consequence of confronting drug-trafficking groups, who he refers to as “terrorists.” Witzel has compared these drug dealers to Lebanon’s

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Ukraine Imposes Martial Law As Tensions With Russia Heighten

Amid heightened tensions between neighbouring Ukraine and Russia, Ukraine’s parliament voted on Monday night to impose martial law following Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian ships over the weekend. Following what the U.S. referred to as “unlawful conduct,” the United Nations called an emergency session just before Ukraine’s lower house of

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Police General To Lead Thailand’s Main Opposition Party

Pheu Thai, the main opposition party to the current military government in Thailand, picked a new party leader on Sunday, October 28. The election was the first time the party had convened since it was overthrown in a coup by the military in 2014. Following the coup, the new government

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Armenians Head To Municipal Polls In First Post-Revolution Vote

Sunday marked the return to the polls for Armenians residing in the capital of Yerevan, having not voted since the country saw mass protests in response to the former leader’s resignation. The ballot included votes for the mayor and for the Council of Elders, comprising 65 seats. The mayor’s seat

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Iranian-British Woman Returns To Iran Prison

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman who was arrested in Iran in 2016 on spying charges, was asked to return to prison after a three-day temporary release this Sunday. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was given a five-year sentence following accusations of spying by Tehran’s Islamist regime during a holiday in Iran that she claims

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Iran Vows To Thwart US Efforts To Block Its Oil Exports

The administration President Donald Trump has threatened to impose sanctions on Iran’s business partners if they do not cut their oil imports from Iran to nothing by a November 4th deadline. This move comes over two months after President Trump announced he would be pulling out of the Iran Nuclear

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UN Calls On US To Stop Separating Migrant Children From Parents

The United Nations Human Rights Office is calling on the Trump administration to “immediately halt” its policy of separating children from their parents after crossing into the United States from Mexico. The office said in a statement that “children should never be detained for reasons related to their own or

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Israel Launches Attack in Gaza After ‘Projectiles’ Fired

On Wednesday, an unofficial ceasefire brokered by Egypt took hold in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel after the worst outbreak of fighting between Israel and Hamas since 2014. This came in response to Tuesday’s occurrences. Israeli warplanes hit more than 35 targets belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad after

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Third Mexican Election Candidate Murdered Within A Week

The third politician within Mexico to be murdered in the past week met his fate on Friday when Jose Remedios Aguirre was killed by gunmen in the town of Apaseo El Alto. He had been running for mayor for the leftist Morena party in Guanajuato state. Aguirre’s murder followed the

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OIC To Assume ‘Stronger Role’ In Rohingya Crisis

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has expressed regret for not “responding immediately” to the Rohingya Crisis, along with vowing to take a “strong” role in dealing with the situation in Myanmar and Bangladesh. The OIC has also said it will create a committee on accountability for crimes against Rohingya.

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Tanzanian Protest Fails Amid Heavy Police Presence

Anti-government protests organized through social media have been prevented in Tanzania amid heavy police presence in the streets. The protests against new cyber laws were organized to take place on Thursday, the anniversary of the union between mainland Tanzania and the Indian Ocean archipelago Zanzibar. This day is known as

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