Author: Hunter Heberg

Myanmar Releases Two Reuters Journalists

On Tuesday, Myanmar released two Reuters journalists from imprisonment who had been detained for 16 months in prison for coverage of the nation’s violent crackdown on the Rohingya minority group. This is a rare bright spot in a long history of state sponsored violence and repression in the South-East Asian

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Algeria’s President Steps Down After 20 Year Reign

In Northern Africa, birthplace of the Arab Spring protests of 2011, mass demonstrations have again broken out. For weeks, millions of Algerians have taken to the streets, calling for the end of their president Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s 20-year rule. The protestors have characterized the past two decades of Bouteflika’s rule as

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Kazakhstan’s President Stepping Down After 30 Years In Power

After three decades in power, Nursultan Nazarbayev, the only president ever to hold office in independent Kazakhstan, is stepping down. Nazarbayev’s cession of power follows five widely criticized electoral victories. His last victory in 2015, for example, saw Nazarbayev win a somewhat suspect 98 percent of the vote. Nazarbayev has

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Hundreds Of ISIL Fighters Surrender In Syria’s Baghouz

The U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have captured 400 ISIL fighters in northeastern Syria. The fighters had been trying to escape one of the group’s last strongholds, near the village of Baghouz, according to a commander of the Kurdish forces. This latest apprehension follows a recent uptick in surrenders

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Crisis In Kashmir Intensifies

Kashmir is a highly contested region situated between the nuclear powers of Pakistan and India, and the conflict brewing has escalated greatly in recent days. On Wednesday, Pakistan said that it had shot down two Indian fighter jets and captured one of their pilots. This comes only a day after

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Egypt’s Parliament Votes To Lift Term Limits For President

The Egyptian Parliament voted on Thursday to eliminate the constitutional term limit for president, thereby ensuring that Abdel Fatah el-Sisi will be able to remain in office as late as 2034. 485 of 596 lawmakers in the parliament supported this new amendment, illustrating the broad support el-Sisi enjoys in the

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U.S. Warns Citizens Of Possible Attack In Kenya

On Monday, the United States warned its citizens residing in Kenya of possibly imminent attacks by terrorist groups, referring particularly to the Islamic fundamentalist organization al-Shabaab. This warning comes just weeks after an attack on a Nairobi Hotel by al-Shabaab, which resulted in the deaths of 21 people, including an

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‘Landslide Vote’ For Wider Muslim Self-Rule In Philippines’ South

For nearly three million Filipino Muslims, a new era of autonomy and self-government will soon be realized. Monday’s plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law represents what many hope is the first step towards the resolution of a decades-long conflict between the national government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

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Mexicans Seek Answers In Wake Of Pipeline Blast

The explosion of a gas pipeline in Central Mexico on Friday has resulted in the deaths of at least 89 people. The incident, which occurred in the village of Tlahuelilpan, began when a pipeline ruptured, spewing gasoline through a hole punched by fuel thieves. The allure of free gasoline, currently

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Syria’s Kurdish Fighters Ready To Help Set Up “Safe Zone”

On Wednesday, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that they were ready to assist in the establishment of a so-called “safe zone” in Northeastern Syria. This declaration followed a tweet issued by the U.S. President, Donald Trump, on Sunday. The President suggested the creation of a safe zone along the Turkish

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UN Rejects US-Drafted Resolution Condemning Hamas

On Thursday, a resolution to condemn the Palestinian militant group Hamas failed to garner the support necessary to pass the United Nations. This followed a last-minute rule change, which required that the resolution obtain a two-thirds majority. The U.S.-drafted resolution fell short with a vote of 87 in favour, 57

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