Vietnam’s rap queen and traditional society’s changing voice

Vietnam’s rap queen and traditional society’s changing voice

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - "Life is happy, so what?" sings Vietnamese artist Suboi in her new hit single N-sao. The song has resonated with disaffected young Vietnamese and can be heard on smartphones and laptop speakers from Ho Chi Minh City to the capital, Hanoi. "Why is it nowadays a shame to be…
Protest movement against abuse in Catholic church brews in India

Protest movement against abuse in Catholic church brews in India

Kerala, India - The Catholic Church in India is facing a trying time, with a growing protest movement in response to allegations of sexual assault by clergymen. In June, police in the southern Indian state of Kerala registered a case against the bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Jalandhar, in the northern state of Punjab. …
Explosion at Kabul clerics gathering kills dozens: officials

Explosion at Kabul clerics gathering kills dozens: officials

Dozens of people have been killed in a powerful suicide bomb blast that targeted a large gathering of top religious figures in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, according to officials. Wahid Majroh, health ministry spokesperson, said Tuesday's explosion killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 70 others.   He added that the death toll could rise further…
Lebanon in stalemate over new cabinet: What’s the hold up?

Lebanon in stalemate over new cabinet: What’s the hold up?

Beirut, Lebanon - After nearly a decade of turbulent politics and postponed elections, Lebanon held its first general election since 2009 this May. Six months later, parties are still wrangling for ministerial slots to form a government. A country defined by a rigid sectarian political balance where custom dictates how cabinet seats are allocated, Lebanon is…
India court hands death sentence over deadly 1984 anti-Sikh riots

India court hands death sentence over deadly 1984 anti-Sikh riots

A court in India has sentenced to death a man convicted of murder during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that left nearly 3,000 people dead, following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The 1984 carnage erupted just hours after Prime Minister Gandhi was killed by her Sikh bodyguards. The violence, which occurred mostly in the capital…
The Kornet that brought down the Israeli cabinet

The Kornet that brought down the Israeli cabinet

It was supposed to be a routine intelligence undercover operation whereby the Israeli agents would infiltrate into "enemy territory", carry out the mission, and leave without being detected. It had been done before, many times. In fact, over the past two years, Israel had been successful in carrying out two high-profile covert operations, assassinating Hamas…
Suing Jordan ‘only way to get truth’: Families of slain US troops

Suing Jordan ‘only way to get truth’: Families of slain US troops

The families of three US soldiers killed by a guard at a military base in Jordan two years ago say their recently-filed lawsuit against the kingdom "is the only way" to expose the truth behind their relatives' deaths. In the complaint, which was submitted on Friday to a federal court in Washington, DC, the families…
Imran Khan hits back at Trump’s ‘tirade’ against Pakistan

Imran Khan hits back at Trump’s ‘tirade’ against Pakistan

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has said US President Donald Trump needs to inform himself about historical facts after Trump alleged that Islamabad did not adequately support the Washington-led "war on terror". In a series of statements on Twitter on Monday, Khan listed ways in which Pakistan assisted the US and was impacted by the…

Is peace in Yemen within reach?

Houthi rebels in Yemen have announced a pause in their drone and missile attacks against a coalition force of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their allies. They say they are ready for a broader ceasefire if the Saudi-UAE coalition is prepared for peace. For its part, the Saudi-UAE coalition briefly paused its air strikes…
Welcome to Arivaca: Where residents want anti-migrant militia out

Welcome to Arivaca: Where residents want anti-migrant militia out

Nearly a decade ago, residents of Arivaca, Arizona, knew little gun-toting vigilantes patrolling the nearby borderlands hugging the US-Mexico frontier. Gallivanting up and down the border with military-grade weapons and probing the desert area, the Minutemen American Defense militia captured and bound immigrants, intimidated and threatened them, and sometimes forced them back into Mexican territory.…

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