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Tens of thousands of Erdoğan supporters rally in Germany

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Country with biggest Turkish diaspora hosts demonstration in Cologne backing strongman leader, with turnout of 40,000. Tens of thousands of supporters of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, have rallied in Cologne in Germany. Police put the turnout at about 40,000 as demonstrators chanting “Turkey” and waving national flags turned the rally site next to the ...

Mother who tried to move family to Syria ordered to give up children

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG The high court has ruled that the three children of a Leicester woman who tried to take them to Isis-controlled territory must live with their grandmother. Three children have been taken out of their mother’s care after a high court judge concluded she had planned to take them to an area of Syria controlled by Islamic ...

Man who ‘imprisoned’ daughter loses legal bid to restrict media

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG High court judge says case involving British woman in Saudi Arabia raises serious issues that need to be heard in public. An academic accused of imprisoning his 21-year-old daughter at their home inSaudi Arabia has failed in an attempt to limit reporting of the case. Amina al-Jeffery – who grew up in Swansea and has dual ...

We can’t beat terror until we understand why it happens

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Binary explanations of recent attacks in Nice, Munich and Normandy are wrong. It is possible to be both a terrorist and mentally unstable. As one grim atrocity follows another in unexpected locations across Europe – Nice, Munich and this week, a church in a small town in Normandy – everyone seems to have an opinion. Around ...

Al-Nusra Front cuts ties with al-Qaida and renames itself

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Group’s leader, Abu Mohamed al-Jolani, says move is aimed at ‘removing excuse used by international community to bombard Muslims in the Levant’. The leader of Jabhat al-Nusra, one of the most powerful jihadi groups in Syria, has announced that the group is breaking its link with al-Qaida and changing its name, in an apparent attempt to ...

Singapore detains Australian citizen for two years for allegedly spreading radical ideology

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Zulfikar Mohamad Shariff arrested for allegedy promoting and glorifying Islamic State on Facebook. An Australian citizen has been ordered detained without trial in Singapore for two years for allegedly supporting Islamic State, and for his alleged role in “radicalising” two other Singaporean citizens. A statement issued by the Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs on Saturday said ...

Australia Olympic team suffer thefts and fire in latest drama at village

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG • Laptops and team shirts stolen during evacuation for fire • Fire alarms had been deactivated without team’s knowledge The Australia team’s problems with their accommodation in the Olympic village have gone from bad to worse. Having initially refused to move into their building because of concerns over “blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring”, they ...

Scathing ex-loyalists face ‘severe’ punishment, says Robert Mugabe

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Zimbabwean president threatens crackdown on previously supportive veterans’ group after it labels him dictatorial and egocentric. Long-time loyalists who turned against Robert Mugabe last week will face “severe” punishment, Zimbabwe’s 92-year-old president has said as he vowed to stay in power for “a long time”. Mugabe made his first public response on Wednesday to a scathing ...

South Sudanese refugee knocked out of Olympics a week before Games begin

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Exclusive: Mangar Makur Chuot’s Australian coach says South Sudan’s selection process for the Games has been corrupted Mangar Makur Chuot – the South Sudanese refugee who rose from a refugee camp to qualify for the Olympic Games – has been controversially de-selected by the South Sudan team, without explanation a week before the Games begin. Chuot ...

MAN’S ATTITUDE TO LIFE AND HIS FELLOW BEINGS

WRITTEN BY KALAHAN DENG CLINTON VS TRUMP: TWO DIFFERENT VISIONS FOR AMERICA Does not man have hard service on earth? Are not his days like those of a hired man? Like a slave longing for the evening shadows, or a hired man waiting eagerly for his wages. In fact, our days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and they come ...

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