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Inside Orania, South Africa’s whites-only town

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Orania is not prime real estate by any stretch of the imagination. The settlement west of the Orange River in Northern Cape, South Africa lies on arid and weather-beaten land; baked by the harsh summer sun and frigid through the dry winter. It’s farmable, but not easy, requiring strong backs and callused hands. Rising above the ...

Christmas reborn in Iraqi town freed from ISIS

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG In the ancient Iraqi Christian town of Bartella — recently liberated from ISIS — Christmas was celebrated for the first time in more than two years on Saturday. It was an emotional return for members of Bartella’s displaced Christian community, who had been forced to flee when their hometown was overrun by the Islamist terror group. ...

Why Trump’s Israel ambassador could upend relations in the Middle East

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Donald Trump’s designated ambassador to Israel signals a potential shift in long-standing US policy that has implications for Washington’s relationships in the region, with Europe and even the American Jewish community. The President-elect tapped New York-based attorney David Friedman Thursday to represent the United States. Friedman, who maintains a residence in Jerusalem, is known for hardline ...

Trump spokesman Jason Miller not taking White House job

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Jason Miller, President-elect Donald Trump’s spokesman, has decided he will not take the job of White House communications director he was tapped for just two days earlier. Citing family reasons, Miller announced he will not continue on to the White House and will hand off his responsibilities as communications director to Sean Spicer, the Republican National ...

Fox News under fire after pressuring news anchor Megyn Kelly to lose 25 pounds

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Megyn Kelly has struggled with weight all her life. Two years ago Fox News told her to “Shape up or shape out”, she either needed to lose 25 pounds or find a new network to work for. Kelly, who wore a size 16 then, watched the pounds melt away. At her heaviest she weighed 185 pounds, ...

The Islamic State has been pushed back but the future still looks bleak for Christians in the Middle East

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG On the last Sunday of October the church bells in the Iraqi Christian town of Qaraqosh rang out for the first time in two years. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) had been been driven out, leaving behind only the dead bodies of their fighters and the churches that lay desecrated but not ...

Bus plunges off cliff killing 14 in Malaysia

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG An interstate bus in Malaysia carrying passengers from Singapore and Myanmar careered off a highway early Saturday, killing 14 people and injuring 16 others, officials said. The bus, heading from southern Johor state to the capital Kuala Lumpur, went off the road in the wet before rolling over and ending up in a deep ditch, said Mohammad Yusof ...

Donald Trump campaigner faces court over role in foreign donor scandal

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG A prominent campaigner for Donald Trump is facing court action over his role in a fundraising scandal exposed by the Telegraph. US prosecutors reported Jesse Benton for breaching the terms of his probation for a recent conviction when he met reporters to allegedly​ seek an illicit donation from a foreign backer. The Department of Justice warned that ...

Tunisia arrests Anis Amri’s nephew and two others linked to Berlin Christmas market attack suspect

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Italian and German anti-terrorist police met in Milan on Saturday to determine how Berlin terror suspect Anis Amri travelled 1000 miles and crossed the borders of at least three countries before he was shot dead, amid fears of revenge attacks from Islamist sympathisers in Italy. The high-level meeting took place as Tunisia arrested Amri’s nephew and ...

LOSERS ARE ON THE RUN.Boko Haram ousted from last remaining stronghold in the Sambisa forest, says Nigerian president

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The Nigerian army has defeated Boko Haram in the Sambisa forest, one of the jihadists’ last remaining strongholds, President Muhammadu Buhari said Saturday. A campaign lasting for months in the 1,300 square-kilometre forest in northeastern Borno state led to the “final crushing of Boko Haram terrorists in their last enclave in Sambisa Forest” on Friday, Buhari ...

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