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Bulls and bullying: the fight over animal rights and tradition

KALAHAN DENG A ban on the ancient practice of bull-taming has spurred thousands to protest in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. While the demonstrations have been mostly peaceful, the argument over the festival has turned ugly online. This week around 4,000 protesters camped out on a beach in the state’s capital, Chennai (Madras) – with hundreds more gathering ...

The policemen who dressed as women to hide from IS

KALAHAN DENG When the so-called Islamic State group seized control of a town near Mosul and began killing police officers, some of them resorted to unconventional measures to stay alive, reports John Beck. A niqab saved Abu Alawi. For more than two-and-a-half years it helped keep the middle-aged former police officer hidden from IS and safe from the bullets and ...

Donald Trump protests: Washington leads global rallies

KALAHAN DENG   It’s true to say that the world have never seen such mass protests against the United States New President . Hundreds of thousands have massed for a “Women’s March on Washington”, part of a global day of protests against new US President Donald Trump. The rally is one of more than 600 being held worldwide on the ...

Analysis: Iran’s game plan in Afghanistan

Since the nuclear agreement between Iran and 5+1 countries was signed in July 2015 and the economic sanctions were eased, Iran has become even more aggressive in pursuing its radical and hegemonic policies in the region. Its military advances in Syria, the ascendance of the pro-Hezbollah candidate to Presidency in Lebanon and the military dominance of its proxy militias in ...

Iranian President Rouhani calls Trump’s nuclear deal threats “meaningless”

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s president has compared talk of renegotiating its nuclear accord to “converting a shirt back to cotton,” and says U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s talk of doing so is “mainly slogans.” Mr. Trump has strongly criticized the deal struck with world powers, in which Iran agreed to curb its uranium enrichment in exchange for sanctions relief, but has ...

Egyptian Court Blocks Plan to Transfer Two Islands to Saudi Arabia

CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Monday upheld a ruling that said the government cannot transfer control of two key Red Sea islands to its main financial backer, Saudi Arabia, deepening a rift between the two Middle Eastern countries. The alliance between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, two of the most influential Sunni countries in the world, has been tense for ...

Australia should invest in coal power to reduce emissions, minister says

Research touted by the resources minister that reportedly suggests Australia can rely on coal to meet emissions reduction has been attacked by experts and appears to have been misreported. The Australian reported on Tuesday that research conducted by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science – and commissioned by Matt Canavan, the federal minister for resources – showed Australia could ...

18 FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT TENNIS STAR SERENA WILLIAMS!

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Serena Williams is one of the most dominating tennis players in the history of the game. She is also one half of the most dominant sports sibling duos in the world. While much of her life has been public, there is still much to learn about Serena. Listed below are 18 fascinating facts about the famous ...

EVERY POWERFUL CHAMPION WOULD BE BEATEN AS SEVILLA END REAL’S UNBEATEN RUN

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Real Madrid’s 40-match unbeaten run was brought to an end as ex-Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic scored a dramatic stoppage-time winner for title rivals Sevilla. Cristiano Ronaldo had put the visitors ahead with a penalty after Dani Carvajal had been fouled by Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico. Sergio Ramos’ late own goal against his former club levelled ...

South China Sea: China media warn US over ‘confrontation’

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Blocking China from islands it has built in contested waters would lead to “devastating confrontation”, Chinese state media have warned. The angry response came after secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson said the US should deny Beijing access to new islands in the South China Sea. Two state-run papers carry editorials strongly criticising his comments. The ...