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Egypt’s top Islamic authority clashes with president over ‘I divorce you’ law

CAIRO — Egypt’s top Islamic authority on Sunday rejected President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s suggestion that legislation be adopted to invalidate the practice of Muslim men verbally divorcing their wives. It marked a rare instance of a public institution contradicting the president, who has presided over a wide-scale crackdown on dissent in recent years. The Council of Senior Clerics in Al-Azhar — ...

France elections: Socialists choose candidate in final vote

KALAHAN DENG France’s governing Socialist party is set to choose its candidate for the presidential election in April. Manuel Valls, a former prime minister, and left-wing Benoit Hamon are both contesting the run-off vote on Sunday. But sitting President Francois Hollande, who also comes from the Socialist party, is deeply unpopular and likely to affect their chances. Conservative Francois Fillon, ...

West Africa – from dictators’ club to upholder of democracy

KALAHAN DENG Former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh failed to appreciate that democracy had taken root in West Africa. It left him on a hiding to nothing once he lost elections. If proof were needed that the political atmosphere had changed in West Africa, it came with the departure into exile last Sunday of the long-time leader of The Gambia. Yahya ...

Syria regains Damascus water supply plant

KALAHAN DENG The Syrian military says it has regained Damascus’s main water source from rebels. Water shortages have affected more than five million residents in the Damascus area since late December. State television said the national flag was now flying over the pumping facility in the Wadi Barada region. Activists monitoring the conflict say the army entered the area as ...

Chile’s worst wildfire destroys town as help arrives

KALAHAN DENG More international help has been arriving in Chile to help the country fight the worst wildfire in its modern history. Russia has sent a super-tanker aircraft capable of carrying tons of water to douse the fires. The series of fast-spreading fires, mostly in Chile’s central region, are being fanned by strong winds, high temperatures and a prolonged drought. ...

Australian Open 2017: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams to set Grand Slam record

KALAHAN DENG Serena Williams beat sister Venus in straight sets to win her seventh Australian Open and an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam singles title. Serena, 35, won 6-4 6-4 to pass Steffi Graf in the all-time list of major winners since the Grand Slams accepted professional players in 1968. The American regains the number one ranking from German Angelique ...

A murder shocks Iceland and dents women’s sense of safety

KALAHAN DENG Iceland is united in grief. The body of a young woman, Birna Brjansdottir, was found washed up on a desolate, cold beach last weekend. Birna, 20, had been reported missing over a week before. Such murder cases are rare in a country with one of the world’s lowest crime rates and a population of 330,000 people. No-one I ...

China’s gamble for global supremacy in era of Trump

KALAHAN DENG At his inauguration last week President Trump reframed the American mission from leadership of a global rules-based system in the interests of all, to ‘America first’. Meanwhile the leader of Communist China rebranded his prickly protectionist power as the defender of globalisation and shared values. So after week one in this upside down new world, how stands China’s ...

Malaysia tourist boat missing with 31 people on board

KALAHAN DENG A boat carrying 31 people, including at least 28 Chinese tourists, has gone missing off the Malaysian coast, maritime authorities say. The boat lost contact after departing the eastern state of Sabah on Saturday. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said search and rescue efforts were being hampered by bad weather. The incident coincides with the first day of ...

Al-Shabab fighters attack Kenya military base in Somalia

KALAHAN DENG Islamist militant al-Shabab fighters have launched an attack on a Kenyan military base in southern Somalia. The al-Qaeda-linked group says it has killed more than 50 soldiers and seized military vehicles and weapons. But a Kenyan military spokesman said the dawn attack was repelled, the base was not overrun and scores of insurgents were killed in the fighting. ...

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