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Hollande fuels Rafale fighter jet controversy in India

by Alexandre MARCHAND   Former French president Francois Hollande has fuelled controversy over India’s multi-billion-dollar 2016 purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets, saying that France was given no choice on the Indian partner for manufacturer Dassault. His comments on Friday stoked debate over a subject which has gained significant traction in India in recent weeks, […]

The Woman Card

Since the beginning of time women have had it tough. They had to fight for recognition that came so easily to men. They weren’t even recognized as human for most of the time. In Indian society, although female deities were worshiped and they were given the right to marry of their own choice in the […]

Muharram: Remembering the Martyrs

  Muharram- the very word signifies a feeling of deep mourning. It may be the start of the Islamic year but it’s also a time of deep reflection to a great sacrifice. All Muslims observe Muharram in one way or the other with the Shias being the more vocal and visible. However, fasting on the […]

Bank of Japan mired in ‘mission impossible’ against deflation

  by Anne BEADE   Former Bank of Japan member Sayuri Shirai fondly remembers when the bank decided on a massive programme intended to perk up the world’s number-three economy and save it from damaging deflation. “It was a very exciting time,” recalls the 55-year-old. “Globally a lot of people praised this massive monetary easing, […]

Brazil’s presidential campaign polarized between left and far right

  by Jordi MIRO Brazil looks to be charging headlong into a two-horse presidential race between the far right and the left in what has been an at times surreal and unpredictable campaign. But while right-wing Jair Bolsonaro and leftist Fernando Haddad head opinion polls, they’re also the most hated candidates, something that analyst Thomaz […]

LeBron teams with ‘Black Panther’ director for ‘Space Jam 2’

Two months ago, basketball superstar LeBron James joined the Los Angeles Lakers. Now, he’s taking on Hollywood in a big way. The long-awaited sequel to “Space Jam” — the 1996 live action-animated film starring NBA legends Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing — is finally moving forward. King James’s production company, SpringHill […]

Colombia guerillas release kidnapped minor

Leftist ELN guerillas freed a teenager on Wednesday who was kidnapped two weeks before in northwestern Colombia, the country’s ombudsman said. The rebels handed the girl over to a commission from the ombudsman’s office, after abducting her on September 7 from her home in Orupa, in the jungle region of Choco. A National Liberation Army […]

Former PM Sharif Released from Jail

In a recent turn of events, Pakistani politics have taken a sudden U-turn with the unexpected release of Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Capt. (R.) Safdar from prison earlier today, sources claim. According to The Spectator Index, Nawaz Sharif the former Prime minister for Pakistan is set to be released from jail. Furthermore, the Islamabad […]

Turkey keeps 24 workers in jail over Istanbul airport protests

A Turkish court on Wednesday ordered 24 workers and union activists to stay in jail after they were detained in a mass crackdown over protests on working conditions at Istanbul’s giant new airport. Hundreds of workers from the airport had been rounded up at the weekend after reportedly protesting and striking over alleged labour violations […]

New Malaysia child marriage draws UN condemnation

The marriage of a 15-year-old Malaysian girl to a man almost three times her age drew condemnation from the United Nations Wednesday, putting fresh pressure on the Muslim-majority country to halt such unions. The teenager became the second wife of the 44-year-old in July after an Islamic court gave permission for the pair to wed […]

Italian youths rally to free screenings of police violence film

  by Kelly VELASQUEZ Thousands of Italians are flocking to illegal free public screenings of a new film about a young man’s 2009 death in custody, a potent symbol of police violence and a merciless penal system. In city piazzas and lecture theatres around the country, community groups and student organisations are showing pirated versions […]

North and South Korea to bid for 2032 Summer Olympics

  by Dan Martin North and South Korea will bid jointly for the 2032 Olympics, they announced Wednesday, in an ambitious plan built on hopes of deepening a diplomatic thaw catalysed by this year’s Winter Games in the South. The idea, which would require an unprecedented level of cooperation and mutual trust on the long-divided […]

N. Korea’s Kim says to visit Seoul, shut missile site

  UPDATES WITH TRUMP, DETAILS, REAX by Park Chan-kyong North Korea’s Kim Jong Un will soon make a historic visit to Seoul, he said Wednesday, and has agreed to close a missile testing site in front of international inspectors, as a rare inter-Korean summit unfolded in Pyongyang. However, progress on the key issue of dismantling […]

Chinese premier slams ‘unilateralism’ in trade disputes

  ADDS QUOTES by Ryan MCMORROW Chinese Premier Li Keqiang railed against “unilateralism” on Wednesday in a veiled allusion to the trade fight with the United States, and threw his weight behind further opening of the world’s second largest economy. Speaking at the summer session of the World Economic Forum in the eastern city of […]