Government And Politics

Egypt's president announces Rafah crossing open for Ramadan

May 18, 2018

Egypt's President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi says he has ordered the opening of the Rafah border crossing with Gaza for the entire Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the longest length of time since 2013

Kashmir nomads wonder what place they have in today's India

May 18, 2018

After centuries of traversing the Himalayas, life is changing for Kashmir's Bakarwal nomads, who have seen cities close in on them, hostility from locals and this year, a horrific gang-rape and death of a child _ a crime committed to drive them away

Iran signs oil deal with UK group as France's Total exits

May 17, 2018

Iran's state TV is reporting that Tehran has signed an agreement with a British consortium to develop an oil field in the country's south

Rights group: Yemen's west coast offensive displaces masses

May 17, 2018

An international rights group says a Saudi-led coalition's offensive against Shiite rebels along Yemen's west coast has displaced tens of thousands of Yemeni civilians

Turkey slams US sentencing of Turkish banker on Iran scheme

May 17, 2018

Turkey's foreign ministry has slammed the sentencing of a Turkish banker in the United States over his role in helping Iran evade U.S. economic sanctions.

India's Hindu nationalists defeat Congress in state election

May 17, 2018

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party ended Congress party rule in a key southern state on Thursday, but its poll victory was marred by questions over who has the right to form the government

Iraqis protest in Kirkuk over alleged voting fraud

May 16, 2018

Hundreds of demonstrators have gathered outside an election office in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk to protest alleged fraud in last week's parliamentary elections

Bangladesh Supreme Court upholds bail for opposition leader

May 16, 2018

Bangladesh Supreme Court upholds a High Court verdict granting bail for opposition leader Khaleda Zia in a corruption case that has sent her to jail for five years

Egypt pardons hundreds jailed for demonstrating

May 16, 2018

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has pardoned more than 330 young people, most of whom had been convicted and jailed for their participation in illegal protests

Minister says Iran to target VPNs because of links to US

May 16, 2018

Iran's telecommunication minister says authorities will start blocking virtual private network services because of security concerns caused by U.S. support of the services

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