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Is Putin Aiming At Becoming The New Chinese Leader?

Is Putin Aiming At Becoming The New Chinese Leader?

Two decades after he first took power, Russian President Vladimir Putin appears poised to stay on for the foreseeable future. But as he delicately rearranged his country’s government in order to do so, he may have been looking enviously across the Altai Mountains to China, where his close ally Xi Jinping achieved the same power grab with apparent […]

America’s Impeachment Ordeal

America’s Impeachment Ordeal

The imminent final act of America’s impeachment ordeal will be played for far higher political stakes than might be expected given the all-but-guaranteed acquittal of President Donald Trump in his trial in the Republican-led Senate. The long wait for the trial to begin — nearly four weeks pulsating with political gamesmanship after the House voted to consign Trump […]

Botswana To Set Election Petition Appeals

Botswana To Set Election Petition Appeals

Justice Singh Walia of the Court of Appeal yesterday set January 29 as the date for hearing the consolidated election petition appeals. Delivering the ruling, Judge Walia noted that the appeals followed the dismissal of election results petitions by Gaborone and Francistown high courts in December as they were viewed to be lacking some essential […]

The US-Iran Crisis

The US-Iran Crisis

Days after President Donald Trump ordered a drone strike that killed Qasem Soleimani, the powerful commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, the US is bracing for possible retaliatory actions by Iran. Before the strike, the US had been pushed to the brink of retaliation against Iran or its proxies on multiple occasions, specifically after attacks last […]

Why Very Few Women Go Into Politics In Mauritius

Why Very Few Women Go Into Politics In Mauritius

Mauritius is an island that is famed for its beautiful beaches and for its reputation as an “African success story”. Since its independence from the UK in 1968, it has had tremendous economic progress, consolidated its democracy and maintained political stability. Mauritius has held 11 general elections since independence. But the recent general elections highlighted one serious political […]

ICC To Probe Alleged War Crimes In Palestinian Areas, Pending Jurisdiction

ICC To Probe Alleged War Crimes In Palestinian Areas, Pending Jurisdiction

The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor said on Friday she would launch a full investigation into alleged war crimes in the Palestinian Territories as soon as the court’s jurisdiction had been established. The announcement opens the possibility of charges being filed against Israelis or Palestinians. The Palestinians welcomed the decision but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin […]

Erdogan Says Turkey Cannot Handle New Migrant Wave From Syria, Warns Europe

Erdogan Says Turkey Cannot Handle New Migrant Wave From Syria, Warns Europe

Turkey cannot handle a fresh wave of migrants from Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, warning that European countries will feel the impact of such an influx if violence in Syria’s northwest is not stopped. Turkey currently hosts some 3.7 million Syrian refugees, the largest refugee population in the world, and fears another wave […]

Sudanese Women Rally Against Oppression

Sudanese Women Rally Against Oppression

On Monday, the Initiative of No Oppression Against Women organised a rally in Omdurman to commemorate the December revolution, celebrate the 16-day campaign against violence against women, and the International Day for Human Rights. The rally started from the residence of Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim in El Abasiya, who was the first woman member of parliament […]

Britain Elects Record Number Of Female Lawmakers In 2019 Election

Britain Elects Record Number Of Female Lawmakers In 2019 Election

A record number of women were elected as lawmakers in Britain’s general election, with women’s rights campaigners on Friday cheering the result but saying progress towards equal representation must speed up. Women now represent just over a third of all members of parliament (MPs), taking 220 seats out of 650 in Britain’s lower house compared […]

Women Under 35 Run Finland As World’s Youngest Leader Takes Office

Women Under 35 Run Finland As World’s Youngest Leader Takes Office

Thirty-four-year-old Social Democrat Sanna Marin took office in Finland on Tuesday as the world’s youngest serving prime minister, heading a coalition with four other parties led by women, all but one of them under 35. Marin won the confidence of parliament with 99 votes in favour and 70 against. She replaced Antti Rinne, who resigned […]

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