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Region remembers Winnie Mandela

Former Commonwealth secretary general Sir Shridath Ramphal today hailed the late Winnie Mandela as “the embodiment of the struggle” against apartheid. The Guyana-born Sir Shridath, who served as secretary general of the Commonwealth from 1975 to 1990 and was in the forefront of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and for the release from […]

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PAKISTAN – Malala returns to home town in Pakistan for first time since shooting

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has returned to her hometown in Pakistan for the first time since she was shot there by the Taliban. Yousafzai, who now lives in the UK, was shot in the head for campaigning for female education in 2012. Her family’s home region of Swat was once a militant stronghold, […]

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Russia escalates spy row with new expulsions

Russia has announced further measures against UK diplomats while at the same time declaring tit-for-tat expulsions of officials from 23 other countries. It has told the British ambassador to cut staffing to the size of the Russian mission in the UK. Moscow has rejected UK accusations that it is behind the nerve agent attack on […]

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ITALY – Pope washes feet of inmates, reveals he has cataracts

ROME — Pope Francis urged inmates at a Rome prison on Thursday to never let their hopes be clouded like cataracts cloud the eyes — and revealed that he suffers from the condition and has to have surgery for it next year. Francis, 81, disclosed the news as he bid farewell to inmates and staff […]

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FRANCE – Rising tension

. . .  clouds tribute to slain Holocaust survivor PARIS — The silent decorum of a march to honor an 85-year-old woman who survived Nazi horrors only to be stabbed to death last week in an alleged anti-Semitic attack was shattered Wednesday, with crowds shouting “Nazi! Nazi!” and other insults at France’s far-right leader Marine […]

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Trump keen to meet Kim after ‘successful’ China talks

US President Donald Trump has said he is keen to meet Kim Jong-un after being told the North Korean leader’s trip to China “went very well”. But Mr Trump said maximum sanctions and pressure on North Korea would continue ahead of proposed talks in May. He added that denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula was now […]

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Paul joins Jones in bashing Canadian diplomat

“Keep your mouth out of our business!” That was the stern warning issued by Democratic Labour Party (DLP) St Michael West Central candidate James Paul over the weekend in response to recent suggestions made by Canadian High Commissioner Marie Legault that the island was ready for a female prime minister. The comment has been interpreted […]

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Mounting anger at scene of mall fire

KEMEROVO/MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin flew to the scene of a shopping mall fire in Siberia that killed 64 people and promised angry residents on Tuesday that those responsible for what he called criminal negligence would be punished. The fire, at the Winter Cherry mall in the city of Kemerovo, killed 41 children, according […]

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Census 2020: US adds controversial citizenship question

WASHINGTON – The 2020 United States (US) Census will ask respondents whether or not they are US citizens for the first time since 1950. California and New York vowed to sue to block the move, saying it will deter immigrants from participating. Trump administration officials say the data will help the government allocate resources and […]

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RUSSIA – . . . Amid mounting anger at scene of mall fire

KEMEROVO/MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin flew to the scene of a shopping mall fire in Siberia that killed 64 people and promised angry residents on Tuesday that those responsible for what he called criminal negligence would be punished. The fire, at the Winter Cherry mall in the city of Kemerovo, killed 41 children, according […]

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