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Lydia Joshua - Boko Haram Captive

My Life Story: Lydia Joshua (Chibok Girl)

Lydia Joshua, one of the 276 girls kidnapped at Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state, on April 14, 2014, has disclosed that during the three years she spent in the captivity, she only drank water when it rained. Joshua was among the captives released through a negotiation with the Boko Haram sect in 2017. She is now trying to adjust to life outside the strange environment. She narrated her experience in bondage and the plight of those who are yet to be free.

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Cyril Ramaphosa and Muhammadu Buhari - Nigeria, South Africa News in Politics

‘South Africa Belongs to All People’ – Ramaphosa Quote

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa: “These are acts of criminality. When we were involved in our struggle we said the South Africa that we are fighting for is the South Africa which will regard everyone who lives in South Africa on the basis of equality, respect for human rights.”

Political Opinion

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29 July Cambodia Elections Already Result Decided

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Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s Questionable Claims of Victory

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Africa

Lydia Joshua - Boko Haram Captive

My Life Story: Lydia Joshua (Chibok Girl)

Lydia Joshua, one of the 276 girls kidnapped at Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state, on April 14, 2014, has disclosed that during the three years she spent in the captivity, she only drank water when it rained. Joshua was among the captives released through a negotiation with the Boko Haram sect in 2017. She is now trying to adjust to life outside the strange environment. She narrated her experience in bondage and the plight of those who are yet to be free.

Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe Still A Factor in Zimbabwe’s Election

“They removed Comrade Mugabe using military force. We should show them that the ballot box is supreme to the gun,” thundered Phionah Riekert, a 31-year-old loyalist of Mugabe and his wife, Grace. Youths and elderly women punctuated her campaign speech with song, dance and the beating of drums.

“We cannot abandon Mugabe. He is our hero, he gave us this land. But we cannot leave ZANU-PF, so the best thing we can do is not to talk about him,” the 58-year-old Mugarati said.

Cameroon Flag

Cameroon: History and Timelines of Events

Created in 1961 by the unification of two former colonies, one British and one French, the modern state of Cameroon has also struggled to find peace and unity. Internally, there are tensions over the two mainly English-speaking southern provinces. A secessionist movement emerged in the 1990s and has been banned. An insurgency developed in 2016 when activists stepped up their campaign for greater autonomy. Here’s Cameroon history and timelines of events.

Cameroonians Anglophone vs Francophone Conflict - Cameroon News Headline

Cameroon: Anglophone vs Francophone Conflicts Take Center Stage

More than 200,000 Cameroonians have fled their homes in the volatile western regions since late last year, in addition to at least 21,000 who have fled into Nigeria, said the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). “I am very worried about the situation,” said Traore of OCHA. “Unfortunately we are not expecting any improvement anytime soon.”

Asia-Pacific

Hafiz Saeed - Pakistan News

Pakistan Election: Hardline Islamists Religious Push Take Center Stage

Pakistani cleric Hafiz Saeed is one of the United States’ most-wanted terrorist suspects, accused over the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. At home, his charities are banned, as is a new Islamist political party launched by his followers. None of that has stopped Saeed from hitting the campaign trail for Pakistan’s July 25 general election, denouncing the outgoing government as “traitors” and whipping up support for the more than 200 candidates he backs.

“The politics of the American servants is coming to an end!” Saeed thundered at a rally this month in the eastern city of Lahore, where supporters showered him with rose petals.

Rahul Gandhi's hugs Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh hits back at Opposition

Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi Politics and Hugs in India Parliament

Even as the Lok Sabha witnessed a tense and acrimonious debate on Friday over the no-confidence motion against the NDA government, Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s gesture of walking to the treasury benches to hug Prime Minister Narendra Modi dominated screens and social media.
Though the Narendra Modi government defeated the no-confidence motion, Congress hailed Rahul’s “hug” and said that he has shown the mirror of love and compassion to Modi and given the country a new political discourse that can bind it together.

Racism, Prejudice Against Ethnic Minorities - Hong Kong News Headline

Let’s Talk About Racism, Prejudice Against Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong

Camy Lok Mei-ching, in her 50s, is married to 45-year-old Nigerian, Ezeakunne Sylvester, and has been leading a lonely battle against what she says is a clear-cut case of racial discrimination – part of a long-standing yet often neglected problem in Hong Kong.

“They say they fear a rise in crimes [if the centre is located there],” Lok says of her detractors. “It’s such a ridiculous excuse. Every time our association wants to do something, we are chased away like stray dogs.”

Elections - Election Headlines News

29 July Cambodia Elections Already Result Decided

Hun Sen retains his tight grip on Cambodia, and freedoms can wait. Markus Karbaum says having decimated all credible opposition, the Cambodian strongman is a shoo-in for victory in the general election next week. Given the fear, resignation and indifference that prevail, he looks set to rule for as long as he likes.

Europe

Dominic Raab - UK News Headline

UK to Refuse Brexit Bill Without Trade Deal: Dominic Raab

Britain will only pay its EU divorce bill if the bloc agrees the framework for a future trade deal, the new Brexit Secretary warned in an interview published Sunday. Dominic Raab, who replaced David Davis after he quit the role earlier this month in protest over the government’s Brexit strategy, said “some conditionality between the two” was needed.

Queen Elizabeth II - UK News Headline

Queen Elizabeth Gains £20m From Private Estate, Brexit Poses Strategic Risk to Her Private Finances

The profit is almost three and half times larger than it was in 2000, when it stood at £5.8 million. “This has been another positive year for the duchy with strong growth in almost all our business sectors,” the report said.

The 60-page report mentioned Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union under the heading “strategic risk.”

“Each year the duchy carries out a five-year business plan as well as preparing rolling forecasts for the year ahead,” read one passage in the section.

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

Ecuador to Turn WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Over to UK

Julian Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy since 2012 when he asked the Latin American state for asylum. The 47-year-old was wanted by Sweden on sexual assault allegations, but feared the extradition would lead to him being transferred to the US and prosecuted without a fair trial.

The US has been saying that Assange was “engaged in terrorism,” with Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, last year calling his arrest a “priority.” Over the years, WikiLeaks has published hundreds of thousands of classified US files, including the cables on the Iraq War, leaked by whistleblower Chelsea Manning in 2010.

Donald Trump - Vladimir Putin

US Officially Gives $200m in Military Funding to Ukraine

The sum, earmarked for “security assistance,” was allocated months ago, but was kept on hold pending “a series of defense reforms” the US demanded of Kiev. On Friday, the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington announced that the funds have been released – which was soon confirmed to CNN by Major Sheryll Klinkel, a Pentagon spokeswoman.

Middle East

Donald Trump vs Hassan Rouhani - US Headline Story - Iran News

Iran’s Rouhani to Trump: ‘War With Iran Mother Of All Wars’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday cautioned U.S. President Donald Trump about pursuing hostile policies against Tehran, saying “America should know … war with Iran is the mother of all wars,” the state new agency IRNA reported.

Donald Trump vs Hassan Rouhani - Iran News - US Headline Story

Trump Launches Colossal Offensive Campaign Against Iran Leaders

A review of the State Department’s Farsi-language Twitter account and its ShareAmerica website – which describes itself as a platform to spark debate on democracy and other issues – shows a number of posts critical of Tehran over the last month. Iran is the subject of four of the top five items on the website’s “Countering Violent Extremism” section. They include headlines such as “This Iranian airline helps spread violence and terror.” In social media posts and speeches, Pompeo himself also appeals directly to Iranians, the Iranian diaspora and a global audience.

Avigdor Lieberman - Israel News

Avigdor Lieberman Wants War While Israel, Hamas Accept Ceasefire

Hamas and Israel have announced a ceasefire following an escalation which left four Palestinians and an Israeli soldier dead, but the Israeli minister of foreign affairs warned of a “wide-scale” war on the Gaza Strip.

“With Egyptian and United Nations efforts it has been agreed to return to the era of calm between (Israel) and Palestinian factions,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said. However, Israeli minister of military affairs Avigdor Lieberman warned that a new military operation on Gaza “will be larger and more painful than Operation Protective Edge,” referring to the 2014 Israeli war on the coastal enclave.

Karrar (Striker) - Iran Missiles and Weapons News Headlines

Iran to Boost Its Defense With New 800 Domestically-Built Tanks

The Iranian Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) will receive between 700 to 800 domestically-built tanks, including Karrar (Striker), Deputy Defense Minister Reza Mozaffari-Nia said, Tasnim news agency reported on Wednesday. Iran unveiled Karrar, its most advanced domestically-manufactured tank of amphibious mobility, in March 2017. Its firepower, precision and mobility, Dehqan said, were comparable to the most state-of-the-art of its kind in the world.

USA, Americas, Canada

Donald Trump vs Hassan Rouhani - Iran News - US Headline Story

Trump Launches Colossal Offensive Campaign Against Iran Leaders

A review of the State Department’s Farsi-language Twitter account and its ShareAmerica website – which describes itself as a platform to spark debate on democracy and other issues – shows a number of posts critical of Tehran over the last month. Iran is the subject of four of the top five items on the website’s “Countering Violent Extremism” section. They include headlines such as “This Iranian airline helps spread violence and terror.” In social media posts and speeches, Pompeo himself also appeals directly to Iranians, the Iranian diaspora and a global audience.

Donald Trump - Vladimir Putin

US Officially Gives $200m in Military Funding to Ukraine

The sum, earmarked for “security assistance,” was allocated months ago, but was kept on hold pending “a series of defense reforms” the US demanded of Kiev. On Friday, the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington announced that the funds have been released – which was soon confirmed to CNN by Major Sheryll Klinkel, a Pentagon spokeswoman.

Zak Ringelstein - US News Headline

Democratic Socialism Surging in the Age of Trump

Maine Democrat Zak Ringelstein wasn’t ready to consider himself a formal member of the Democratic Socialists of America, even if he appreciated the organization’s values and endorsement in his bid to become a United States senator. Three days later, he told The Associated Press that was ready to become the only major-party Senate candidate in the nation to be a dues-paying democratic socialist. “I stand with the democratic socialists, and I have decided to become a dues-paying member. It’s time to do what’s right, even if it’s not easy.”

Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin - Helsinki Meeting

Trump, Putin Helsinki Meeting: US Military Veterans Divided

Aron Axe, a combat-decorated Marine infantry officer with 25 years in uniform, feels anything but trust for his president after witnessing his performance in Helsinki.

“I felt like I’d spent a career defending the principles and the freedoms of this country,” said Axe, 44, who lives in Annapolis, Maryland. “And in just a few moments I watched a president hand over any semblance of pride or respect for what so many people like me in uniform have been fighting for and potentially been dying for over the last several decades.”

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Cameroonians Anglophone vs Francophone Conflict - Cameroon News Headline

Cameroon: Anglophone vs Francophone Conflicts Take Center Stage

Queen Elizabeth II - UK News Headline

Queen Elizabeth Gains £20m From Private Estate, Brexit Poses Strategic Risk to Her Private Finances

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

Ecuador to Turn WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Over to UK

Racism, Prejudice Against Ethnic Minorities - Hong Kong News Headline

Let’s Talk About Racism, Prejudice Against Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong

Books

Fractured Continent Europe’s Crisis and the Fate of the West By William Drozdiak

Fractured Continent: Europe’s Crisis and the Fate of the West By William Drozdiak

“Europeans and Americans alike would benefit from heeding Drozdiak’s warning: That European unification may go into reverse and unravel due to blinkered nationalism on both sides of the Atlantic.” –Politico Europe

“…fascinating…” –International New York Times

Red Notice How I Became Putin's No. 1 Enemy By Bill Browder

Red Notice: How I Became Putin’s No. 1 Enemy By Bill Browder

“A sizzling account of Mr Browder’s rise, fall and metamorphosis from bombastic financier to renowned human-rights activist … Reads more like a financial thriller than a real-life story.” (The Economist).

“The story of Sergei Magnitsky’s life and death is a shocking true-life thriller, and Bill Browder was the man to write it.” (Tom Stoppard).

Records of the Emirates 1820–1960 12 Volume Hardback Set Including Boxed Genealogical Table and Maps Primary Documents, 1820-[1960] By P. Tuson

Records of the Emirates 1820–1960 12 Volume Hardback Set Including Boxed Genealogical Table and Maps: Primary Documents, 1820-[1960] By P. Tuson

In these 8000 pages Archive Editions presents a key selection of facsimile original British government documents detailing the history and development of the United Arab Emirates from 1820 to modern times.

Our Scots Noble Families By Tom Johnston

Our Scots Noble Families By Tom Johnston

Interesting reading for anyone wondering about Scottish history. They seem all to have started on the road to nobility by stealing land from rivals and the people. Remember Burns song which includes ‘ a parcel o’ rogues in a nation’?

My Life Story

Lydia Joshua - Boko Haram Captive

My Life Story: Lydia Joshua (Chibok Girl)

Lydia Joshua, one of the 276 girls kidnapped at Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state, on April 14, 2014, has disclosed that during the three years she spent in the captivity, she only drank water when it rained. Joshua was among the captives released through a negotiation with the Boko Haram sect in 2017. She is now trying to adjust to life outside the strange environment. She narrated her experience in bondage and the plight of those who are yet to be free.

Abdul Aziz

Refugees By Treacherous Ocean Voyages Not Allowed Into Australia

When Abdul Aziz reached Australia’s Christmas Island aboard a smuggler’s boat in 2013, he had no idea that weeks earlier his fate as a refugee from Sudan seeking a new life in a new world had been sealed. “I believe no matter how long we spend on this island, we are not going to go to Australia,” Abdul Aziz said.

Rohingya Families - Myanmar

Rohingya Families Connect Through Letters

Inside a bamboo shelter on Bangladesh’s eastern coast, 58-year-old Sait Banu held a dog-eared note from her husband. “If you find a good match for my daughter Una Jamin, you can arrange her wedding,” he urged her in the letter. “Don’t worry, there is no problem in jail.”

Liu Xiaobo - Hong Kong News

Today in History: Hong Kong Remembers Liu Xiaobo

A veteran of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, Liu died from liver cancer while serving an 11-year sentence for “subversion” on the mainland. Dozens of pro-democracy campaigners gathered outside China’s liaison office in the semi-autonomous city, ahead of a larger public memorial event due to take place in the evening.