Hijab Protests Expose Iran’s Core Divide - New Yorker

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

By: Robin Wright

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It was the quietest protest Iran has ever witnessed. Vida Movahed, a thirty-one-year-old mother of a toddler, stood atop a large utility box on Tehran’s busy Enghelab Street and removed the hijab head covering that all women are required to wear by law. Her jet-black hair cascaded far down her back. She then tied...

The Secretary General of the Council of Ministers: Another conference will be held on the sidelines of the Kuwait Conference on emergency, humanitarian and reconciliation issues - National Iraqi News Agency

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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The Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers Mahdi Al-Alaq said that another conference will be held on the sidelines of the Kuwait conference on emergency and humanitarian issues and national reconciliation, will be attended by a large number of non-governmental...

Mercedes apologises to China after quoting Dalai Lama - AFP

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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German automaker Mercedes-Benz has apologised for “hurting the feelings” of people in China after its Instagram account quoted Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, seen as a separatist by Beijing.

Female Genital Mutilation must end-UN - New Vision

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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As the world marks International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation today (Tuesday) United Nations (UN) has stressed that with the dignity, health and well-being of millions of girls at stake, there is no time to waste as far as ending the harmful practice is concerned.

America’s ISIS Jihadists Were Largely Duds - New Yorker

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

By: Robin Wright

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For all the hype about Americans joining isis, the majority never saw combat during the Islamic State’s three-year rule. They were largely marginal players in the jihadist caliphate—often working in menial jobs as cooks, mechanics, cleaners, or orderlies. In the end, many became...

US-Pakistan Relations Worsen as Both Sides Dig In - VOA

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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When the term Af-Pak was introduced into U.S. foreign policy lingo around 2008, presumably by Richard Holbrooke, who would later become the first U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, many Pakistanis resented the phrase.

UN Women announces first Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Africa - Relief Web

Monday, February 5, 2018

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On the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), 6 February, UN Women announced the appointment of renowned activist Jaha Dukureh of The Gambia as Regional Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women. Ms. Dukureh will dedicate her...

South Sudan In Focus - VOA

Monday, February 5, 2018

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South Sudanese stakeholders meet in Addis Ababa to kick off the second phase of the high-level revitalization forum; South Sudan recalls its ambassador to the United States; and South Sudan’s former army chief of staff says he will not return to Juba.