Monthly Archives: February 2016

Tunisia’s labor union won the Nobel Peace Prize. But can it do its job?

On Jan. 22, Tunisians in the impoverished interior regions of the countrytook to the streets, demanding increased economic development. Five years ago, similar protests sparked a revolution centered on economic justice. The Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT), a working- and middle-class-based labor union, played a leading role in the transition process that followed, winning the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize as ...

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Blair: I thought IRA victims could not get Libya deal

Tony Blair has said British victims of the IRA’s terror links with Libya were legally barred from inclusion in a US compensation deal. Colonel Muammar Gaddafi gave arms and Semtex explosives to the republican group during the Troubles. Semtex from Libya became the IRA’s most devastating threat during the Troubles and caused the loss of many lives. The Northern Ireland ...

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Guns fall silent in Syria

Guns have fallen silent across Syria after a cessation of hostilities backed by the United Nations came into effect. On the stroke of midnight (2200 GMT), firing stopped in suburbs around the capital Damascus and the devastated northern city of Aleppo. Monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said it was quiet in the north of Latakia province ...

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Refugee protests in Lebanon could go beyond Palestinians

For more than a month, large protests throughout Lebanon have been gaining size and momentum, driven by the announcement that UNRWA, the UN agency which provides services and relief to Palestinian refugees, will no longer cover the cost of regular hospital visits for Palestinians in Lebanon. This move has been interpreted as representing a wider decline in the fortunes of ...

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Why did Riyadh cancel $4 billion in aid to Lebanon?

It was only a matter of time before the latent tensions brewing between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon boiled over, given the current rivalry between Riyadh and Tehran and the rising influence of the Shiite Hezbollah in Lebanon. But it seems Saudi Arabia is truly acting in an erratic manner that, instead of bringing Lebanon back into its sphere of influence, ...

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Liverpool to play Manchester United in Europa League last 16

Jürgen Klopp claimed he wanted to draw Manchester United in the last 16 of the Europa League as Liverpool need to “clear something” after two defeats to Louis van Gaal’s team this season. England’s most successful clubs were pitted against each other for the first time in European competition on Friday, with the mouthwatering ties taking place at Anfield on ...

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Under-21 inter-county football changed to U20 at GAA Congress

The GAA’s Under-21 inter-county football championships are to be replaced by an Under-20 grade, after the motion was passed at tonight’s Congress. From 2018, teams will compete between June and August in the new set-up with any player that is named on a senior inter-county team ineligible for the new competition. There will be no replays and if teams cannot be ...

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Fifa presidential election: Gianni Infantino to ‘reunite’ football

Gianni Infantino wants to reunite football after becoming president of world football’s governing body Fifa. The Uefa secretary general succeeds fellow Swiss Sepp Blatter, polling 115 votes, 27 more than closest rival Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, at Friday’s election. Blatter quit in May amid allegations that led to a six-year ban from football, which he is contesting. “I said ...

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FFA chief Steven Lowy says new FIFA president Gianni Infantino is a welcome reformer for world football

Australia might not have got its man in the FIFA presidential election but FFA chief Steven Lowy says there is reason to celebrate Gianni Infantino’s rise to the summit of the world football body. The Swiss-Italian Infantino defeated Bahraini favourite Sheik Salman al-Khalifa and the recipient of Australia’s vote, Jordanian Royal Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein, in Saturday morning’s (AEDT) vote. ...

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Yoko Ono, widow of Beatle John Lennon, sent to hospital with flu-like symptoms

Artist Yoko Ono, the widow of the late former Beatle John Lennon, has been admitted to a New York-area hospital after complaining of severe flu-like symptoms, her spokesman says. The 83-year-old’s official Twitter account on Saturday shared a link to a story which reported she had been hospitalised for a “possible stroke”. However her West Coast-based spokesman, Elliot Mintz, denied ...

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