Monthly Archives: August 2016

‘Knock and plead’ — On night patrol with Philippines police

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG It’s monsoon season in the Philippines and in a ramshackle neighbourhood in Quezon City, near Manila, a sudden downpour has left gray puddles in the rutted streets and fat, dirty drops of rainwater steadily dripping from corrugated metal roofs. It’s getting late as Leny Glivano, the neighbourhood captain, a small woman with a zeal in her ...

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Ukraine since independence in three key charts

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Twenty-five years ago this month, the Soviet Union was falling apart. A short-lived coup against the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, had failed, but some of the republics that made up the continent-spanning nation had declared independence. On August 24, 1991, Ukraine followed suit, launching itself on a rocky journey. Territory lost For years, the country ...

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FARC-Colombia peace deal finalized

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Negotiators seeking to end the five-decades-old bloody insurgency in Colombia said Wednesday they had reached a final peace deal in one of the world’s longest-running conflicts. For nearly four years, representatives from the Colombian government and the FARC rebel group have struggled to reach a deal that would not only end the fighting but also address ...

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Life inside the Philippines’ most overcrowded jail

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG In an unassuming Quezon City neighbourhood, across from a municipal library and around the corner from a police station stands the local jail. A short ride from Manila — depending on traffic — the jail isn’t an imposing building, or even a particularly large one. Its total floor area is a shade over 30,000 square feet.More ...

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Defiant

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia finished the Olympic marathon in second place with his arms crossed over his head, as a sign of solidarity for the Oromo people, his native group and the largest ethnic group in the country. By speaking out, he may not be able to go home.

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Fourth Olympic gold adds Mo Farah to the pantheon of all-time greats

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG In streaking away from the field on the final lap to Olympic gold for a fourth time, Mo Farah has stormed into the very upper echelons of any list of British sporting greats and stands on the verge of joining the select band with a knighthood. But even in his moment of triumph, the most decorated ...

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Canada’s Olympics: Penny Oleksiak’s gold and the Bolt-De Grasse bromance

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Well hey, that ended up being kind of fun. While it’s true that Canadians don’t always get quite as excited about the Summer Olympics as some other countries we could mention, we still enjoy a good show. And for the most part, that’s what the last two weeks delivered, as Canadian athletes treated us to an ...

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Turkey agrees plan for ‘Isis-free zone’ along Syrian border

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Turkey and the US have agreed on the outlines of a plan to drive Islamic State out of a strip of land along the Turkish-Syrian border, according to reports, in a landmark deal that will draw Turkey further into Syria’s civil war and looks likely to increase the intensity of the US air war against Isis. ...

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Europe Olympic head Pat Hickey arrested in alleged ticket scam

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG The head of the European Olympic Committees, Pat Hickey, has been arrested in Rio de Janeiro in connection with an alleged international ticket scalping scam. Hickey, who is also a member of the International Olympic Committee and president of the Olympic Council of Ireland, was arrested Wednesday by Civil Police at the hotel he was staying ...

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Finally, The Britain’s ‘most hated man’ Anjem Choudary convicted for ISIS support

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG The question is , why not long ago? Well,it has been so long for British authority to put an end and convict this notorious hate preacher who led a flag-burning demonstration outside the US embassy on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and voiced support for jihad has been convicted of inviting support for ISIS. Anjem Choudary, ...

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