Rift between Iran’s ayatollah and re-elected president widens

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Hassan Rouhani questions political legitimacy of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after supreme leader embarrassed president at high-profile meeting Tensions are mounting between Irans supreme leader and the countrys president after the latters landslide victory in last months election. video circulating online of that moment shows the audience bursting into laughter while Rouhani smiles uncomfortably. Khamenei continued: […]


Ramadan on the Afghan frontline: after heavy fighting, hunger and boredom

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Kunduz fell to the Taliban, but in recent months coalition forces have won ground. Now, four months into Ramadan, fasting in 40C heat has taken its toll For most of his adult life Juma Khan, a husky Afghan policeman, enjoyed breaking the Ramadan fast with his family after returning home from duty. The evening Ramadan […]


Saudi crown prince’s ascendancy gives hope of reform but it may be premature

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Talk of social change is in the air in Riyadh after King Salman announces Mohammed bin Salman as heir to Saudi throne On the streets of Riyadh, in its shopping malls and public spaces, Saudi Arabias religious police had long been a foreboding presence. They could reach into private lives at will, with powers that […]


George Phillies – Libertarian

George Phillies was born 23 July 1947 in Buffalo, New York. Growing up in Kenmore and Williamsville, New York, he finished as salutatorian at the Williamsville Central High School. He went on to the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There, he earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in both Physics and Life […]


I hope one day we’ll see an end to abuse: the woman striving to save Congos kids | Hannah Summers

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In a country where abuse and sexual violence are rife, a local police chief is on a mission to safeguard children and women from harm When Honorine Munyole visits a group of local women in the city of Bukavu, the police officer gets a welcome fit for a hero. But the celebrations turn to cries […]


‘A useful punching bag’: why Hungary’s Viktor Orbn has turned on George Soros

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There are fears that the far right could be emboldened by a campaign against the Hungarian-born American billionaire. Shaun Walker reports from Budapest In 1989 the American-Hungarian financier George Soros paid for Viktor Orbn to study in Britain. Two decades later, he donated $1m to Orbns government to help the cleanup after the red sludge […]


Grenfell Tower charity single released – BBC News

The song opens with a verse by Stormzy, who says: “I don’t know where to begin / So I’ll start by saying I refuse to forget you. “I refuse to be silenced / I refuse to neglect you.” The London-born MC goes on to say, “That could have been my mum’s house / Or that […]