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Denying women a seat at Taliban talks is a huge mistake Swanee Hunt and Wazhma Frogh write that Afghan women must be given a seat at the negotiating table with the Taliban, since they are the only ones who can ensure the strides they've made in gaining basic rights are guaranteed under a new peace deal. MUST WATCH Afghan MP: I'm very worried for women's rights 06:47 Ambassador Swanee Hunt is the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government Today, though not without problems, Rwanda has the world's highest percentage of women in Parliament and one of the fastest growing economies in Africa
The five men running to become Senegal president: [Profiles] As part of Africanews coverage of the Senegal elections, we profile the five candidates in the race for the presidency. Macky Sall is standing against four other contenders, Sall is seeking a second a Eventually when he was fired in 2004, the president appointed Macky Sall as his replacement Sonko also holds qualifications in Public Management and Finance with a career as Chief Inspector of Taxes Profession: Tax expert Official website Ousmane Sonko (French) Follow our Africa Elections page for more
Defiant Iran taunts US with missiles on revolution's 40th birthday Hundreds of thousands marched, some burnt US and Israeli flags to mark the revolution's 40th anniversary, as Tehran showed off ballistic missiles in defiance of US efforts to curb its military power. Iranians fill the street leading to the Azadi Tower during celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution in Tehran on February 11.Credit:Bloomberg On February 11, 1979, Iran's army declared its neutrality, paving the way for the fall of US-backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi Prices of basic foodstuffs have soared since Trump withdrew Washington from the world powers' 2015 nuclear deal with Iran last year and reimposed sanctions on Tehran Reuters World Politics Iran Most Viewed in World Loading
Chanting 'Death to America,' Iranians mark 40 years since Shah's fall Hundreds of thousands of Iranians marched and some burned U.S. flags to mark the revolution's 40th anniversary on Monday as Tehran showed off ballistic missiles in defiance of U.S. efforts to curb its military power. Soldiers, students, clerics and black-clad women holding small children thronged streets across Iran, many with… Last year, Iran cracked down on protests over poor living standards that posed the most serious challenge to its clerical elite since a 2009 uprising over disputed elections Iran also has vast clout in Iraq, where Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the overseas arm of the Revolutionary Guards, was frequently photographed guiding Shi'ite militias in the war against Sunni Islamic State militants
There's a trade war with China. Here's why most Americans haven't noticed Most of the baseball caps sold in the United States are made in China, and President Donald Trump's trade war has made them 10% more expensive. Most farmers, though, say the aid payments didn't make them whole Sales were down through the holiday season and January at the Luggage Shop of Lubbock in Texas, where owner Tiffany Zarfas Williams is getting emails from vendors about price increases almost every day now If we all need to take one for the team, we can weather a 10% increase It's just difficult to gauge what his administration will do, he said
FURIOUS Israel warns Iran: 'Attack us and it will be the LAST ANNIVERSARY you celebrate!' THE Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to a threat made by the Iranian regime on Monday. Israel and Iran have not maintained diplomatic relations since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 It is common for the two countries to periodically exchange hostile rhetoric as Iranian military threatens to remove the Zionist regime from the political map
A bridge too far: US claims Venezuela blocked aid deliveries... at a crossing that was never open Photos and video of oil tankers and shipping containers blocking a bridge between Venezuela and Colombia were used as proof Caracas was “blocking” US aid. Left out was the fact that the bridge was never open for traffic. By that time, however, Colombia had cracked down on its border with Venezuela due to the exodus of up to four million Venezuelans claiming economic hardship and famine in their homeland Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) has been singing from the same hymnbook, though not without getting a ribbing online Trends: US-backed coup in Venezuela newsVenezuela news
Patrick Shanahan: No U.S. military Afghanistan withdraw order from Trump With an Afghanistan peace deal seemingly within reach, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan made a surprise trip to the country Monday to visit U.S. troops and meet with top government officials in Kabul, his first trip abroad since taking over the Pentagon’s top job last month. Following the Afghanistan stop, Mr. Shanahan will travel to Brussels for a meeting with his NATO counterparts his first appearance on the world stage since taking over at the Pentagon Even as Mr. Shanahan was in the country, Mr. Ghani on Monday rejected the Taliban-backed idea of an interim government in Kabul • This story is based in part on wire service reports
Battle to push ISIS out of its last Syrian enclave intensifies The unmistakable sound of automatic machine gunfire pierced the early morning, sometime before 7:00 am. While it was not unusual to wake up to the cacophony of war—be it coalition bombing from airstrikes or gunfire—this was different. One of them got on a walkie-talkie for more information about the assault Until Monday morning, the operation had seemed to be working on schedule And as fighting intensifies and soldiers push forward, nobody on the ground is making predictions anymore
Former Royal Marine sues Ministry of Defence for £1.3m compensation after claims that battle noise 'made him deaf' A ROYAL Marines veteran wants £1.3million in compensation because battle noise allegedly made him deaf. The test case could eventually cost the Ministry of Defence billions. Alastair Inglis insists… A ROYAL Marines veteran wants £1.3million in compensation because battle noise allegedly made him deaf Outside court, Mr Inglis’s solicitor stated: We say he was not given the right protective equipment to mitigate against noise RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL
Trump objects to measure ending U.S. support for Saudis in Yemen war The Trump administration threatened on Monday to veto an effort in the U.S. Cong... The war has killed tens of thousands and left millions on the brink of starvation The United States has supported the Saudi-led air campaign with mid-air refueling support, intelligence and targeting assistance Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
Opinion | Where Is Crown Prince Mohammed? Out of public view, he attempts to control Saudi society with a combination of dread and circuses. The young crown prince is beset on all sides by problems that would depress or deter most leaders, but there is no sign that his optimism or energy are flagging A liberal Saudi who used to tweet regularly says he has quit for fear that anything could lead to arrest A conservative Saudi notes that such exaggerated security control makes people ready to explode Appeared in the February 12, 2019, print edition
'I wanted to tell their story' In 2012, US war-correspondent Marie Colvin was killed in an airstrike in the Syrian city of Homs. Her colleague, British photographer, Paul Conroy, survived. Following Colvin's death in one of the airstrikes, this film documents Conroy's desperate battle to escape Homs and to tell the story of those still trapped in the besieged city Storyville's 'Under The Wire' was broadcast on BBC Four at 22:00 on the 11 February 2019
Tories shouldn't just tinker with our daft foreign aid target — let's BIN it THE Tories are in a pickle – and not just on Brexit. They tried to cloak themselves in ­compassion by chucking vast sums of ­foreign aid around the planet but face growing political concern as cash… THE Tories are in a pickle – and not just on Brexit It was no surprise to find those pen-pushers in the poverty relief department are among the best-paid bureaucrats in Whitehall It abandoned the target and found the anticipated fuss died down quickly We were surprised it was so easily dealt with, one insider told me
Local and national newspapers are under siege from BBC and web giants Media matters LOCAL and national papers play a vital role in our democracy, breaking stories in the public interest. Yet they are under siege from the BBC and web giants. So we welcome the major Ca… Media matters LOCAL and national papers play a vital role in our democracy, breaking stories in the public interest So we welcome the major Cairncross Review into the future of journalism, which urges action on both But they are fanatical champions of private enterprise too