A Taliban mandate that women cover their faces while on television is seen as an attempt to erase female journalists, say media and women's rights activists. Afghan media outlets on Thursday said the Taliban Ministry of Vice and Virtue informed them that female presenters must cover their faces while on air ... .
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At present liberal democracy is not only in retreat, it is actually under siege. Think tanks like Freedom House have confirmed that we are now in the 16th year of consecutive decline in global freedom, assuming of course that democracy is the political system that provides the highest degree of freedom ... .
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Is Vladimir Putin losing the information war with Ukraine?. Well, it depends on who you ask. It’s never easy to measure such things, but here are a few numbers. While 141 countries in the UN voted to condemn Russia’s aggression, the number of African, Middle Eastern and South American countries who have imposed sanctions on Russia is 0 ... ... .
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CongresswomanAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she once feared she would need to undergo an abortion after being sexually assaulted, saying it left her feeling “horrified” and “really alone” but that she “at least had a choice”.
The UK's dispute with the European Union over Northern Ireland trade risks undermining Western unity amid the Ukraine war, a senior US official says. Derek Chollet told the BBC the US hoped the row over Northern Ireland's post-Brexit trade deal could be resolved ... US concern ... The basics. Read more. Guide to the Brexit border problem ... Features ... .
The ancient trees growing at the bottom are nearly 40 meters high, and the dense shade plants are up to one’s shoulders, leader of the Guangxi702 cave expedition team Chen Lixin told Xinhua. As per reports, a team of scientists rappelled over 100 metres into the sinkhole and trekked hours to get to its bottom ... . 🗞 Subscribe Now ... Tags. China ... .
Qatar and Germany have signed a declaration to deepen their energy partnership, with a focus on trade in hydrogen and liquefied natural gas (LNG), as Europe’s biggest economy looks for alternative supplies amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine... “The energy security issue plays an important role for us ... .
Russia reported that another human body had been found washed ashore on Kunashiri island, part of the disputed Northern Territories, Japan Coast Guard officials said on May 20. The Coast Guard is trying to gather information on the identity of the person, who was likely one of the passengers of the sunken Kazu I tour boat ... .
COLOMBO ... "I sincerely urge everyone to accept the gravity of the ... situation." ... "There is no point in talking about how hard life is," said A.P.D ... Other factors have included heavily subsidised domestic prices of fuel and a decision to ban the import of chemical fertilisers, which devastated the agriculture sector ... P ... .
LONDON. Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram has found herself in hot water after being accused of racism for putting on blackface for a “prank.” To celebrate her 39th birthday, Ajram filmed a video of herself walking down the streets of Lebanon’s capital Beirut with her skin darkened by makeup and wearing a dark curly wig to...read full story. .