• Sri Lanka’s president is amassing personal power0

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    • November 2, 2020

    Constitutional amendments make Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s authority almost absolute Asia Oct 31st 2020 The Economist    NEVER SAY Gotabaya Rajapaksa leaves things to chance. After decisively winning the presidential election last November, putting family in charge of important government departments, suspending Parliament and finally winning postponed elections in early August in a landslide for his Sri

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  • Setsuko Thurlow: The TPNW – A Game Changer in Nuclear Disarmament0

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    • November 2, 2020

    Photo: Setsuko Thurlow, Source: Wikimedia Commons. 2 November 2020    IDN The following is the text of the Statement by Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and long time campaigner for nuclear-weapons abolition, as the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) reached the 50 states parties required for its entry into

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  • Months After the Delhi Riots, Many Victims Still Have Memories of Collective Horror0

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    • November 2, 2020

    During our conversations with Muslims who faced targeted violence in Shiv Vihar, Bhajanpura, Jaffarabad and Shahdhara areas, they expressed a sense of resentment and felt the state failed to protect or rehabilitate them. A man offers namaz at Mubarak Masjid at Old Garhi Mendu village, Shahdara in Northeast Delhi on September 21, 2020. Photo: Jignesh

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  • Pakistani PM says he will upgrade status of part of Kashmir, angering India0

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    • November 2, 2020

    By Umar Farooq Reuters    2 November 2020 ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Sunday his government will give provisional provincial status to part of Kashmir, drawing condemnation from India, which has long objected to any such changes by Islamabad. FILE PHOTO: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during a joint news

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  • Sri Lanka: President tells Pompeo: Will Not Compromise Sovereignty0

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    • October 30, 2020

    CEYLON TODAY | Oct 29 2020 News Stating the foreign policy of Sri Lanka is neutral and non-aligned, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said, he is not ready to compromise the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Nation when it comes to maintaining foreign relations, whatever the circumstances may be. A high-level U.S. delegation led by

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  • Pakistan’s Powerful Military Faces Biggest Challenge In Years0

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    • October 30, 2020

    October 23, 2020 By Frud Bezhan The Pakistan Democratic Movement has staged large rallies in two major Pakistani cities during the past week, attracting tens of thousands of demonstrators. The movement has vowed to continue protests until its demands are met. Pakistani opposition parties have mounted the most significant challenge in years to the country’s

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  • Taliban Reemerges In Former Pakistani Stronghold0

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    • October 30, 2020

    October 27, 2020 By Daud Khattak A police officers collects evidence at the site of a suicide bombing in Lower Dir in September 2011. (file photo) Years ago, Pakistan declared victory against the Taliban after large-scale military operations in a northwestern mountainous region. But the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the formal name of the Pakistani

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