Daily Archives: 2019-09-24

Death toll mounts as Papua hit by bloody unrest

More than two dozen people have died in riots in Papua, authorities said Tuesday, sparking calls for an investigation into one of the bloodiest eruptions of violence to hit the restive Indonesian territory in years. Thousands fled to shelters following an outburst of bloodshed that saw civilians burned alive in buildings set ablaze by protesters, with at least 30 people …

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London repatriates 10% of Thomas Cook’s UK customers

by Roland JACKSON Britain has repatriated ten percent of nationals who were stranded abroad after the collapse of travel firm Thomas Cook, authorities said Tuesday, as anger erupted over excessive management pay. The Civil Aviation Authority regulator, which is managing the UK’s biggest repatriation since World War II after Thomas Cook’s dramatic bankruptcy, said in a statement that it flew …

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Disgruntled businessman roils Egypt from exile with viral videos

by Farid FARID Viral videos posted online by an Egyptian businessman this month accusing President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the military of corruption have sparked rare and spontaneous protests opposing his rule, and led to hundreds of arrests. Mohamed Aly, 45, a fledgling actor alongside his construction business, claimed in his first video on September 2 that Egypt’s military under …

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Let us do something inspiring before it is too little, too late

by Joseph Nathan This September marks the 22nd anniversary of Mother Teresa’s passing. Besides being canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church in 2016, awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and being honoured by the United Nation when it establishes 5th September as the Day of Charity, this humble soul continues to mesmerize people the world over …

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Teo Soh Lung: Radicalised? What exactly does this word mean?

by Teo Soh Lung According to the latest press release of the Ministry of Home Affairs, three Indonesian domestic workers who have been working in Singapore for between six to 13 years were issued with detention orders under the Internal Security Act (ISA) in September 2019. They were Anindia Afiyantari, Retno Hernayani, and Turmini. All three were alleged to have …

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More than two dozen killed in fresh Papua unrest

More than two dozen people have died in riots in Indonesia’s restive Papua region, authorities said Tuesday, as thousands fled to shelters following violence that saw civilians burned alive in buildings set ablaze by protesters. Papua, on the western half of New Guinea island, has been paralysed by weeks of protests fuelled by anger over racism, as well as fresh …

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Reporters Without Borders’ latest report entitled “Newspapers that never arrive” sheds light on how governments, state institutions, powerful oligarchs, and corporations obstruct print media distribution.

As print media publishers and distributors from all over the world gathered in Berlin, from 22nd till 25th September, for the annual Distripress congress, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released its latest report, entitled “Newspapers that never arrive,” which sheds light on how governments, state institutions, powerful oligarchs, and corporations obstruct print media distribution. Instead of silencing journalists or preventing them …

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British government and aviation authority launch massive repatriation effort after Thomas Cook travel firm collapses

Over 150,000 travellers and holidaymakers around the globe were left stranded abroad on Monday (23 September) when the world’s oldest travel firm Thomas Cook collapsed, requiring the British government to initiate the largest peacetime repatriation in its history. With the help of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the British government has launched a repatriation programme that will run for …

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