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Rohingya militants claim attack against Myanmar’s army

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/08/18, 09:57 am

A Rohingya Muslim militant group said it has “no other option” but to defend its community, claiming responsibility for a Friday attack on Myanmar security forces. The attack is the latest large-scale assault since the August offensive that resulted in a deadly backlash against the minority Rohingya Muslims. Myanmar’s army reported about 10 Rohingya Muslims from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) injured two officers and a driver Friday after they ambushed a car with handmade mines and gunfire.

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Tehran’s high stakes

Iran | Sudden street protests pose a formidable challenge to the aging ayatollahs
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/02/18, 04:41 pm

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted a Christmas greeting on Dec. 23, quoting the Quran and saying, “A very happy and peaceful Christmas to all. May Christ's universal message of peace be embraced in the coming year.” Then his account, usually prolific, went silent. Zarif studied for a decade in the United States, speaks and usually posts in perfect English, and is normally the articulate Iranian official face toward the Western world. But he said nothing for the next 10 days as Iran turned anything but peaceful.

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Catalonia’s separatist parties retain majority in snap election

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/22/17, 10:43 am

Catalonia’s separatist parties on Friday maintained a parliamentary majority following a snap regional election set by the Spanish prime minister in a bid to quell calls for secession. The three pro-independence parties won 70 of the 135 seats in the regional parliament. The center-right Citizens Party earned the most seats, 37, but that didn’t give it enough to form a regional government. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative Popular Party won only three seats, down from its previous seven.

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