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From festivals in Florida to touring Dracula’s digs in Romania, we round up the best destinations to visit this October. As summer abandons Europe again this October, eke out the last of the rays and raves in Ibiza, where nightclubs will be going out with a bang for the winter break. When the party finally stops head to the island’s north.

Palestine recalls US envoy after Trump’s Jerusalem move

Palestine recalls US envoy after Trump’s Jerusalem move

The Palestinian leadership has said it is recalling its envoy to the United States following Washington's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Palestinian officials have previously said they will "no longer accept" any peace plan put forward by the US following President Donald Trump's unilateral declaration on December 6. Trump's move sparked deadly protests in…
Egypt’s 2018 presidential ‘election’: What you need to know

Egypt’s 2018 presidential ‘election’: What you need to know

Experts have already dubbed Egypt's presidential election this month as a "sham", and predict that President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will undoubtedly win a second presidential term after eliminating any real political opposition. Widespread condemnation over the decline of the economy and Sisi's internal policies led many to call for a boycott of this year's election, which is the…

What’s fuelling the latest unrest in Iraq?

Security is being tightened in Baghdad and southern Iraq because more anti-government protests are expected. Several Iraqis have already been killed protesting against frequent electricity cuts, clean water shortages and a lack of job opportunities. Security forces firing tear gas and water cannons have struggled to quell the anger. Can government leaders withstand the heat…
China’s Xi Jinping expected to secure lifetime presidency

China’s Xi Jinping expected to secure lifetime presidency

China's parliament is set to hand President Xi Jinping free rein to rule the Asian superpower indefinitely, with potential dissenting votes offering the only suspense in Sunday's historic vote. The National People's Congress is all but certain to approve a constitutional amendment that has stunned many in China, sparking an unusual bout of criticism that…
What’s behind Saudi-UAE aid to Maldives?

What’s behind Saudi-UAE aid to Maldives?

Last week, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced a grant of $160m for "development projects" in crisis-hit Maldives, raising questions on the motive behind the move. "As part of the support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the Saudi Fund for Development and the Abu Dhabi Fund…
Cornell West: ‘Obama was never the revolutionary Mandela was’

Cornell West: ‘Obama was never the revolutionary Mandela was’

Former US president Barack Obama will deliver the Nelson Mandela annual lecture in Johannesburg on Tuesday. His invitation to speak has drawn widespread criticism from South Africa's civil society who say Obama's record as president deems him unworthy of the honour of speaking at the late anti-apartheid icon's birth centennial. Activists, such as the Cage Africa advocacy group, say Obama is…
How Crimean Muslims defy Moscow’s pressure

How Crimean Muslims defy Moscow’s pressure

Bakhchisaray, Ukraine - Mumine Saliyeva cannot forget how masked, gun-toting pro-Russian security officers pounded on her door last October. They arrived to search her apartment and arrest her husband, Seiran Saliyev. "Every day, I check a hundred times whether the door is locked, I get up at night to check, check again before my morning prayer,"…
Malaysia freezes 408 bank accounts as part of state fund probe

Malaysia freezes 408 bank accounts as part of state fund probe

Malaysia has frozen hundreds of bank accounts believed to be linked to sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, said officials. The announcement on Monday came as the government stepped up an anti-graft probe that could engulf former Prime Minister Najib Razak. A special government task force investigating a corruption scandal involving 1MDB said it froze 408 bank…
Tensions rise ahead of US embassy opening in Jerusalem

Tensions rise ahead of US embassy opening in Jerusalem

A US delegation has flown to Israel amid rising tensions ahead of planned protests against the controversial move of the American embassy to Jerusalem and ralllies calling for the Palestinians' right of return to the homes from which they were expelled from in 1948. Several US officials, joined by President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and…
Syria war: Seven years on with no end in sight

Syria war: Seven years on with no end in sight

The Syrian civil war has entered its eighth year with more than 465,000 Syrians killed in the fighting and half of the country's pre-war population displaced from their homes. On March 15, 2011, peaceful protests erupted in Syria following successful Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt that toppled authoritarian presidents. The peaceful protests descended…

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