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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.

Bitcoin: Know the risks before you buy

Bitcoin: Know the risks before you buy

Even though Bitcoin hit a record high of about $19,200 for each coin on December 17, the cofounder of the Bitcoin.com website said that "Bitcoin is right now the riskiest investment you can make ... as soon as people realise how it works, they will start to sell". Here are some of the things you…

A year in photos: Stories from around the world in 2017

MUST-SEE PROGRAMMES Featured Documentaries Iraq: A Deadly Deception An inside look at how world leaders and the American public were duped into a war that cost thousands of lives. War & Conflict, Iraq, PoliticsPeople & Power Inside Syria's War: Arms and Resistance in Jobar The inside story of how the people of Jobar have defended…
Alexei Navalny launches bid to challenge Vladimir Putin

Alexei Navalny launches bid to challenge Vladimir Putin

Supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny have gathered in about 20 cities across Russia to formally get his name on the ballot for next year's presidential elections. Navalny has been banned from running in the vote in March due to a criminal conviction, but he still intends to announce his candidacy against President Vladimir Putin.…
Palestinian Christian leaders denounce Trump’s decision

Palestinian Christian leaders denounce Trump’s decision

Palestinian Christian leaders have rejected US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, calling it "dangerous" and "insulting". Trump's December 6 announcement has sparked protests across the Muslim world and drawn international condemnation. The US move is offensive to "Christians and Muslims around the world who consider Jerusalem as an incubator of…
Christmas in India tarnished by ‘climate of hate’

Christmas in India tarnished by ‘climate of hate’

There is a sense of unease leading up to Christmas celebrations in India, according to Christian groups. "There are open letters being written to schools in Uttar Pradesh asking them not to celebrate Christmas. What is going on in this country? This is not about Hindus, Christians, Muslims or Sikhs. It is about our beloved…
Israel arrests, releases three Turkish men in Jerusalem

Israel arrests, releases three Turkish men in Jerusalem

An Israeli court has released three Turkish men a day after they were arrested at the entrance to al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem. The men were taken into custody on Friday evening. Two of them, Abdullah Kizilirmak and Mehmet Kargili, who are also Belgian citizens, were accused of carrying…
Trump’s UN Jerusalem failure a ‘gift to Iran’: Haaretz

Trump’s UN Jerusalem failure a ‘gift to Iran’: Haaretz

US President Donald Trump's failure to rally support at the United Nations for his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital amounted to a "gift to Iran", according to an analysis published by the Haaretz daily news website. The UN vote last week, in which a resounding majority of member states declared Trump's move to be…
North Korea slams new UN sanctions as ‘act of war’

North Korea slams new UN sanctions as ‘act of war’

North Korea has slammed the latest round of UN Security Council (UNSC) sanctions against Pyongyang as "an act or war" and vowed to consolidate its nuclear programme. In a statement published by the state-run KCNA news agency on Sunday, the foreign ministry said new measures proposed by the US infringe North Korea's sovereignty and violate…
Why are British Muslim marriages unprotected by law?

Why are British Muslim marriages unprotected by law?

London, England - When Maureen wed her husband Rashid in a Muslim ceremony in 1973 in Bradford, she knew that should the relationship fall apart, she would not be entitled to share his assets. Her marriage was sanctified in the eyes of God, but in the eyes of the state it was "unregistered", not legal, and…
Coca-Cola: Red-and-whitewashing the empire

Coca-Cola: Red-and-whitewashing the empire

This month, the New York Times reported that US President Donald Trump consumes a "dozen Diet Cokes" daily - often delivered by "household staff he summons via a button." Who knows? Maybe overdosing on all-powerful US corporate brands will help the president "Make America Great Again". In the meantime, a Washington Post article has taken…

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