Malaysia’s Anwar says he has support to become PM, decries sex tape ‘gutter politics’

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim, jailed twice for what he says were trumped-up sodomy charges, said on Thursday he has the support needed to become prime minister and denied calling for a potential challenger to resign over a new gay sex scandal. FILE PHOTO: Malaysia’s politician Anwar Ibrahim visits a polling station during

Sierra Leone school defies state ban on pregnant girls in class

FREETOWN, July 16 (Reuters) – When Mariatu Sesay realised she was pregnant at 14, one thing scared her more than the social isolation she felt in the classroom: Sierra Leonean law banned her from attending school at all because she was expecting. A keen student, Sesay continued to show up anyway and begged her teachers

FEATURE -From Prince Charles to Harrods, refugees target global markets with luxury crafts

NAIROBI, July 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Rwandan refugee Anita Claudine knows the odds are stacked against her, but the fashion designer is unfazed in her ambition to one day see her dresses in the window displays of the luxury department stores of London, Paris and New York. The 22-year-old woman, whose family fled to

Mozambique says militants kill 11 in attack near Tanzania border

MAPUTO/DAR ES SALAAM, July 3 (Reuters) – Eleven people were killed in an attack last week by an Islamist militant armed group in northern Mozambique near its border with Tanzania, Mozambican police said on Wednesday. Several of the attackers from the Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jama (ASWJ) group were later arrested, police added, referring to a militia

Hundreds of Brotherhood supporters mourn Egypt’s Mursi in Turkey

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets of Turkey’s capital and Istanbul on Tuesday, mourning former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi and some chanting slogans blaming Cairo authorities for his death. People attend a symbolic funeral prayer for the former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi at the courtyard of Fatih Mosque in

Spotlight gives hope to Africa’s hunted albinos

UNITED NATIONS, June 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – I ncreased funding and awareness campaigns are helping to slow the rates of violence against people with albinism in Africa, according to officials and campaigners. In some countries in sub-Saharan Africa, people with albinism – a lack of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes – are

Scores of LGBT+ refugees in Kenya slum face homophobic attacks, eviction

NAIROBI, June 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Scores of LGBT+ refugees are in desperate need of emergency shelter after facing homophobic threats, violence and eviction warnings from community members in a Nairobi slum, the refugees and human rights campaigners said on Tuesday. The 76 LGBT+ refugees – mostly from Congo but also from Rwanda, Burundi,

South Africa’s largest opposition party promises to lead coalitions, tackle racism

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), although heading for defeat in May 8 national elections, pledged to forge coalitions with smaller parties to break the dominance of the ruling ANC, especially at the local level. Supporters cheer Mmusi Maimane, leader of South Africa’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance

U.S. to use all economic, political tools to hold Maduro accountable: Pompeo

BOGOTA (Reuters) – The United States will use all economic and political tools at its disposal to hold Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accountable for his country’s crisis and will make clear to Cuba and Russia they will pay a price for supporting him, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday. U.S. Secretary of

U.S. to designate elite Iranian force as terrorist organization

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is expected to designate Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards Corps a foreign terrorist organization, three U.S. officials told Reuters, marking the first time Washington has formally labeled another country’s military a terrorist group. EDITORS’ NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to report,

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