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In new S. Africa, some in 'Coloured' community nostalgic for apartheid

Kempton Park - "It is all about the blacks. The 'Rainbow Nation' is a big lie!" complained Dalene Raiters, a South African mother from the "Coloured" community. "We are not black enough," added her sister who has also been unemployed for years.

Op-Ed: Who’s afraid of China’s Belt and Road? Guess

Sydney - Superficial analysis of China is easy. They’re communists. Everything they do is therefore wrong and a threat to “us”, whoever that is these days. So when a big initiative like the New Silk Road, aka the Belt and Road, comes along, it’s tricky.

Suicide bomb leader cast shadow of fear over Sri Lanka town

Kattankudy - Zahran Hashim's sword-wielding zealotry fuelled fears in the sleepy east coast town of Kattankudy long before the cleric became Sri Lanka's most wanted man over the horrific Easter Sunday suicide attacks.

Pine room and a secret jewel: Japan abdication rituals

Apo - Japan has waited more than two centuries for an emperor to abdicate, but the main ceremony to perform the ritual will take a mere 10 minutes.

Japan's emperor to abdicate, first time in 200 years

Apo - Japan's Emperor Akihito will step down from the Chrysanthemum Throne on Tuesday, the first abdication in the world's oldest imperial family for two centuries, ending 30 years of his popular reign and ushering in a new era.

Sri Lanka's Muslims hold subdued prayers amid tight security

Colombo - Armed police and sniffer dogs guarded mosques in Sri Lanka as Muslims trickled to Friday prayers, with many staying away over fears of revenge attacks after the island's Easter suicide blasts.

At least 1,300 migrants escape from Mexican detention center

Gutierrez - At least 1,300 mainly Cuban migrants escaped Thursday from a detention center in southern Mexico after threatening to set fire to the facility to protest against overcrowding.

Plans to develop 2002 Bali bombing site anger Australia

Denpasar - Plans are underway for a multi-story development at the site of the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, Indonesian authorities said Friday, a decision that has angered neighbouring Australia which lost dozens of citizens in the attacks.

Ecuador's Waorani tribe vows to protect life in Amazon

- Spears and poisoned blowguns at hand, the Waorani people say they are ready to strike down invaders of their Amazon homelands, just like their forefathers did.

Queen Elizabeth II celebrated 93rd birthday on Easter Sunday

Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 93rd birthday on Sunday, April 21, which coincided with Easter Sunday. She is the oldest living monarch in the world.

Will he? Won't he? N.Korea's Kim late for Vladivostok ceremony

Vladivostok - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un kept an honour guard and officials waiting for two hours on Friday but eventually showed up for a wreath-laying ceremony in Russia's Far Eastern city of Vladivostok.

Spain's feminist movement in focus ahead of election

Carballeira - Loureiro may be a remote village in northwestern Spain with barely 60 residents but it too has embraced an ever-growing feminist movement in a sign of how significant women's rights have become ahead of Sunday's election.

Rescued Malaysian climber in critical condition in Nepal

Kathmandu - A Malaysian climber rescued after two nights in the open on one of the world's most treacherous mountains is fighting for his life in critical condition, his doctor said Friday.

Extremism must be defeated, prince tells New Zealand mosque survivors

Christchurch - In an emotional meeting with survivors of the New Zealand mosques massacre, Britain's Prince William appealed Friday for "extremism in all forms" to be defeated.

Climate protests disrupt London's bustling financial hub

London - Environmentalists glued themselves to the London Stock Exchange entrance and staged impromptu concerts in the middle of traffic on the final day of a campaign that brought parts of the UK capital to a halt.

Tropical forest the size of England destroyed in 2018: report

Paris - Last year humanity destroyed an expanse of tropical forest nearly the size of England, the fourth largest decline since global satellite data become available in 2001, researchers reported Thursday.

US and allies killing more Afghan civilians than the Taliban

The most recent UN report on civilian deaths in Afghanistan during the US occupation indicates that so far this year the US and its allied forces have killed more civilians in the country than the Taliban has.

Orthodox Christians commemorate Good Friday in Jerusalem

Jerusalem - Orthodox Christians from around the world marked Good Friday with a procession through Jerusalem's Old City, retracing the steps Jesus is said to have taken on the way to his death.

Russian 'agent' Maria Butina faces sentencing in US

Washington - Alleged Russian agent Maria Butina faces sentencing in Washington Friday over her open effort to build a network of high-level Republican contacts via ties to the NRA gun lobby.
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