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Minorities in north Iraq look to post-jihadist future

Al Hamdaniyah - A Christmas tree stands on a roundabout in Bartalla in northern Iraq, its base adorned by posters of Shabak martyrs killed in the fight against the Islamic State group.

Jailed pro-Kurdish leader appears in court for first time

Istanbul - The jailed co-leader of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party on Friday appeared in court for the first time since his arrest in late 2016, insisting that his detention was unlawful.

Jailed pro-Kurdish leader appears in court for first time

Istanbul - The jailed co-leader of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party on Friday appeared in court for the first time since his arrest in late 2016, insisting that his detention was unlawful.

Ukraine language reform fuels identity fears among ethnic Hungarians

Uzhgorod - The central street in a small town in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine is buzzing with life.

Despite Greek shelter, Yazidis struggle to integrate

S - Although Ibrahim Hondeta's Yazidi family reached Greece a year ago after fleeing persecution, they still fear being the target of violence and are fighting to keep their community together.

Rights activists condemn police violence in California

Los Angeles - Rights activists singled out police in southern California on Monday for excessive use of force and the high number of deaths involving officers, particularly among ethnic minorities.

Black leaders who urged farmers to dump coca on run from Colombia gangs

Tumaco - There is a price on their heads, and one of them has already been gunned down.

Kenya's disputed poll turns neighbours against each other

Nairobi - "That was the bedroom," said Steven Chege pointing to a tangle of charred wire, blackened metal sheets and burned wood.

Balance of power shifts in Iraq's multi-ethnic Kirkuk

Kirkuk - With the return of Kirkuk to Iraqi control, the balance of power appears to have shifted between the ethnic communities in the Kurdish-majority city, to the delight of its Turkmen residents.

Cameroon probes deadly unrest in restive anglophone region

Yaound - Cameroon has launched a probe into recent deadly violence linked to a symbolic declaration of independence in the west African nation's English-speaking region, the defence minister said Friday.

Bulgaria's tough test in bringing Roma back to school

Plovdiv - Small armies of teachers, social workers and police officers are swarming across Bulgaria to carry out a Herculean task -- convince tens of thousands of Roma parents to send their children to school.

Saudis redevelop flattened Shia town after clashes

Awamiya - Posters of sumptuous villas and palm-fringed boulevards hang in the battle-scarred old quarter of Awamiya, symbols of a controversial Saudi plan to redevelop the Shia-majority town which triggered months of deadly clashes.

'Hundreds' dead in Ethiopia ethnic clashes

Addis Ababa - Clashes that erupted in Ethiopia this month between two of the country's largest ethnic groups have killed hundreds of people and displaced thousands, the government said Monday.

Baha'is welcome release of member imprisoned in Iran

Geneva - The Baha'i community on Tuesday welcomed the release of a member serving a 10-year prison term in Iran, but expressed concern for six co-religionists tried alongside her.

Muslim nations condemn Myanmar's 'brutal acts'

Astana - The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Sunday condemned Myanmar for "systematic brutal acts" against its Muslim Rohingya minority and asked it to accept international monitors.

Brazilian tribes celebrate court ruling on land rights

Bras - Brazilian indigenous activists celebrated Wednesday after the Supreme Court ruled against a state seeking compensation for land that had been declared tribal reserves.

Kosovo Roma seek justice for lead-poisoned children

Mitrovica - Kosovo's Roma minority "are not treated as humans," laments Florim Masurica, who is seeking justice for his disabled son, one of the children suffering from suspected lead-poisoning contracted at post-war United Nations camps.

Suu Kyi, Trudeau talk federalism for Myanmar

Ottawa - Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi sat down with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday to learn about Canadian federalism, a system of government she believes could bring stability to her nation.

Outcry in Bulgaria as nationalist heads panel on minorities

Sofia - Bulgaria's government sparked an outcry Thursday after it announced that the country's vice premier, a nationalist notorious for verbal attacks on Roma and migrants, would head a major panel on minorities.

Hate to peace, a victim of Basque armed group remembers

Donostia-san Sebasti - Inaki Garcia Arrizabalaga was 19 when a breakaway commando of the Basque separatist group ETA murdered his father, plunging him into a "spiral of hate" before he changed his outlook and started working for peace in his homeland.

Hate to peace, a victim of Basque armed group remembers

Donostia-san Sebasti - Inaki Garcia Arrizabalaga was 19 when a breakaway commando of the Basque separatist group ETA murdered his father, plunging him into a "spiral of hate" before he changed his outlook and started working for peace in his homeland.

Turkey vote a 'test' for Kurds says veteran Kurdish politician

Mardin - Jailed by the junta after Turkey's 1980 military coup and again after last year's failed putsch, veteran Kurdish politician Ahmet Turk still hopes for peace but fears the consequences of next month's referendum.

Turkey vote a 'test' for Kurds says veteran Kurdish politician

Mardin - Jailed by the junta after Turkey's 1980 military coup and again after last year's failed putsch, veteran Kurdish politician Ahmet Turk still hopes for peace but fears the consequences of next month's referendum.

Turkey vote a 'test' for Kurds says veteran Kurdish politician

Mardin - Jailed by the junta after Turkey's 1980 military coup and again after last year's failed putsch, veteran Kurdish politician Ahmet Turk still hopes for peace but fears the consequences of next month's referendum.

Jean-Marie Le Pen fined for Roma comment

Aix-en-provence - The father of French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen was ordered Monday to pay 5,000 euros ($5,300) after losing his appeal against a conviction for describing people from the Roma minority as smelly.

Scared jungle children starve in Colombia's 'peace'

Quibd - The cries of hungry babies pierce the quiet of dawn in the green jungles of northwestern Colombia.For thousands of indigenous families displaced by war, recent peace efforts have brought no relief.Sordid fighting over drugs and land continues.

Turkish-Armenian reconciliation elusive decade after journalist murder

Istanbul - Ten years after campaigning Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was shot dead in Istanbul, Armenians and Turks have still not achieved the reconciliation of which he dreamt.

Voter turnout 'explodes' among blacks, Hispanics in US

Miami - Voter turnout among African American and Hispanic voters in the United States has surged in early voting, and this swell of minority participation could spell trouble for Donald Trump's White House hopes.

Hollande admits France's WWII role in Roma internment

Montreuil-bellay - President Francois Hollande acknowledged Saturday France's "broad responsibility" for the internment of thousands of Roma by the World War II Vichy regime and in the early months of the post-war government.

'Rigging' US election easier said than done, experts say

Washington - Republican candidate Donald Trump has made the insistent claim that the US presidential elections are being "rigged," but experts say massive voter fraud is highly unlikely in a system as decentralized as the United States.
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