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World Bank scales back Uighur school project in China

Washington - The World Bank announced Monday it was cutting back a vocational education project in China's Xinjiang province, even though an internal investigation did not back up claims the scheme was linked to the mistreatment of minority Muslim Uighurs.

Ethiopian PM Abiy defends response to ethnic clashes

Addis Ababa - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Sunday pushed back against portrayals of his government as weak and timid in the face of recent unrest that left more than 80 people dead.

Iraqi Kurds turn to Zoroastrianism as faith, identity entwine

Darbandikhan - In a ceremony at an ancient, ruined temple in northern Iraq, Faiza Fuad joined a growing number of Kurds who are leaving Islam to embrace the faith of their ancestors -- Zoroastrianism.

In breakthrough, Arab Israelis turn out to vote 'in droves'

Samir Farig had never thought of voting for Israel's Arab political parties before, but he did this week, joining a wave of support that helped deliver a breakthrough."This time I decided to vote only for Arab parties. Why?

Newly unified, Israel's Arab parties seek to boost turnout

Nazareth - At his butcher's stall in Nazareth, Bassem Zahrur shrugged when asked if he would be enticed to vote for Israel's newly reunited Arab parties in upcoming elections."I stopped voting for them.

'Nightmare' as Egypt aided China to detain Uighurs

Apo - Abdulmalik Abdulaziz, an Uighur student, was arrested and handcuffed by Egyptian police and when they removed his blindfold he was surprised to see Chinese officials questioning him in custody.

Activist Murad urges Yazidis to return to Iraq

Apo - Nobel laureate Nadia Murad on Saturday urged Iraq's Yazidi minority to return to their ancestral heartland of Sinjar, five years after jihadists launched a brutal assault on their community there.

Five years on, Yazidis remember brutal IS onslaught

Iraq's Yazidi minority held its summer festival on the weekend, five years after jihadists seized their ancestral heartland of Sinjar, in a brutal assault that still haunts the community.

37 countries defend China over Xinjiang in UN letter

Geneva - UN ambassadors from 37 countries released a letter Friday defending China's treatment of Uighur and other minorities in the Xinjiang region, in direct response to Western criticism earlier this week.

Singapore detains Myanmar nationals accused of rebel links

Fpo - Singapore has detained several Myanmar nationals accused of organising support for a rebel group locked in fierce fighting with the military in their country's troubled Rakhine state, authorities said.

Hundreds of thousands march across Europe for Gay Pride

Madrid - Four hundred thousand people turned out on the streets of Madrid Saturday for a Gay Pride parade dedicated this year to pioneers of the LGBT+ cause, amid growing fears of fresh repression with the rise of the far-right in Europe.

Hundreds of thousands celebrate Madrid Gay Pride

Madrid - Four hundred thousand people turned out on the streets of Madrid Saturday for a Gay Pride parade dedicated this year to pioneers of the LGBT+ cause, amid growing fears of fresh repression with the rise of the far-right in Europe.

Man dies after alleged custody abuse in Myanmar's Rakhine

A detainee in Myanmar's Rakhine state died from injuries allegedly sustained in custody, his family said, as the army wages war against rebels in the same area which saw the 2017 mass expulsion of Rohingya Muslims.

London Latino heartlands struggle for survival

London - Whenever London's South Americans go looking for a job, a helping hand, the flavours of home or a party with their compatriots, they head to the Latino indoor market in Seven Sisters.

Seven killed in Myanmar monastery shelling: witnesses

Yangon - Seven people were killed when artillery rounds slammed into a monastery where they were sheltering from firefights between military and insurgent forces in Myanmar's Rakhine state, witnesses said Tuesday.

Amnesty accuses Myanmar military of fresh 'war crimes' in Rakhine

Myanmar's military is guilty of committing new "war crimes", extrajudicial killings and torture in its fight against ethnic Rakhine rebels, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

Syria's Kurds reject regime-imposed 'reconciliation'

Beirut - A Kurdish-led Syrian force said Friday it believes in dialogue with the government but warned a settlement on the future of territory it controls cannot arrive through a Damascus-prescribed "reconciliation" agreement.

UN chief tells China to uphold rights in Xinjiang

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres raised the plight of ethnic Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang region during talks with Chinese leaders and stressed that China must fully respect human rights, his spokesman said Monday.

Seoul seeks to capitalise on Stalin's Korean deportations

Seoul - South Korean president Moon Jae-in meets ethnic Koreans in Central Asia this week as he looks to capitalise on the enduring legacy of Joseph Stalin's mass deportations more than 80 years ago.

Netanyahu party criticised over cameras in polling stations

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced election day criticism Tuesday after activists from his right-wing Likud party brought cameras into polling stations in Arab-majority neighbourhoods.

To vote or not to vote? The question facing Arab Israelis

Akko - In the days ahead of Israel's April 9 elections, activists in the country's north were not trying to convince some residents who to vote for -- but just to vote.Israel's Arab citizens, who account for some 17.

Gas explosion kills 16 in Myanmar's remote Wa state: Wa army

Yangon - A gas explosion in a secretive enclave run by the ethnic Wa in Myanmar's eastern borderlands has killed 16 people and injured dozens, the United Wa State Army (UWSA) said Sunday.

Muslim former detainee tells of China camp trauma

Istanbul - For Muslims in China's re-education camps, indoctrination starts with early morning patriotic songs and sessions of self-criticism, and often ends with a meal of only pork, according to one exiled former detainee.

Turkey treads tricky path with China's Muslim minorities

Istanbul - When Abdulweli Ayup, a Chinese ethnic Uyghur, fled his home in 2015 after he was jailed, he found refuge like other exiles in Istanbul where Turkey's government prides itself as a defender of oppressed Muslim minorities.

Post-IS, north Iraq's minority mosaic blown apart by trauma

Sinjar - For decades, his land was his life. Now, like other Sunni Arab farmers in Iraq's diverse north, Mahdi Abu Enad is cut off from his fields, fearing reprisal attacks.

'Wonder Woman' urges calm in Israeli civil rights fight

Jerusalem - Hollywood star Gal Gadot has leapt to defend a fellow actress who was chided by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for challenging his party's treatment of Arab citizens.

Fear reigns in heart of separatist Cameroon region

Buea - In the capital of Cameroon's Southwest Region, people drily say the streets are so dangerous that even the dogs are too scared to go outside.

Libyan strongman force takes key oil field in south: spokesman

Tripoli - A force loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar announced Thursday it had taken control of a key oil field in the conflict-wracked country's south.

Families of missing Uighurs demand 'proof of life' videos from China

Bejing - Ethnic Uighurs have launched a global campaign to press China for video proof that their missing relatives are alive, turning the tables on Beijing's use of video to counter claims that a renowned Uighur had died in custody.

China rejects Turkey criticism on Uighurs, denies poet died

Bejing - China hit back on Monday at Turkish criticism over its treatment of Uighurs and denied Ankara's claim that a renowned poet from the Muslim minority had died in custody, calling it an "absurd lie".
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