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Indigenous people protest for their rights in Washington

Washington - Hundreds of members of indigenous communities protested in Washington on Friday, denouncing injustices they are facing and demanding that their rights be respected.

Justice at last for Kosovo's 'second-class victims'?

Pristina - Twenty years after the war for Kosovo's independence, victims of alleged war crimes committed by ethnic Albanian guerrillas have all but given up hope of justice.Now, finally, relief may be on the horizon.

Border plan sparks fear in Kosovo's Serb enclaves

Gracanica - A possible land swap between Serbia and Kosovo, suggested by their leaders to end one of Europe's most volatile territorial disputes, has sparked concerns that the border could be redrawn along ethnic lines and reignite festering communal ethnic animos...

Deal with Syria regime 'inevitable': Kurdish commander

Oguz - A deal between Damascus and Syria's Kurds over their autonomous region in the country's north is "inevitable", a senior Kurdish military official said on Saturday, insisting that Kurdish forces should remain in the area.

Myanmar army announces ceasefire against armed groups

Myanmar's military announced Friday it would suspend "all military movements" in the troubled northern and eastern regions for four months, an unprecedented step observers say could coax ethnic rebel groups into the country's fractious peace process.

Austria court gives hope to those caught in nationality row

Vienna - An Austrian court gave hope to thousands of citizens of Turkish origin caught in a row over dual nationality Monday, handing down a favourable decision in a key test case.

Turkey court orders Kurdish leader to remain in custody

Ankara - A Turkish court on Thursday ordered the continued detention of Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas despite a European rights court ruling calling for his release, an official from his political party said.

Kurdish leader tells Turkish court he is a 'political hostage'

Sincan - Jailed top Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas said he was a "political hostage" on Wednesday during his first court appearance in Turkey since a European rights court demanded his release.

Suu Kyi to be stripped of freedom of Paris award: mayor's office

Paris - Paris city will strip Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary freedom of the French capital over her failure to speak out against a crackdown on Myanmar's Rohingya minority, a mayor's spokeswoman said Friday.

South Tyrol debates dual Italian-Austrian citizenship

Bolzano - The Austrian government has angered Italy with plans to offer dual citizenship to the majority German-speaking population of South Tyrol province.

Italy, Austria at odds over South Tyrol dual-citizenship

Bolzano - A diplomatic row threatens to disrupt Italy's Alpine province of South Tyrol: over the question of national identity and whether some of its inhabitants should have the right to Austrian citizenship.

Moscow-backed land swap opens old wounds in volatile Caucasus

Russia - Looking at the lush green hills around his native village in Russia's Ingushetia region, 59-year-old Ruslan says that even if this does not seem like much, it should still belong to his people, not their neighbours in Chechnya.

Kazakhstan denies asylum to China 're-education camp' whistleblower

Moscow - Ex-Soviet Kazakhstan has refused asylum to an escaped Chinese national whose court testimony helped expose a secretive network of re-education camps in China's restive Xinjiang region, her lawyer said Friday.

In ethnically split Bosnia, 'others' are on the outside

Sarajevo - In a country where political power is formally shared by three ethnic groups, Bosnians who identify as "ostali" -- or "others" -- are second-class citizens.

Aung San Suu Kyi becomes first person stripped of honorary Canadian citizenship

Ottawa - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi became the first person to be stripped of honorary Canadian citizenship on Tuesday over her refusal to call out atrocities by her nation's military against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Three Saudi 'terrorists' killed in Shiite region: state media

Apo - Three Saudi wanted "terrorists" were killed in a shootout with security officials in the Shiite-majority eastern region of Qatif, state media said Thursday.

Canada strips Aung San Suu Kyi of honorary citizenship

Ottawa - Canada's parliament voted unanimously on Thursday to effectively strip Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary Canadian citizenship over the Rohingya crisis.

Finnish indigenous Sami seek to end 'exploitative tourism'

Apo - Representatives of Finland's indigenous Sami said Tuesday they would urge holidaymakers to stop visiting igloos and riding husky sleds in Lapland, claiming non-Sami traditions are being passed off as authentic thereby exploiting their culture.

Canada calls out China for treatment of Uighur minorities

New York - Canada has called out China for its human right abuses, notably of the Muslim Uighurs, officials said Tuesday.

Thousands attend funeral for Iran attack dead

Ahvaz - Thousands of people gathered Monday morning in the south-western Iranian city of Ahvaz for the funeral of those killed during an attack on a military parade.

Iran points finger at US allies over deadly attack

Tehran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday pointed blame at Arab separatists for a deadly attack on a military parade and accused an unnamed US-backed Gulf state of supporting them.

Iran points finger at Arab separatists for deadly attack

Tehran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday appeared to blame Arab separatists for an attack on a military parade the previous day that left 29 people dead.

Toll from Ethiopia bloodshed at least 58: rights group, source

Addis Ababa - At least 58 people were killed during ethnic violence at the weekend on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital, an Amnesty International researcher told AFP on Wednesday.

Germany's Kurds criticise 'ban' on Erdogan protest

Berlin - Germany's large Kurdish community said Monday it had been "banned" by Berlin authorities from holding a rally at the Brandenburg Gate during a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this month.

Kurds, Christians split over Syria school curriculum

Kamishli - Kurdish authorities in Syria's diverse northeast are facing swelling anger from the area's Syriac Christians after shutting down more than a dozen schools run by the ancient minority.

China disputes UN report on Uighur discrimination

Bejing - China on Friday took issue with a UN report that called on Beijing to release ethnic Uighurs detained "under the pretext" of counterterrorism, saying its findings had "no factual basis".

Ethnic clashes challenge Ethiopia PM's reforms

- Bedaso Bora danced alongside his neighbours in the streets of Ethiopia's lush coffee-growing south after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power in April promising better days.

Syria Kurds face tough talks to preserve autonomy

Kamishli - Syria's Kurdish minority, hailed as an indispensable Western ally during the war against the Islamic State group, faces hard bargaining with Damascus to save its hard-won autonomy.

Five questions on Israel's controversial Jewish nation law

Jerusalem - Israel's parliament held a special session on Wednesday to debate a controversial law passed last month declaring the country the nation state of the Jewish people. Here are five questions and answers related to the law:Why is the law controversial?

Israeli Druze hold mass rally to protest Jewish nation law

Apo - Tens of thousands of Israeli Druze and their supporters rallied in central Tel Aviv Saturday to protest a new law they say makes them second-class citizens.
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