For Lebanese and Iraqis, small victories in a long struggle

Economic distress, rampant corruption, a self-serving ruling elite, and the ever-looming fear of armed militias – not much is going their way but protesters in both Iraq and Lebanon have found a reason to smile. In campus elections in Lebanon, they turned into candidates and gave a drubbing to opposing student groups backed by traditional […]

After long hiatus, India’s biggest literary festival welcomes Pakistani writers

NEW DELHI: For the first time in six years, the international Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) welcomed Pakistani writers as it opened on Friday in a virtual format introduced in the wake of the pandemic. The festival, held annually for the past 14 years in the northern Indian city of Jaipur and known as the “greatest […]

Ousted Tigray leader breaks long silence, report claims

article author:  AFP Author:  Mon, 2021-02-01 03:01 ADDIS ABABA: A Tigrayan media outlet has released a recording of what it said is the ousted leader of Ethiopia’s conflict-hit region, in which he issues a fresh call to arms in what would be his first public statement in nearly two months. AFP could not independently verify […]

The GameStop Reckoning Was a Long Time Coming

Smartphone-based trading apps like Robinhood changed that, by introducing commission-free trades and an interface that made executing a gamma squeeze as straightforward as ordering a burrito from Uber Eats. Suddenly, millions of amateurs could organize themselves, generate their own market research and investment theses, drum up excitement in Reddit threads and TikTok videos, and enter […]

In Pictures: Long queues, army patrols as Ugandans cast ballots

Ugandans have lined up to cast ballots in presidential and parliamentary elections under tight security and an internet blackout after one of the most violent campaigns in years. The internet went down on the eve of Thursday’s vote, with some parts of the country reporting complete disruptions or significant slowdowns, Longtime President Yoweri Museveni, 76, […]

Policies Adelson championed will be long felt, Palestinians say

Sheldon Adelson’s support for “disruptive” policies in the United States and the Middle East will be felt for years to come, Palestinian political analysts said on Tuesday, as news broke of the 87-year-old casino magnate’s death. A key financial backer and political supporter of both outgoing US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin […]

Martial-law era casts long shadow over Taiwan’s military

Taipei, Taiwan – At Jing-Mei White Terror Memorial Park, a one-time military school-turned-detention centre, visitors can walk around the buildings where some of Taiwan’s most prominent political prisoners were held, interrogated and tried during 38 years of martial law. The museum takes visitors through detention facilities, a replica court and exhibits featuring testimony from former […]

Legal Abortion, Once a Long Shot in Catholic Argentina, Now Within Reach

BUENOS AIRES — Argentina’s Senate is on the verge of a vote that could turn the Catholic nation, homeland of Pope Francis, into the largest country in Latin America to legalize abortion, a move that would reverberate widely in a region where the church has long wielded power. The measure would make it legal for […]

China Long Avoided Talking About Mental Health. Then the Pandemic Hit.

China’s fight against the coronavirus was mostly over, but Zhang Xiaochun, a doctor in Wuhan, was sinking into depression, convinced she had failed as a daughter and mother. She agonized over her decision to keep working even after her father fell critically ill. She worried about her young daughter, whom she had frequently left alone […]

South Africa exits recession but faces long road to full recovery

South Africa exits its longest recession in 28 years, but may not recapture pre-COVID-19 levels until 2025, says economist. South Africa’s economy may only get back to pre-Covid 19 levels by 2025 and remains vulnerable to a local resurgence of the pandemic, even after exiting its longest recession in 28 years. Gross domestic product expanded […]

UK’s Johnson says ‘long way apart’ from EU on Brexit talks

‘If we have to go for an Australian solution, that’s fine,’ says PM, with fewer than three weeks until country leaves EU’s single market. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that Britain and the European Union remain far apart, as he prepares to head to Brussels to try to salvage a post-Brexit trade deal. […]

Mexican economy beats growth estimates, but faces long road ahead

A surge in manufacturing tied to US demand helps the country regain some of its lost output, but the journey back to a pre-COVID economy is far from over. Mexico’s economy grew at the fastest pace in at least three decades in the third quarter, as a surge in manufacturing to meet U.S. demand helped […]