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Nearly 700 families flee armed clashes in northern Iraq

Nearly 700 families have left Sinjar in northern Iraq following Monday’s clashes between the Iraqi army and a PKK-affiliated militia called Sinjar Resistance Units, Iraqi Kurdish authorities said on Tuesday, reports Anadolu Agency. The families fleeing the Sinjar district arrived at various safe zones across the region, according to Interior Ministry[…]

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Human rights activist Rhoda Kadalie passes on

Human rights activist Rhoda Kadalie has died at the age of 68 in Los Angeles. She’s a former human rights commissioner. Kadalie was also the founder of the Gender Equity Unit at the University of the Western Cape. She had extensive experience as an academic. Kadalie was born in Cape[…]

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50,000 Palestinian children detained by Israel since 1967

Israeli occupation authorities have arrested more than 50,000 Palestinian children since 1967, the Commission for Detainees and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs said in a statement yesterday. Abdul Nasser Ferwaneh, the commission’s head of Studies and Documentation Department, said that the Israeli occupation deals with Palestinian children like adults, stating that they are subject to the[…]

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Transnet opens up freight rail network to private operators

SA’s state rail company Transnet on Friday invited bids from the private sector to operate sections of its freight network, seeking a cash injection to improve the service. Transnet, whose rail infrastructure has been underperforming after years of underinvestment, widespread copper cable theft and vandalism, will be taking bids from[…]

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CT Fez maker takes his final bow

With little pomp and a heavy heart, 76-year-old Gosain Samsodien, Cape Town’s last traditional fez maker takes his final bow, or rather, sews his final thread, after more than two decades of service to the local and global Muslim community.   “This is my passion. I’ve been doing this for[…]

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