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Afghan president calls for Eid cease-fire with Taliban

AFGHAN PRESIDENT CALLS FOR EID CEASE-FIRE WITH TALIBAN. KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has announced a conditional cease-fire with Taliban insurgents for the duration of the Eid al-Adha holiday. President Ghani made the announcement Sunday during celebrations of the 99th anniversary of Afghanistan's independence. The "ceasefire can't be one sided," Ghani stressed. The Taliban did not immediately respond to the ... Full story

EgyptAir hijack: Cyprus extradites suspect Seif al-Din Mustafa

Image caption Mr Mustafa fought extradition to his home country for more than two years. An Egyptian man who hijacked a plane and diverted it to Cyprus has been deported to his home country after a two-year extradition battle. Seif al-Din Mustafa is accused of using a fake suicide belt on an internal EgyptAir flight and forcing it to land in Larnaca in Cyprus in March 2016. He said his motivation had been to seek asylum and highlight what he ... Full story

Ethnic cleansing makes a comeback — in China Washington Post

Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Themba Hadebe/AP). If ethnic cleansing takes place in China and nobody is able to hear it, does it make a sound? That’s what millions of Muslims inside the People’s Republic are asking as they watch the Chinese government expand a network of internment camps and systematic human rights abuses designed to stamp out their peoples’ religion and culture. Since last year, hundreds of thousands — and perhaps millions — ... Full story

Why has Turkey detained Christian pastor at centre of diplomatic crisis with US?

When Andrew Brunson saw a police summons on his door in late summer 2016, the US evangelical pastor thought it was a routine appointment to sort out his residency papers in Turkey , his home for nearly a quarter of a century. He went to the police station on October 7, 2016, was detained and later charged with involvement in a coup attempt. He is still in detention and is now at the centre of a diplomatic row that has fuelled Turkey's most ... Full story

China releases guideline on overcoming difficulties in fight against poverty

A guideline on the battle against poverty has been jointly released by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council. Full story

Afghanistan announces Muslim Eid holiday ceasefire with Taliban

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday announced a ceasefire with Taliban insurgents from Monday to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, despite heavy fighting seen over recent days in the central city of Ghazni. Full story

Brexiteers brush off Superdry boss’s £1m boost for second EU vote

Brexiteers have dismissed a £1 million donation by fashion tycoon Julian Dunkerton to the campaign group fighting for a second referendum, insisting more people than ever now wanted to leave the EU. The co-founder of the Superdry clothing brand said his donation to People’s Vote would be used to bankroll one of the biggest polling exercises undertaken in the UK, in support of their demand for a referendum on any final Brexit deal. However ... Full story

Ex-Kentucky judge sentenced to 20 years in prison for human trafficking

The Hill Avery Anapol © Provided by The Hill. A former Kentucky judge has been sentenced to 20 years in prison on human trafficking charges. Timothy Nolan, a 71-year-old former Campbell County District Judge, pleaded guilty to human trafficking and other felony sex crimes involving minors, according to multiple reports. Nolan is also a conservative political activist and worked on President Trump's campaign in Kentucky during the 2016 election. ... Full story

'We are real': Saudi feminists launch online radio

Image caption Saudi Arabia recently allowed women to drive but activists say more needs to be done. Operating out of a small room in an unknown country, a new internet radio station broadcasts a programme aimed at campaigning for greater women's rights in Saudi Arabia. With melancholy music playing in the background, the presenter of Nsawya FM (Feminism FM) addresses the issue of domestic violence in the Gulf kingdom. The presenter's voice ... Full story

Hezbollah leader meets with Yemeni rebels

HEZBOLLAH LEADER MEETS WITH YEMENI REBELS. BEIRUT (AP) — Hezbollah says its leader has met with a delegation from Yemen's Houthi rebels. The Lebanese militant group said Sunday that Hassan Nasrallah met with a delegation headed by Houthi spokesman Mohamad Abdelsalam to discuss the latest developments in Yemen's civil war. Hezbollah is believed to train and support the Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels, who are at war with a Saudi-led coalition ... Full story