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THIS WARLORD COULD DETERMINE THE FUTURE OF SUDAN

May 24 2019
Sudan
Source: 
VICE News
Protesters stood behind a brick barricade in downtown Khartoum last week and did what they've done for almost two months: demand an end to Sudan's military rule. But the soldiers on the other side had a different response. First, they raised their weapons skyward and fired into the air.
 
"Then they started aiming," said Muzdihir Abdulmunim, a 31-year-old father of two, speaking from a hospital bed after the attack. "And that's when I was shot."
 

Sudan protest leaders seek supporters' view to end deadlock

May 23 2019
Sudan
Source: 
THE DAILY STAR LEBANON
Sudan's protest leaders said Thursday they will seek advice from demonstrators camped outside army headquarters on how to break the deadlock in talks with the military council on installing civilian rule.
 
Talks between the two sides have been suspended since Monday after a disagreement over who should lead a new governing body - a civilian or the military.
 

NA speaker calls for enhancing Pakistan-Qatar cooperation

May 23 2019
Pakistan
Qatar
Source: 
THE NATION
Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its relations with Qatar since both the countries were tied in eternal bonds of common religion, brotherhood, history and culture.
 
The Speaker NA stated this while talking to Ambassador of Qatar Saqr Bin Mubarak Al-Mansouri who called on him in Parliament House on Tuesday.
 

Hafter rejects Macron call for unconditional ceasefire

May 23 2019
Libya
Source: 
Libya Herald
Libyan National Army (LNA) commander, Khalifa Haftar, rejected calls for a ceasefire in the Tripoli fighting during his talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris yesterday. Hafter was reported to have said that he was willing to negotiate a ceasefire ‘‘if certain conditions are met’’. These conditions were not made public.
 

Présidentielle du 4 juillet: fin du délai de dépôt des candidatures samedi

May 23 2019
Algeria
Source: 
HuffPost

Le délai pour le dépôt de la déclaration de candidature à la présidence de la République auprès du Conseil constitutionnel, en prévision de l’élection présidentielle du 4 juillet prochain, prend fin samedi à minuit, conformément à l’article 140 de la loi organique portant régime électoral.

Kuwait calls for restoring calm in region

May 22 2019
Kuwait
Source: 
XINHUANET
Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Tuesday called for restoring calm in the Middle East region, amid rising tensions between Iran and the United States
 
During a visit to Kuwait's Foreign Ministry, the emir was quoted by the official news agency KUNA as saying that the escalation of tensions has been accelerating in the region and "we hope calm is restored and wisdom prevails."
 

Afghan opposition threatens protests over presidential term

May 22 2019
Afghanistan
Source: 
Gandhara

A coalition of candidates in this year’s Afghan presidential election has said it will lead protests countrywide for President Ashraf Ghani to step down after what it says is the end of his constitutional term.

The presidential palace has countered that the demand violates the law. A presidential spokesman said the country’s Supreme Court has already allowed Ghani to remain in office until after the election, which is scheduled for September.

Omani wins Booker International Prize

May 22 2019
Oman
Source: 
perth now
Omani author Jokha Alharthi has won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for "Celestial Bodies," the story of three sisters in a desert country confronting its slave-owning past and the modern world.
 
Alharthi is the first Arabic-language writer to get the prize and the first female writer from Oman to be translated into English.
 
She will split the 50,000 pound ($A92,773) purse with translator Marilyn Booth.
 

It's over: Jokowi wins

May 22 2019
Indonesia
Source: 
Jakarta Post

The General Elections Commission (KPU) announced incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as the winner of the 2019 presidential election early on Tuesday morning, giving the president a second and final term in office.

Jokowi captured 55.5 percent of the vote or over 85 million votes, 17 million more than rival Prabowo Subianto, who received over 68 million votes or 44.5 percent of the vote.

New law qualitative leap in service of foreign Haj pilgrims: Benten

May 22 2019
Saudi Arabia
Source: 
Saudi Gazette
The Council of Ministers on Tuesday approved the Law for the Service Providers of Foreign Haj Pilgrims. The Council endorsed the law after examining an earlier decision of the Shoura Council and recommendation of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs (CEDA). There is a provision in the law for the institutional restructuring of the tawafa organizations so as to transform them into closed joint stock companies.
 

Can Oman pull the US and Iran back from the brink of confrontation?

May 22 2019
Iran
Oman
Source: 
TRTWORLD
Oman's goodwill and relationships with the Muslim world and the West could prove vital, as they have historically, to ensuring that US-Iran tensions don't boil over.
 
Against the backdrop of escalating tension in Iran’s relations with the United States, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Sultanate of Oman’s Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah went to Tehran on May 20. 
 

Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo rejects election result, vows to challenge it in Constitutional Court

May 21 2019
Indonesia
Source: 
THE STRAITS TIMES
Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto on Tuesday (May 21) said he will not accept the election commission's (KPU) official result showing he lost to incumbent President Joko Widodo in last month's presidential election and plans to challenge it in the Constitutional Court, on the grounds of election fraud.
 
His comments came as Mr Joko expressed his desire to reach out to Mr Prabowo and his running-mate Sandiaga Uno in the spirit of democracy.
 

What Is Behind Protests Against US-Backed Forces in Eastern Syria?

May 21 2019
Syria
Source: 
Voz de América
For three consecutive weeks, residents in parts of the eastern Syrian province of Deir el-Zour have been protesting against U.S.-backed forces that recently defeated Islamic State in its last stronghold there.
 
With help from the U.S., Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-led military alliance, has controlled large parts of eastern Syria after removing IS militants from the region.
 

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