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The ethnic crackdown on Uighurs in China

There are about 11 million Uighurs living in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, China. Uighurs are a predominantly Muslim, Turkic-speaking ethnic group that has been victim to mass detentions. Since April 2017, around 800,000 to 2 million Uighurs and Muslims from other ethnic groups have been detained in Xinjiang according to government officials.  There are …

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Snapshot: Mount Sinabung’s eruptions engulf local villages

Mount Sinabung, located on North Sumatra erupted again on 13 August 2020, making it the 8th time it has erupted according to Gulf News. The volcano, which had been dormant for 400 years, has been active since an eruption in 2010. The eruption released a large plume of dust and ash over 3 miles into …

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Snapshot: The Slipper Revolution, a political crisis

protesters in belarus

Violent protests in Belarus broke out following the elections that allowed president Aleksandr G. Lukashenko to remain in power winning 80% of the vote. With protestors demonstrating against the falsified elections and arresting political opponents, Lukashenko has been criticised as “Europe’s last dictator.” Demonstrations have coined the name Slipper Revolution as an aim to squash …

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Why won’t Britons wear a mask like everyone else?

From 24 July, face coverings were made compulsory in enclosed public places in England. This adds to the government’s existing rules of wearing a mask when using public transport enforced on 15 June. Recent legislation made by the English government gives police the power to ensure that wearing a face covering on public transport is …

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