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Malaysia’s new deputy PM aims to be a role model for women

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s childhood ambition was to become a doctor and cure disease. Now that she is Malaysia’s most powerful female politician, she says her mission is to improve women’s rights. The 65-year-old made history this month when she was named Malaysia’s deputy prime minister. ...

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AFP to launch fact-checking sites in English, Spanish and Portuguese

PARIS (AFP) – Agence France-Presse (AFP) will launch fact-checking sites in English, Spanish and Portuguese with financial support from Facebook, the international news agency announced on Thursday. The new websites, based on AFP’s current Factuel site, will be dedicated to verifying and debunking fake news and disinformation spread online. They ...

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FATA-KPK merger: NA quashes FCR after 118 years

ISLAMABAD (Muslim Times) – With the adoption of landmark FATA reforms bill by National Assembly (NA), controversial Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) has on Thursday been quashed after 118 years. The words of FATA (Federally Administrated Tribal Areas) and PATA (Provincially Administrated Tribal Areas) have also been abolished from the section-2 ...

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Election results, major victory for Hezbollah: Commentator

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – In Lebanon, the Hezbollah resistance movement has solidified its presence as a major political force. On May 6, Lebanon held its first parliamentary elections in nine years. The vote had been delayed three times since 2009 due to the crisis in neighboring Syria as well as ...

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Afghans complete rare silk Quran

(AFP) – One of the only Qurans ever made from silk fabric has been completed in Afghanistan — a feat its creators hope will help preserve the country’s centuries-old tradition of calligraphy. Each of the Islamic holy book’s 610 pages was produced by hand in a painstaking process that took ...

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Ukraine president paid Trump lawyer $400K to land White House meeting

(News Desk) – US President Donald Trump’s long-time lawyer, Michael Cohen, has allegedly been paid $400,000 dollars to secure a meeting between his boss and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, a new report states. Cohen received the money from intermediaries acting on behalf of Poroshenko, BBC reported on Wednesday, citing sources ...

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