Author: Leroy Manning

Tajikistan officially banned the hijab, imposing hefty fines in its latest move to curb Islamic influence. The Central Asian nation of Tajikistan officially prohibited the wearing of hijabs and other “alien garments” this week, as the country’s parliament passed a new bill regulating Islamic clothing and Eid celebrations. The bill, approved by the upper house of parliament, Majlisi Milli, on June 19, comes after years of an unofficial clampdown on the hijab in the Muslim-majority country. Under the new law, individuals wearing hijabs or other banned religious clothing could face hefty fines of up to 7,920 somonis (approximately $700). Companies…

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Europe’s new “Iron Lady”, Estonia’s Kaja Kallas, is one of the strongest voices for an uncompromising stand against belligerent Russia. Brussels (30 June – 28). Having grown up under the Soviet occupation of Estonia, Kaja Kallas was urging EU leaders to take the Russian threat seriously long before the invasion of Ukraine On Saturday, the Reform Party chose climate minister Kristen Michal to replace outgoing Kaja Kallas, who is the EU’s new High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The unanimous decision to nominate Michal was made following a closed-door meeting by the party’s governing board only two days after…

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Russia has reportedly lost a staggering amount of troops over the past 24 hours along with dozens of tanks and armoured vehicles as bloody fighting takes its toll on Vladimir Putin’s men. Russia lost a staggering 1,740 troops in a single day, the highest tally of casualties for Moscow since the start of the invasion in 2022, according to Ukraine. In the previous 24 hours, Ukraine also claimed Russia had lost 30 tanks and 42 armoured vehicles. Death toll and military hardware statistics are difficult to assess with both sides giving different or little information. However, Ukraine’s armed forces have claimed Russia has so far lost an eye-watering…

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Most dismissed retired IDF general Yitzhak Brick’s warning earlier this year of a Hamas invasion. Now Netanyahu wants his advice on how to win. Yitzhak Brick might be the only Israeli military official to see what was coming. And he’s been warning of it for some time. He also does not see a ground invasion of Gaza as the only option. And Israel must prepare for a multi-front war given the situation in the north. Brick cautioned, among other things, of problems with the competence of ground forces and made it clear that the ground invasion does not have to be…

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams is on a critical four-day trip Friday that began in Mexico and Ecuador, and later will take him to Colombia and the perilous Darien Jungle to discourage migrants from going to the US. Adams landed Friday in Ecuador where he toured migrant shelters and met Ecuadorian officials. He tried to get immigrants not to make the journey. “We are learning about Ecuadorian asylum seekers who came to America only to realize that they’ve been sold the lie that they will be able to work immediately. As a result, we’ve learned during this trip, that…

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The death toll from tornadoes that ravaged the US over the weekend rose to 33, according to local media. More than 60 tornadoes hit eight states from Arkansas to Delaware on Friday night. At least 15 weather-related casualties were reported in Tennessee county. Other deaths were reported in Alabama, Illinois, and Mississippi, along with one near Little Rock, Arkansas, where the mayor said more than 2,000 buildings were in a tornado’s path. At least 52 people have died since March 25 in tornadoes across eight states. According to the National Weather Service, the tornado was a high-end EF3 twister with…

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A year away from the country’s next presidential election, Democrats and abortion rights advocates won a series of victories in elections in several U.S. states Tuesday. Voters in the state of Ohio approved a constitutional amendment guaranteeing access to abortion and other forms of reproductive health care. The measure follows the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year to overturn the 1972 Roe v. Wade decision that had protected abortion rights. Ohio was one of several states where an abortion ban went into effect as a result of the court’s decision. Before Ohio, voters in several other states, including California, Kansas,…

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WASHINGTON — Among the guests at a $2,000-a-plate dinner for Xi Jinping Wednesday night was Luca Berrone, attending as a guest of the Chinese government. The Des Moines businessman worked with the volunteer-driven Iowa Sister States program to establish a relationship with Hebei Province in 1983. It was a connection made with corn and solidified with soybeans by an organization that “is dedicated to connecting Iowans with to the world community.” The group’s mission, it says “is to develop and implement programs that promote the cultural, economic and other interests of Iowa and its friends around the world.” One of…

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NEW YORK — The U.S. flu season is under way, with at least seven states reporting high levels of illnesses and cases rising in other parts of the country, health officials say. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted new flu data Friday, showing very high activity last week in Louisiana, and high activity in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, New Mexico and South Carolina. It was also high in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, the U.S. territory where health officials declared an influenza epidemic earlier this month. “We’re off to the races,” said Dr. William Schaffner, a…

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Friday called for establishing a Palestinian state “demilitarized with guarantees and the presence of European, American or UN forces.” This came in a joint press conference held in Cairo with Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and his Belgian counterpart Alexander De Croo after a meeting to discuss developments in the Gaza Strip, according to Egypt’s official MENA news agency. “There must be a Palestinian state according to the June 4 (1967) borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, side by side with Israel,” al-Sisi said. “We are ready for this state to be demilitarized,…

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