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This Week in History: November 16 – November 22

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid November 16, 1988: Benazir Bhutto Becomes First Female Muslim Head of State In the first free general elections held on November 16, 1988, Benazir Bhutto became the first female prime minister of Pakistan and the Muslim world’s first female head of state.

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Spain Votes to Break Political Deadlock, Far Left Set to Rise

By Julien Toyer and Emma Pinedo MADRID, June 26 – Spaniards voted on Sunday in a parliamentary election in which the anti-austerity party Podemos is expected to make big gains, potentially delivering a fresh jolt to Europe’s political mainstream after Britain voted to leave the European Union. The last election, in December, broke the mould

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Dissent Stifled, Not Crushed, in Turkish Ruling Party as PM Exits

By Orhan Coskun and Ercan Gurses ANKARA, May 9 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan may have stamped his authority on the ruling AK Party with the exit of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, but the move has pushed dissent underground rather than cementing unity in its ranks. Davutoglu’s announcement that he will not run again for

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From Icon to Politician: The Changing Face of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

By Aung Hla Tun and Antoni Slodkowski NAYPYITAW, Dec 14 – When Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi spoke warmly on a recent radio show about a critical meeting that followed her landslide election victory, she was referring to talks with the very man who had detained her for 15 years. Listeners might have been surprised

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American Reset?

The next U.S. president will have to take on the Middle East. But do contenders know their Baghdad from their Basra? BY Roshanak Taghavi, Safa Joudeh, Ammar Abdullah, Suadad Al Salhy and Maher Abu Khater It is a truth universally acknowledged that when it comes to the Middle East, pragmatism trumps idealism for U.S. presidents.

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Hints At Election Win; Rohingya Barred From Voting

By Staff Reporter Preliminary results from Myanmar’s first free elections in 25 years indicate a landslide victory for Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD). It is expected to win the largest share of votes from an electorate of about 30 million according to results reported by Reuters. On Monday, the country’s election commission announced

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