Vlhova wins again in Lech parallel race to extend overall lead
Slovakia's World Cup leader Petra Vlhova pushed herself to the limit to win a women's parallel event under lights in Lech, Austria on Thursday.Vlhova, who won two Levi slaloms last weekend, beat Paula Moltzan in the big final after the American slipped when appearing to be in the lead.The 25-year-old increased her overall lead to 185 points after her third straight win and 17th in her career while Moltzan's second place was her first World Cup podium spot.Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami was third.The races, effectively mini giant slaloms, saw two skiers come down at the same time on adjacent courses. T...
Malaysia leader wins budget vote
Malaysia Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin survived a key test of his leadership on Thursday when he won enough support in parliament for his 2021 budget.House Speaker Azhar Azizan Harun determined that the budget was passed in a voice vote. Just 13 lawmakers called for votes to be counted individually, fewer than the 15 required for bloc voting to be held. The results will ensure Muhyiddin, who took power in March, remains in office for now as the budget enters a second round of debates next week.Muhyiddin’s victory on Thursday came after months of pressure on him to prove he commands majority ...
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MNLF leader backs term extension for Bangsamoro Transition Authority
MNLF leader backs term extension for Bangsamoro Transition AuthorityJohn Unson(Philstar.com) – November 26, 2020 – 11:36amCOTABATO CITY, Philippines — A faction of the Moro National Liberation Front favors a three-year extension of the terms of appointed Bangsamoro officials under a chief minister from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.The tenure of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim — also known as Al Haj Murad — and of 79 other members of the BARMM parliament whom President Rodrigo Duterte appointed last year is valid only until 2022.MNLF Chairman Mus...
Hong Kong leader unveils plan on restoring order, boosting economy
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Wednesday the government will urgently restore social order in the territory while eyeing on closer economic ties with mainland cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area to weather the economic downturn amid the coronavirus pandemic.In the long-overdue policy address postponed from October to seek Beijing's supporting initiatives, the chief executive's primary focus fell on the impact of last year's social unrest on the local economy, while she applauded the imposition of the sweeping anti-subversion law for stabilizing the territory."Some people...
Indigenous leader who fought for communities and conservation mourned in Peru
When Benjamín Rodríguez Grandez, an Indigenous leader in the Putumayo region of the Amazon in northern Peru, became sick with apparent COVID-19 symptoms in July, he was evacuated to Iquitos, the nearest major city.Getting there was the only way to receive treatment in a hospital with an intensive care unit, and it highlighted the vulnerability of Indigenous Amazonian communities during the pandemic, cut off as most are from main highways and infrastructure by jungles, rivers, and state negligence.Rodríguez, a leader from the Huitoto tribe who dedicated his life to preserving Indigenous customs...
Local leader slain in South
PATTANI: An assistant village headman was killed by gunmen in Yarang district on Tuesday night, police said.Aliya Baheni, an assistant chief of Ban Sarong, was attacked on a road near Moo 3 village in tambon Khao Tum about 9.10pm by men using military-grade weapons, police said.Aliya was riddled with bullets and left dead on the road.Police and solldiers called to the scene found 15 spent cartridges from automatic firearms scattered nearby.Police were investigating.
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Tigray leader tells Ethiopian PM his people 'ready to die'
The leader of Ethiopia's dissident Tigray region has said that his people are "ready to die" defending their homeland, rejecting Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's ultimatum that they surrender within 72 hours.Abiy launched a military campaign against the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) on November 4, accusing it of attacking two federal military camps in the northern region, as well as defying and seeking to destabilise his government.The federal army says its forces are within 60 kilometres (37 miles) of Mekele, the Tigrayan capital and seat of the TPLF, ahead of a threatened all-out bombar...
The new leader of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb will aim to 'keep entrenching in local dynamics'
Five months after the killing of Abdelmalek Droukdel by French forces in northern Mali, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has announced that Abu Ubaïda Yussef al-Aanabi, the head of the group’s “Council of Dignitaries”, is its new leader. Aanabi responded to questions from FRANCE 24 in 2019; now, our reporter Wassim Nasr explained the implications of his new role.Aanabi became a jihadist in 1992 and has lead AQIM's Shura Council since 2010, said Nasr, FRANCE 24's expert on jihadist movements.Aanabi has been on the US international terrorism list since 2015 and on an Interpol terrorism lis...
Al-Qaeda in North Africa appoints leader to replace Droukdel
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has chosen a new leader to replace Abdelmalek Droukdel, who was killed in June by French forces, the SITE monitoring group reported on Saturday.Algerian Abu Obaida Yusuf al-Annabi, the head of AQIM's "Council of Dignitaries", was named as Droukdel's successor, SITE said.Al-Annabi has been on the American "international terrorist" blacklist since September 2015, according to the Counter Extremism Project.He has regularly appeared in the group's propaganda videos, and in 2013 famously demanded that Muslims retaliate against France's intervention in Mali.AQI...
Don’t Fight Over Rawlings Death – Otumfuo
Otumfuo Osei Tutu IITHE ASANTEHENE, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has paid glowing tribute to the memory of former President Jerry John Rawlings, stressing that the late Ghanaian leader faithfully served his country.In this regard, he has sternly warned interested stakeholders, who are supposed to work and ensure a befitting burial and funeral rites for Mr. Rawlings, to peacefully work together to avert confusion.Describing the late Mr. Rawlings as a great statesman who dedicated most of his lifetime on earth to serve his country, the Asante King stated emphatically that Mr. Rawlings deserved a peacef...
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