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The dying art of beauty: Skin bleaching

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By Naila Missous, Despite the unprecedented freedoms that decolonisation has brought many Black and non-white people – especially in specific regions of Africa and Asia– freedom and its fulfilment along with contested meanings remain a preoccupation within Black and Asian cultural discourses and practices. This can be seen in the rise in popularity of skin bleaching. At the […]

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Cameron calls for suspension of sanctions on Burma

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By Simon Farnsworth  British Prime Minister David Cameron has called for the suspension of sanctions on Burma in recognition of democratic progress in the Asian state. Speaking with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon today, Mr Cameron said that “suspending rather than lifting sanctions is the right answer” as this would encourage further progress in […]

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Magnitude 8.6 earthquake off the coast of Indonesia triggers tsunami warning


By Hannah Masterson A massive 8.6 earthquake has struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Wednesday afternoon (Indonesia time), activating a tsunami alert for the Indian Ocean. The quake struck about 434 kilometres southwest of Banda Aceh, the capital of Indonesia’s Aceh province, and had a magnitude of 8.6 which had […]

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Government of India clarifies its stance on homosexuality fearing the Supreme Court’s wrath

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By Nivvedan Senthamil Selvan, Mumbai The Attorney General of India has appeared in the Supreme Court today to clarify that the government does not have any legal objections to the decriminalization of homosexuality by the Delhi High Court in 2009. Early this year, around 20 petitions were filed in the Supreme Court of India against […]

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Sachin Tendulkar hits his 100th hundred for India

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By Alex Jones Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar finally hit his 100th international hundred today after being stuck on 99 hundreds for over a year. The 38-year-old became the first cricketer to score a century of centuries during today’s Asia Cup clash with Bangladesh in Dkaka (Footage of the historic moment can be seen below). The […]

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Anti-gay petitions filed to outlaw homosexuality in India

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By Nivvedan Senthamil Selvan, Mumbai Around 20 petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court of India against the 2009 Delhi High Court ruling that decriminalized homosexuality in the country. The petitioners are mostly religious organizations and some individuals who claim to be acting in the interest of protecting public morality and social order. The […]

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Sahara severs all £285m ties with Indian cricket

By Sagar Sambrani, Kolkata It was announced yesterday by Sahara boss, Subrata Roy, that the firm has ended all ties with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Sahara, which has sponsored the national cricket team for 11 years and owned the IPL Pune Warrior franchise for the last year, has left after […]

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Feminism in the Middle East is not understood in the West

By Naila Missous It may appear a common assumption that all women residing in the Middle East are oppressed; and that their religion forces them to cover their bodies and sometimes faces. It is believed that Islam denies women an education and the right to work, and makes them subservient to men. It is certainly true that […]

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Ultimate review of 2011: November

By Naila Missous, Josh Wells, Dave Burridge, Vanessa Martinez, Cristian Meza, Matt Hill and Richard Smith   Politics and the economy The Greek PM threatened to put forward the idea of a referendum to the Greek people over an EU bailout. Much turbulence was experienced during this month with the Greek and Italian PM’s resigning from office. Debt fears continued […]

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Bangkok on high alert following terror threat

By Simon Farnsworth The US embassy in Bangkok has issued a warning to all of its citizens over a “credible” terrorism threat in the Thai capital. This comes after two suspected Hezbollah militants entered Thailand with one being arrested. Thai authorities were made aware of a terrorism plot, with origins in Lebanon, at the end of 2011 by Israeli authorities. They have […]

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