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Leading Muslim fashion designer jailed in Indonesia fraud
Asia, Featured

Leading Muslim fashion designer jailed in Indonesia fraud

    An Indonesian fashion designer who shot to global fame with her Muslim-themed collection was sentenced to 18 years in prison Wednesday for a multi-million dollar fraud and money-laundering. A court near Jakarta convicted Anniesa Hasibuan, 31, and her husband of cheating customers who booked pilgrimage trips to Islam's holiest city Mecca through a travel agency they operated. The pair were accused of bilking thousands of clients out of at least 848 billion rupiah ($60 million), a steep fall from grace for Hasibuan who had become a household name in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country. In 2016 Hasibuan's collection was shown at New York Fashion Week where all her runway models wore hijab head scarves and Muslim-inspired designs, a first for the prestigious ev...
Why Europeans Turned Against Trump
Europe, Featured

Why Europeans Turned Against Trump

    With the Trump administration’s recent withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the already rocky relationship between the United States and its European allies has become even more tenuous. For many Europeans, Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Iran accord crystallizes what they dislike about his approach to world affairs: Instead of multilateralism, it’s America First. Across much of Europe, anti-Americanism appears to be on the rise. Polls show plunging ratings for America, and European leaders are once again critical of Washington’s foreign policies. Commentators are issuing dark warnings about the fate of the transatlantic alliance. Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, has said that Europe can no longer rely on the United States and that ...
Austria calls for overhaul of EU free movement
Europe, Featured

Austria calls for overhaul of EU free movement

    Austria's vice-chancellor has called for EU member states to discuss reform of free movement ahead of his country taking over the bloc's rotating presidency. Heinz-Christian Strache, who leads the eurosceptic and far-right Freedom Party, questioned whether the EU rule allowing citizens to live and work in any other member state was smart. Considered one of the four freedoms of the EU, the free movement of people is a right fiercely guarded by EU officials as indivisible from membership of the bloc or its single market. The UK government's decision to quit the EU's single market after Brexit stems from Brussels' insistence that membership must be accompanied by continued adherence to free movement rules, with immigration a large part of the 2016 EU referendum campai...
Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko turns up alive after staged assassination
Featured, Russia

Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko turns up alive after staged assassination

    Arkady Babchenko, the Russian journalist reportedly murdered in Kiev, faked his death as part of a sting operation, Ukrainian officials have said. The 41-year-old, appeared at a Press conference alongside the head of the Ukrainian security service on Wednesday afternoon. Mr Babchenko, who was visibly tearful, said: Special apologies to my wife. Olechka, I am sorry, but there were no options here. The operation took two months to prepare. I was told a month ago. As a result of the operation, one person has been captured, he is being held. Vasily Gritsak, head of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) said the sting had been set up in order to thwart a genuine plot against Mr Babchenko's life. I can now reveal details of the SBU special operation, thanks to which we ...
Russia Sends Top Diplomat to Meet North Korea before Trump Meeting
Asia, Featured

Russia Sends Top Diplomat to Meet North Korea before Trump Meeting

    Russia will send its top diplomat to North Korea for discussions on a range of topics, including the rogue nation's nuclear weapons program, as uncertainty remains over a potential meeting between leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump. Pyongyang has invited Moscow’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to meet his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho, the government-run KCNA news agency reported on Wednesday. The Russian foreign ministry confirmed the report and accepted the invitation in a statement shortly after. The negotiations are planned between the foreign policy institutions’ heads, over the course of which they will likely discuss the bilateral agenda, opinions on the situation around the Korean peninsula situation and other key international as well ...