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International Women's Day celebrated around the world

  • History, strikes and celebrations.

  • You might have seen International Women's Day mentioned in the media or heard friends talking about it. But what is it for? When is it? Is it a celebration or a protest? And is there an equivalent International Men's Day?

Clara Zetkin founded International Women's Day in 1910Clara Zetkin founded International Women's Day in 1910London, March 8.– For more than a century people around the world have been marking 8 March as a special day for women. Read on to find out why.

1. When did it all start?

International Women's Day grew out of the labour movement to become a UN-recognised annual event.

The seeds of it were planted in 1908, when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter working hours, better pay and the right to vote. It was the Socialist Party of America who declared the first National Woman's Day, a year later.

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Saudi Arabia says Iran's actions have helped spread coronavirus around the world

  • Official condemns Iran for allowing Saudi citizens into the country without stamping their passports. 
  • Saudis who traveled to Iran must report their travel within 48 hours to avoid legal action.  Street view at RiyadhStreet view at Riyadh

Riyadh, March 5.– Saudi Arabia on Thursday said Iran was responsible for increasing the number of coronavirus cases and spreading the outbreak around the world.

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South China Sea of brewing troubles and its implications for India

Feb. 18.– For years, China, Brunei, Taiwan, Malaysia, Philippines, and Vietnam have contested overlapping claims to hundreds of coral reefs, features, and islets in the South China Sea. China’s man-made islands fortified with airstrips, anti cruise missiles, control towers, naval bases has allowed it to assert its sovereignty vigorously and poised it to seize greater control of the sea.

As it’s economic and military position bolstered, it resorted to bullying its small neighbors by illicitly entering their territorial waters or by hindering their oil and gas explorations in the disputed waters. China hoped that it would seek to buy the acquiescence for its terrorizing tactics by luring them into economic incentives and its dubious intentions for a stable and secure South China Sea. But Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam, frustrated with the status quo, are defying China’s dominance in the region turning the region into a new geopolitical flashpoint.

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Jeff Bezos Announces $10 Billion Fund to Combat Climate Change

Bezos offering billionaire donationBezos offering billionaire donationJeff Bezos, president and CEO of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, announced Monday that he was committing an initial $10 billion to “the Bezos Earth Fund”.

Washington DC, Feb. 17.– Jeff Bezos took the initiative in order to fund “any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world.”

“Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet. I want to work alongside others both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change on this planet we all share,” Bezos wrote in an Instagram post. “ . . . We can save Earth. It’s going to take collective action from big companies, small companies, nation states, global organizations, and individuals.”

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Could a united Ireland really happen?

The idea about the real, and growing, possibility of a united Ireland holds a romantic appeal far beyond a small corner of north-western Europe. For many years, unification was never more than a Republican fantasy. But something has changed. This week, Sinn Fein, which campaigns for unification, won the most first-preference votes in the republic’s election.

Irish unification is becoming likelier

Time to start thinking about what it might mean 

Dublin, Feb.13.– For most of the century since Ireland gained independence from Britain, control of the country has alternated between two parties. On February 8th that duopoly was smashed apart, when Sinn Fein got the largest share of first-preference votes in the republic’s general election. The party, with links to the Irish Republican Army (IRA), which bombed and shot its way through the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, won with a left-wing platform that included promises to spend more on health and housing. Yet it did not hide its desire for something a lot more ambitious. “Our core political objective”, its manifesto read, “is to achieve Irish Unity and the referendum on Unity which is the means to secure this.”

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