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South Koreans vote for new parliament after economy, corruption dominate campaign

Seoul, South Korea Reuters South Koreans vote to elect a new parliament on Wednesday in a bitterly fought race seen by some analysts as a referendum on President Yoon Suk Yeol, whose popularity has suffered amid a cost of living crisis and a spate of political scandals. The opposition Democratic Party (DP), which already dominates […]

Push to mobilise turnout as Egyptians vote for president

People stand next to a polling station on the first day of the presidential election in Cairo, Egypt, on 10th December, 2023.

Suez, Egypt Reuters Egyptians, some arriving on buses or stationed waving national flags outside polling stations, voted on Monday in the second of three days in a presidential election in which Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to sweep to a third, six-year term. Many have shown little interest or knowledge about the election, which is […]

Argentine President Milei warns economic shock unavoidable in maiden speech

Argentina's new Vice President Victoria Villarruel and Argentina's President Javier Milei embrace during their swearing-in ceremony at the National Congress, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 10th December, 2023.

Buenos Aires, ArgentinaReuters Argentina libertarian economist Javier Milei took office on Sunday warning in his maiden speech that he had no alternative to a sharp, painful fiscal shock to fix the country’s worst economic crisis in decades, with inflation heading towards 200 per cent. “There is no alternative to a shock adjustment,” he said on […]

Sudan’s displaced millions struggle to survive as economy seizes up

People hold pots as volunteers distribute food in Omdurman, Sudan, 3rd September, 2023

Port Sudan, Sudan Reuters About two months after heavy clashes around his home in Sudan’s capital drove Sherif Abdelmoneim to flee, soaring rent and food costs forced the 36-year-old and his family of six to return to a city where fighting still rages. Most of those who fled Khartoum after war between the army and […]

Egypt blackouts become symbol of malaise a decade after Sisi’s rise

A general view shows light around the mosque of Al-Fattah Al-Alim in the New Administrative Capital, east of Cairo, Egypt, on 2nd August, 2023.

Cairo, EgyptReuters For Egyptians grown used to a decade of reliable power supplies and boasts of vast investments in generation, a wave of rolling blackouts came as a shock – shaking faith in President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s record months before an election. Along with record inflation and a sharp weakening of the currency, the outages […]

Beauty salon ban in Afghanistan a blow to women’s financial freedom

A woman wearing a niqab enters a beauty salon where the ads of women have been defaced by a shopkeeper in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 6th October, 2021.

Kabul, AfghanistanReuters For the last eight years, Marzia Reyazee has supported her family with the earnings from her female-only beauty salon in Afghanistan, a business she spent more than $US18,000 setting up. But the 34-year-old mother of two is likely to find herself without her business, and with few other prospects for a livelihood, when […]