After some physical warming-up and chanting, the 108 participants immersed themselves into a tub filled with cold water and large ice blocks, wishing for good health for the new year.
The rap singer articulated citizen discontent over the killings of protesters in November and his songs went viral, resonating with disgruntled Iranians.
In panels of spare, black-and-white drawings, Shimizu tells the story of Mihrigul Tursun, a real Uighur woman who now lives in the United States and says she was beaten and detained in China for being a Uighur.
The Gulf nation has a notorious reputation for spying on its own citizens and other nationalities, and this time a mobile app was used for data breach.
The musician said the initiative came about as he felt democratic institutions were being undermined by the spread of misinformation.
The recent investigation exposing the UAE's cyber-surveillance program fits in neatly with the country's quest to silence democratic actors across the Middle East.
President Hage Geingob, Namibia's third leader since the sparsely populated and mostly arid country freed itself from the shackles of apartheid South Africa in 1990, was seeking a second and final term in the November 27 election.
Animal deaths in the Kashmir conflict have gone mostly undocumented and are treated as collateral damage unworthy of headlines.
Abu Bakr al Baghdadi's 65-year-old sister, known as Rasmiya Awad, was captured in a raid on Monday evening on a trailer container she was living in with her family near the town of Azaz in Aleppo province.
According to independent online air quality index monitor AirVisual, New Delhi was the most polluted major city in the world, at twice the level of Lahore in Pakistan, which was a distant second.
A Japanese newspaper reported that the National Tax Agency found ex-CEO of Nissan Carlos Ghosn used the company’s money for several years to pay consultant's fees to his sister for fictitious work and to make donations to a university in Lebanon.
Bangladesh cricket players release a list of demands and the boycott has affected the ongoing National Cricket League, the country's first class cricket competition, and the national training camp ahead of the tour of India.
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