This photo was taken in a restroom in an airport during a

  ”Good girls” do what they’re told, are quiet, don’t argue or risk embarrassing their families. Reem and Rawan say they had turned being “good girls” into a fine art.

  ”In our house, we (were) always the good girls they wanted us to be. So, if they want us to

clean, we will clean. If they want us to cook, then we will cook,” 18-year-old Rawan says.

  ”The last two years it was really bad, because I just forget who I am, I am just pretending (to be) like an Islamic girl,” says her 20-year-old sister, Reem.

  They went to school, studied hard and avoided confrontation. Of course, the same rules d

idn’t apply to their brothers. Beat your sisters, the siblings say their brothers were told, it’ll make you better men.

  Reem and Rawan are reluctant to talk about the abuse at the hands of their family. They say it

didn’t happen all the time, just enough to remind them of the rules. And enough to fill them with terror ab

out what might happen if anyone found out about their plan or, worse still, caught them carrying it out.

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On the last night of the trip, the sisters launched into action

  Reem pre-booked the taxi. It was Rawan’s job to retrieve their passports from a bag stored in their parents’ bedroom. Around 2 a.m

., she tip-toed past them as they slept, took the bag with their passports, then snuck back in again to return the bag so as not to raise suspicion.

  ”It’s a really great memory, exciting,” Rawan tells CNN, smiling. Of the two sisters, she‘s the more talkative, taking the lead and occasi

onally looking to her sister for advice on the right word in English. Reem is more reserved. She’s careful about what she says and who to tr

ust. They both have dark, short, curly hair and being small in stature seem much younger than their years.

  When the cab driver arrived at 5 a.m., the sisters say they did something they’d never do

ne before. They pulled on jeans they’d bought in secret and walked out of the house without their abayas.

  It was only after they arrived at Colombo Airport that the sisters booked the flight they’d

meticulously researched online: SriLankan Airlines flight UL892 departing Colombo at 9 a.m., arriving Hong Kong a

t 5:10 p.m. local time. From there, they’d take Cathay Pacific flight CX135 departing at 7:10 p.m. for Melbourne, Australia.

  They had no trouble boarding the plane for the roughly six-hour flight to Hong Kong.

  It was after they arrived in at Hong Kong International Airport that things started to go wrong.

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We’ll have some players back and there’s no point crying

  ”We must have faith,” Juventus coach Max Allegri told BT Sport.

  ”We’ll have some players back and there’s no point crying over spilled milk. We knew it was going to be tough, that Atletico Mad

rid force you to play badly, with a slow tempo. We moved the ball quicker in the first half, but not in the second.

  ”We got the approach wrong in the second half. It’s that simple. These things can happen, there will be great disappoint

ment after this 2-0, but we can turn it around. It won’t be easy, we need a great second leg, but it can be done and we must have faith.”

  In the night’s other game, 10-man Manchester City came from behind to win 3-2 at German side Schalke.

  Nabil Bentaleb scored two first-half penalties to cancel out Sergio Aguero’s opener and ensure Schalke led 2-1 at the interval.

  City hit back in the second half, recovering from losing Nicolas Otamendi to a re

d card before goals from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling secured victory.

  Pep Guardiola’s team had looked in control before the game was turned on its head by VAR.

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Eighth Labour MP resigns from party, as Corbyn and allies

Another British member of parliament has quit the opposition Labour Party, in the wake of se

ven lawmakers splitting to form the Independent Group in Parliament earlier this week.

Those lawmakers cited disagreements over Brexit with Labour’s left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn, an

d concerns over alleged anti-semitism within the party as their reasons for leaving the party.
Late

on Tuesday, Joan Ryan, MP for the London constituency of Enfield North and chair of the Labour Friends of Israel, tweete

d that she was leaving the party because it had in her view “become infected with the scourge of anti-Jewish racism.”

In a strongly worded resignation letter, she blamed Corbyn for the current situatio

n and said she could not “in good conscience support or represent a party which adopts such an attitude.”

After 4 decades, I have made the terribly difficult decision to resign from the Labour Party. It is the

greatest honour of my life to represent the people of #Enfiel

dNorth. I will continue to represent and speak up for them as a member of the @TheIndGroup of MPs #ChangePolitics

pic.twitter.com/W8UEsJG7RhLate last year, Ryan’s constituency passed a motion of no confidence in her 94-92. Acco

rding to the Times, the motion pointed to her constant criticisms of Corbyn, saying Ryan had “fueled and indee

d inflamed trial by media of the Labour leader.” Ryan, the motion said, behaved like “an independent MP in all but name.”

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Labour won people over on a programme for the many

not the few — redistributing wealth and power, taking vital resources into public ownership, inv

esting in every region and nation, and tackling climate change,” Corbyn added.In the most

recent election, Ryan saw her vote share increase substantially, along with a countrywide swing towards Labo

ur, though in her own election material Ryan urged voters not to associate her with the Labour leader.
Whi

le the Independent Group — as the collection of largely centrist ex-Labour MPs is currently called — has so far dama

ged the opposition party, attention will now turn to the ruling Conservatives.
Several Tory MPs are reportedly consi

dering joining the group, over disagreements with Prime Minister Theresa May regarding Brexit, as the vote

to leave the European Union continues to cause chaos in British politics, with only 37 days until it is due to take effect.

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Saudi investment in Pakistan reflects inclusiveness of

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has pledged $20 billi

on investment in Pakistan during his trip to the South Asian country over the we

ekend, the first leg of his Asian tour that also includes stops in neighboring India and China.

The unprecedented Saudi investment, half of which will support a refiner

y and petrochemicals complex in the port of Gwadar, is expected to shore up Pa

kistan’s economy hurt by widening current account and fiscal deficits and strengthen trade ties between the two countries.

Some observers are quick to compare the Saudi investment with the China-Pakistan Economic Cor

ridor (CPEC) project under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). But for Prime Minister Imran Khan, both are welcome.

“We have CPEC. We have links with China. So we welcome Saudi Arabia to participate with us,” he said.

The crown prince also stressed the potential of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which will contribute to the development and prosperity of the region.

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One of the goals of Pompeo’s visit is to rebuild the political

relationship between the US and Central and Eastern Europe. The US will also launch a Future Leaders Ex

change Program, providing one-year academic scholarships for Hungarian high school students to study in the US.

There are many aspects to US strategic return to Central and Eastern Europe. First, the US can

enhance energy cooperation with the region. The regional countries would prefer not to become overly dependent on Russia.

The US has already voiced strong opposition to the energy cooperation between Germany and Russia via the Nord Stream 2 project.

Given that the US is set to become a net energy exporting country in 2020, it could become a major source of energy for Central and Eastern European countries.

Second, the US will strengthen political cooperation with Central and Eastern European countries.

The region has undertaken multifaceted diplomacy, hoping to win more policy initiatives in tod

ay’s volatile geopolitical dynamic. As they receive less political and economic promises from the EU, they are turning to e

xternal powers such as China and Russia. The US wants to get back in as quickly as possible to make up for its absence.

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Modi reforms for foreign investment worth applause

India has accelerated its efforts to make it easier to do business in the country. As China’s labor cost ad

vantage shrinks, Chinese enterprises should pay attention to changes in the Indian economy.

In 2018, India saw more than $38 billion of inbound deals, outnumbering t

hat of China for the first time in two decades, the Economic Times reported. India is

moving in the right direction to make foreign investment a powerful engine for economic growth and poverty alleviation. It

is the same strategy adopted by China three decades ago at the initial stage of its industrialization process.

Ahead of a general election, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing growing discont

ent as people question whether his reforms can create enough jobs for young people. But the foreign inve

stment figures suggest that Modi has done a good job in addressing unemployment.

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ina’s monetary policy to sail out of the ‘reefs’ and into

The year 2018 saw China’s monetary policy carefully sail through the “reefs,” as economic slowd

own and surging exchange rate risk left little room for adjustment. However, since the be

ginning of this year, major internal and external changes have broken the dilemma.

From the internal perspective, in January 2019, the “loose credit s

upply” saw improvement in terms of both volume and structure, barriers to implem

enting monetary policy removed, which is expected to guide the Chinese economy to stabilize in the first quarter.

First of all, China’s outstanding broad money supply, or M2, grew 8.4 percent year-on-year in January, while new yuan loans and social fina

ncing both soared to historic monthly highs at 3.23 trillion yuan ($478 billion) and 4.64 trillion yu

an, respectively. The figures showed that “loose fiscal policy” has had a positive effect on credit supply to the pri

vate sector, thus pushing up the growth rate for total social financing. It is expected that in the first quarter of 2019, wi

th the gradual implementation of “loose fiscal policy,” the volume of “loose credit supply” will remain at a high level.

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Modi’s visit to disputed region imperils thaw in ties

Recently, China and India were engaged in a jagged excha

nge of words over Modi’s visit to South Tibet, a mountainous region under substantial dispute b

etween the two Asian giants. Although China’s stance on the boundary issue is cons

istent and crystal-clear that it has never recognized the so-called “A

runachal Pradesh” and is firmly opposed to any Indian leaders’ presence there, it was Modi who has repeatedly touched the raw nerve.

Such exchange – though it has happened in the past during China’s Spring Festivals in February 2015 and February 2018 – is p

articularly noteworthy: Modi’s latest visit followed the in

formal leadership summit in Wuhan in April 2018 which was widely seen as the key effort

from both sides to improve diplomatic ties and rebuild trust since the 73-day-long armed standoff in Doklam.

Such actions by Modi would inevitably affect the progress

ade by both sides, further complicating the boundary issue and exacerbating mutual suspicion.

Modi’s recent presence in South Tibet was largely driven b

y electoral considerations, aimed at mobilizing support for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahe

ad of the general elections, which are due in India in April and May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha.

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