A Palestinian-Syrian love story crushed by Israeli air strike

A Palestinian-Syrian love story crushed by Israeli air strike

Gaza Strip - When Palestinians ventured out of their homes on Tuesday, following Israel's latest round of air raids on Gaza, they noticed an extraordinary scene near the bombed-out remains of the al-Rahma building. Hanging in the bedroom of a partially destroyed apartment was a wedding dress, covered in dirt and punctured with shrapnel. As crowds grew and looked…
Q&A: Morocco’s border chief hits back at criticism over migrants

Q&A: Morocco’s border chief hits back at criticism over migrants

Rabat, Morocco - More than 80,000 people have crossed into Europe this year from Africa, the Middle East and Asia after fleeing war, conflict or poverty. By mid-September this year, Spain received almost 35,000 migrants and refugees. Majority of these took the sea route, while almost 5,300 crossed into Ceuta and Melilla, the two Spanish enclaves that…
The Kosovo quandary is a win for Russia

The Kosovo quandary is a win for Russia

For nearly two decades, President Vladimir Putin has been on a mission to make Russia great again - to borrow a phrase from his American counterpart - and to right what he sees as the greatest "wrong" in the country's recent history: the collapse of the USSR and the loss of its superpower status. In…
Israel: Embattled Netanyahu warns of ‘irresponsible’ snap vote

Israel: Embattled Netanyahu warns of ‘irresponsible’ snap vote

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged his coalition partners not to bring down the government, saying holding snap elections now would be "irresponsible". Netanyahu made the remarks in a televised statement on Sunday, after meeting Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, a key coalition partner. The meeting was seen as a last attempt to prevent the…
Maldives has a new president. Here’s the 5 big issues he faces

Maldives has a new president. Here’s the 5 big issues he faces

Cannons blasted the balmy air of Male with a 21-gun salute on Saturday, just moments after Ibrahim Mohamed Solih finished taking the oath of office as the seventh president of the Maldives. It was a momentous occasion, one that capped a tense, months-long presidential contest, and a subsequent period of post-election uncertainty following years of…
Barricaded refugees ‘ready to die’ than return to Libya detention

Barricaded refugees ‘ready to die’ than return to Libya detention

Refugees and migrants refusing to leave a cargo boat in a Libyan port are pleading to be taken to Europe, saying they are prepared to die than be returned to detention in the North African country. As the standoff with Libyan authorities in Misrata entered its ninth day, two of those on board said on…
Car bomb blast in Iraq’s Tikrit kills five: officials

Car bomb blast in Iraq’s Tikrit kills five: officials

A car bomb blast has killed at least five civilians and wounded 16 others in northern Iraq's city of Tikrit, police and medical sources have said. The car was parked near a restaurant in Tikrit, about 175km north of capital, Baghdad. The blast set nearly a dozen vehicles on fire, police sources said on Sunday. …
Bollywood and MeToo: Film industry lifts sexual abuse taboo

Bollywood and MeToo: Film industry lifts sexual abuse taboo

Mumbai, India - The 2005 Bollywood drama Aashiq Banaya Aapne (You have made me your lover) saw its lead actress, Tanushree Dutta, reach celebrity status. Her fame rested on one song sequence in the film, where she is seen kissing her co-star multiple times.  Physical intimacy on screen was unusual for Indian cinema at the…
‘They said leave or else’: Why a Honduran family is fleeing to US

‘They said leave or else’: Why a Honduran family is fleeing to US

Tijuana, Mexico - It was the day of the 2017 general elections in Honduras when unknown men approached Obedi Miranda and her husband, Allan Escobar, two opposition Libre party activists. "They told us to leave, or else," Miranda said this week, sitting on a couch in a corner of a migrant and refugee shelter just after arriving…
How indigenous ‘vigilante’ grandfathers protect forest life

How indigenous ‘vigilante’ grandfathers protect forest life

Rovieng, Cambodia - At the edge of a forest on the northern plains of Cambodia, an indigenous community is building its own security system. It comprises a small outpost made of timber confiscated from illegal loggers at the main access point looters use as they look to rob the forest of its riches. For the…

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