Pentagon authorises transfer of $1bn for US-Mexico border wall

Pentagon authorises transfer of $1bn for US-Mexico border wall

The Pentagon has authorised the transfer of $1bn to army engineers to build a portion of the wall along the US-Mexico border, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said. Shanahan said late on Monday in a memo to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen that the Department of Defense had the authority to support counter-narcotics activities near…
In India’s Assam, Muslim families evicted weeks before elections

In India’s Assam, Muslim families evicted weeks before elections

Hojai, India - After battling for life for five days at a hospital in Guwahati, the capital of the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Kulsuma Begum succumbed to her injuries on March 11. Her mother-in-law alleged police and paramilitary forces barged into her house to physically remove Kulsuma - who had given birth to a baby…
Trump formally recognises Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

Trump formally recognises Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

US President Donald Trump on Monday formally recognised Israeli sovereignty over the Israel-occupied Golan Heights, reversing decades of US policy.  The announcement came as Benjamin Netanyahu visited the White House in a trip the Israeli prime minister said he was cutting short after an early morning rocket, allegedly fired from the besieged Gaza Strip, struck…
Forum voor Democratie: Why has the Dutch far right surged?

Forum voor Democratie: Why has the Dutch far right surged?

Last week's provincial elections in the Netherlands saw the far-right Forum voor Democratie (FvD), or Forum for Democracy, make significant gains in the upper house of the Senate. Winning most votes and 13 seats - more than Prime Minister Mark Rutte's party - the result surprised observers. FvD previously had no seats in the 75-member…
Thailand parties manoeuvre for position amid election confusion

Thailand parties manoeuvre for position amid election confusion

Bangkok, Thailand - Thailand's main political parties were jostling for position on Monday amid confusion about the winner of a weekend poll that was fought under a complicated new voting system including elements of proportional representation. The Elections Commission delayed its announcement on the results from late on Sunday to Monday morning. It was then…
Yemen: Death from above

Yemen: Death from above

Every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen since 2015.
‘New Zealand cares’: Thousands attend Christchurch attack vigil

‘New Zealand cares’: Thousands attend Christchurch attack vigil

Christchurch, New Zealand - Thousands of New Zealanders have attended a mass vigil in Christchurch to mourn the 50 Muslims killed in an attack on two mosques. Nearly 40,000 people filled Christchurch's Hagley Park on Saturday evening, according to local officials, almost 10 days after a suspected white supremacist attacked the Al Noor and Linwood mosques. The March…
Thailand elections: Military-backed party takes lead

Thailand elections: Military-backed party takes lead

Bangkok, Thailand  - Preliminary results from Thailand's Election Commission show a military-backed party in the lead, in the country's first elections since a military coup in 2014. With about 90 percent of ballots in Sunday's long-delayed polls counted, the Palang Pracharat party had seven million votes. Pheu Thai, the party linked to the former Prime Minister…
On Irish border, anger at Westminster and fears of fresh violence

On Irish border, anger at Westminster and fears of fresh violence

County Armagh, Northern Ireland - The neglected carcass of an old customs building on the outskirts of the town of Newry, in an industrial area 20 minutes from the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, is covered in graffiti. It has been more than 20 years since trucks stopped at the site…
‘We have nothing’: A life in limbo for Malaysia’s Yemeni refugees

‘We have nothing’: A life in limbo for Malaysia’s Yemeni refugees

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Mahmoud was well into his shift baking bread when a burst of urgent shouts warned him of an approaching cordon of men in uniform. Time was of the essence and the 19-year-old, ever alert, wasted none of it. By the time the immigration officers barged into the bakery, trawling for those…

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