Malaysia death penalty abolition opens door to drug policy review

Malaysia death penalty abolition opens door to drug policy review

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Drugs have long attracted the harshest penalties here. Under the Dangerous Drugs Act, anyone found with 200 grams of cannabis, 40 grams of cocaine, and 15 grams of heroin or morphine risks being charged with drug trafficking - a crime that carries the death penalty. The burden of proof doesn't even…
Denmark authenticates video of murder of Scandinavian in Morocco

Denmark authenticates video of murder of Scandinavian in Morocco

Danish intelligence services said they have authenticated a video showing the murder of one of two Scandinavian women in Morocco. "The PET (intelligence service) confirms that a video circulating on the internet shows the murder of one of the two women killed in Morocco," the authorities said in a statement on Thursday.  The video purportedly…
Hundreds feared drowned in Tanzania ferry disaster

Hundreds feared drowned in Tanzania ferry disaster

Tanzanian rescue workers have resumed search for survivors feared drowned after a passenger ferry capsized in the south of Lake Victoria killing at least 79 people. Twenty-seven bodies were recovered on Friday morning when the rescue operation resumed at the crack of dawn, Mwanza's regional commissioner John Mongella told Al Jazeera. Thirty-seven people were rescued after…
One-third of world’s stunted children live in India: Report

One-third of world’s stunted children live in India: Report

A major study published on Thursday warned of a malnutrition crisis in almost every country in the world with India holding about one-third of the world's burden for stunting. Forty-six million children in India are stunted because of malnutrition and 25.5 million more are defined as "wasted" - meaning they do not weigh enough for…
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…
Syrian refugees guide their way to integration in Oxford museum

Syrian refugees guide their way to integration in Oxford museum

Oxford, United Kingdom - Leaning in closely over a brass sphere the size of a clenched fist, Hussein Kara Ahmed explains to his audience the mechanical workings of the world's only complete surviving spherical astrolabe, created by a 15th-century Islamic craftsman named Musa. A Syrian refugee who fled deadly violence in his home city of…
Report: More than 40 killed in Zimbabwe bus accident

Report: More than 40 killed in Zimbabwe bus accident

At least 42 passengers have been confirmed dead, Zimbabwe police said Friday, after a suspected gas tank exploded on a bus, with pictures showing the burnt-out wreckage of the vehicle. The accident happened late on Thursday in Gwanda district, about 550km south of Harare, Zimbabwe's capital. "At the moment we know that more than 42…
Up to $10,000: What migrant workers pay for a job in GCC

Up to $10,000: What migrant workers pay for a job in GCC

Doha, Qatar - Mewa Singh is a 50-year-old labourer from the Indian state of Punjab. With a family of five to feed, he moved to Qatar 14 years ago because he didn't have a regular income in India. "I was the sole bread earner for the family. The money wasn't enough," Singh told Al Jazeera…
‘Iconic’ image of Palestinian protester in Gaza goes viral

‘Iconic’ image of Palestinian protester in Gaza goes viral

An image of a shirtless young protester in Gaza gripping a Palestinian flag with one hand and swinging a slingshot over his head with the other has drawn comparisons with the iconic French Revolution painting, Liberty Leading the People. Captured on October 22 by Mustafa Hassouna of Turkey's Anadolu Agency, the photo shows 20-year-old Palestinian…
Indonesia: Landslide kills school children in North Sumatra

Indonesia: Landslide kills school children in North Sumatra

Flash floods and landslides have killed at least 27 people, mostly children, on Indonesia's Sumatra island, officials say. An Islamic school in Muara Saladi village saw the highest death toll after mud from the flood and debris from landslides struck Mandailing Natal district in North Sumatra province on Friday afternoon, local police chief Irsan Sinuhaji…

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