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…
‘The way we were raised’: The story of an Inupiaq elder

‘The way we were raised’: The story of an Inupiaq elder

Ernest Norton does not hunt like he used to. He is 76 years old and a village elder, a title of respect given to older members of Native communities. He lives in Kotzebue, a coastal town 40km above the Arctic Circle. Located at the confluence of three major rivers that feed into the frigid Chukchi…
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…
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…
Cuba’s constitutional referendum: What you should know

Cuba’s constitutional referendum: What you should know

Cubans will decide on Sunday whether to accept or reject a draft new constitution that recognises the free market while still enshrining communism as the island's official political ideology. The National Assembly approved the updated version of the Cold War-era 1976 constitution in December after a popular consultation process. In addition to recognising private property,…
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…
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…
In China’s Xinjiang, surveillance is all pervasive

In China’s Xinjiang, surveillance is all pervasive

Urumqi, China - There are few more difficult places for a foreign journalist to report from in China than Xinjiang. Especially now. Security has been bolstered amid a new campaign, which the government says is aimed at eradicating "Islamic extremism" in a province where more than half the population is Muslim. Two weeks ago state TV…

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