Naomi Osaka wins Australian Open, world No 1 ranking

Naomi Osaka wins Australian Open, world No 1 ranking

Japan's Naomi Osaka has won the Australian Open for her second consecutive Grand Slam title by beating Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 in the final. The 21-year-old Osaka also becomes the first tennis player from Japan to reach number one in the rankings. Osaka held three match points at 5-3 in the second set…
Amnesty chief Q&A: Women’s resilience is what world needs today

Amnesty chief Q&A: Women’s resilience is what world needs today

From campaigns to liberalise abortion laws in Ireland, Argentina and Poland, to the #MeToo movement and the controversy over the confirmation of Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the United States, women's rights issues made headlines around the world in 2018.  But, despite the increasing visibility, gender equality remains illusive for the majority of the world's women. As…
Bobi Wine’s arrest and what it could mean for Uganda

Bobi Wine’s arrest and what it could mean for Uganda

Kampala, Uganda - Only a few bars of uplifting music play before Bobi Wine's commanding voice takes over. "This is a message to the government, expressing what's exactly on the people's mind," he declares defiantly in English, before switching to Luganda. "We are fed up of those who oppress our lives / and everything that…
Sikhs provide sanctuary to Kashmiris caught in ‘revenge’ attacks

Sikhs provide sanctuary to Kashmiris caught in ‘revenge’ attacks

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir - When 18-year-old Kashmiri student Shadab Ahmad and his friends were attacked by a mob in the north Indian state of Haryana last week, they prepared for the worst. The group of four - all Kashmiris - were set upon by a gang and only survived after reaching their flat and barricading…
Taliban say will meet US officials in UAE on Monday

Taliban say will meet US officials in UAE on Monday

The Taliban have said they are holding a meeting on Monday with US officials, in the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 17-year war. The meeting will be held in the United Arab Emirates and will involve Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement on Twitter. Khalil…
Six months to go until Brexit: All you need to know

Six months to go until Brexit: All you need to know

Britain is due to leave the EU in six months' time, at 23:00 GMT on March 29, 2019. Here are five things to know: 1. Will Brexit definitely happen? The UK government remains committed to reaching an agreement with the EU before negotiations end in March, however, May's Conservatives do not have a parliamentary majority and…
What’s the future of abortion rights in Mexico under AMLO?

What’s the future of abortion rights in Mexico under AMLO?

Mexico City - Mexico's new government is yet to take office, but it has already reignited a fierce debate on women's reproductive rights that could end in a polarising referendum. Shortly after a landslide victory by left-wing politician Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in the July 1 presidential elections, his to-be interior minister drew both praise…
Refugees, crime, environment in spotlight as Swedes head to polls

Refugees, crime, environment in spotlight as Swedes head to polls

Swedes will head to the polls on Sunday in elections which are expected to see the far-right Sweden Democrats make historic gains. The current government, formed as a coalition between the centre-left Social Democrats and Green Party after the 2014 elections, could be unseated owing to the growing popularity of the Sweden Democrats and right-wing…
Mosul residents: ‘We were the masters of the world’

Mosul residents: ‘We were the masters of the world’

Mosul, Iraq - Amid the rubble and devastation of the old city in west Mosul, it was difficult to imagine that Bulgaria would be the one thing local people would want to talk about the most. In the deserted Nineveh Street in al-Sa'aa (clock) neighbourhood, I met Adel Hassan, who had recently returned to his damaged…

Exclusive interview: Bobi Wine: Defiant after ‘torture’

Barely a year after his entry into politics, Robert Kyagulanyi - a pop star-turned-politician who also goes by the stage name Bobi Wine - is being hailed as the new face of Uganda's opposition. Kyagulanyi has built a large youth following through his criticism of Uganda's long-time leader President Yoweri Museveni - who has been…

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