Toronto gun violence: ‘A product of what we didn’t do right’

Toronto gun violence: ‘A product of what we didn’t do right’

Montreal, Canada - Louis March has seen this before. So, too, have many community activists in Toronto, who have urged officials to take concrete steps to address the root causes of gun violence in Canada's largest city for years. "The gun violence that we're seeing right now is a product, a consequence, of what we didn't…
Deadly blast hits mosque in Afghanistan’s Khost province

Deadly blast hits mosque in Afghanistan’s Khost province

An explosion has ripped through a mosque inside an army base in Afghanistan's volatile eastern Khost province, killing and wounding dozens of soldiers. The explosion targeted members of the 2nd regiment of the Afghan national army as they held their Friday prayers inside the base. Abdullah, an Afghan military spokesperson, was quoted as saying by…
The Saudi women detained for demanding basic human rights

The Saudi women detained for demanding basic human rights

Saudi Arabia continues to hold more than a dozen women rights activists in jail, months after a crackdown on dissent intensified in May. Most of them campaigned for the right to drive and an end to the kingdom's male guardianship system, which requires women to obtain the consent of a male relative for major decisions.…
‘Never seen so much rain’: Zimbabweans struggle with storm floods

‘Never seen so much rain’: Zimbabweans struggle with storm floods

Chipinge, Zimbabwe - The death toll from cyclone Idai continues to rise as southern African countries struggle to deal with the devastating aftermath of the torrential downpours. The powerful storm has killed at least 64 people in Zimbabwe in recent days, government officials say, while in neighbouring Mozambique the death toll has jumped to 48. Idai made landfall…
Saving MBS from himself is the key to Saudi Arabia’s stability

Saving MBS from himself is the key to Saudi Arabia’s stability

The murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul has resulted in the most serious international crisis Saudi Arabia has faced since the 9/11 attacks. This political assassination has been particularly damaging not only because of the dreadful way in which it was carried out, but also because it happened at a time when…
Brazil: Youth struggle through economic crisis as election looms

Brazil: Youth struggle through economic crisis as election looms

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Sitting in a small and airless living room on the edge of northern Rio de Janeiro's winding Acari favela, Christian Lucas Fonseca's mother says she is worried. "There's no opportunity for young people," Ana Paula Lucas Fonseca, 45, says. "It's very difficult ... and a lot of mothers have lost hope because…
In Lebanon’s storm-hit camps, Syrians help with relief aid

In Lebanon’s storm-hit camps, Syrians help with relief aid

Bekaa Valley, Lebanon -Snow-capped mountain peaks gleamed in the distance as tens of people, many shivering and carrying toddlers, huddled around a truck filled with firewood.  As the harsh wind whistled around him, a young boy pointed excitedly at one of the blocks being unloaded. "Four hours of heat; this means four hours of heat,"…
Climate change threatens 1,000-year-old monastery in remote Nepal

Climate change threatens 1,000-year-old monastery in remote Nepal

Humla District, Nepal - The trans-Himalayan village of Halji is a small collection of about 80 closely packed mud-and-stone houses at the base of a moraine hill.  Steep cliffs rise on either side of the village that is flanked by a glacial stream on its left.  By contemporary standards, Halji is extremely remote. It is snowed…
Afghan president announces team to hold peace talks with Taliban

Afghan president announces team to hold peace talks with Taliban

Geneva, Switzerland - The Afghan government has formed a 12-member team to hold peace talks with the Taliban, President Ashraf Ghani announced in the Swiss city of Geneva on Wednesday. "I'm pleased to announce today that after several months of intensive consultation with our citizens across the country, we have formulated a road map for…
Japan to recognise Ainu as ‘indigenous people’ for first time

Japan to recognise Ainu as ‘indigenous people’ for first time

After decades of discrimination, the government of Japan has introduced a bill to recognise the country's ethnic Ainu minority as an "indigenous" people for the first time - a move welcomed by activists as a "first step" towards achieving equality. The Ainu people, traditionally a society of hunter-gatherers on the northern island of Hokkaido, have long suffered…

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