What next for Russian-Israeli relations?

What next for Russian-Israeli relations?

Russian-Israeli relations are currently going through the worst crisis they have witnessed in recent years. On September 17, an incident involving Israeli F-16 jets resulted in the downing of a Russian reconnaissance plane, killing all its 15 crew members. The Russian defence ministry accused Israel of being responsible for the tragic incident, saying that the…
Believe Survivors supporters walk out as Kavanaugh stands firm

Believe Survivors supporters walk out as Kavanaugh stands firm

Women and their supporters from across the United States walked out of their offices, businesses and homes on Monday to support Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, who have accused Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexual assault.  "We believe Dr Blasey Ford. We believe Deborah Ramirez," the event's organisers said on its Facebook page.…
Who is Anita Hill?

Who is Anita Hill?

Washington, DC - As the US Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to hear testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused current Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, many can't help but have flashbacks of a hearing that took place nearly 30 years ago.  The hearing was of a 35-year-old Anita Hill who had…
‘They believe I was cursed with blindness because God was angry’

‘They believe I was cursed with blindness because God was angry’

Amhara, Ethiopia - Newly elected Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been praised for his recent negotiations culminating in peace with Eritrea, but still has to solve harsh realities at home. Thousands of boys and girls with disabilities in Ethiopia are invisible in government statistics, unable to access health services, discriminated against by society and trapped…
Abdulla Yameen concedes defeat in Maldives presidential election

Abdulla Yameen concedes defeat in Maldives presidential election

Male, Maldives - Maldives' President Abdulla Yameen has conceded defeat after a surprise election win for the opposition in a poll that was billed as a test for democracy in the troubled island nation. "The citizens of the Maldives had their say ... and I accept that result," Yameen said in a televised speech on…
‘This shouldn’t be happening’: Civilian deaths spike in Yemen

‘This shouldn’t be happening’: Civilian deaths spike in Yemen

At least 349 civilians have been killed in Yemen's Houthi-held city of Hodeidah since June 13 when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Yemeni government forces launched an offensive to retake the strategic seaport. Citing numbers collated by the monitoring group, ACLED (Armed Conflict Location and Event Data), Save the Children said on…
Russia to send S-300 missile defence systems to Syria

Russia to send S-300 missile defence systems to Syria

In a televised statement on Monday, Shoigu said the decision to "transfer the modern S-300 air defence system to the Syrian armed forces within two weeks" was taken by President Vladimir Putin and is one of the "response measures". The Kremlin said the installation of S-300 was aimed at increasing safety of Russian military and…
‘There was music on every corner of every street in Khartoum’

‘There was music on every corner of every street in Khartoum’

Omdurman, Sudan - To stroll through Omdurman, Sudan's old capital across the White Nile from Khartoum, during wedding season, is to walk through time. Large halls and open-air performance spaces, free to the public, offer a small window into the Sudan of old, when bands and orchestras kept sharply-dressed young people on their feet.  Tonight, a Fulani…
India’s Modi launches ‘world’s largest’ health insurance scheme

India’s Modi launches ‘world’s largest’ health insurance scheme

The Indian government has launched one of the world's largest publicly funded health insurance scheme, set to cover some 500 million poor people. The Ayushman Bharat programme, dubbed "Modicare" after Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised health cover worth 500,000 rupees ($6,900) to every poor family to treat serious ailments. At the occasion of its official…
Prison Inside Me: Providing Koreans peace and solitude in a cell

Prison Inside Me: Providing Koreans peace and solitude in a cell

Hongcheon, South Korea - Jong Hwa-nam was looking up holiday destinations for her summer break when she came across a week-long meditation programme offered by Prison Inside Me. Instead of going on a vacation, the 50-year-old signed up for a programme because he felt "it was for me". "Strangely, I always had this animosity and…

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