What’s at stake as Kim Jong Un meets President Putin in Russia?

What’s at stake as Kim Jong Un meets President Putin in Russia?

Kim Jong Un has arrived in Russia for a summit with President Vladimir Putin, the meeting coming just two months after the North Korean leader's meeting with US President Donald Trump in Vietnam that ended abruptly. Analysts say the Russia-North Korea summit scheduled for Thursday will serve as a reminder to Washington that the North…
Philippines earthquake: Man loses family in deadly cataclysm

Philippines earthquake: Man loses family in deadly cataclysm

Jason Dela Cruz, 30, had just dropped off his wife Manilyn, 30, and their two children on the driveway of the local supermarket when a magnitude-6.1 earthquake hit their hometown of Porac in Pampanga province in the northern Philippines. He was driving their tricycle - a motorcycle-driven taxicab - to the car park when he…
The existential crisis facing North Korean schools in Japan

The existential crisis facing North Korean schools in Japan

At a ceremony to mark the start of a new school year, the principal of the largest Korean school in Japan stood in front of a massive North Korean flag and pledged to continue the school's mission to toil for the advancement of the Korean people. At the ceremony that took place earlier this month,…
Red or black? Experiencing Thailand’s military drafting

Red or black? Experiencing Thailand’s military drafting

Koh Samui, Thailand - James Campbell was scared the day he took part in Thailand’s lottery for the military draft. It was sweltering as he waited with scores of other young men in 2016 to have his weight and measurements recorded by stern-faced soldiers. “I'm not going to lie and say that I wasn't scared,"…
The British Asians who fought fascism in the seventies

The British Asians who fought fascism in the seventies

London, United Kingdom - On a sunny Saturday in June 1976, teenager Suresh Grover was in Southall chatting with a friend outside the Dominion Cinema when he noticed a police officer standing next to a pool of blood. "I asked him, 'Did somebody die there?'" Grover told Al Jazeera. "And he turned to me and said 'It's…

Ramy Youssef: What does it mean to be an Arab American?

There’s a growing cultural shift in American Muslim identity being forged by millennials. These first-generation, 20 and 30-something Muslims grew up in the wake of the September 11 Twin Towers attacks, feeling as if their entire identity focused on them being “good” Muslims. Now they’re pushing back. For actor and comedian Ramy Youssef it’s about his Arab…
More than 50 feared dead after landslide at Myanmar jade mine

More than 50 feared dead after landslide at Myanmar jade mine

More than 50 people were feared dead after a landslide in northern Myanmar engulfed jade miners while they were sleeping, the latest deadly accident in a notoriously dangerous industry. The accident took place near Maw Wun Kalay village in Hpakant township at about 11:30pm local time (17:00 GMT) on Monday when a mud-filter pond, situated in an…
Iran’s parliament approves bill labeling US army as ‘terrorist’

Iran’s parliament approves bill labeling US army as ‘terrorist’

Iranian lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that labels all US military forces as "terrorist", a day after Washington ratcheted up pressure on Tehran by announcing that no country would any longer be exempt from US sanctions if it continues to buy Iranian oil. The bill is a step further from the one last…
US will not reissue waivers for Iran oil imports: White House

US will not reissue waivers for Iran oil imports: White House

The Trump administration on Monday told five countries - Japan, South Korea, Turkey, China and India - that they will no longer be exempt from US sanctions if they continue to import oil from Iran after their waivers end on May 2. "We're going to zero. We're going to zero across the board," US Secretary…

What’s behind Sri Lanka Easter attacks?

Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday turned into a scene of death and destruction. Churches and luxury hotels were targeted in at least eight coordinated blasts. Hundreds of people were killed, many as they attended Christian services. Police say the first six explosions happened in one wave, two more blasts came hours later. The bombings took place…

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