Gaza - When Yasmin Helles was an English literature student at a Gaza college, she would spend most of her time online looking for information that could help her in academic life. She always wondered who designed these websites, making all this information available. She wanted to become that person. Six months ago, the 24-year-old…
More than 40 people have been killed and dozens wounded in Central African Republic (CAR), in an attack on a Catholic mission sheltering 20,000 refugees, according to a regional legislator. The violence in the town of Alindao, some 300km east of the capital, Bangui, began on Thursday when Christian militiamen known as "Anti-balaka" killed Muslims, prompting…
Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has taken the oath of office before thousands of people and hundreds of foreign dignitaries, vowing to end systematic corruption and investigate alleged human rights abuses under his predecessor, Abdulla Yameen. Solih received a 21-gun salute after being sworn in on Saturday as the Indian Ocean island nation's seventh president…
Theresa May surely by now symbolises the phrase "bad day at the office". On Wednesday night, having spent months negotiating the deal by which Britain will leave the European Union next March, May had a gruelling five-hour meeting with her cabinet. That evening, she told the nation that agreement had been reached, though with reservations.…
Darfur has become a forgotten conflict in recent years. But it's still ongoing, and represents a sharp thorn in the side of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Until recently, rumours circulated that al-Bashir may meet rebel leaders in an effort to broker a peace deal, not just for Darfur, but other conflicts in the country. Today,…
Successive UK governments over the past decade have inflicted "great misery" on millions of Britons with "punitive, mean-spirited, and often callous" austerity policies, according to the United Nations' poverty envoy. The critical remarks on Friday came amid deep political turmoil in the UK over its looming departure from the European Union - or Brexit, as it…
Since August, Cubans have been gathering in thousands of government-organised meetings taking place across the island. They came together in hospitals, schools and parks to discuss a new draft constitution, which, if passed, would mark the most significant political change in Cuba for more than four decades. Proposals include opening the door for same-sex marriage,…
At almost 600 pages long, Theresa May's draft agreement over Britain's departure from the European Union is nearly half the length of Russian author Leo Tolstoy's vaunted masterpiece, War and Peace. But for the UK's embattled prime minister, it's currently all war and precious little peace. May's proposed deal, brokered after months of back-and-forth with Brussels, has sparked…
An estimated one million pilgrims flock to Sabarimala in Kerala's Western Ghats mountains every year to pay homage to celibate deity Lord Ayyappan who, according to Hindu mythology, meditated at that spot. But in recent weeks, the picturesque hilltop temple in the southern Indian state has emerged as a flashpoint with protests turning violent. Since the country's Supreme…
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - As a lawyer, Liew Vui Keong helped one of his clients appeal successfully against a death sentence. Now, as Malaysia's minister in charge of law, he is working to get the death penalty abolished in its entirety. The legislation could be introduced in parliament before the house finishes its current sitting…
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