Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Political party canvassers were busy on Sunday at Rio de Janeiro's Gloria market in a last-ditch effort to persuade passersby to vote for their candidate, ahead of next weekend's elections. A canvasser for a local leftist politician lambasted one man after he declined a leaflet and pledged support for far-right candidate Jair…
Tagum, Philippines - Teacher Nerhaya Talledo was on her way to a remote village in the southern Philippines bringing supplies of rice, canned fish and noodles when her van was stopped at a recently-built military checkpoint. A group of doctors and volunteers were in another truck with much-needed medicines. The soldiers told them they couldn't continue…
A 33-year-old man from the United States has become the first person to complete a solo trek across Antarctica without any assistance. Colin O'Brady finished the 1,500km journey across the frozen continent in 54 days, lugging his supplies on a sledge as he skied in bone-chilling temperatures from north to south. "I accomplished my goal:…
Almost three months after the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in his country's consulate in Istanbul, a new book reveals further details about the murder, the Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reported. Titled "Diplomatic Atrocity: The Dark Secrets of the Khashoggi Murder", the book, written by two Daily Sabah journalists, purports to shed light on…
On Thursday, Canadian authorities arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer (CFO) of Chinese tech company Huawei. The details of the arrest are still unclear but Meng faces extradition to the United States, according to the Canadian Department of Justice. Following the arrest, both the Chinese embassy, as well as Huawei called for the release of…
Four gunmen dressed in fatigues opened fire at a military parade in southwestern Iran, killing at least 29 people including women and children.   The brazen attack on Saturday in the city of Ahvaz came as the country marked the anniversary of the start of its 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq, and prompted President…
Tijuana, Mexico - It was the day of the 2017 general elections in Honduras when unknown men approached Obedi Miranda and her husband, Allan Escobar, two opposition Libre party activists. "They told us to leave, or else," Miranda said this week, sitting on a couch in a corner of a migrant and refugee shelter just after arriving…
Matthew Hedges has spent the last seven months in prison in the United Arab Emirates and now he faces the prospect of staying there forever. The British PhD student was given a life sentence for spying on Wednesday by Abu Dhabi's Federal Court of Appeals.  Hedges was studying for a doctorate on the Gulf country's foreign…
Rimbo, Sweden - The UN's special envoy has appealed to Yemen's warring sides to "act now" for the future of the country, as representatives from the government and Houthi rebels gathered for UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden. "Yemen's future is in the hands of those in this room," Martin Griffiths, the UN special envoy for Yemen said on…
Washington, DC - From new indictments stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia meddling, to Trump's surprise announcement to pull US troops out of Syria, 2018 was a year full of the expected, but even more so, the unexpected. And 2019, is set to be no different. With the Democrats taking control of…
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