Canada has warned its citizens of the risk of "arbitrary enforcement" of local laws in China after a Canadian man convicted of drug trafficking was suddenly retried and sentenced to death, and Beijing denied another detained Canadian diplomatic immunity. The Canadian government on Monday updated its travel advisory for China, telling citizens to exercise a…
Medan, Indonesia - When a fatal tsunami last month battered the coastlines of the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra during a long holiday weekend days before Christmas, many on the shore could do little more than try to flee the surging waves on foot. "What struck me … was how exposed people were," Rosemarie…
Tunisia is often touted as the Arab Spring's only success story - and for good reason. Since 2011, the North African country has held free and fair elections on more than one occasion, seen incumbents peacefully step down, and - in a first for the region - pushed forward legislation to grant women equal inheritance…
Rawalpindi, Pakistan - On a cold winter evening, Mohammad Hassan Abdul Hameed, 34, walks towards his restaurant, past silk stores in the busy China Market in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.  He, like many others here, belongs to the persecuted Uighur community from the Xinjiang province of China.  Abdul Hameed's father arrived in Rawalpindi 50 years ago to…
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told Saudi Arabia's king and crown prince that "every single person responsible" for the murder of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi needs to be held accountable. King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, "both acknowledge that this accountability needs to take place," Pompeo said in…
The United States has been "a highly unreliable partner" to Ankara as a result of inconsistencies in Washington's Syria policy, as well as its approach to Turkey and "terrorist" groups, a senior Turkish official told Al Jazeera. "The problems and misunderstandings between the US and Turkey are results of the confusion and cacophony between the…
Bekaa Valley, Lebanon - Syrian refugees in Lebanon are enduring yet another heavy storm, bringing more rains and snowfall to the camps in the country's eastern and northern regions.  Warnings of the winter storm have pushed refugees in Ghazze, a town in the Bekaa Valley, to take precautions against the floods, days after the country…
Doha, Qatar - Yasser Al Mulla's colourless, intricately lined drawings chromatically compliment his crisp white ankle-length thobe and ringed black egal. As a Qatari agricultural engineer, Al Mulla spends his days developing the greenery around Doha and perfecting grass pitches in preparation for the 2022 World Cup. But in his evenings, he delineates themes of Sufism…
Kerala, India - Ammini's face glows and comes alive whenever she sits at her loom - the 77-year-old's steady companion for decades. On August 15 last year, their home in Chendamangalam was hit by waves as high as 11 feet, causing the worst floods since 1924 in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Nearly 500 people…
The Democratic Republic of Congo should recount the votes of its contested presidential election that the runner-up says was rigged, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said. "A recount would provide the necessary reassurance to both winners and losers," SADC said in a statement on Sunday. The 16-member bloc recommended a government of national unity including…
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