New Delhi, India - Over 100 million people will be taking a holy dip at the confluence of two rivers in northern India's Prayagraj city as the eight-week-long Kumbh festival began on Tuesday. The Kumbh, billed as the world's biggest gathering of humanity, is a mass pilgrimage in which Hindus gather in specific locations along the…
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country would set up a security zone in northern Syria as suggested by US President Donald Trump as both leaders sought to ease growing tensions. Addressing his deputies on Tuesday, Erdogan said he held a "quite positive" telephone conversation with Trump late on Monday where he reaffirmed "a 20-mile [32-km] security…
Gunmen have stormed an upscale hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital, setting off loud blasts and sending people fleeing for their lives following a coordinated assault claimed by the Somalia-based al-Shabab armed group. More than 12 hours after Tuesday's attack began at Nairobi's Dusit hotel complex, which also includes bars, restaurants, offices and…
San Pedro Sula, Honduras - It was still dark when hundreds of Hondurans set out for the border with Guatemala as part of new caravan of US-bound migrants and asylum seekers. "The economic crisis has been tremendous, with unemployment going up and corruption getting worse," Daniel Munoz, a 38-year-old from Honduran department of Cortes, said…
Shaken by weekly protests on the streets of France, sparked by a rise in fuel prices, French President Emmanuel Macron says he wants to turn anger into solutions. Macron's answer is to build a new "contract" with the nation. He's launched a two-month national debate…and says he's open to ideas. The French will be encouraged to…
Members of the UK parliament voted against Theresa May's Brexit agreement on Tuesday, complicating UK's departure from the European Union on March 29. Parliament members voted 432 to 202 to reject the deal, giving May a crushing defeat with a 230 margin. "The House has spoken, and the government will listen," May said following the…
Caucasia, Colombia - Leiderman Ortiz's mother, sister, brother and nephew were visiting him in Caucasia in May 2010 when a loud blast went off outside the house where they were asleep. "I jumped out of my bed and started shouting, 'Stay down, don't move'," Ortiz said. "My poor mother was screaming. She was terrified." Unlike…
A pick-up truck crept past as Jeremy and Tracie Parzen waited for fellow protesters to show up for a rally against a new Confederate monument in Orange, Texas, on November 10. "F*** y'all," the truck's driver screamed before slamming on the gas pedal and rumbling away. Having been cursed at by motorists in the past,…
Bekaa Valley, Lebanon - Raeda al-Mohammed has been pushing water out of her family's plywood and tarpaulin hut since 4am. The 21-year-old Syrian refugee spent most of Monday morning working barefoot with a large mop at the entrance of her tent. She had to ask her neighbours for help to lay out the thin, soaking…
Reassuring allies and talking tough on enemies. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been touring the Middle East to win support and put pressure on Iran. He is pushing for an Arab military alliance to counter threats from Tehran. The aim would be to curb Iran's influence in the region from Yemen to Syria,…
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