Blast in northern Syrian town targets US soldiers: reports

Blast in northern Syrian town targets US soldiers: reports

Several people, including civilians and US troops, were killed after a blast struck near a US-led coalition patrol in the northern Syrian town of Manbij on Wednesday, less than a month after US President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw US troops from the war-torn country.  The US Department of Defense said two US…
‘Migration isn’t going to stop’: Salvadorans join new caravans

‘Migration isn’t going to stop’: Salvadorans join new caravans

San Salvador - Alex Gonzalez decided to flee El Salvador at the last minute. Waking up from nightmares of being chased and killed reflecting his real-life fears of becoming a victim of gang violence, he packed a small bag and left home the same day to join the latest caravan of migrants and refugees headed…
LA teachers strike for ‘practically same reasons’ as 29 years ago

LA teachers strike for ‘practically same reasons’ as 29 years ago

Los Angeles, California - This isn't the first time Los Angeles teacher Yvette Olivares Estrada walked out of the classroom for better conditions and pay. Twenty-nine years ago, about a year after she became a teacher, she went on strike for "practically the same reasons", the English and History teacher at Hollenbeck Middle School told…

What’s the future of the ICC after Gbagbo’s acquittal?

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has acquitted the former president of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo. He was arrested in the capital Abidjan in 2011 and charged with crimes against humanity in connection with the violence that followed disputed presidential elections in 2010. But after a three-year trial, judges said the prosecution failed to prove Gbagbo's…
Attacks and bodyguards: The price of being a Colombian journalist

Attacks and bodyguards: The price of being a Colombian journalist

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…
US arrests journalist working for Iran’s state Press TV

US arrests journalist working for Iran’s state Press TV

An American journalist working for Iran's English-language Press TV has been arrested by US authorities on unspecified charges, the state-run broadcaster said on Wednesday. Marzieh Hashemi, 59, was arrested upon arrival at St Louis Lambert International Airport on Sunday and transferred by the FBI to a detention facility in Washington, DC, Press TV said. "Her…
Kenya president says attackers behind hotel attack killed

Kenya president says attackers behind hotel attack killed

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said all the gunmen behind Nairobi hotel complex attack have been killed and the 19-hour hostage crisis is over. In a national television address, Kenyatta said on Wednesday 14 civilians died in the attack claimed by the al-Shabab armed group. The president said more than 700 civilians were evacuated from the complex.…
The feminist knitting circle in India upending patriarchal norms

The feminist knitting circle in India upending patriarchal norms

Uttarakhand, India - When seven women in the remote mountain village of Ranikhet first met Mala Srikanth, they stood with their heads down. Srikanth was a divorcee, retired doctor, ex-military, single mother of two daughters - and wore jeans. In this northern Indian community, all of this was unfathomable.  The women had come from poor backgrounds and were there to…
In Lebanon’s storm-hit camps, Syrians help with relief aid

In Lebanon’s storm-hit camps, Syrians help with relief aid

Bekaa Valley, Lebanon - Snow-capped mountain peaks gleamed in the distance as tens of people, many shivering and carrying toddlers, huddled around a truck filled with firewood.  As the harsh wind whistled around him, a young boy pointed excitedly at one of the blocks being unloaded. "Four hours of heat; this means four hours of…
Oligarch ‘made threat’ after Trump inauguration

Oligarch ‘made threat’ after Trump inauguration

Pavel Fuchs, a Ukrainian oligarch who negotiated with Donald Trump and reportedly works with his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, stands accused of making a threat of violence against a US-based businessman involved in selling him seats to the 45th US president's inauguration. The gas and real estate tycoon was furious that two tickets he purchased…
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