Gender-based violence and art in the #MeToo era

Gender-based violence and art in the #MeToo era

Recently, a prominent South African artist, Mohau Modisakeng, who represented South Africa at the 2017 Venice Biennale, was briefly arrested for assaulting his female companion in a boarding area of Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi, Kenya. He was, according to multiple witness accounts, abusive - both verbally and physically. When Modisakeng's companion refused to leave the airport with him,…
‘This is our gold’: Massive crowd welcomes Croatian team back

‘This is our gold’: Massive crowd welcomes Croatian team back

Zagreb, Croatia – "France might have won the World Cup but Croatia has won our hearts." This meme was doing the rounds on social media following Croatia's 4-2 loss in the World Cup 2018 final on Sunday. This emotion was clearly visible in Zagreb when around half a million supporters welcomed the football back home…
Dozens killed in ISIL attacks in southwest Syria: state media

Dozens killed in ISIL attacks in southwest Syria: state media

A series of suicide bombings and attacks in southwest Syria have killed dozens of people, with state media blaming the Islamic State of the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) for the violence. A suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a busy vegetable market in the city of Sweida, some 120km south from the capital Damascus, early on Wednesday,…
‘Our life is hell’: Iraq’s IDPs suffer interminable wait for home

‘Our life is hell’: Iraq’s IDPs suffer interminable wait for home

Baghdad, Iraq - For Hend Ali, there was no other option but to stay put. The 36-year-old mother of six has been living for three years now at al-Khadra, a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) tucked behind blocks of dilapidated apartment buildings in Iraq's capital, Baghdad. Like many others across the country, Hend was forced to flee her…
US confirms deployment of armed drones in Niger

US confirms deployment of armed drones in Niger

The United States military's Africa Command has confirmed that its forces began deploying armed drones in Niger earlier this year. The West African country's government granted American forces permission in November 2017 to arm their drones - but neither side had previously confirmed their deployment. "In coordination with the Government of Niger, US Africa Command has…
Palu disaster: Road to recovery after escaping the ‘Apocalypse’

Palu disaster: Road to recovery after escaping the ‘Apocalypse’

Palu, Indonesia - Ayir! Ayir! People screamed in horror, pointing to the wall of water barreling towards Palu, just minutes after a 7.5-magnitude quake struck the central Sulawesi city on September 28. The water advanced like a speeding train and roared like thunder. Then waves as high as six metres slammed the coast with force…
Birmingham mosques attacked with catapults during evening prayers

Birmingham mosques attacked with catapults during evening prayers

Muslim groups in the UK have condemned catapult attacks on two mosques in the city of Birmingham, which smashed several windows during evening prayers. The Masjid Qamarul Islam mosque and the nearby Al-Hijrah mosque were hit with large ball bearings fired from a heavy-duty catapult on Wednesday. Armed police officers were "deployed as a precaution", local…
India’s Assam on edge as final NRC draft list set to be published

India’s Assam on edge as final NRC draft list set to be published

Guwahati, India - Authorities in India are set to announce the final draft list of citizens in the border state of Assam, amid fear tens of thousands of Bengali-origin Muslims might be excluded from the document. The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is being updated after nearly seven decades as part of a campaign to identify…
Zimbabwe elections: What you should know

Zimbabwe elections: What you should know

Harare, Zimbabwe - Millions of Zimbabweans will head to the polls on Monday in the first election since 1980 without former president Robert Mugabe on the ballot. Polls are set to open at 7am (05:00 GMT) and close at 7pm (17:00 GMT).  There are 23 candidates vying for the presidency, while 55 parties are running…
Berat Albayrak: Turkey to emerge ‘stronger’ from currency crisis

Berat Albayrak: Turkey to emerge ‘stronger’ from currency crisis

Turkey's finance minister has ruled out any assistance from the International Monetary Fund or any moves to limit money flows as he reassured investors that Turkey will come out of the current currency crisis "stronger" than before. Berat Albayrak made the comments on Thursday during a teleconference with thousands of international investors and economists to provide an update…
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