Afghanistan: Huge explosion hits Kabul city

Afghanistan: Huge explosion hits Kabul city

At least 34 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack in front of an education centre in the west of the Afghan capital, Kabul, according to the health ministry. Wednesday's attack in the Shia neighbourhood of Dasht-e-Barchi left dozens more injured, Waheed Majrooh, a spokesman for Afghanistan's ministry of public health, told Al Jazeera.…
One-third of world’s stunted children live in India: Report

One-third of world’s stunted children live in India: Report

A major study published on Thursday warned of a malnutrition crisis in almost every country in the world with India holding about one-third of the world's burden for stunting. Forty-six million children in India are stunted because of malnutrition and 25.5 million more are defined as "wasted" - meaning they do not weigh enough for…
Trump administration to close PLO office in Washington DC

Trump administration to close PLO office in Washington DC

The United States will shut the Palestine Liberation Organisation's diplomatic office in Washington, DC, over the Palestinian government's refusal to enter into US-led negotiations with Israel. "We have been notified by a US official of their decision to close the Palestinian mission to the US," PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said in a statement on Monday. "This…
Bangladesh opposition says it faces mass arrests ahead of polls

Bangladesh opposition says it faces mass arrests ahead of polls

Dhaka, Bangladesh - With less than a week remaining before Bangladesh's much anticipated parliamentary elections, the main opposition Jatiya Oikya Front (National Unity Front) has accused the government of carrying out mass arrests of its leaders and supporters. Seven thousand activists and leaders have been arrested since the election schedule was announced in November, the…
Indonesia plans mass burials for quake and tsunami victims

Indonesia plans mass burials for quake and tsunami victims

Rescuers on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, are racing against the clock to save those still trapped in the rubble, as volunteers buried bodies in a mass grave following an earthquake and tsunami disaster. Authorities struggling to deal with the sheer scale of the disaster have appealed for international help. Four days on, some remote areas have yet to be…

Does Europe need its own army?

French President Emmanuel Macron and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, have been at odds on many issues. This week, that divide stretched further when Macron appeared to call for the creation of a European army in an interview on French radio, saying that the continent could no longer rely on the support of the United…
Trump travel ban: Waiver process remains long, unclear

Trump travel ban: Waiver process remains long, unclear

Istanbul, Turkey - American Kathryn Balleh sang the country classic Jolene at a rooftop bar in Istanbul, while her Syrian husband Bashar Balleh strummed the guitar. She closed her eyes as she hummed the tune about a woman worried that Jolene may steal the man she cares for. The song transferred Kathryn to another place.…
India: Village mourns death of man killed in cow-related lynching

India: Village mourns death of man killed in cow-related lynching

In the early hours of Sunday morning, at around 3am, Akbar Khan was laid to rest in his village in northern Indian Haryana state.  The previous evening, Akbar's family and villagers had placed his lifeless body out on a road near the Alwar-Delhi highway to protest against his brutal killing. Akbar, a 28-year-old Muslim man, was beaten…
Poroshenko: Over 80,000 Russian troops in and around Ukraine

Poroshenko: Over 80,000 Russian troops in and around Ukraine

Kiev, Ukraine - More than 80,000 Russian soldiers are present at Ukraine's borders and the Russian-annexed Crimean peninsula, as well as the rebel-held regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, according to the Ukrainian president. Petro Poroshenko's remarks on Saturday came six days after a four-year-old conflict between Kiev and Moscow deepened when Russia seized three Ukrainian military vessels…
Row widens after German police blocked TV crew at PEGIDA rally

Row widens after German police blocked TV crew at PEGIDA rally

A scandal about German police officers obstructing a TV crew at a far-right rally has escalated after it emerged that the protester at the centre of the dispute was an off-duty police staff, raising further concerns about entrenched right-wing sympathies among the police and attacks on press freedom. Authorities in Saxony confirmed on Wednesday that the…
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