Israel evicting Palestinian family to replace them with settlers

Israel evicting Palestinian family to replace them with settlers

Sheikh Jarrah, occupied East Jerusalem - Huddled around an electric heater on a chilly winter day, four Palestinian women sit nervously, making calls to acquaintances to ask about homes for rent in the city. "We can't leave it to the last minute. We have to figure it out - the Israelis can come at any time…
‘Nothing to lose’: Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed details family abuse

‘Nothing to lose’: Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed details family abuse

Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, who was granted asylum in Canada, said she was physically and mentally abused by her family since the age of 16, forcing her to risk her life and flee the kingdom.  Speaking to the media for the first time since landing in Toronto on Saturday, the 18-year-old detailed the mistreatment by…
India’s mega Kumbh festival gets a BJP boost ahead of election

India’s mega Kumbh festival gets a BJP boost ahead of election

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…
Erdogan: Turkey to set up ‘security zone’ in Syria

Erdogan: Turkey to set up ‘security zone’ in Syria

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…
Pakistan’s Uighurs report intimidation, lament China ties

Pakistan’s Uighurs report intimidation, lament China ties

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…
‘Can’t feel my feet anymore’: Syrian refugees brave harsh weather

‘Can’t feel my feet anymore’: Syrian refugees brave harsh weather

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…
In the US South, anti-Confederate protesters face harassment

In the US South, anti-Confederate protesters face harassment

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,…
LA teachers strike: Educators strike for better conditions, pay

LA teachers strike: Educators strike for better conditions, pay

More than 30,000 Los Angeles teachers demanding higher pay walked off the job in the second-largest US school system on Monday, union officials said. About 640,000 students arriving on Monday for classes at some 900 campuses in the Los Angeles County School District were met by teachers carrying picket signs and rallying in the rain. …

What’s the US plan for Iran?

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,…
Iran artist puts spotlight on water shortage through music

Iran artist puts spotlight on water shortage through music

Images of glowing light danced to a slow electronic beat, as an indistinguishable instrument radiated sound resembling flowing water. No more than 100 people sat down in the darkened cavern in the northwest Iranian city of Qazvin, while listening to the tune played by the electronic musician, Saba Alizadeh, who came up with the idea to highlight…
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