Tunisia: Socioeconomic injustice persists 8 years after uprising

Tunisia: Socioeconomic injustice persists 8 years after uprising

Tunisia is often touted as the Arab Spring's only success story - and for good reason. Since 2011, the North African country has held free and fair elections, seen incumbents peacefully step down, and - in a first for the region - pushed forward legislation to grant women equal inheritance rights. But eight years after…
US warns Turkey of economic ‘devastation’ if it hits Kurd forces

US warns Turkey of economic ‘devastation’ if it hits Kurd forces

US President Donald Trump has threatened to "devastate" Turkey's economy if it carries out a military offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria, drawing a response from Ankara which warned Washington against "shadowing" the country's strategic partnership with "terrorist propaganda". Trump's threat on Sunday came amid tensions between the United States and Turkey over the fate of…
Iran: Cargo plane crashes with at least nine on board

Iran: Cargo plane crashes with at least nine on board

A Boeing 707 cargo plane with nine people on board crashed in Iran, the Fars news agency reported, adding that there was no immediate information on casualties. The incident occurred close to Fath airport west of the capital, Tehran, on Monday, the semi-official news agency said. The airport is located near Karaj in the central…
After year of tragedy, how ready’s Indonesia for other disasters?

After year of tragedy, how ready’s Indonesia for other disasters?

Medan, Indonesia - When a fatal tsunami last month battered the coastlines of the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra during a long holiday weekend days before Christmas, many on the shore could do little more than try to flee the surging waves on foot. "What struck me … was how exposed people were," Rosemarie…
Lebanon: Syrian refugees brace for more floods as new storm nears

Lebanon: Syrian refugees brace for more floods as new storm nears

Bekaa Valley, Lebanon - Syrian refugees in Lebanon's east are bracing for yet another potentially heavy storm which is set to bring rains and snowfall on Sunday. Warnings of a looming winter storm have pushed refugees in Ghazze, a town in the Bekaa Valley, to take precautions against another round of floods, days after the…
Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido briefly detained

Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido briefly detained

Venezuelan intelligence agents have released opposition leader and congress chief Juan Guaido after briefly detaining him on the way to a political rally, a congressional official has said. A video posted on social media appears to show the moment Guaido was pulled from a car on a highway by the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) on…
Qatari artist Yasser Al Mulla: Drawing a Sufi controversy

Qatari artist Yasser Al Mulla: Drawing a Sufi controversy

Doha, Qatar - Yasser Al Mulla's colourless, intricately lined drawings chromatically compliment his crisp white ankle-length thobe and ringed black egal. As a Qatari agricultural engineer, Al Mulla spends his days developing the greenery around Doha and perfecting grass pitches in preparation for the 2022 World Cup. But in his evenings, he delineates themes of Sufism…
Almost six months after floods, Kerala residents wait for help

Almost six months after floods, Kerala residents wait for help

Kerala, India - Ammini's face glows and comes alive whenever she sits at her loom - the 77-year-old's steady companion for decades. On August 15 last year, their home in Chendamangalam was hit by waves as high as 11 feet, causing the worst floods since 1924 in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Nearly 500 people…
Netanyahu confirms weekend strike on ‘Iranian weapons’ in Syria

Netanyahu confirms weekend strike on ‘Iranian weapons’ in Syria

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Israel carried out an air raid on Iranian weapons in Syria over the weekend, a rare public confirmation of such attacks. "Just in the last 36 hours the air force attacked Iranian warehouses containing Iranian weapons in the Damascus international airport," Netanyahu said on Sunday at the start of a cabinet meeting, according to his office. "The…
Canada: Saudi accused of sexual assault disappears before trial

Canada: Saudi accused of sexual assault disappears before trial

Canadian authorities are searching for a Saudi citizen accused of sexual assault after he failed to show up for a court hearing in the Canadian city of Sydney, Nova Scotia, the local Chronicle Herald newspaper said. Mohammed Zuraibi al-Zoabi, a student at Cape Breton University, faces charges of sexual assault, assault, forcible confinement, uttering threats,…
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