Ridley Road: The slow death of an East London street market

Ridley Road: The slow death of an East London street market

London, United Kingdom - It's 6:15am on a dark, rain-soaked Saturday morning and the traders on Dalston's Ridley Road Market are busy setting up. The Afghan butcher from Jalalabad brings his knife down across a hunk of goat meat as Frank Sinatra's Winter Wonderland blares from cheap, tinny speakers behind him. Nearby, a Mongolian man…
Sudan protests one month on: ‘This time it’s different’

Sudan protests one month on: ‘This time it’s different’

Burri, Sudan - It's been a month since a wave of anti-government protests began in Sudan. I'll admit, at first, I didn't expect it to last this long. Similar protests happened in January 2018 but security forces were able to frighten people using tear gas and live ammunition to stop the demonstrations. Just like they…
‘Not afraid of the government’: One month of protests in Sudan

‘Not afraid of the government’: One month of protests in Sudan

Khartoum, Sudan - Jihan Abdulrahman sat in her living room, surrounded by family, holding her middle daughter Samah. Both had tears in their eyes as Jihan recalled the last conversation she had with her younger brother Saleh on the morning of January 9. "I woke him up before 9am because he asked me to," she said,…
Rifts and absences overshadow ‘failed’ Arab summit in Beirut

Rifts and absences overshadow ‘failed’ Arab summit in Beirut

Beirut, Lebanon - Poor attendance of regional leaders and divisions over Syria overshadow the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit which begins on Sunday in Lebanon's capital, Beirut.  After initially pulling out, Qatar's emir is expected to attend the official session of the summit. Lebanon's presidency confirmed on Saturday that Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will arrive in…
Half a million attend opposition rally to remove India’s Modi

Half a million attend opposition rally to remove India’s Modi

India's opposition parties have drawn half a million supporters to the eastern city of Kolkata for the largest show of force yet against Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of national elections due by May. The massive "Unite India" rally held on Saturday brought together leaders of over 20 national and regional parties - many of whom…

Is there hope for peace in Afghanistan?

The United States is eager to end its nearly 18-year involvement in the war in Afghanistan, which has killed tens of thousands of civilians, soldiers and Taliban fighters. But Taliban leaders are refusing to sit at the same table as the Afghan government. A US special envoy is in Pakistan, hoping government leaders there can…
‘I was forced to leave’: Central American caravan enters Mexico

‘I was forced to leave’: Central American caravan enters Mexico

Tecun Uman, Guatemala - Zulma Rodriguez sat in the shade of a tree outside the Guatemalan immigration office, waiting on some paperwork before she can cross the bridge into Mexico with her kids. They are the reason she fled El Salvador. "I was forced to leave," she told Al Jazeera, surrounded by young children, including her…
Trump’s new ‘anti-Muslim’ appointee worries civil rights groups

Trump’s new ‘anti-Muslim’ appointee worries civil rights groups

Washington, DC - American civil rights groups have condemned the appointment of a new deputy national security advisor who served on the board of an anti-Muslim group for nearly a decade. US President Donald Trump appointed Charles M Kupperman last week to assist National Security Advisor John Bolton, saying in a press release that Kupperman…
Honduran refugees await papers in Mexico as new caravan arrives

Honduran refugees await papers in Mexico as new caravan arrives

Tapachula, Mexico - Luis Jose Carbajal was 19 years old when he was shot. It was two months after the June 2009 coup d'etat in Honduras, and people all over the country were taking to the street to protest the removal and expatriation of elected President Manuel Zelaya by the military. Carbajal was participating in…
Divers spot ‘gentle grandma’ white shark off Hawaii coast

Divers spot ‘gentle grandma’ white shark off Hawaii coast

An enormous great white shark - believed to be one of the biggest on record - has been spotted off the coast of Hawaii by divers who took a swim with the predator. The six-metre female shark - bearing similar markings to "Deep Blue," the largest great white shark recorded - made its surprise appearance…

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