Colombia’s social leaders ‘very scared’ amid surge in murders

Colombia’s social leaders ‘very scared’ amid surge in murders

Medellin, Colombia - Carlos Paez doesn't look like someone who would be easily scared. Bold and imposing, with a graying beard and close-cropped hair, he is a man who demands authority. But when the 42-year-old Colombian land restitution activist was asked about the recent threats he has faced, his authority slips. "I'm very scared," he…
Pakistan elections: Who is ANP’s only female candidate in Punjab?

Pakistan elections: Who is ANP’s only female candidate in Punjab?

Wearing a shalwar kameez and a scarf loosely covering her head, Noshin Afshan carefully steers through the narrow, winding roads of Multan on a motorcycle. She usually drives a car but had to borrow a motorcycle from a fellow male party member to navigate the congested neighbourhoods of the conservative city. Afshan, 36, is on…
Blast heard near Kabul airport after exiled VP Dostrum returns

Blast heard near Kabul airport after exiled VP Dostrum returns

At least 14 people have been killed and more than 40 wounded in a suicide bomb blast near Kabul's international airport that struck minutes after Afghan Vice President Rashid Dostum returned to the country from more than a year in exile, police said. Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said the blast on Sunday went off near…
Gaza reporter: ‘My brother’s body was in pieces in front of me’

Gaza reporter: ‘My brother’s body was in pieces in front of me’

For journalist Maryam Abu Daqqa, it was another day at work covering the protests near the Israeli fence, in the Gaza Strip's east. Since March 30, the 24-year-old reporter for the local Sharq news agency had been documenting the weekly Great March of Return demonstrations calling for the right of return of refugees to the areas…
‘Do not play with lion’s tail’: Rouhani warns Trump

‘Do not play with lion’s tail’: Rouhani warns Trump

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned his US counterpart, Donald Trump, not to escalate tensions with his country, saying a confrontation with the Islamic republic would be the "mother of all wars". "Do not play with the lion's tail or else you will regret it," Rouhani said on Sunday, reiterating that the US cannot prevent it…
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…
Mesut Ozil cites ‘racism and disrespect’ as he quits Germany

Mesut Ozil cites ‘racism and disrespect’ as he quits Germany

Mesut Ozil has announced his retirement from international football, hitting out at the "racist" and "disrespectful" treatment he received in the wake of his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Germany's early World Cup exit. The Arsenal star, who has Turkish ancestry, made the announcement on Sunday in a lengthy statement he posted…
Israel evacuates 800 White Helmets from Syria to Jordan

Israel evacuates 800 White Helmets from Syria to Jordan

Israel has evacuated 800 White Helmets rescuers and their families from Syria to Jordan overnight at the request of the United States and European countries.  On Twitter, the Israeli military said it had "recently completed a humanitarian effort to rescue members of the Syrian civil organisation and their families" after a "request of the United…
Iraq protests: What you should know

Iraq protests: What you should know

Thousands of Iraqis have taken to the streets of Najaf, Basra, Maysan, Dhi Qar and Karbala, rallying against rising unemployment, corruption, poor governance and perceived Iranian interference.  Smaller protests have also erupted in the capital, Baghdad. The scale and ferocity of the protests have seen security forces use live ammunition, tear gas, and water cannon on the…
I was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986 and I’m still around

I was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986 and I’m still around

The International AIDS Conference is the largest conference on any global health issue in the world. First convened during the peak of the AIDS epidemic in 1985, it continues to provide a unique forum for the intersection of science, advocacy, and human rights. The 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) will be hosted in Amsterdam,…

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