Syrian air defence repels Israeli attack in south: State media

Syrian air defence repels Israeli attack in south: State media

Syrian military air defences thwarted an Israeli attack on Sunday, shooting down several missiles in the south of the country, state media said. "Our air defence systems thwarted ... an Israeli air aggression ... and prevented it from achieving any of its goals," a military source told state news agency SANA. It gave no further…
US school apologises after students mock elderly Native American

US school apologises after students mock elderly Native American

A US diocese has apologised and vowed to take action after videos emerged showing boys from a Catholic private school mocking an elderly Native American man at a rally in the capital Washington, DC prompting widespread criticism.     The Indigenous Peoples March in Washington on Friday coincided with the March for Life, which drew thousands…
When world leaders, war victims, activists take #TenYearChallenge

When world leaders, war victims, activists take #TenYearChallenge

The #TenYearChallenge, in which users post a recent photograph of themselves next to one taken 10 years ago, has taken the social networking sites by storm, with even politicians sharing their own versions. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif used the challenge to ridicule the similar remarks made by John Bolton, national security adviser to…
Acclaimed freelance photo journalist killed in Lybia

Acclaimed freelance photo journalist killed in Lybia

Photographer and video journalist Mohamed Ben Khalifa was killed on Saturday by a stray shell south of Tripoli while on the job. Ben Khalifa died while accompanying a militia patrolling the Qaser Bin Ghashir area south of Tripoli, according to Hamza Turkia, a freelance journalist. The 35-year old photographer was also a freelance journalist who…
US-Saudi ties can’t move forward until MBS ‘dealt with’: Graham

US-Saudi ties can’t move forward until MBS ‘dealt with’: Graham

Senator Lindsey Graham has said the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia cannot move forward until Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) is "dealt with". Speaking in Ankara a day after meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Graham said Congress would reintroduce sanctions against those involved in the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.…
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…

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