UN calls for aid as displaced from Cyclone Idai may reach 2m

Geneva, Switzerland - At least half a million Mozambicans have been displaced by cyclone Idai, but that figure may rise to four times that in the aftermath of the devastation, United Nations officials warned on Tuesday. The World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF, and other UN agencies launched an appeal for immediate international funding and logistical support…

Clashes in Kashmir after teacher dies in police custody

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir - Hundreds of protesters clashed with Indian security forces in parts of Indian-administered Kashmir after police said a man detained over a security investigation died in police custody. Rizwan Asad Pandit, a 29-year-old chemistry teacher, was arrested as part of "terror case investigation", the police said in a statement on Tuesday. "The person…

How do Western media get Africa wrong?

The Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 disaster has not only sparked conversations about aviation safety, but prompted a furious debate over how Western media outlets covered it. Some observers, such as The Atlantic’s Hannah Giorgis, noted the tragedy was reported unevenly, focusing more "on non-African passengers and organisations." This despite the fact that nine Ethiopians and…

Children’s rights could suffer after Brexit, charity warns

London, United Kingdom - Thousands of children with EU citizenship or those of European nationals could fall through the cracks of the UK's registration system after Brexit, according to a UK charity. The Coram Children's Legal Centre released a report on Monday pointing to issues that might arise for children and young people in relation…

NZ leader vows to ‘absolutely deny’ mosque gunman a platform

The "white supremacist" accused of killing 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand dismissed his lawyer and opted to represent himself at trial, prompting the prime minister to declare on Tuesday she would do everything in her power to deny him a platform for his racist views. "I agree that it is absolutely something that…

Can Boeing weather the 737 Max storm?

It could take months to determine exactly why a Boeing 737 Max 8 jet crashed minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa on March 10, killing all 157 people on board. But the safety concerns raised by the second deadly crash in five months involving the model have unleashed a storm around Boeing and its most…

Relief reaches Zimbabwe’s cyclone survivors as death toll rises

Chimanimani, Zimbabwe - Rescue efforts in eastern Zimbabwe picked up the pace on Tuesday in distressed areas from Cyclone Idai's trail of destruction with nearly 100 people dead and hundreds missing. Poor weather conditions and destroyed infrastructure hampered efforts by the military and humanitarian agencies to reach thousands of stranded people. A massive landslide blocked access to…

Thailand’s neglected northeast hopes for election ‘miracle’

Waeng Noi, Thailand - As a deepening red sun slips from the sky behind the parched paddy fields of Isaan in Thailand's northeast, villagers walk their floppy eared cows back home for the night and Pheu Thai Party hopeful Saratsanun Unnopporn makes her pitch for votes. The 30-year-old first-time politician is one of 41 candidates…

What has Russia gained from annexing Crimea?

Monday, March 18 marks five years since Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine.  Western countries condemned the move and imposed economic sanctions against Moscow. Coinciding with the anniversary, the EU, the US and Canada have introduced some more. Yet, Putin remains defiant. He said he's not returning Crimea to Ukraine and has visited the…

Turkey announces joint raids with Iran against Kurdish rebels

Turkey and Iran have launched a joint military operation against Kurdish rebels along Turkey's eastern border, according to an official. Suleyman Soylu, Turkey's interior minister, said the offensive on Monday targeted the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). "As of 8:00 this morning, we started an operation with Iran aimed at the PKK on our eastern border,"…

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