Cambodia’s beleaguered opposition and the fight for democracy

Cambodia’s beleaguered opposition and the fight for democracy

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - In June 2017, Cambodia's pro-democracy opposition party made unprecedented gains in the local commune elections, casting serious doubt on Prime Minister Hun Sen's ability to extend his 33-year rule in the following year's national election. There was a spirit of optimism when Kem Sokha's Cambodia National Rescue Party prepared to take…
Sirisena, Rajapaksa, Wickremesinghe fail to end power struggle

Sirisena, Rajapaksa, Wickremesinghe fail to end power struggle

Colombo, Sri Lanka - The three men at the heart of Sri Lanka's weeks-long power struggle have held direct talks for the first time since the crisis erupted, but their meeting failed to reach a breakthrough, according to officials. President Maithripala Sirisena called for the talks days after several parliamentary votes on a no-confidence motion against…
How indigenous ‘vigilante’ grandfathers protect forest life

How indigenous ‘vigilante’ grandfathers protect forest life

Rovieng, Cambodia - At the edge of a forest on the northern plains of Cambodia, an indigenous community is building its own security system. It comprises a small outpost made of timber confiscated from illegal loggers at the main access point looters use as they look to rob the forest of its riches. For the…
Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar

Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar

Taliban officials have held three days of talks with the United States' special representative for Afghanistan in Qatar, Zalmay Khalilzad, aimed at renewing the peace process in the war-torn country, an official of the armed group said. The talks, which ended on Sunday, were confirmed by other individuals close to the group, who spoke on…
APEC leaders divided after US-China spat

APEC leaders divided after US-China spat

Asia-Pacific leaders have failed to bridge divisions over trade at a summit dominated by a war of words between the United States and China. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Papua New Guinea ended on Sunday without a formal statement for the first time in its history. "You know the two big giants in…
A Palestinian-Syrian love story crushed by Israeli air strike

A Palestinian-Syrian love story crushed by Israeli air strike

Gaza Strip - When Palestinians ventured out of their homes on Tuesday, following Israel's latest round of air raids on Gaza, they noticed an extraordinary scene near the bombed-out remains of the al-Rahma building. Hanging in the bedroom of a partially destroyed apartment was a wedding dress, covered in dirt and punctured with shrapnel. As crowds grew and looked…
Will Argentina recover lost San Juan submarine from 900m depth?

Will Argentina recover lost San Juan submarine from 900m depth?

Argentina's ARA San Juan submarine disappeared a year ago about 430km off the country's Atlantic coast with 44 crew members on board. The 66-metre vessel was located on Friday by a remote-operated submersible from Ocean Infinity, a US-based seabed exploration company, in the waters off the Valdes Peninsula in Argentine Patagonia, about 600km from the port city of…
Bollywood and MeToo: Film industry lifts sexual abuse taboo

Bollywood and MeToo: Film industry lifts sexual abuse taboo

Mumbai, India - The 2005 Bollywood drama Aashiq Banaya Aapne (You have made me your lover) saw its lead actress, Tanushree Dutta, reach celebrity status. Her fame rested on one song sequence in the film, where she is seen kissing her co-star multiple times.  Physical intimacy on screen was unusual for Indian cinema at the…
Syrian refugees guide their way to integration in Oxford museum

Syrian refugees guide their way to integration in Oxford museum

Oxford, United Kingdom - Leaning in closely over a brass sphere the size of a clenched fist, Hussein Kara Ahmed explains to his audience the mechanical workings of the world's only complete surviving spherical astrolabe, created by a 15th-century Islamic craftsman named Musa. A Syrian refugee who fled deadly violence in his home city of…
Palestinian ‘geeks’ code their way to a better future in Gaza

Palestinian ‘geeks’ code their way to a better future in Gaza

Gaza - When Yasmin Helles was an English literature student at a Gaza college, she would spend most of her time online looking for information that could help her in academic life. She always wondered who designed these websites, making all this information available. She wanted to become that person. Six months ago, the 24-year-old…
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