Israeli forces kill rock-throwing Palestinian in West Bank

Israeli forces kill rock-throwing Palestinian in West Bank

A Palestinian demonstrator uses a slingshot during clashes with Israeli police on Wednesday [Nasser Nasser/AP] An alleged rock-throwing Palestinian was killed by Israeli gunfire in the occupied West Bank and the military announced on Thursday that a soldier had discharged his weapon and it was reviewing the incident. The Palestinian Red Crescent said one of…
Australia says tensions with Turkey ease after WWI remarks

Australia says tensions with Turkey ease after WWI remarks

A diplomatic spat between Turkey and Australia over the mosque massacre in New Zealand appeared to ease on Thursday after controversial comments by the Turkish leader were said to be "taken out of context". Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said tensions between his country and Turkey had lowered after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office addressed…
Smile and wiggle: Thai PM Prayuth tries to charm his way to a win

Smile and wiggle: Thai PM Prayuth tries to charm his way to a win

Bangkok, Thailand - An aerobics class is under way as a sober-suited Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha walks briskly into central Lumphini Park, accompanied by city officials and a pack of journalists. The instructor gives up on her routine as the class of mostly older men and women peels away to greet the general who led…
New Zealand mosque attack: Who were the victims?

New Zealand mosque attack: Who were the victims?

They were teachers, engineers and accountants. Some were born in New Zealand, while others had migrated to the Pacific Island decades ago, fleeing conflict or seeking a better life. Many died while trying to protect others, according to family members.   Officials in New Zealand have started releasing some of the names of the 50 Muslim worshippers…
Driven to suicide in Tunisia’s UNHCR refugee shelter

Driven to suicide in Tunisia’s UNHCR refugee shelter

Medenine, Tunisia - Last Monday night, 16-year-old Nato* slit his wrists and was rushed to the local hospital in Medenine. He had decided to end his life in a refugee facility run by the UN's refugee agency, the UNHCR, in Medenine. After running for two years, escaping Eritrea and near-certain conscription into the country's army,…
Hezbollah set to take centre stage as Pompeo heads to Lebanon

Hezbollah set to take centre stage as Pompeo heads to Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon - In January, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went on a diplomatic mission to scuttle Syria's readmission to the Arab League. On Thursday, he is expected in Lebanon, where he is set to target another one of Iran's allies, Hezbollah. Pompeo is scheduled to hold talks with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and is expected…
Britain’s Theresa May asks EU to delay Brexit until June 30

Britain’s Theresa May asks EU to delay Brexit until June 30

May said she remained confident that British MPs would ratify her Brexit deal [Vincent Kessler/Reuters] UK Prime Minister Theresa May has written to European Council President Donald Tusk to request a delay in Britain's departure from the European Union until June 30. The UK is currently due to leave the bloc on March 29, but…
Pompeo calls for Gulf unity at start of Middle East tour

Pompeo calls for Gulf unity at start of Middle East tour

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called for unity in the Gulf region, as has kicked off his Middle East tour with a stop in Kuwait City for the third US-Kuwait strategic dialogue session. Pompeo will seek to strengthen cooperation on defence, cybersecurity and trade, during his stop in Kuwait, his spokesperson Robert Palladino said.  …
Mozambique: 3-days of national mourning after deadly cyclone Idai

Mozambique: 3-days of national mourning after deadly cyclone Idai

Mozambique has declared three days of national mourning after powerful cyclone winds and flooding killed more than 200 people and left a massive trail of destruction across swathes of southeast Africa. Cylone Idai, which hit Mozambique's port city of Beira on Thursday before moving inland, brought winds of up to 170 kph, which flattened buildings…
After 60 years in India, why are Tibetans leaving?

After 60 years in India, why are Tibetans leaving?

Mumbai, India - For many years, 34-year-old Kunsang Tenzing has been thinking about leaving India.  His family did years ago. Most of his closest friends have also moved.  Over the last seven years, the Tibetan refugee community in India has dropped by 44 percent, from around 150,000 in 2011 to 85,000, according to Indian government…
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