UN welcomes Houthi offer to halt attacks on Saudi Arabia

UN welcomes Houthi offer to halt attacks on Saudi Arabia

The United Nations envoy for Yemen has welcomed an offer from the country's Houthi rebels to halt all attacks on Saudi Arabia, saying it could bring an end to years of bloody conflict. In a statement on Saturday, Martin Griffiths said the implementation of the initiative by the Houthis "in good faith could send a powerful…
Made in Eastern Europe: Garment workers denied basic rights

Made in Eastern Europe: Garment workers denied basic rights

Names marked with an asterisk* have been changed to protect interviewees' identities.  Romania and Bulgaria - On July 10, on the outskirts of Covasna, a small mountainous town in Romania's central region of Transylvania, about 30 garment factory workers who were recently made redundant launched a protest outside their workplace - the Textile Blue Wash factory. With the…
Youth leaders at UN demand bold climate change action

Youth leaders at UN demand bold climate change action

A day after climate strikes convulsed cities across the globe, with hundreds of thousands of young people opting to skip school and take to the streets instead, youth leaders have gathered at the United Nations to demand radical action on climate change. The UN invited 500 young activists and entrepreneurs to take part in Saturday's meeting…
‘We hugged and cried’: Families struggle to meet jailed Kashmiris

‘We hugged and cried’: Families struggle to meet jailed Kashmiris

Hameeda Begum described her arduous journey from the Himalayan region of Indian-administered Kashmir to the hot and humid room in Agra Central Jail in northern Uttar Pradesh state, where the exhausted 70-year-old was waiting to see her son. A man in his early twenties offered her a bottle of water, saying, "Don't lose hope. You are…
Turkish court orders re-arrest of jailed Selahattin Demirtas

Turkish court orders re-arrest of jailed Selahattin Demirtas

A Turkish court has blocked the release of the imprisoned former leader of a pro-Kurdish party after prosecutors requested his arrest once again over a fresh investigation on "terrorism" charges, according to state media. Selahattin Demirtas, one of Turkey's most prominent politicians, has been in jail for almost three years and faces several other legal cases, mainly on "terrorism" charges,…
Yemen’s Houthis say will stop all attacks on Saudi Arabia

Yemen’s Houthis say will stop all attacks on Saudi Arabia

An official with the Houthi rebel movement in Yemen has said it will stop aiming missile and drone attacks at Saudi Arabia, warning that a continuation of the war could lead to "dangerous developments". The announcement was made on Friday night by Mahdi al-Mashat, head of the Houthi's supreme political council, which controls the rebel-held…
US to deploy more troops to Saudi Arabia, UAE

US to deploy more troops to Saudi Arabia, UAE

The Pentagon said on Friday that the US will deploy additional troops and military equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to beef up security, as President Donald Trump has at least for now decided against any immediate military attack on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil industry. Secretary…
Egyptians take to the streets demanding President Sisi’s removal

Egyptians take to the streets demanding President Sisi’s removal

Videos posted on social media showed demonstrators chanting 'rise up, fear not, Sisi must go' and 'the people demand the regime’s fall' on Friday. [Twitter] Thousands of pro-democracy protesters have marched in cities across Egypt to demand the resignation of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Videos posted on social media showed demonstrators chanting "rise up, fear…
US sanctions Iran’s central bank in wake of Aramco attacks

US sanctions Iran’s central bank in wake of Aramco attacks

The United States Department of the Treasury on Friday slapped sanctions on Iran's central bank and its sovereign wealth fund, ratcheting up the pressure on Tehran nearly a week after attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure that Riyadh and Washington have blamed on Iran. Speaking at a White House press conference alongside visiting Australian Prime Minister…
Indonesia’s president delays vote on law banning extramarital sex

Indonesia’s president delays vote on law banning extramarital sex

Joko Widodo, the president of Indonesia, has ordered a delay in a parliamentary vote on a new penal code criminalising gay and premarital sex following a public outcry. Widodo said on Friday that he made the decision after considering public opinion. He said the bill should not be voted on by members of the current…