‘Fighting back’: Kashmir enclave blocks entry of Indian troops

‘Fighting back’: Kashmir enclave blocks entry of Indian troops

For more than a week, the young men of Soura, a densely-populated enclave in Indian-administered Kashmir's main city of Srinagar, have been taking turns to maintain a round-the-clock vigil at the entry points to their neighbourhood. Each of the dozen or so entrances have been blocked with makeshift barricades of bricks, corrugated metal sheets, wooden…
UN draft climate report warns oceans rising, warming

UN draft climate report warns oceans rising, warming

The Earth could witness a dramatic decline in fish stocks, a 100-fold increase in the damage caused by superstorms and millions of people displaced by rising seas, if humanity does not reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a 900-page draft report by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) obtained by the AFP news…
Qatar 2022: Football World Cup logo unveiled

Qatar 2022: Football World Cup logo unveiled

The Qatar 2022 World Cup logo projected onto Doha Tower [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera] The official emblem for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup has been unveiled in the capital Doha. The unveiling took place at 8:22pm local time (17:22 GMT), as thousands of spectators gathered to witness the synchronised projection of the emblem onto a…
Trump administration wants to roll back limits on methane

Trump administration wants to roll back limits on methane

The administration of United States President Donald Trump on Thursday proposed easing limits on oil and gas industry emissions of methane, one of the main pollutants scientists link to climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said easing the 2016 regulation - created during the administration of former US President Barack Obama - would save…
Afghanistan: Scores killed in Kabul wedding blast

Afghanistan: Scores killed in Kabul wedding blast

At least 63 people have been killed and scores wounded in an explosion targeting a wedding in the Afghan capital, according to officials, in the deadliest attack in Kabul this year. The suicide blast took place on Saturday night in the men's reception area of the Dubai City wedding hall in western Kabul in a minority Shia neighbourhood…
Bangladesh fire: Thousands of homes destroyed in Dhaka slum

Bangladesh fire: Thousands of homes destroyed in Dhaka slum

A fire in a crowded slum in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka has destroyed thousands of homes and left at least 10,000 people homeless, officials have said. The fire started on Friday in Dhaka's Mirpur neighbourhood and destroyed about 2,000 mostly tin homes, fire services official Ershad Hossain told AFP news agency. Several people were injured but nobody was…
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…
Canada’s Trudeau admits to racist ‘brownface’ makeup

Canada’s Trudeau admits to racist ‘brownface’ makeup

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologised following the publication of a photograph that showed him wearing brownface make-up at a party 18 years ago, as he scrambled to get on top of a fresh blow to a re-election campaign dogged by controversy. Time magazine published the photograph on Wednesday, one week into a federal…
Hurricane Dorian: Storm strengthens as it heads for Florida

Hurricane Dorian: Storm strengthens as it heads for Florida

Residents of Florida on Friday were boarding up windows, stocking up on food, water and petrol in their homes as Hurricane Dorian gained strength and slowly churned towards the United States mainland. The storm has alarmed forecasters who worry parts of Florida will be walloped by strong winds, a storm surge and heavy rain for…
Palestinian PM vows to release probe result on Israa Gharib death

Palestinian PM vows to release probe result on Israa Gharib death

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh says a number of people have been called in for questioning over the death of a 21-year-old woman under suspicious circumstances, in a case that sparked widespread anger in the occupied West Bank. Though the exact circumstances surrounding Israa Gharib's death last month remain unknown, rights activists have alleged she died after being beaten by…