Leading Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong arrested: party

Leading Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong arrested: party

Leading Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong, has reportedly been detained, just months after being released from prison. Wong was reportedly pushed into a van early on Friday, and taken to the Wan Chai police station, where he is being held on three separate charges, Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay reported, quoting the pro-democracy Demosisto party.…
‘Electric shocks, beatings’: Kashmiris allege abuse by India army

‘Electric shocks, beatings’: Kashmiris allege abuse by India army

The Indian soldiers descended on Bashir Ahmed Dar's house in southern Kashmir on August 10, a few days after the government in New Delhi stripped the disputed Himalayan region of its autonomy and launched a crackdown. Over the next 48 hours, the 50-year-old plumber said he was subjected to two separate rounds of beatings by…
Manila turns into a ghost town amid coronavirus lockdown

Manila turns into a ghost town amid coronavirus lockdown

Manila, Philippines - The streets of Metro Manila, a megacity with a population of about 12 million people, was eerily quiet and empty hours after the government sealed off city borders in a bid to contain the spread of the disease COVID-19 caused by the new coronavirus. The health ministry on Sunday confirmed 28 new coronavirus cases…
Julian Assange rape charge dropped in Sweden

Julian Assange rape charge dropped in Sweden

Swedish prosecutors have dropped their rape case against Julian Assange, a cofounder of WikiLeaks, it was announced on Tuesday. Assange faced a rape charge stemming from 2010, but prosecutors decided that, while the Swedish complainant was credible and evidence reliable, her memory of the night in question had faded, and there was limited corroborative evidence…
Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud Hussein spends 1,000 days in Egyptian prison

Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud Hussein spends 1,000 days in Egyptian prison

Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein has now been detained without any formal charges in Egypt for 1,000 days. Hussein, an Egyptian national who works for the Al Jazeera Arabic television channel in Qatar, was arrested on arrival in Egypt on December 20, 2016, while on a personal visit to see his family.  His incarceration is already in breach…
Turkey’s Erdogan to discuss US missile purchase with Trump

Turkey’s Erdogan to discuss US missile purchase with Trump

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he will discuss buying US-made missiles with President Donald Trump this month despite ongoing tension with Washington sparked by Ankara's purchase of Russia's S-400 missile defence system. In an interview with Reuters news agency on Friday, Erdogan said he discussed buying the surface-to-air Patriot missiles in a phone call with Trump two…
Iran activates advanced centrifuges in latest nuclear move

Iran activates advanced centrifuges in latest nuclear move

Iran has begun injecting gas into advanced centrifuges to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium, an official has announced, warning that time is running out for other signatories to save a multilateral 2015 nuclear deal. Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, said on Saturday the agency had started up advanced centrifuges at Iran's enrichment facility in Natanz as…
Step up climate action or face catastrophe, says UN report

Step up climate action or face catastrophe, says UN report

Geneva, Switzerland - The world's countries have to cut their greenhouse gas emissions well beyond current pledges to make up for lost time - or face catastrophic climate changes, says a United Nations report released on Tuesday. The annual Emissions Gap Report paints a grim picture of the rise in global warming, and points the…
Sisters in arms: The families fighting femicide in France

Sisters in arms: The families fighting femicide in France

Paris, France - Sandrine Bouchait remembers the possessions laid out on the bed in her sister Ghylaine's apartment. Ghylaine had put them there the night she had tried to leave her partner, Christophe. Ghylaine had been wanting to leave for weeks, Sandrine says, but Christophe had been threatening suicide if she did. He had also…
Amid protests, Iraq’s top Shia leader calls for new election law

Amid protests, Iraq’s top Shia leader calls for new election law

Iraq's top Shia leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has called for new election law to restore public confidence in the country's political system amid weeks-long mass anti-government demonstrations. In a weekly sermon delivered by a representative in the Shia holy city of Karbala, al-Sistani said on Friday that a fresh poll would give voters the…