Hong Kong braces for fresh protests as activists target airport

Hong Kong braces for fresh protests as activists target airport

Hong Kong is bracing for further demonstrations and a "stress test" of the city's international airport at the weekend, as nearly three months of pro-democracy protests showed no sign of abating. The city's high court, however, extended on Friday an order prohibiting the protesters from entering the airport, according to local reports. Multiple protests are…
Japan PM Abe: S Korea move to end intelligence pact damages trust

Japan PM Abe: S Korea move to end intelligence pact damages trust

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has denounced South Korea's decision to end an intelligence-sharing pact between the two countries, saying such action "damages trust" with Tokyo. "Japan will urge South Korea to recover trust between us, including resolving the matter of violation of the international treaty between Japan and South Korea and hope South Korea…
UN panel condemns Myanmar army’s sexual violence against Rohingya

UN panel condemns Myanmar army’s sexual violence against Rohingya

Sexual violence committed by Myanmar troops against Rohingya women and girls in 2017 was an indication of the military's genocidal intent to destroy the mainly Muslim ethnic minority, United Nations investigators have concluded. The UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar said in a report on Thursday that the country's soldiers "routinely and systematically employed…
Indian opposition parties protest against Kashmir detentions

Indian opposition parties protest against Kashmir detentions

New Delhi, India - Major opposition parties in India have joined forces to protest against the government's  clampdown in Indian-administered Kashmir, demanding the immediate release of political leaders and the restoration of communication services in the Himalayan region. Thursday's protest in New Delhi came as the Muslim-majority state continues to remain on edge in the wake of the…
Crucial talks between the US and Taliban begin in Doha

Crucial talks between the US and Taliban begin in Doha

Doha, Qatar - United States officials and Taliban representatives have resumed negotiations in Qatar's capital on finding a peaceful solution to Afghanistan's long-running war that has killed hundreds of thousands of Afghan civilians. Key issues in Thursday's talks, which began a day after US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Doha, remain the withdrawal of…
Brazil’s Amazon is burning: ‘Some families lost everything’

Brazil’s Amazon is burning: ‘Some families lost everything’

For the past two weeks, Zonalia Santos and her neighbours have spent their days trying to save their houses and crops from the large forest fires in the western Brazilian state of Rondonia. Santos lives in a settlement with 35 other families and although they managed to save their homes, she tells Al Jazeera "the…
Russia, China seek Security Council meeting after US missile test

Russia, China seek Security Council meeting after US missile test

Russia and China have asked the United Nations Security Council to meet on Thursday over "statements by US officials on their plans to develop and deploy medium-range missiles". Moscow and Beijing want to convene the 15-member council under the agenda item "threats to international peace and security" and have requested that UN disarmament affairs chief…
‘No point talking’: PM Khan rules out Kashmir talks with India

‘No point talking’: PM Khan rules out Kashmir talks with India

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has ruled out seeking further dialogue with India over Kashmir, expressing his frustration with New Delhi over its decision to strip the region of its autonomy earlier this month. "There is no point in talking to them. I mean, I have done all the talking," he told the New York Times…
Empty buses in Bangladesh as no Rohingya turn up for repatriation

Empty buses in Bangladesh as no Rohingya turn up for repatriation

A fresh attempt to repatriate hundreds of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar appears to have failed, with officials saying no one has turned up to embark on five buses and 10 trucks prepared by Bangladesh. "We have been waiting since 9am (03:00 GMT) to take any willing refugees for repatriation," Khaled Hossain, a Bangladesh official in charge of the…
Indonesia blocks internet in West Papua as protest rages

Indonesia blocks internet in West Papua as protest rages

Jakarta, Indonesia - Indonesia has blocked internet access in West Papua, in a move that followed the government deployment of additional military and police personnel to the region to help to quell ongoing protests and secure vital public facilities. The news of the internet shutdown comes as angry demonstrations continue to break out on Thursday…