On the run for months, Pakistani activist seeks US asylum

On the run for months, Pakistani activist seeks US asylum

Islamabad, Pakistan - A prominent Pakistani rights activist facing sedition charges for her work with an ethnic Pashtun rights movement has escaped the country and sought asylum in the United States, her family and activists say. Gulalai Ismail, 33, an award-winning activist and prominent feminist is safely in the United States after being in hiding…
Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif warns of ‘all-out war’

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif warns of ‘all-out war’

Any attack by the United States or Saudi Arabia on Iran will result in an "all-out war", Tehran warned on Thursday. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made the comments as tensions in the Gulf continue rise after attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure halted the production of about five percent of the world's oil supply. …
‘No Planet B’: Thousands join global climate strike across Asia

‘No Planet B’: Thousands join global climate strike across Asia

Tens of thousands of protesters, many of them school students, gathered in towns and cities across the Asia Pacific region on Friday, at the start of a worldwide day of protest in the run-up to a United Nations climate change summit next week. From the Pacific Islands, many of which risk being inundated by rising…
Mexico quake: Two years on, recovery slow but survivors hopeful

Mexico quake: Two years on, recovery slow but survivors hopeful

Mexico City - Alejandra Castillo and her husband had been living in their brand-new, Mexico City apartment for only six months when a 7.1-magnitude earthquake shattered their entire building block to the ground two years ago, taking their apartment down with it. Two women died under the collapsed buildings. "I remember everyone was screaming, and…
Tunisian autocrat Ben Ali dies in Saudi exile: news reports

Tunisian autocrat Ben Ali dies in Saudi exile: news reports

Tunisian President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali waving upon his arrival in Olympic Stadium in Rades, Tunisia, 11 November 2007 (reissued 19 September 2019). Zine el Abidine Ben Ali died in Saudi exile, his lawyer confirmed on 19 September 2019. EPA-EFE/STRINGER [EPA] Tunisia's ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali died in exile in Saudi Arabia on…
Gantz party says no to Netanyahu-led unity government

Gantz party says no to Netanyahu-led unity government

Benny Gantz, the leader of Blue and White party, has rejected an offer by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to join forces in a governing coalition under the incumbent. Gantz, Netanyahu's main opponent in Israel's general election, told reporters he should be the prime minister in a broad unity government. With more than 97 percent of…
Afghanistan: Dozens of civilians killed in drone attack

Afghanistan: Dozens of civilians killed in drone attack

At least 30 civilians were killed and 40 injured in an air raid conducted by the Afghan security forces, backed by US air support, in eastern Afghanistan, officials said on Thursday. The attack, on Wednesday night was aimed at destroying a hideout used by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL,ISIS) group fighters, but…
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…
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…
Japan court set to rule in Fukushima disaster trial

Japan court set to rule in Fukushima disaster trial

Tokyo, Japan - A court in Japan is set to decide on Thursday whether former executives at the company that runs the Fukushima nuclear power facility crippled by a tsunami-spawned meltdown in 2011 bear criminal responsibility for not having foreseen and prepared for a disaster of such a scale. A magnitude 9.0 earthquake off Japan’s…