‘How’s it human?’: India’s largest detention centre almost ready

‘How’s it human?’: India’s largest detention centre almost ready

Goalpara, Assam - Ali, 25, is an electrician working at India's largest detention centre currently under construction in Assam state's Goalpara district in northeast India. As he takes a break from his work to rest in front of the centre's hospital block, a thought occurs to him. "Today I am working here. Tomorrow, it could…
Boris Johnson refuses to apologise for racist ‘burka’ comments

Boris Johnson refuses to apologise for racist ‘burka’ comments

London, United Kingdom - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to offer an outright apology for Islamophobic comments he made in 2018, which led to a spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes. On Friday morning, as he fielded questions from listeners on LBC radio station in London, he said: "When I write this stuff, I never…
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…
Indonesia deploys troops to West Papua region as protests spread

Indonesia deploys troops to West Papua region as protests spread

Jakarta, Indonesia - Indonesia has deployed more troops to West Papua as demonstrations calling for the region's independence spread. Government buildings have been torched and reports of unrest belie earlier assurances by the government that the unrest had been contained. President Joko Widodo's chief security minister, Wiranto, told reporters on Tuesday that Jakarta is deploying…
Palestinian student at Harvard allowed US entry on second attempt

Palestinian student at Harvard allowed US entry on second attempt

A Palestinian Harvard University student originally denied entry to the United States arrived on campus on Monday, just a day before classes were set to begin.  Ismail Ajjawi, a 17-year-old refugee, was denied entry on August 23 and sent back to his home in Lebanon after spending hours in the Boston Logan International Airport.  The teenager said he was…
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…
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…
South Africa: Scores held after looting, anti-foreigner protests

South Africa: Scores held after looting, anti-foreigner protests

Police have arrested scores of people in South Africa's commercial capital, Johannesburg, after protesters looted what appeared to be foreign-owned shops and set fire to cars and buildings. At least 70 people were arrested, the police said in a statement on Monday,in the second outbreak of urban rioting in a week. Hundreds of people marched…
India revokes Kashmir’s special status: All the latest updates

India revokes Kashmir’s special status: All the latest updates

The Indian government has revoked the special status accorded to Indian-administered Kashmir in its constitution, the most far-reaching political move on the disputed region in nearly 70 years. A presidential decree issued on August 5 revoked Article 370 of India's constitution that guaranteed special rights to the Muslim-majority state, including the right to its own…
World leaders gather for G7 summit in France

World leaders gather for G7 summit in France

World leaders have gathered in France for the G7 summit, a meeting that European Council President Donald Tusk said will be a "difficult test of unity and solidarity" due to deep divisions over a range of issues including trade and climate change.  The annual gathering of the G7 nations, some of the world's key industrial…