Driven to suicide in Tunisia’s UNHCR refugee shelter

Driven to suicide in Tunisia’s UNHCR refugee shelter

Medenine, Tunisia - Last Monday night, 16-year-old Nato* slit his wrists and was rushed to the local hospital in Medenine. He had decided to end his life in a refugee facility run by the UN's refugee agency, the UNHCR, in Medenine. After running for two years, escaping Eritrea and near-certain conscription into the country's army,…
Hezbollah set to take centre stage as Pompeo heads to Lebanon

Hezbollah set to take centre stage as Pompeo heads to Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon - In January, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went on a diplomatic mission to scuttle Syria's readmission to the Arab League. On Thursday, he is expected in Lebanon, where he is set to target another one of Iran's allies, Hezbollah. Pompeo is scheduled to hold talks with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and is expected…
Britain’s Theresa May asks EU to delay Brexit until June 30

Britain’s Theresa May asks EU to delay Brexit until June 30

May said she remained confident that British MPs would ratify her Brexit deal [Vincent Kessler/Reuters] UK Prime Minister Theresa May has written to European Council President Donald Tusk to request a delay in Britain's departure from the European Union until June 30. The UK is currently due to leave the bloc on March 29, but…
Pompeo calls for Gulf unity at start of Middle East tour

Pompeo calls for Gulf unity at start of Middle East tour

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called for unity in the Gulf region, as has kicked off his Middle East tour with a stop in Kuwait City for the third US-Kuwait strategic dialogue session. Pompeo will seek to strengthen cooperation on defence, cybersecurity and trade, during his stop in Kuwait, his spokesperson Robert Palladino said.  …
Mozambique: 3-days of national mourning after deadly cyclone Idai

Mozambique: 3-days of national mourning after deadly cyclone Idai

Mozambique has declared three days of national mourning after powerful cyclone winds and flooding killed more than 200 people and left a massive trail of destruction across swathes of southeast Africa. Cylone Idai, which hit Mozambique's port city of Beira on Thursday before moving inland, brought winds of up to 170 kph, which flattened buildings…
After 60 years in India, why are Tibetans leaving?

After 60 years in India, why are Tibetans leaving?

Mumbai, India - For many years, 34-year-old Kunsang Tenzing has been thinking about leaving India.  His family did years ago. Most of his closest friends have also moved.  Over the last seven years, the Tibetan refugee community in India has dropped by 44 percent, from around 150,000 in 2011 to 85,000, according to Indian government…
N Zealand FM ‘to confront’ Erdogan over mosque attack comments

N Zealand FM ‘to confront’ Erdogan over mosque attack comments

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday that her foreign minister will travel to Turkey to "confront" comments made by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the Christchurch mosque shootings that killed 50 people. Erdogan, while campaigning for March 31 local elections, said on Tuesday that Turkey would make the suspected attacker pay if New Zealand did not. He presented the…
India-Pakistan cricket row over army caps and politics in sport

India-Pakistan cricket row over army caps and politics in sport

The controversy around the Indian cricket team wearing military caps on the field to pay homage to its troops has reignited a decades-old debate over the mixing of politics with sports. India's national side came under scrutiny for "militarising" the game after its players wore army camouflage caps during a match against Australia in the…
NZ police release bodies of six Christchurch attack victims

NZ police release bodies of six Christchurch attack victims

Christchurch, New Zealand - Six bodies have been returned to the families of Christchurch mosque attack victims, according to New Zealand police, amid growing anguish over a lack of progress by officials tasked with identifying the dead. In a statement on Tuesday evening, police said six other bodies were also ready to be released having…
Clashes in Kashmir after teacher dies in police custody

Clashes in Kashmir after teacher dies in police custody

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir - Hundreds of protesters clashed with Indian security forces in parts of Indian-administered Kashmir after police said a man detained over a security investigation died in police custody. Rizwan Asad Pandit, a 29-year-old chemistry teacher, was arrested as part of "terror case investigation", the police said in a statement on Tuesday. "The person…