Flash floods, mudslides kill at least 50 in Indonesia’s Papua

Flash floods, mudslides kill at least 50 in Indonesia’s Papua

Flash flood and mudslides triggered by days of torrential downpours tore through mountainside villages in Indonesia's easternmost province, killing at least 50 people and wounding 59 others. The disaster in Papua province's Jayapura district submerged hundreds of houses in neck-high water and mud, National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on Sunday. The…
‘Referendum on democracy’ – Thailand’s first elections in years

‘Referendum on democracy’ – Thailand’s first elections in years

Bangkok, Thailand - Thailand is preparing for its first election since 2014's military coup, but with a system designed to weaken political parties and ensure the military's continuing role, few expect the vote to resolve divisions that have plagued the country for two decades. Nearly 52 million Thais are eligible to vote in the March…
New Zealand mosque attacks prompt flood of support for Muslims

New Zealand mosque attacks prompt flood of support for Muslims

New Zealanders have responded to the Christchurch mosque massacres with an outpouring of interfaith solidarity - crowdfunding millions of dollars, donating halal food and even offering to accompany local Muslims now scared to walk the streets. The killing of 49 people at two mosques in this usually placid city on Friday has sent shockwaves rippling across…
40 years after escaping war, Afghan killed in Christchurch mosque

40 years after escaping war, Afghan killed in Christchurch mosque

In 1979, Haji Daoud Nabi escaped the Soviet-Afghan war and took his young family to safety in New Zealand. Almost 40 years later, on Friday, he was shot and killed at Al Noor mosque in Christchurch. The first named victim of the massacre, Nabi ran an Afghan Association and spent his life trying to help…
Cyclone Idai hits Zimbabwe, at least 24 people dead

Cyclone Idai hits Zimbabwe, at least 24 people dead

At least 24 people have been killed and dozens are missing in parts of eastern Zimbabwe after the country was hit by tropical cyclone Idai which lashed neighbouring Mozambique and Malawi, the government said.  Cyclone Idai has affected more than 1.5 million people in the three southern African countries, according to the United Nations and government officials. …
‘No to war’: Middle East musicians collaborate on a ‘peace album’

‘No to war’: Middle East musicians collaborate on a ‘peace album’

Nearly 100 musicians from across the Middle East have collaborated for an album put together by Iranian musician Mehdi Rajabian to promote peace in the embattled region. The album, titled "Middle Eastern", consists of songs played by artists from Iran, Turkey, Yemen, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Egypt and Bahrain along with some musicians from…
Fresh protests in Algeria as allies turn on Bouteflika

Fresh protests in Algeria as allies turn on Bouteflika

A huge crowd has gathered in the Algerian capital to protest for a fourth consecutive Friday demanding urgent change and an end to the rule of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has been in power for 20 years.  Demonstrators crammed streets and squares in central Algiers after Friday prayers, many draped in Algeria's red, green and white…
Amid mass protests, politics loom over the derby of Algiers

Amid mass protests, politics loom over the derby of Algiers

Algiers, Algeria - Derby days in Algeria's capital are typically festive occasions. From the working class neighbourhoods of Bab El Oued and the Casbah to central Algiers, public spaces are brimming with jersey-wearing supporters of MC Alger (MCA) and USM Alger (USMA). But on Thursday, as the two rival clubs prepared to battle for the local bragging…

Could Brexit be delayed?

"Brexit means Brexit" - or maybe it doesn't after all. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May has repeated her slogan many times, insisting that Britain will leave the European Union on March 29. But with just two weeks to go, members of parliament have voted to delay the divorce until June. The leaders of all EU countries…
Bangladesh cricketers narrowly dodge New Zealand mosque attack

Bangladesh cricketers narrowly dodge New Zealand mosque attack

Bangladesh's national cricket team has narrowly dodged New Zealand's mosque attacks, which have killed at least 49 people. During Friday prayers, attackers entered two mosques in the city of Christchurch and opened fire on worshippers in what has been called the worst attack in New Zealand's history.  Members of the Bangladeshi team were en route…