Mass London protest to demand second referendum on Brexit

Mass London protest to demand second referendum on Brexit

London, United Kingdom - Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to march through central London on Saturday to demand a final say on Brexit. As the impasse over a way forward continues in Westminster, the original Brexit deadline of March 29 has now been pushed back to April 12. Protesters want the government to…
Nepal: CK Raut joins mainstream politics averting conflict?

Nepal: CK Raut joins mainstream politics averting conflict?

A prominent secessionist leader from Nepal earlier this month agreed to give up his demands for an independent Madhes state, averting the chances of conflict in the country's south. Chandra Kant Raut signed an 11-point agreement with the government led by the Nepal Communist Party (NCP), pledging to honour the "sovereignty" and "territorial integrity" of the country.…
Christchurch mosque attack victims laid to rest in mass burial

Christchurch mosque attack victims laid to rest in mass burial

Christchurch, New Zealand - At first, the victims of last week's Christchurch mosque attacks went to their graves in ones and twos. From Wednesday onwards, bodies were slowly released from coroners to relatives eager to say a final goodbye to their loved ones. But on Friday, shortly after the Muslim call to prayer sounded out across New Zealand,…
Algerians rally for fourth consecutive week against ailing leader

Algerians rally for fourth consecutive week against ailing leader

Tens of thousands of Algerians have once again taken to the streets of the capital to demand that ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika quit immediately. Carrying Algerian flags and chanting anti-Bouteflika slogans, protesters on Friday braved cold weather and light rain as they gathered in central Algiers, the site of weekly demonstrations since February 22. Amid…
Las Vegas: Homeless youth most vulnerable to sex trafficking

Las Vegas: Homeless youth most vulnerable to sex trafficking

Las Vegas, Nevada - The first time Angela* was sold for sex, she wasn't looking for work. Angela, 20 at the time, was sitting with her half-brother under the neon lights of Las Vegas's Tropicana Boulevard. The Hawaiian transplant had been homeless for only a few weeks. A man in a pick-up truck stopped and…
How do UK Muslims feel after series of Islamophobic attacks?

How do UK Muslims feel after series of Islamophobic attacks?

Manchester, UK - In the early hours of Thursday, five mosques in the English city of Birmingham were damaged - the latest in a string of Islamophobic attacks in the UK. The spate of vandalism came just days after a gunman killed 50 worshippers during Friday prayers at two mosques in New Zealand, placing Muslim communities in the UK and around the world on…
Humanitarian aid slowly penetrates Zimbabwe’s inaccessible areas

Humanitarian aid slowly penetrates Zimbabwe’s inaccessible areas

Chimanimani, Zimbabwe - A week since Cyclone Idai made landfall in eastern Zimbabwe, authorities and aid groups are stepping up relief efforts on the ground as the hardest-hit areas are slowly becoming more accessible. The government and humanitarian agencies have dispatched food supplies and emergency response units in the region to assist thousands of people…
ISIL territory ‘100 percent eliminated’ in Syria: White House

ISIL territory ‘100 percent eliminated’ in Syria: White House

The US Defense Department said on Friday that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) no longer holds any territory in Syria, according to a White House spokeswoman. US Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan briefed President Donald Trump as he was travelling to Florida on Air Force One, spokeswoman Sarah Sanders…
‘Gagged’ Thai media fights for a voice as elections loom

‘Gagged’ Thai media fights for a voice as elections loom

Bangkok, Thailand - Journalist Sirote Klampaiboon is one of the most popular presenters on Thailand's Voice TV, a digital broadcaster that has been penalised at least 20 times for its reporting since the military seized control of the country five years ago and clamped down on freedom of expression. Last month, the military government said…
Frustration mounts in Mozambique over food, water shortage

Frustration mounts in Mozambique over food, water shortage

Residents of the Mozambican port city of Beira continue to desperately wait for aid in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, as fears rose that the death toll could soar.  Beira, a low-lying city of 500,000 residents, was the worst hit by the tropical cyclone which struck with winds up to 170 kilometres per hour last Thursday,…