Afghanistan has been at war for much of the past 40 years. In 2001, the United States sent its troops into the country in response to the 9/11 attacks. The withdrawal of these troops has been one of the sticking points in talks between US and Taliban representatives that are getting under way in Qatar.…
A week-long strike by more than 30,000 Los Angeles teachers that has disrupted classes for nearly half a million students neared an end on Tuesday as the teachers' union and the second-largest US school district reached a tentative contract deal. A union leader said the negotiations, including an all-night session that ended around dawn on…
Embattled UK Prime Minister Theresa May faces another day of Brexit grilling before legislators on Tuesday with the opposition Labour Party opening the door for a new referendum on leaving the European Union. UK legislators will debate and vote on the next steps of the EU divorce on January 29, and before that they can…
Venezuela's National Assembly, the opposition-controlled legislative body, declared President Nicolas Maduro a "usurper" last week, deepening the political and humanitarian crisis that has engulfed the country.  The declaration came about a week after Maduro was sworn in for a controversial second six-year term following an election largely boycotted by the opposition and considered fraudulent by…
Patients' names have been changed to protect their identity. Sanaa, Yemen - With each breath he took, the red rashes on Ahmad's cheeks appeared to get brighter and brighter. The eight-year-old had just made his way up the stairs of the al-Jumhurriya hospital in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, one of the few health centres in the…
US President Donald Trump wants a border wall. Congressional Democrats do not. And the resulting political deadlock that's led to the longest US government shutdown in history is dragging on the economy and negatively impacting hundreds of thousands of American livelihoods in the process. If the partial shutdown that began a month ago persists through…
Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Rong Chhun was visiting family in rural Cambodia when he received a phone call telling him that his good friend and colleague Chea Vichea, a prominent union leader, had been shot dead by two men on a motorbike. Vichea, the charismatic president of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the…
Tlahuelilpan, Mexico - Claudia Zacarias Hernandez heard the screams as flames engulfed dozens who had gathered to collect fuel from an gushing pipeline in rural Mexico last week. She was on the other side of the field in in the small town of Tlahuelilpan, about on 105km north of Mexico City, when the pipe exploded.…
Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for talks expected to be dominated by a territorial issue over a disputed island chain that has long prevented the two countries from concluding a peace treaty to formally end World War II. Abe's visit on Tuesday marks the 25th time he…
More than 100 members of Afghan security forces were killed when armed Taliban fighters attacked a military base and police training centre outside Kabul on Monday, a senior defence ministry official has said. "We have information that 126 people have been killed in the explosion inside the military training centre," the official, speaking on condition of…
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