Phnom Penh, Cambodia - In June 2017, Cambodia's pro-democracy opposition party made unprecedented gains in the local commune elections, casting serious doubt on Prime Minister Hun Sen's ability to extend his 33-year rule in the following year's national election. There was a spirit of optimism when Kem Sokha's Cambodia National Rescue Party prepared to take…
Yemen's Houthi rebels say they will halt drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their Yemeni allies. The group said in a statement on Sunday it was ready for a broader ceasefire if "the Saudi-led coalition wants peace". International pressure has mounted on Yemen's warring parties to end the war…
Rovieng, Cambodia - At the edge of a forest on the northern plains of Cambodia, an indigenous community is building its own security system. It comprises a small outpost made of timber confiscated from illegal loggers at the main access point looters use as they look to rob the forest of its riches. For the…
Mumbai, India - When the 2005 Bollywood drama Aashiq Banaya Aapne (You have made me your lover) was released, it was not common to see physical intimacy on screen in Indian cinemas. In the film, the cental characters are seen kissing in a now famous song sequence. After the film, its lead actress Tanushree Dutta, a former Miss…
Taliban officials have held three days of talks with the United States' special representative for Afghanistan in Qatar, Zalmay Khalilzad, aimed at renewing the peace process in the war-torn country, an official of the armed group said. The talks, which ended on Sunday, were confirmed by other individuals close to the group, who spoke on…
Asia-Pacific leaders have failed to bridge divisions over trade at a summit dominated by a war of words between the United States and China. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Papua New Guinea ended on Sunday without a formal statement for the first time in its history. "You know the two big giants in…
Rabat, Morocco - More than 80,000 people have crossed into Europe this year from Africa, the Middle East and Asia after fleeing war, conflict or poverty. By mid-September this year, Spain received almost 35,000 migrants and refugees. Majority of these took the sea route, while almost 5,300 crossed into Ceuta and Melilla, the two Spanish enclaves that…
Gaza Strip - When Palestinians ventured out of their homes on Tuesday, following Israel's latest round of air strikes on Gaza, they noticed an extraordinary scene near the bombed-out remains of the al-Rahma building. Hanging in the bedroom of a partially-destroyed apartment was a wedding dress, covered in dirt and punctured with shrapnel. As crowds grew and looked on…
Oxford, United Kingdom - Leaning in closely over a brass sphere the size of a clenched fist, Hussein Kara Ahmed explains to his audience the mechanical workings of the world's only complete surviving spherical astrolabe, created by a 15th-century Islamic craftsman named Musa. A Syrian refugee who fled deadly violence in his home city of…
Gaza - When Yasmin Helles was an English literature student at a Gaza college, she would spend most of her time online looking for information that could help her in academic life. She always wondered who designed these websites, making all this information available. She wanted to become that person. Six months ago, the 24-year-old…
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