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Mangkhut: Thousands evacuate as storm bears down on Philippines

Mangkhut: Thousands evacuate as storm bears down on Philippines

A super typhoon roared towards the Philippines on Thursday prompting thousands to evacuate in advance of its heavy rains and fierce winds set to strike at the weekend before moving on to China. Typhoon Mangkhut, which has already blasted through the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam, is speeding across the Pacific Ocean with winds that…

Who is shaping Syria’s future?

Three million people are trapped in the Syrian province of Idlib. It is the last remaining rebel stronghold, and likely to be the scene of a major military offensive. Ankara's call for a ceasefire was rejected by Russia and Iran who both back the Syrian government, prompting Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to warn of…
Award-winning photographer Yannis Behrakis dies aged 58

Award-winning photographer Yannis Behrakis dies aged 58

Yannis Behrakis, an award-winning photographer with Reuters news agency, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 58. Behrakis, who worked at Reuters for more than 30 years and died on Saturday, was "one of the best photographers of his generation", Greece's foreign press association said in a statement on Sunday. "His pictures shaped…
Protest movement against abuse in Catholic church brews in India

Protest movement against abuse in Catholic church brews in India

Kerala, India - The Catholic Church in India is facing a trying time, with a growing protest movement in response to allegations of sexual assault by clergymen. In June, police in the southern Indian state of Kerala registered a case against the bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Jalandhar, in the northern state of Punjab. …

Will the midterm results affect Trump’s foreign policy?

The Democrats have taken control of the US House of Representatives after Tuesday's midterm elections, while the Republicans tightened their grip on the Senate. The split sets the stage for a different mood during the second half of President Donald Trump's term, including potential consequences for his administration's foreign policy. The Democrats now have more…
Pakistani tennis star Aisam Qureshi: Khan will make sports better

Pakistani tennis star Aisam Qureshi: Khan will make sports better

Doha, Qatar - Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi is Pakistan's most successful and high-profile tennis player. For more than two decades, the 38-year-old athlete from Lahore has been flying his country's flag on the sport's highest professional stage, winning trophies and awards. Qureshi's best results have come on the doubles' court, with a career-high ranking of eight, two…

Voices From Assam: India’s Four Million Unwanted

In the state of Assam, a sliver of India squeezed between Bangladesh and Bhutan, four million people are at risk of becoming stateless. The local government has put together a draft list of those it considers to be "legitimate” citizens and four million of Assam's 32.9 million people didn’t make the cut. The National Register…
‘It never ends’: Trauma of Australia’s ‘stolen’ children

‘It never ends’: Trauma of Australia’s ‘stolen’ children

Melbourne, Australia - As a toddler in a children's jail in Melbourne, Brian Morley cried relentlessly. Having been taken from his mother by the police in 1960, when he was only two, he became part of what is known as Australia's "Stolen Generations". Government records at the time stated that his mother, Mary, was an…
Remembering World War I in the Middle East

Remembering World War I in the Middle East

Signs of World War I are everywhere and nowhere in the Middle East. Overlain by subsequent conflicts and decades of bitter contestation, the legacies of the wartime experience continue to reverberate long after the conflict passed into history in Europe. With the Middle East in the throes of renewed political turmoil and having experienced decades…
Hunger-striking asylum seekers call for faster border processing

Hunger-striking asylum seekers call for faster border processing

Tijuana, Mexico - Nubia Morazan looked after her one-year-old son as he played outside their tent propped up beneath a freeway overpass just inches from Tijuana car traffic. It's been more than 24 hours since Morazan has had a bite to eat, and she is willing to go days more without food if it helps…
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