The Israeli army said it shot down a Syrian fighter jet that allegedly crossed into the occupied Golan Heights as heavy fighting continued between the Syrian military and the last rebel holdouts in the country's southwest.   Spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus said the Syrian Sukhoi fighter jet flew towards Israel at "relatively high speed" before breaching…
Mati, Greece - Late on Monday night, Giorgos Stabelos was sitting in his living room at home in the Greek coastal town of Rafina, watching the news when the presenter uttered a sentence that made his heart jump. Since the early afternoon, news had trickled in about wildfires spreading throughout areas surrounding the Greek capital,…
"The war in Yemen is now the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with more than 22 million people - three-quarters of the population - in desperate need of aid and protection," we read in reports.  "As the conflict enters its fourth year, millions are without access to clean drinking water and the country is at high…
Lahore, Pakistan - Pakistan's election on Wednesday has made headlines for pre-poll rigging, political engineering and the turf wars between the military, the judiciary and the politicians. But the catchy negativity has clouded the energy and political awareness which can be felt from the streets of Karachi through the bazaars of Lahore to the tea…
Two-year-old Yahya followed his mother Lama Khater to the front door of their house in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, trying to leave with her as she was arrested by at least 25 Israeli soldiers. Khater paused, then knelt down to hug and kiss her toddler, before she was forcefully pulled by the…
Harare, Zimbabwe - Shine Shapure paces up and down the busy Samora Machel Avenue in downtown Harare. A Zimbabwean flag is draped over his shoulders, while scarfs in the colours of the country's two major political parties hang from his arms. "Election time is a good time for business," he says, in between trying to sell…
Medellin, Colombia - Carlos Paez doesn't look like someone who would be easily scared. Bold and imposing, with a graying beard and close-cropped hair, he is a man who projects authority. But when the 42-year-old Colombian land restitution activist was asked about the recent threats he has faced, his authority slips. "I'm very scared," he…
Recently, a prominent South African artist, Mohau Modisakeng, who represented South Africa at the 2017 Venice Biennale, was briefly arrested for assaulting his female companion in a boarding area of Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi, Kenya. He was, according to multiple witness accounts, abusive - both verbally and physically. When Modisakeng's companion refused to leave the airport with him,…
Although foreign policy hardly figures in election campaigns ahead of the July 25 in Pakistan, there are serious challenges that the next government will face on the external front. Growing estrangement with the United States, the ongoing war in Afghanistan, tension with India and relations with China will be the major foreign policy issues the…
At least 50 people have died and scores more have been injured as wildfires tore through woodland and villages around the Greek capital, Athens, officials said.  The death toll rose sharply on Tuesday after 26 bodies were found near the harbour town of Rafina, according to Red Cross workers and the region's vice mayor, Girgos…
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