Sudan’s Bashir declares one year state of emergency

Sudan’s Bashir declares one year state of emergency

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has declared a year-long state of emergency, dissolving his cabinet and local governments throughout the country. In a televised address on Friday, Bashir also called on Sudan's parliament to postpone constitutional amendments that would allow him to run for another term in a presidential election in 2020. Acknowledging the popular protests that have…
Bangladesh fire: Dhaka residents look for missing people

Bangladesh fire: Dhaka residents look for missing people

Dhaka, Bangladesh - Outside the cordon of the fire-gutted buildings, Nasrin Sultana was standing with a photograph. "Have you found my father," asked a weeping Sultana. She was waiting at Chawkbazaar in the older part of Dhaka where a deadly fire late on Wednesday night killed at least 70 people. A total of 41 people have…
In Ground Zero of Kashmir unrest, residents see no end to deaths

In Ground Zero of Kashmir unrest, residents see no end to deaths

Pulwama, India-administered Kashmir - Whenever there would be a gun battle, 40-year-old Hamida would sink with anxiety, fearing that her 20-year-old rebel son might be one of those involved. On the afternoon of February 14, she was milking her cows when a suicide bomber, only 10km away, rammed his explosives-laden car into one of the…
Colombia’s ‘Madonna’ helps LGBTQ people fleeing Venezuela

Colombia’s ‘Madonna’ helps LGBTQ people fleeing Venezuela

Maicao, Colombia - Gusts of hot desert wind drift through the broken window, shattered by a stone, in the house that Madonna Badillo shares with seven Venezuelan sex workers. Badillo fixed the window many times before but eventually gave up. Harassers have repeatedly hurled rocks at the home as an act of aggression against her…
Pakistan’s Imran Khan approves military response if India attacks

Pakistan’s Imran Khan approves military response if India attacks

The Pakistani government has authorised its military to "respond decisively and comprehensively to any aggression or misadventure" by neighbouring India, as tensions soar between the nuclear-armed rivals. India has vowed a "jaw-breaking response" to a suicide bombing in the disputed Kashmir region last week that killed 42 Indian soldiers - the worst such attack since…
As murdered Slovak remembered, calls to legally protect reporters

As murdered Slovak remembered, calls to legally protect reporters

On February 21 last year, Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee, archaeologist Martina Kusnirova, were murdered in their home in Vel'ka Maca, a small village 28 miles (45km) east of the capital Bratislava. They were killed by a professional assassin: Kuciak with two shots to the chest, Kusnirova with one to the head. Their deaths provoked a public outcry which led to mass…
Political drama in Thailand as long-delayed election nears

Political drama in Thailand as long-delayed election nears

Bangkok, Thailand - With Thailand's long-delayed elections just over a month away, a court ruling is expected to deal a major blow to parties loyal to ousted ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and tip the scales in favour of the country's military government - even as many voters appear weary of the generals after five years of…
Wallace’s giant bee, world’s largest, refound by scientists

Wallace’s giant bee, world’s largest, refound by scientists

The world's largest bee, which had not been seen by scientists since 1981, has been rediscovered by a team of conservationists and international researchers in a remote part of Indonesia. The team found the first specimens of Megachile Pluto, an insect commonly known as Wallace's giant bee that is roughly the size of a human thumb, in the archipelago's…
Japan probe Hayabusa2 touches down on Ryugu asteroid

Japan probe Hayabusa2 touches down on Ryugu asteroid

A Japanese spacecraft has successfully touched down on an asteroid some 280 million kilometres from the Earth, on a mission to collect material that could provide clues about the origin of life and the solar system. Data from the probe, Hayabusa2, showed changes in speed and direction, indicating it had landed on the distant Ryugu asteroid and…
China’s shadow looms large over second Trump-Kim summit

China’s shadow looms large over second Trump-Kim summit

Beijing, China - All eyes were on Singapore in June last year as a jumbo jet carrying Kim Jong-un landed on the tarmac of the city-state's Changi airport, days before the North Korean leader's landmark summit with US President Donald Trump. As Kim took his first steps onto Singaporean soil, having completed his longest trip…

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