Brazil’s Amazon is burning: ‘Some families lost everything’

Brazil’s Amazon is burning: ‘Some families lost everything’

For the past two weeks, Zonalia Santos and her neighbours have spent their days trying to save their houses and crops from the large forest fires in the western Brazilian state of Rondonia. Santos lives in a settlement with 35 other families and although they managed to save their homes, she tells Al Jazeera "the…
Indian opposition parties protest against Kashmir detentions

Indian opposition parties protest against Kashmir detentions

New Delhi, India - Major opposition parties in India have joined forces to protest against the government's clampdown in Indian-administered Kashmir, demanding the immediate release of political leaders and the restoration of communication services in the Himalayan region. Thursday's protest in New Delhi came as the Muslim-majority state continues to remain on edge in the wake of the…
Crucial talks between the US and Taliban begin in Doha

Crucial talks between the US and Taliban begin in Doha

Doha, Qatar - United States officials and Taliban representatives have resumed negotiations in Qatar's capital on finding a peaceful solution to Afghanistan's long-running war that has killed hundreds of thousands of Afghan civilians. Key issues in Thursday's talks, which began a day after US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Doha, remain the withdrawal of…
Empty buses in Bangladesh as no Rohingya turn up for repatriation

Empty buses in Bangladesh as no Rohingya turn up for repatriation

Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh - Ambia is crying as she holds her one-year-old girl in her lap outside their makeshift shelter in Cox's Bazar's Shalbagan camp for Rohingya refugees. "If we go back there, we will die," she said on Thursday, visibly reluctant to share her last name. "They have killed our families. We don't know what…
Turkey, US agree to launch first phase of Syria safe-zone plan

Turkey, US agree to launch first phase of Syria safe-zone plan

Turkey and the United States have agreed to launch the first phase of putting in place a safe zone in northern Syria after months of dispute over the depth of the zone and who would control it. Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar and his US counterpart Mark Esper spoke over the phone on Wednesday and agreed…
‘No point talking’: PM Khan rules out Kashmir talks with India

‘No point talking’: PM Khan rules out Kashmir talks with India

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has ruled out seeking further dialogue with India over Kashmir, expressing his frustration with New Delhi over its decision to strip the region of its autonomy earlier this month. "There is no point in talking to them. I mean, I have done all the talking," he told the New York Times…
Indonesia blocks internet in West Papua as protest rages

Indonesia blocks internet in West Papua as protest rages

Jakarta, Indonesia - Indonesia has blocked internet access in West Papua, a move that followed the government deployment of additional military and police personnel to the region to help to quell ongoing protests and secure vital public facilities. News of the internet shutdown comes as angry demonstrations continue to break out on Thursday in West…
New ruling body ushers in Sudan’s complex shift to civilian rule

New ruling body ushers in Sudan’s complex shift to civilian rule

A new prime minister and a sovereign council with military and civilian members have been sworn in Sudan, ushering in a new era in the country following months of political uncertainty and violence. Abdalla Hamdok, who was chosen by the protest movement to be prime minister, took the oath of office late on Wednesday in the capital, Khartoum.…
Trump administration moves to end limits on child detention

Trump administration moves to end limits on child detention

The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled new rules that would allow officials to detain migrant families indefinitely while judges consider whether to grant them asylum in the United States. The rules, which are certain to draw a legal challenge, would replace a 1997 legal agreement that limits the amount of time US immigration authorities can…
Activists hail Qatar withdrawal from pro-China text over Uighurs

Activists hail Qatar withdrawal from pro-China text over Uighurs

Doha, Qatar - Activists have welcomed Qatar's decision to withdraw its signature from a letter signed last month by 37 countries expressing support for China's policies in Xinjiang province, where about one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are held in detention centres, according to United Nations experts. The Qatari move, which was first reported by Bloomberg on Wednesday,…

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