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Nigerians demand end to police's SARS unit

Calls grow for scrapping police investigation branch amid accusations of unlawful arrests, torture and even murder.<p>Susan Emem remembers the time she encountered Nigeria's feared Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) one year ago.<p>She and seven other friends were heading home after a night out in Enugu, …

Policing

Four Palestinians killed during Friday clashes

The death toll has risen to four as Israeli forces violently crack down on Palestinian protesters in besieged Gaza and the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.<p>Local media reported that an 18-year-old Palestinian, Muhammad Amin Aqel al-Adam, died after being shot by the Israeli military during …

Jerusalem

Algeria's Berbers protest for Tamazight language rights

Protesters have rallied in Algeria over the rejection of a measure that would have formalised Berber language teaching.<p>Berber communities in Algeria are calling on the government to allocate state funding to promote and preserve their local, Indigenous language, a demand that has prompted several …

Africa

'Syrian refugees improve Armenia's social fabric'

A new initiative celebrates Syrian refugees's positive impact in the South Caucasian nation's mono-ethnic society.<p>The presence of Syrian refugees in Armenia's mono-ethnic society has been celebrated in the capital Yerevan with a personal initiative of an art curator and three photographers who had …

Refugees

Zimbabwe's Emmerson Mnangagwa calls for ZANU-PF unity

President Emmerson Mnangagwa urges ZANU-PF party members to eschew divisions left over from Robert Mugabe's resignation.<p><b>Harare, Zimbabwe -</b>Zimbabwe's newly appointed president has called for the country's ruling party to protect itself against factional divisions after tension within ZANU-PF reached …

Emmerson Mnangagwa

Protests held across world against US Jerusalem move

Rallies grip Palestinian territories and spread as far as Tokyo over US move to recognise Jerusalem as Israeli capital.<p>Thousands of people are protesting in the occupied Palestinian territories and across the world over the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.<p>More than a week …

Israel

Five key developments since Trump's Jerusalem move

US President's recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital has led to protests, violence, condemnation and arrests.<p>Violence, protests and arrests have followed US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.<p>Trump made the announcement on December 6 and said …

Jerusalem

El Salvador upholds 30-year sentence in stillbirth case

Court rejects appeal of Teodora del Carmen Vazquez, who was convicted of homicide under country's strict abortion law.<p>A court in El Salvador has upheld the 30-year prison sentence of a woman who was charged with homicide under the country's strict abortion law after she says she suffered a …

El Salvador

Israeli delegation headed to Bahrain: report

News of visit come after Bahraini delegation travelled to Israel, claiming to send 'message of religious tolerance'.<p>A delegation of Israeli business leaders will travel to Bahrain in January amid a warming of ties between the two countries, according to a media report.<p>Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the …

Middle East

Bosnian Muslims: 'How did we deserve this?'

Concentration camp survivor Eldin Elezovic recounts his traumatic ordeal at the hands of Croat forces in 1993.<p><i>Eldin Elezovic dreamed of becoming a football star while growing up in Stolac, in what was then the Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and part of Yugoslavia. In June 1993, he</i> …

European History

Seoul and Beijing: Mending relations or widening gulf?

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in makes his first state visit to China.<p>South Korea's President Moon Jae-in was welcomed in the Great Hall of the People by China's leader Xi Jinping.<p>Moon says he wishes to strengthen ties - and is calling for a "new era" in the relationship, based on trust and …

North Korea

US calls for global 'coalition' to counter Iran

Nikki Haley presents 'evidence Iran transferred ballistic missiles to Houthi rebels' in Yemen, a claim denied by Iran.<p>The US ambassador to the UN has called for an international coalition to counter Iran's influence in the Middle East, while accusing the country of "fanning the flames of conflict" …

Iran

ISIL weapons traced to US and Saudi Arabia

Arms used by ISIL in battle were supplied by the US and Saudi Arabia to Syrian opposition fighters, new report finds.<p>Weapons supplied by the United States and Saudi Arabia to opposition fighters often fell into the hands of ISIL, significantly enhancing the "quantity and quality" of the group's …

Saudi Arabia

FCC votes to end US net neutrality

FCC votes to end the 2015 Open Internet Order which has protected net neutrality rules in the US.<p>The Federal Communications Commission has voted to end the 2015 Open Internet Order which protects net neutrality in the United States.<p>The decision was taken during a much-anticipated meeting in …

Net Neutrality

Siege of Qatar 'arbitrarily splitting up families'

Amnesty International calls on Saudi-led bloc to lift blockade of Qatar, which it says is harming thousands of families.<p>Thousands of ordinary people are bearing the brunt of a six-month blockade imposed on Qatar by neighbouring Arab states, especially through forced separation, a new Amnesty …

Amnesty International

North Korea vows retaliation over US sea blockade

Pyongyang warns Washington a maritime blockade would be 'an act of war' that would bring retribution.<p>North Korea warned the United States any imposition of a maritime blockade would be an act of war that would push the current standoff towards nuclear confrontation.<p>Discussion of a possible American …

North Korea

Canada granting US border agents 'expanded' powers

Canadian rights groups say a newly passed law gives too much power to US border officers and threatens civil liberties.<p>Canada has passed new legislation that expands the authority of US customs and border officers working at Canadian airports, a move civil liberties groups say may put the rights of …

Immigration

Syria envoy blames Saudi and UN for peace talks failure

Syrian negotiator Jaafari accuses UN mediator Staffan de Mistura of undermining eighth round of peace talks.<p>Syria's chief negotiator Bashar al-Jaafari blamed the West, the Saudis, and the United Nations on Thursday for the failure of the latest round of peace negotiations to end the country's …

Middle East

Egypt

Imprisonment of producer Mahmoud Hussein extended again as he approaches one-year detention on spurious charges.<p>Egypt extended Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein's imprisonment for another 45 days on Thursday as the producer in poor health nears one year of incarceration on dubious …

Egypt

Israeli minister Katz 'invites Saudi crown prince'

Intelligence minister Yisrael Katz extends invitation to Mohamed bin Salman, warns against Iran's presence in Lebanon.<p>Israel's Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz has invited Saudi Arabia's crown prince to visit Israel in an interview with a Saudi news outlet, according to Haaretz.<p>Katz confirmed to …

Saudi Arabia

Hamas today: 30 years since the First Intifada

Born from the First Intifada in 1987, the movement prepares to celebrate its 30-year anniversary amid a swell of support and anger following the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.<p>Hamas, one of the main Palestinian factions, called for an uprising against Israel soon after …

Palestinian Authority

UAE delegate 'storms out' of UN human rights meeting

Activists say officials refused to address accusations including torture at meeting with civil society groups in Geneva.<p>Activists have accused Emirati officials of refusing to address criticism of the UAE's human rights record and storming out of a UN organised meeting with civil society …

United Arab Emirates

Qatar calls on US to reverse Jerusalem move

Foreign ministry rejects Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital, and warns of global consequences.<p>Qatar has called on the United States to reverse its decision recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital.<p>Foreign ministry spokesperson Lulwa Al Khater said on Wednesday that Qatar denounces …

Israel

Somalia: Suicide bomber hits Mogadishu police academy

Several police officers killed and wounded in attack on a police academy in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.<p>At least 10 people were killed in a suicide blast at a police academy in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, officials said.<p>Dressed in a police uniform, the attacker blew himself up inside the …

Mogadishu

Netanyahu: OIC Jerusalem statement fails to impress us

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu rejects declaration of East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.<p>Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected a declaration by Muslim leaders that East Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine.<p>In reaction to the declaration by the Organisation of Islamic …

Israel

MSF: More than 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar

MSF data shows 6,700 Rohingya were killed by Myanmar security forces in the month following August 25.<p>At least 6,700 Rohingya were killed by Myanmar security forces in one month following a government-led crackdown in the country's Rakhine state in late August, according to Doctors Without Borders …

Rakhine State

Plight of Romanian women trafficked to western Europe

A story of trafficked women in Romania's capital of Bucharest.<p>In 2016, roughly 800 Romanians were trafficked in Western Europe. The majority were women, and most of them were forced into prostitution and suffered abuse.<p>Today on the Debrief - a woman who was trafficked, a woman who saved her and a …

Migration

'Not In My Name': Activists fighting hate in India

Activists decry 'assault' on India's secular constitution following Muslim man's grisly murder in apparent hate crime.<p><b>New Delhi, India -</b> On a cold winter's afternoon here in the Indian capital, scores of writers, activists and students gathered under a poster of a blood-splattered pair of sandals …

Fighting

May loses Brexit vote in parliament ahead of EU summit

British politicians vote in favour of giving parliament the final say on any withdrawal deal with the European Union.<p>British politicians have backed giving parliament the final say on any withdrawal deal with the European Union, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May on the eve of a crucial …

Brexit

Syria: Post-war reconstruction booming in Jarablus

Al Jazeera's Osama Bin Javaid reports from Jarablus in northern Syria, where building construction is booming and a local council runs education, health and sanitation services.<p>Six years of war in Syria means it will take massive reconstruction efforts to rebuild cities that have been reduced to …

Syria