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French parliament adopts controversial anti-terror bill

The French parliament on Wednesday adopted a tough new anti-terrorism bill that gives authorities vastly expanded powers to search homes, restrict movement and close places of worship.<p>The bill, which was passed by the Senate after modifications to address concerns about civil liberties, makes …

Mahmoud Hussein's daughter: Journalists have failed us | Freedom of the press News

The daughter of an Al Jazeera journalist jailed by Egyptian authorities without charge has condemned the silence of the international media on his continued detention.<p>Zahra Hussein, the daughter of Al Jazeera Arabic reporter, Mahmoud Hussein, said she felt let down that journalists have not covered …

How Young Pakistanis Are Sharing Their World on Bolo Jawan

Weddings, politics, food, sport and more: a new website is giving young Pakistanis the opportunity to write about life from their point of view.

Trump's ambassador to Israel refers to 'alleged occupation' of Palestinian territories

Donald Trump’s ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has referred to the situation in the Palestinian territories as “an alleged occupation”, in an apparent break from US foreign policy and mainstream international opinion.<p>Talking to the Jerusalem Post in his first major interview with the Israeli …

Israel

Rohingya: US demands prosecution of Myanmar officials

US ambassador's comments to UN Security Council come as more than 50 Rohingya are missing after their boat capsized.<p>The United States says action must be taken against Myanmar's military leaders whose operations have forced 500,000 Rohingya, a majority-Muslim ethnic group, to flee into …

U.S. Says Myanmar’s Rohingya Assault Appears to Be Ethnic Cleansing

U.N. Security Council demands end to military operation against country’s ethnic minority<p>UNITED NATIONS—The Security Council held its first open meeting on Myanmar in eight years on Thursday displaying unity on its concern of the violence and lack of humanitarian access but division on how to …

UN Security Council

Aid groups call for access to Myanmar conflict zone

International aid groups in Myanmar have urged the government to allow free access to Rakhine State, where an army offensive has sent 480,000 people …

Cox's Bazar: Chaos all around at Rohingya camps

Refugees who fled Myanmar endure dire conditions at impromptu camps as they wait for aid amid torrential rain.<p><b>Balukhali, Cox's Bazar –</b> Hundreds of Rohingya, including children, were jostling to get hold of aid packages being thrown from trucks at Balukhali in the Bangladeshi city of Cox's Bazar …

Syrian comedy troupe's brand of satire fails to amuse Assad government

Every time he gets the chance, Ayham Hilal, an Internet cafe proprietor in the Syrian city of Saraqeb, squeezes into a small community center with about 200 fellow theatergoers and loses himself in a comedy show.<p>The sketches are productions of an all-volunteer performance troupe known as the …

North Korea threatens to 'sink' Japan using nuclear weapons

A North Korean state agency has threatened to use nuclear weapons to "sink" Japan and reduce the US to "ashes and darkness" for supporting the latest …

North Korea

North Korea sanctions: UN security council unanimously agrees new measures

The UN security council has unanimously ratcheted up sanctions on North Korea, imposing a ban on the country’s textile exports and a ceiling on the country’s imports of crude oil.<p>The vote for the sanctions, the ninth package of measures imposed by the UN Security Council on Pyongyang since 2006 for …

North Korea

United Nations warns that young Africans are becoming radicalised

The United Nations has warned that young Africans are increasingly gravitating towards violent extremism, and discovered that in many cases they are …

Africa

When combatants turn democrats

This month, Colombia’s former guerrilla group called FARC transformed itself into a peaceful political party, perhaps setting a model of …

Middle East

Tired of communal conflicts in northern Nigeria, women-led peace networks take action

Cross-posted from UN Women.<p>“We need peace. We are tired of conflicts. So many innocent people have died and we have to stop the violence. That is why I contribute to peace-making”, says Hadiza Adam, a 38-year-old woman from Angwan Rogo community in Jos North, located in the northern Nigerian state …

What happens if Kim attacks? 5 things to know about North Korea

<b>(CNN) —</b> North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb on Sunday, raising fears that Pyongyang is getting close to constructing a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach the US.<p>The weapon was the most powerful North Korea has tested to date, with separate estimates putting the explosive yield at 50 or 120 …

North Korea

Giving Voice to Victims at the ICC

Expand A community member in Lukodi stands next to a memorial of a May 19, 2004 massacre, one of the atrocities for which Dominic Ongwen is facing …

After Boko Haram – A photo story on the Nigerian women and girls returning from captivity

<i>“Stepping Out from the Shadows” marks the second installment of stories from around the world by peacebuilding organization International Alert.</i> <i>The</i> …

Africa

Gaza gets its 1st movie theatre in 30 years for 1 night

About 300 people went to a movie theatre on Saturday in the Palestinian territory of Gaza, for the first time in more than 30 years since political …

Gaza

Colombia faces challenge to build peace without sacrificing its famed biodiversity

Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world, as measured by species richness. But over the past half century it has also been home to …

The future of Gaza looks bleak | Human Rights

There were grimly familiar headlines last week, as a new United Nations report warned that Gaza could be uninhabitable by 2020 if present trends continue. This latest warning arrives three years after the UN similarly predicted that the Gaza Strip would not be "a livable place" by 2020 without …

South Sudan's chaotic slide back into conflict: an insider's view

Was this a barracks brawl, or something much bigger? Soldiers had gone on the rampage before. Although the atmosphere had been tense at the meeting of the National Liberation Council and Riek Machar and several others had stayed away on the second day, there had been no sign at this time that any …

Africa

Palestinians and Israelis are paying for the stalled peace process with their lives

There is much discussion about how the global world order will play out under the new administration of President Donald Trump. Living in the occupied Palestinian territory, our fate does not rest with one man or his administration, but rather on the concerted efforts of the international community …

Israel

Water as a Force for Peace

Recent developments, such as the Islamic State's use of dams to pressure downstream populations to surrender, have highlighted the need to protect …

The African towns falling into decline and poverty after mining companies use resources then exit

The town of Fria in Guinea was built around bauxite mining in 1957. It used to have good facilities: water, electricity, schools, housing and …

Makeshift justice the only recourse for ill-protected women at South Sudan camp

It is late afternoon when the white Jeep pulls up outside a compound attached to one of the largest camps for families fleeing South Sudan’s civil war. Accompanied by two UN police officers, a woman steps out and walks briskly past a rusty shipping container holding the man who allegedly raped her …

Africa

Somalia’s Crooked Route to Democracy

A war-ravaged nation’s first attempt at more-inclusive elections proves tricky<p>BAIDOA, Somalia—Abdiweli Ibrahim Ali Sheikh Mudey reclined in his plastic chair inside this war-torn city’s fortified perimeter and cracked a smile behind his Ray Bans. He had just been elected, unopposed and unanimously, …

Africa

World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%

The world’s eight richest billionaires control the same wealth between them as the poorest half of the globe’s population, according to a charity warning of an ever-increasing and dangerous concentration of wealth.<p>In a report published to coincide with the start of the week-long World Economic …

Income Inequality

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