Anatomy of a ‘caliphate’: The rise and fall of ISIL

Anatomy of a ‘caliphate’: The rise and fall of ISIL

Samer recalls the gruesome shock of seeing his friend's headless corpse strung up above Raqqa's main square. It's this memory, from a hot summer day in 2015, that defines his time living under ISIL's rule in Syria. "No one was allowed to touch it, nor bring it down for a proper burial," Samer says of…
Smile and wiggle: Thai PM Prayuth tries to charm his way to a win

Smile and wiggle: Thai PM Prayuth tries to charm his way to a win

Bangkok, Thailand - An aerobics class is under way as a sober-suited Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha walks briskly into central Lumphini Park, accompanied by city officials and a pack of journalists. The instructor gives up on her routine as the class of mostly older men and women peels away to greet the general who led…
‘Festival of colours’: Hindus celebrate Holi

‘Festival of colours’: Hindus celebrate Holi

Millions of Hindus across India and other South Asian countries are celebrating Holi - the festival of colours - to mark the arrival of spring. Celebrants daub themselves in brightly coloured powder, or gulal, to celebrate the victory of good over evil, fertility and love. The festival, observed for centuries, holds mythological importance. It is…
Australia says tensions with Turkey ease after WWI remarks

Australia says tensions with Turkey ease after WWI remarks

A diplomatic spat between Turkey and Australia over the mosque mass shootings in New Zealand appeared to ease on Thursday after controversial comments by the Turkish leader were said to be "taken out of context". Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said tensions between his country and Turkey had ebbed after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office…
Israeli forces kill rock-throwing Palestinian in West Bank

Israeli forces kill rock-throwing Palestinian in West Bank

An Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli gunfire in the occupied West Bank, marking the fourth Palestinian killed in 24 hours. The Palestinian Red Crescent said one of its crews treated a man with two bullet wounds at an Israeli military checkpoint near the city of Bethlehem on Wednesday and that Israeli forces had shot…
Driven to suicide in Tunisia’s UNHCR refugee shelter

Driven to suicide in Tunisia’s UNHCR refugee shelter

Medenine, Tunisia - Last Monday night, 16-year-old Nato* slit his wrists and was rushed to the local hospital in Medenine. He had decided to end his life in a refugee facility run by the UN's refugee agency, the UNHCR, in Medenine. After running for two years, escaping Eritrea and near-certain conscription into the country's army,…
After 60 years in India, why are Tibetans leaving?

After 60 years in India, why are Tibetans leaving?

Mumbai, India - For many years, 34-year-old Kunsang Tenzing has been thinking about leaving India.  His family did years ago. Most of his closest friends have also moved.  Over the last seven years, the Tibetan refugee community in India has dropped by 44 percent, from around 150,000 in 2011 to 85,000, according to Indian government…
New Zealand attack: Pakistani expat family mourns with pride

New Zealand attack: Pakistani expat family mourns with pride

Christchurch, New Zealand - The question caught Ambreen Naeem off guard. "At 2pm, my sister called and asked where my son Talha and husband Naeem were," Ambreen says quietly. "I remember thinking, 'why is she asking me?', because it's normal they would be at Friday prayers at this time," she adds, nervously pressing her fingers against…
Zimbabwe: Hard-hit town reels from cyclone as Mnangagwa vows aid

Zimbabwe: Hard-hit town reels from cyclone as Mnangagwa vows aid

Chimanimani, Zimbabwe - President Emmerson Mnangagwa has flown into a mountainous town on Zimbabwe's eastern border with Mozambique to visit the survivors of a devastating cyclone that has killed scores of people and caused widespread damage. Since Cyclone Idai hit on Friday evening, the farming town of Chimanimani has been largely cut off from the rest of…
Exclusive: Bangladesh top security adviser accused of abductions

Exclusive: Bangladesh top security adviser accused of abductions

The most senior security and defence figure in Bangladesh has been accused of using military intelligence agents to abduct and interrogate people to settle a business dispute involving his wife. The allegations have been made against Major General Tarique Ahmed Siddique, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's security adviser who has effective control over the country's armed…

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