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…
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…
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…
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 documented 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…
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…
Hosting a Trump-Kim summit: The Singapore experience

Hosting a Trump-Kim summit: The Singapore experience

Singapore - At first it was on, then off, and then on again - in the end, Singapore had just two weeks to get everything ready for the much-anticipated, first encounter between a sitting US president and North Korean leader. That such a strategically complex and delicate event came off as seemingly flawless - despite…
Huge fire kills scores in old part of Bangladeshi capital Dhaka

Huge fire kills scores in old part of Bangladeshi capital Dhaka

At least 70 people have been killed after a massive fire raced through several apartment buildings also used as chemical warehouses in a centuries-old part of Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, according to fire officials. The devastating blaze, which broke out around 10:40pm (16:40 GMT) on Wednesday at a building in Chawkbazar, in the old part of Dhaka, was brought…
Antuanetta Mischenko: Ukraine’s protest pianist remembers Maidan

Antuanetta Mischenko: Ukraine’s protest pianist remembers Maidan

Antuanetta remembers when she climbed on top of a burned bus and sat down at a yellow and blue piano. The 21-year-old was playing a concert, held in front of a barricade in central Kiev during the Euromaidan protests five years ago.  On one side of her stood crowds of protesters, many of whom had…
Iran holds naval war games in Strait of Hormuz amid US tensions

Iran holds naval war games in Strait of Hormuz amid US tensions

The Iranian navy launched "large-scale" drills in the Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of Oman in a show of its maritime force amid escalating tensions with the United States in the region. Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, commander of Iran's navy, said the manoeuvres began on Thursday and will run for a week. For the…

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