Caught in Indonesia’s tsunami – stories of survival and death

Caught in Indonesia’s tsunami – stories of survival and death

South Lampung, Indonesia - The wedding party was in full swing when Andi Karim heard the sounds of fierce waves slamming the shore of his village in western Indonesia.   The 32-year-old's instinct kicked in immediately, prompting him to spring towards his home on the waterfront where his 33-year-old wife Putri Anita and his five-year-old…
A simple guide: All you need to know about MPs’ Brexit amendments

A simple guide: All you need to know about MPs’ Brexit amendments

Britain's parliament is buzzing with frenzied campaigning as MPs build support for rival plans to end the deadlock over Theresa May's Brexit deal. In a statement on Monday, the prime minister dashed hopes that she would unveil a plan B that modifies a deal she forged with Brussels which parliament rejected last week. Critics have…
Hun Sen ‘win-win’ legacy debated on Khmer Rouge fall anniversary

Hun Sen ‘win-win’ legacy debated on Khmer Rouge fall anniversary

Anlong Veng, Cambodia - In late 1998, Peng Samonn, a war-weary Khmer Rouge cadre who had spent decades fighting in the jungles on the Thai border, got wind of a secret plot to desert the notorious ultra-communists and join Cambodia's government forces. "A Khmer Rouge commander told me about divisions and that there would be…
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NASA spacecraft sends images of icy object past Pluto

NASA spacecraft sends images of icy object past Pluto

A NASA spacecraft traveling four billion miles from Earth has sent back its first close-up pictures of the most distant celestial object ever explored, and it looks like a reddish snowman. Ultima Thule, as the small, icy object has been dubbed, is an elongated body about 31 kilometres long, consisting of two fused-together spheres. NASA's…

Saudi Aramco: A story of oil, wealth and power

Filmmaker: Osama bin Javaid For the past two years, Saudi Arabia has prepared to place its national oil company on the stock market. Officials talked up the Saudi Aramco initial public offering (IPO) with international exchanges and global banks. It seemed like a great idea that the world's largest oil producing company, valued at $2tn,…
Why are the ‘yellow vests’ protesting in France?

Why are the ‘yellow vests’ protesting in France?

For the past three weeks, France has been experiencing one of the most significant social mobilisations in its recent history, which laid bare the country's social ills, anti-elite sentiment, growing inequalities and thirst for social justice. It all started on November 17 when tens of thousands of people took to the streets across the country…
Malaysia: Malays rally amid worries over government ‘weakness’

Malaysia: Malays rally amid worries over government ‘weakness’

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Tens of thousands of ethnic Malays have taken to the streets of Malaysia's capital to "celebrate" a government decision not to ratify a key UN anti-discrimination treaty, amid growing concerns the seven-month administration of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is losing reform momentum. Malaysia is one of only 14 countries in the…
British PM May to face vote of no confidence: parliament panel

British PM May to face vote of no confidence: parliament panel

British Prime Minister Theresa May will face a vote of no confidence in her government, the head of a Conservative Party committee in charge of organising leadership challenges said on Wednesday. Graham Brady, chairman of the party's so-called "1922 committee", said the threshold for a vote had been exceeded. The decision on May's future as…
What does Meng Wanzhou’s arrest mean for US-China conflict

What does Meng Wanzhou’s arrest mean for US-China conflict

On the day global attention zeroed in on a highly-anticipated meeting between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in the Argentine capital, thousands of kilometres away, on Canada's western coast, a new, dramatic front was opening in the US-China trade war - one that would reignite fears over the viability of a vague and fragile trade war truce…

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