Japan bolts whaling commission, but tensions may ease

Japan bolts whaling commission, but tensions may ease

The Japanese government has made good on years of threats by bolting the International Whaling Commission (IWC), but its decision may also offer a way out of tensions that looked inextricable. Japan, which calls whaling part of its cultural heritage, said on Wednesday it would withdraw from the seven-decade-old commission which since 1986 has banned…
Cambodia ‘fails’ acid attack victims even with tougher penalties

Cambodia ‘fails’ acid attack victims even with tougher penalties

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - On a March evening in 2017, Sorn Chanty was returning home from beauty school in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, when a man ran at her, grabbed her bag and threw acid in her face.  When an ambulance eventually arrived, the crew told the 24-year-old, who was screaming, to get inside but refused to…
‘A victory!’: Jubilation as freed footballer returns to Australia

‘A victory!’: Jubilation as freed footballer returns to Australia

Melbourne, Australia - Friends, family and campaigners are celebrating Hakeem al-Araibi's return home to the Australian city of Melbourne after Thailand freed the refugee footballer who had been held since November on an extradition request from Bahrain. After his flight touched down at Melbourne Airport on Tuesday afternoon, al-Araibi was met by hundreds of supporters,…
There are 40 days until Brexit. Where do things stand?

There are 40 days until Brexit. Where do things stand?

London, United Kingdom - With just 40 days to go before the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union (EU), the fog of Brexit continues to obscure the country's future. Britain is scheduled to leave the EU - with or without a formal exit deal - on March 29. Huge questions remain around…
Analysis: Northern Ireland, Brexit and New IRA violence

Analysis: Northern Ireland, Brexit and New IRA violence

Seven teenagers walked past a Ford Fusion car parked outside a court house in Bishop Street, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, at 7.39pm on January 19.  CCTV footage captured the group laughing and joking as they walked down the street and out of vision. Thirty minutes later, the same CCTV camera shows the car exploding in a…
Japan-South Korea radar spat shakes stability – when US needs it

Japan-South Korea radar spat shakes stability – when US needs it

Seoul, South Korea - For the United States and its geopolitical goals in East Asia, few scenarios would be better than a trilateral alliance with Japan and South Korea that could keep China in check and contain nuclear-armed North Korea. But plans for a united front continue to buckle under the weight of South Korea…
The battle to save Kolkata’s crumbling heritage buildings

The battle to save Kolkata’s crumbling heritage buildings

Kolkata, India - For almost a century, the three-storey Old Kenilworth Hotel, the second oldest hotel in Kolkata, stood elegantly on a tree-lined street in the city centre, just around the corner from the United States consulate. With Venetian windows, cast-iron railings and a rooftop terrace, the colonial-style building was reminiscent of the old grandeur…
Southern EU Summit sends strong message to Turkey

Southern EU Summit sends strong message to Turkey

Nicosia, Cyprus - President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has called on Turkey to meet its obligations and recognise Cyprus as a sovereign state. Speaking after the fifth Southern European Union Summit (SEUS) drew to a close at the Filoxenia Conference Centre on Tuesday, Anastasiades also backed the resumption of talks with the…
‘Migration isn’t going to stop’: Salvadorans join new caravans

‘Migration isn’t going to stop’: Salvadorans join new caravans

San Salvador, El Salvador - Alex Gonzalez decided to flee El Salvador on the spur of the moment. Waking up from a recurring nightmare about gang violence, Gonzalez packed a small bag and left home that day, joining the latest caravan of migrants and refugees heading north from Central America. The 22-year-old from the department…

What you need to know about Africa’s refugees

African leaders are meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa to look for lasting solutions to the pressing issue of displaced persons on the continent. The leaders are attending an African Union summit which this year focuses on refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons. Sub-Saharan Africa hosts more than 6.6 million refugees, according to UNHCR…

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