‘The victory was so strong’: Afghans celebrate Soviet pullout

‘The victory was so strong’: Afghans celebrate Soviet pullout

Kabul, Afghanistan - Mohammad Wazir Razi "Kabuli", now about 52, was very young when the Soviet Army invaded his country. But his memory of what followed in the years after is impeccable. "I was in grade six and everything changed overnight, our school, our neighbourhood. The Soviets hadn't just invaded the country, they invaded our…
Warsaw conference: Gulf ministers slam Iran in leaked video

Warsaw conference: Gulf ministers slam Iran in leaked video

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office has leaked video of Gulf Arab ministers slamming Iran during a closed-door session of a Middle East conference in Warsaw, Israeli media reported on Friday. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab states that do not recognise Israel sent top diplomats to attend this week's conference alongside Netanyahu, something the prime…
Trump says he will sign a national emergency to build border wall

Trump says he will sign a national emergency to build border wall

US President Donald Trump said on Friday he would declare a national emergency at the United Sates-Mexico border, a move expected to plunge him into a fight with Democrats over what they call an unconstitutional attempt to fund a wall without approval from Congress. Trump had demanded Congress include money for the wall, one of…
Nigeria’s suspended chief justice denies assets charges

Nigeria’s suspended chief justice denies assets charges

Nigeria's most senior judge appeared in court on Friday and pleaded not guilty to failing to disclose assets in a politically charged case on the eve of elections. Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen failed to show up to previous hearings at the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja, which hears cases of ethics breaches by public…
Exclusive: Facebook allowed fake news ads ahead of Nigeria vote

Exclusive: Facebook allowed fake news ads ahead of Nigeria vote

2/14/2019: An earlier version of this article stated that Facebook had approved four false advertisements for publication. This was incorrect, one false ad, regarding a voting extension for refugees, was initially approved but later labeled not approved after a subsequent check by Facebook.   Facebook's automated ad approval system can be tricked fairly easily, making…
More than 1,200 children were killed by guns in the US last year

More than 1,200 children were killed by guns in the US last year

Lexus Skyy posted a picture of her two-year-old son David Jermaine "DJ" Hall, dressed in a miniature bow tie and suspenders, on Facebook on November 3, 2018.  "It is with heavy hearts that we honor and say goodbye to our previous Prince David Jermaine Hall," the post read.  Hall died after being shot on October…
Brexit defeat weakens May’s hand in last-ditch Brussels talks

Brexit defeat weakens May’s hand in last-ditch Brussels talks

London, United Kingdom - The United Kingdom's beleaguered prime minister has suffered another symbolic defeat in parliament over the next steps in her bid to secure a Brexit deal with the European Union. Theresa May's effort to secure continued backing for her attempt to wring concessions from Brussels on a key sticking point in her…
A year on, Parkland shooting victims remembered

A year on, Parkland shooting victims remembered

Hundreds of thousands of students and adults across the United States bowed their heads in a moment of silence on Thursday to mark the first anniversary of the shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead. "It's a permanent sore spot," said Fort Lauderdale High School junior…
The Kenyans who earn $100 a month picking Valentine’s Day flowers

The Kenyans who earn $100 a month picking Valentine’s Day flowers

Naivasha, Kenya - Joyce Iminza steps down from an old, white bus and boards a motorcycle taxi in Naivasha, a flower-rich town about 100km northwest of Kenya's capital, Nairobi. "Take me to my house. My kids are on their way home from school and I need to prepare dinner for them," she tells the driver…
Bali looks to turn the tide on Indonesia’s plastic waste

Bali looks to turn the tide on Indonesia’s plastic waste

Denpasar, Indonesia - It's not even 7am and hundreds of men and women are walking up and down Bali's western coast, grabbing all the rubbish they can find. Large excavators and trucks fitted with giant rakes follow behind, sweeping everything into massive heaps of bottles, bags, snack wrappers - and even used nappies. The 20km…

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