North Korea restoring part of launch site it promised to destroy

North Korea has restored part of a missile launch site it had begun to dismantle after pledging to do so during the first summit with US President Donald Trump last year. South Korean legislators briefed by the National Intelligence Service (NIS) said the work was taking place at the Tongchang-ri launch site, Yonhap news agency…

US, Canada, EU hit Russia with fresh sanctions over Ukraine

The United States, in coordination with Canada and the European Union, has slapped new sanctions on more than a dozen Russian officials and businesses, citing Moscow's "continued aggression in Ukraine". Six Russian officials, six defence firms and two energy and construction firms were targeted, either over the seizure of Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait, or for their activities…

Anger simmers in Varanasi over plans to modernise ancient city

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India - The narrow alleyways winding down along pale buildings and maharaja's "havelis" or king's palaces are the pride of the old city's residents.  Decrepit yet stately buildings scratched by time and elements, crammed side by side on stratification of different ages, are the defining marks of Varanasi, in northern India. Today,…

What’s next for Algeria?

After President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced he would not be seeking reelection, it didn't take long for the high hopes to fade and for disillusionment to set in. At first, it seemed as if the ailing Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke in 2013, was conceding to popular protests against his bid for a fifth term in office. For weeks,…

Algeria’s unprecedented and growing protests, in 10 photos

Algiers, Algeria - Tens of thousands of people braved cold weather on Friday in Algiers to demand President Abdelaziz Bouteflika step down, as rallies against the ailing leader's re-election bid spread across Algeria for a third consecutive week. The protest, which coincided with International Women's Day, saw an even larger crowd pour onto the streets of…

‘My identity went’: Mental health issues torment trailing spouses

Doha, Qatar - At first, Elsbeth Blekkenhorst was excited about moving to a new country.  She left her job at Mercer, the world's largest human resources consulting firm after her husband was offered a tax lawyer position in Doha.  She thought the opportunity would be beneficial for her husband and relieve her from the corporate…

Algeria’s protests explained

Tens of thousands of Algerians have taken to the streets of the capital, Algiers, as part of the biggest rallies yet against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term. The latest protest on Friday came after weeks of anti-Bouteflika demonstrations - the largest displays of discontent in the North African country since the 2011…

British government vows to tackle ‘scourge’ of deadly knife-crime

British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a summit with government ministers, police and community leaders to tackle a surge in knife crimes after two teenagers were stabbed to death over the weekend.  Speaking in the United Kingdom's parliament on Wednesday, May said she would hold the meeting "in the coming days" to explore "what more…

UK parliament blocks May’s Brexit deal for second time

London, United Kingdom - With the clock counting down to Britain's scheduled departure from the European Union, UK legislators have voted down embattled Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal for a second time this year. A second so-called "meaningful vote" on Tuesday ended with another heavy defeat for the prime minister, with 391 MPs voting against and 242 supporting…

The next steps in Brexit’s unfolding drama

London, United Kingdom - After rejecting Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal with the European Union for the second time in two months, MPs have now voted against a "no-deal" Brexit. However, the vote on Wednesday does not altogether rule out the UK crashing out of the European Union. A "no-deal" Brexit would remain the default…

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