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Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the most powerful storm to hit the US territory in almost 90 years, turning streets into debris-laden rivers, damaging buildings and bringing down cell towers and power lines. Leaving at least nine people dead in its wake across the Caribbean, Maria, […]

Hurricane Maria tears through Puerto Rico


In a new attempt towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons, the United Nations has introduced a new treaty banning the use, development, testing or storing of nuclear weapons under any circumstances. The agreement was signed on Wednesday in New York by more than 50 UN member states, but several nuclear […]

Dozens of states sign treaty banning nuclear weapons


Catalonia’s president has accused Spain’s central government of “totalitarian” behaviour, after police arrested the region’s junior economy minister and 12 others in raids of Catalan government offices in the run-up to a planned independence referendum. Carles Puigdemont, the regional leader, denounced Wednesday’s operation as “a coordinated aggression by the Spanish government’s […]

Catalan leader accuses Spain of ‘totalitarian’ actions



An entire village consisting of more than 40 Palestinian Bedouin families will be forcibly removed if an Israeli Supreme Court ruling is successfully implemented. Residents of Khan al-Ahmar village, situated near occupied East Jerusalem, are now preparing to fight the upcoming court decision, which they say is likely to be […]

Likely transfer of entire Bedouin town ‘unprecedented’


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that his government will consider imposing sanctions on northern Iraq’s semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan over its planned independence referendum. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) plans to hold the referendum on support for independence on September 25 in three governorates that make up the region, […]

Erdogan warns of sanctions over Kurds’ independence bid


  On September 24, Germans will head out to the polls to choose the 19th Bundestag. Angela Merkel has led the country since 2005 and currently, there is no limit on how many times a chancellor can be elected. The German parliament is made up of the Bundestag, which has […]

How do the German elections work?



Hurricane Maria has struck Puerto Rico as a powerful Category 4 storm. The eye of the hurricane, which has already killed two people in the Caribbean, made landfall near Emajagua, in the southeast of the main island, inflicting potentially catastrophic damage to the island. The eye wall had earlier grazed […]

Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico


It is mid-day. The humidity is unbearable. The stench of stale sweat hangs in the air. We are in a small and impoverished Hindu community in the Bangladeshi port city of Cox’s Bazar, telling the stories of some of the more than 400,000 Rohingya who have fled neighbouring Myanmar. A […]

They look at us with hope, but we can only ...


Spanish police have arrested the Catalan region’s junior economy minister as part of a morning raid on several government offices in the run-up to an independence referendum, according to sources within the regional government. Besides arresting Josep Maria Jove, police on Wednesday entered the local governmental offices of the economy, […]

Police arrest Catalan minister Josep Maria Jove



The latest episode of the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation saga is by no means a step closer to a unified government and an end to a 10-year political schism, analysts say. On Sunday, Hamas pledged to dissolve its administrative committee which runs the Gaza Strip and expressed its willingness to hold general elections […]

Why Fatah and Hamas won’t reconcile


Spanish police have arrested the Catalan region’s junior economy minister as part of a morning raid on several government offices in the run-up to an independence referendum, according to sources within the regional government. Besides arresting Josep Maria Jove, police on Wednesday entered the local governmental offices of the economy, […]

Police arrest Catalan government official


Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time in public on Tuesday.  The meeting came ahead of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, in what Egypt said was part of an effort to revive the Palestinian-Israeli diplomatic talks.  It has been […]

Egypt-Israel relations ‘at highest level’ in history



At least four hospitals have been targeted by air strikes in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, killing three people and wounding several, according to a war monitor and rescue teams. Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), said Syrian government and Russian warplanes conducted the air […]

‘Deadly air strikes’ target hospitals in Syria’s Idlib


Mexico City, Mexico – Fabiola Luna Rios was in her house in the southern part of this city when Tuesday’s earthquake struck. “This was a horrible experience,” the 47-year-old told Al Jazeera as she sat with her husband, Jesus Alberto, on Obregon Avenue on Tuesday night. “I really felt panic,” […]

Earthquake kills more than 200 in central Mexico


Mexico City, Mexico – Fabiola Luna Rios was in her house in the southern part of this city when Tuesday’s earthquake struck. “This was a horrible experience,” the 47-year-old told Al Jazeera as she sat with her husband, Jesus Alberto, on Obregon Avenue on Tuesday night. “I really felt panic,” […]

Earthquake kills more than 220 in central Mexico



Fighters loyal to an exiled former deputy president in South Sudan have attacked government forces in Unity state, leading to the deaths of 25 people including civilians, according to officials. Unity is home to oil fields that have been abandoned due to fighting. The clash between Riek Machar’s loyalists and government forces occurred early on Monday […]

Riek Machar’s men blamed for deadly South Sudan raid


Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh – Breaking her silence on the violence in Myanmar‘s Rakhine state that has sent hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing, the country’s de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has condemned “all human rights violations” there. In a highly anticipated speech to the nation from the capital, Naypyitaw, she […]

‘Traitor’: Rohingya react to Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech


Mexico City, Mexico – Fabiola Luna Rios was in her house in the southern part of this city when Tuesday’s earthquake struck. “This was a horrible experience,” the 47-year-old told Al Jazeera as she sat with her husband, Jesus Alberto, on Obregon Avenue on Tuesday night. “I really felt panic,” […]

Earthquake kills nearly 150 in central Mexico



A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake has killed at least 149 people in central Mexico, according to officials. The tremor on Tuesday struck eight kilometres southeast of Atencingo in the central state of Puebla, some 120km from the capital, Mexico City, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.  Scores of buildings collapsed into […]

Major 7.1 earthquake hits Mexico, more than 140 killed


United Nations, New York City – Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani used the pulpit of the UN General Assembly to attack the four neighbours that have imposed a blockade against it, accusing them of “terrorism”-like behaviour. Gulf crisis explained, 100 days after anti-Qatar blockade Sheikh Tamim also met privately […]

Sheikh Tamim takes Gulf crisis to global audience


A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake has killed at least 53 people in central Mexico, according to officials. The tremor on Tuesday struck eight kilometres southeast of Atencingo in the central state of Puebla, some 120km from the capital, Mexico City, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.  At least four people were […]

Major earthquake hits Mexico, dozens killed



A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake has hit southern Mexico, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The tremor on Tuesday struck eight kilometres southeast of Atencingo in the central state of Puebla at a depth of 51km, the USGS said. The quake also shook buildings in the capital, Mexico City, and sent […]

Major earthquake hits southern Mexico


Fast Facts Congolese security forces opened fire on Burundian refugees on Sept 15 39 refugees killed, 94 injured – 57 critically  DRC has launched probe There are 44,000 Burundian refugees in DRC On Friday, security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo forces opened fire on a crowd of protesting […]

Why were 39 Burundian refugees shot dead in the DRC?


Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh – Breaking her silence on the violence in Myanmar‘s Rakhine state that has sent hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing, the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has condemned “all human rights violations” there. In a highly-anticipated speech to the nation from the capital, Naypyitaw, she […]

‘Traitor’: Rohingya refugees react to Suu Kyi’s speech



Forty million people around the world, mostly women and girls, were victims of modern slavery last year, according to a new report. The study by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), said that about 25 million were in forced […]

Forty million victims of modern slavery in 2016: report


Fast Facts Congolese security forces opened fire on Burundian refugees on Sept 15 39 refugees killed, 94 injured – 57 critically  DRC has launched probe There are 44,000 Burundian refugees in DRC On Friday, Congolese forces opened fire on a crowd of protesting Burundian refugees in the Democratic Republic of […]

Why were 39 Burundian refugees shot dead in the Congo?


A historic independence vote later this month in Iraqi Kurdistan could accelerate the Kurdish path towards sovereignty and finally gift Iraq’s Kurds with a state of their own after a century’s worth of conflict, mass atrocities and genocide. While the referendum could generate the momentum for Kurdish independence, as well […]

Regional implications of the Kurdish independence vote




British companies selling weapons have earned hundreds of millions of dollars by selling arms to Saudi Arabia during the ongoing war in Yemen, a report says. New estimates released by the children’s charity War Child reveal that since the Saudi-led coalition began its intervention in Yemen, UK weapons companies including BAE […]

UK firms make huge profits on arm sales to Saudi ...


Athens, Greece – It’s an early September evening, and people are trickling into the half-basement of an old grey apartment block in the Greek capital, Athens. Once inside, they remove their shoes and disappear into locker rooms before re-emerging to take their spot on the padded blue and red floor.  A […]

Punching back: Greek gym trains for anti-fascist action





Hurricane Maria has grown into a maximum-strength Category 5 storm, US forecasters said as it neared the Caribbean island of Dominica.  The “potentially catastrophic” hurricane had top winds of 257kph as it swirled just 24km east-southeast of Dominica at 00:00 GMT on Tuesday, the US-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.  […]

Hurricane Maria barrels towards islands hit by Irma




Stricter international sanctions will only lead North Korea to speed up its nuclear programme, Pyongyang said, as US and Chinese leaders agreed to “maximise the pressure” on the regime of Kim Jong-un. “The increased moves of the US and its vassal forces to impose sanctions and pressure on the DPRK […]

N Korea says sanctions will speed up nuclear programme


Unstad, Norway – The road to the northernmost surf school in the world is extraordinary, through a towering, pinnacled landscape fringed here and there by stunning beaches of white sand. The Lofoten Islands are about 220km inside the Arctic Circle, an ancient rocky archipelago reaching out from the coast of […]

From Australia to Norway – surfing Arctic waters




Recently my colleague Ilan Pappe and I were in Mexico City attending a conference on Palestine. In the course of the memorable few days we spent together catching up with the latest atrocities around the globe (in between our respective talks on the habitual shenanigans of the Zionist settler colony […]

How British colonialism ruined a perfect cup of tea


Champlain, New York – The taxis come one after another, day and night, down a lonely stretch in rural upstate New York called Roxham Road. They drive past fields of horses grazing in front of broken-down barns and trailers with “no trespassing” signs on the doors and rusted trucks on the […]

In pursuit of asylum on the US-Canada border



Salfit, occupied West Bank – Jamal Hammad remembers when the al-Matwa spring in Salfit city was a popular destination for locals. Several decades ago, the area would often be crowded with Palestinians hiking in the valley and families picnicking alongside the clear, flowing stream. Now, however, the sewage flowing through […]

Drowning in the waste of Israeli settlers


Iraq’s top court has ordered the suspension of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) planned referendum on independence. The Supreme Court declared on Monday the ruling, which calls for all preparations for the September 25 vote to be halted, following a review of multiple “requests to stop the referendum”. “The supreme […]

Iraq top court rules to suspend Kurdish referendum


Spanish police have seized more than a million pro-referendum posters and pamphlets in Catalonia, according to government officials. Authorities claimed the 1.3 million prints, which included about 700,000 leaflets promoting a “yes” vote in the region’s planned vote on independence, from a warehouse near Barcelona on Sunday. WATCH: The Stream […]

Spanish police confiscate Catalan referendum material



Holding signs that read “ni una mas” (not one more) and “no fue tu culpa” (it was not your fault), thousands marched across cities in Mexico on Sunday, calling for government action against femicide after a 19-year-old was found dead after using a ride-hailing app. The body of Mara Fernanda […]

Mexicans march against femicide after teen’s murder


A NASA-backed research crew who have been cooped up in a Mars-like habitat on a remote Hawaii volcano since January have emerged from isolation. The six-member group were part of a study designed to better understand the psychological impacts a long-term space mission would have on astronauts. Data from the […]

A simulated voyage to Mars: Crew emerges from isolation


A storm packing powerful winds ripped off roofs and toppled trees in Romania on Sunday, killing eight people and injuring dozens more, officials and witnesses said. With gusts that reached nearly 100km/h, the storm pounded the area around the western city of Timisoara before heading north towards Ukraine. Most of […]

Powerful wind storm kills eight in Romania



Twelve Yemeni civilians including women and children have been killed in an air raid by the Saudi-led coalition northeast of the capital Sanaa, an official, residents and rebel media said. The attack, which residents said claimed the lives of four children and two women, hit a vehicle in the Hareeb […]

Air raid ‘kills 12 civilians’ in Yemen


Balukhali, Cox’s Bazar – Hundreds of Rohingya, including children, were jostling to get hold of aid packages being thrown from trucks at Balukhali in the Bangladeshi city of Cox’s Bazar bordering Myanmar. Women, many with babies on their shoulders, stood in torrential rain in the hope of getting food, tarpaulin […]

Cox’s Bazar: Chaos all around at Rohingya camps


Balukhali, Cox’s Bazar – Hundreds of Rohingya, including children, were jostling to get hold of aid packages being thrown from trucks at Balukhali in the Bangladeshi city of Cox’s Bazar bordering Myanmar. Women, many with babies on their shoulders, stood in torrential rain in the hope of getting food, tarpaulin […]

Chaos all around at Rohingya camps in Bangladesh



UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged Kurds in Iraq to scrap plans to hold a referendum on independence later this month, arguing it would detract from the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group.  Guterres said in a statement on Sunday that any […]

UN’s Guterres urges Kurds in Iraq to scrap referendum


Lahore, Pakistan – Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom has won a hotly contested by-election seen as the ruling PML-N party’s first key political challenge following the ex-premier’s recent dismissal. Kulsoom, 66, comfortably defeated the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Yasmin Rashid in the by-poll in the eastern city […]

Pakistan ruling party wins key by-election in Lahore


The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), which governs the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, plans to hold an independence referendum on September 25, 2017. While the vote, which is likely to result in favour of independence, is nonbinding, it will give the Kurdish government more ground to demand a separate […]

Kurdish referendum in Iraq: What and where?



Lahore, Pakistan – Voting has concluded in a hotly contested by-election seen as a key test for ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s ruling PML-N party in its political heartland of Lahore. Long lines of voters were seen at many of the NA-120 electoral constituency’s 220 polling stations in the […]

Voting concludes in key Pakistan by-election


Koka is a respected figure in Cairo’s pigeon fighting world. His life revolves around preparing for the contests, in which whole neighbourhoods clash to hunt and capture each other’s pigeons.  Away from the duels, he spends his time caring for the hundreds of pigeons he rears in a ramshackle wooden […]

Pigeon Battles of Cairo: Egypt’s High-Flying Sport


Twelve Yemeni civilians including women and children have been killed in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition northeast of the capital Sanaa, an official, residents and rebel media said. The attack, which residents said claimed the lives four children and two women, hit a vehicle in the Hareeb al-Qarameesh […]

Air strike ‘kills 12 civilians’ in Yemen



REFUGEE DEATHS IN MEDITERRANEAN 2013 – 700 2014 – 3,279 2015 – 3,784 2016 – 5,143 January 1 to September 13, 2017 – 3,262 Source: IOM Refugees and migrants are dying in the Mediterranean at a quicker rate than last year, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported, as […]

IOM: Refugees dying at quicker rate in Mediterranean


Tensions have risen dramatically in the Korean Peninsula after North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile last month. Since the 1960s, North Korea has been trying to develop nuclear capabilities, much to the dismay of South Korea, a close ally of the United States. North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un has steadily increased […]

North Korea: All you need to know explained in graphics


Mbera refugee camp, Mauritania – It is often difficult to know where the sprawling Mbera refugee camp ends, and the desolate, desert communities of southeastern Mauritania begin. Both spring up almost unexpectedly from the mounds of orange sand and shrubs: tents made from tarps fastened to curved tree branches, animal pens, […]

An uneasy coexistence in the Mauritanian desert



A second man has been arrested over Friday’s bomb attack on a London Underground train that injured at least 30 people, police said. The 21-year-old man was arrested in the west London suburb of Hounslow just before midnight on Saturday, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. He was detained under Britain’s Terrorism Act and […]

Second suspect arrested in London Underground attack



Bangladesh has restricted the movement of Rohingya refugees, banning them from leaving designated areas in the country to which over 400,000 have fled from violence in neighbouring Myanmar. Police said on Saturday that they have issued an order prohibiting Rohingya refugees from leaving the areas and camps the government has […]

Bangladesh restricts movement of Rohingya refugees