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The War Inside Dahabo (centre) has recovered from her mental illness after experiencing severe marital emotional abuse [Al Jazeera] After decades of civil war, an estimated one-third of Somalia’s population suffers from mental health problems. With only three months of training, Dr Abdulrahman Ali Awale works in a bare-bones clinic to overhaul the country’s treatment and perception of mental illness.  […]

Fifth package bomb strikes Texas amid ‘serial-bomber’ fears

A package bomb exploded at a FedEx distribution centre lightly wounding one worker near San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday after a series of blasts in the state capital of Austin this month. Officials did not say if the latest attack was the work of what Austin police believe could be a serial bomber responsible for the four earlier explosive devices, […]

UN officials condemn arbitrary arrest of Palestinian children

Hundreds of Palestinian children were detained by Israel in 2017, some without charges [File: Reuters] United Nations officials condemned the continued arbitrary detention of Palestinian children by Israel saying the practice has become “systematic and widely spread”. A series of UN reports presented at the Human Rights Council shows how the living conditions of Palestinians across the West Bank and […]

Art meets activism in Qatar’s Ai Weiwei show

An exhibition on the global refugee crisis by renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has arrived in the Middle East for the first time. More than 2,000 items fill the room at the Fire Station art gallery in Qatar’s capital, Doha. Tidy rows of clothes and shoes might resemble a fashion collection, but at the exhibition titled, Laundromat, they tell a […]

Trump asks Saudi crown prince to share wealth through investments

US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have discussed military deals, investment in the US, and security cooperation, during the prince’s first visit to the White House. Referring to the political shake-up that Saudi Arabia has witnessed in recent months, Trump on Tuesday praised the 32-year-old crown prince, popularly known as MBS, in his new role. […]

Georgia tries damage control as Gudauri accident video goes viral

The ski resort of Gudauri is about 130km north of Tbilisi [File: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters] Videos of a horrifying ski-lift accident at a tourist resort in Georgia have hurt the country’s hard-fought image as an attractive winter sports destination. Friday’s incident saw skiers being violently thrown from a malfunctioning chairlift at the Gudauri resort when it suddenly began running backwards at high speed. […]

‘Poor, innocent’ Afghan farmers killed in raid targeting Taliban

Inayatullah, 16, was one of seven civilians killed in the raid on Saturday, witnesses told Al Jazeera [Courtesy: Mohammed Razaq] In the early hours of Saturday, as farmers watered their crops in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar, a unit of the Afghan security and intelligence forces carried out a deadly raid. At least seven farmers were killed in the assault […]

Suspect killed after knife attack in Old City of Jerusalem

Knife assault took place two days after Israeli soldiers were killed in a car attack in the occupied West Bank [Ammar Awad/Reuters] One person has been killed after a knife attack in the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday. The victim of the stabbing, an Israeli security guard, was seriously wounded and the attacker shot dead, Israeli media reported. The […]

Russia elections: Vote expected to usher in Putin’s fourth term

Voters cast their ballots in Moscow’s Babushkinskaya district on Sunday [Sergey Kozmin/Al Jazeera] Moscow – Russians voted in a presidential election that is expected to usher in President Vladimir Putin‘s fourth term. Seven other candidates are also running in Sunday’s vote, with the incumbent leading in the polls by a wide margin. Because of the time difference, voting started in […]

‘I have no words to tell them’: A Rohingya fixer

For fixers, news stories are often personal. They are locals, sometimes journalists themselves, who serve as guides for foreign correspondents. Equipped with intimate local knowledge, they find stories, secure interviews, and translate for correspondents who may have little experience in the country they are reporting from. Long after those correspondents have left, fixers remain in their communities. If they become […]

Russia: President Putin easily wins new 6-year term

Moscow – President Vladimir Putin received 75 percent of votes cast so far in Sunday’s election, easily winning another six-year term as Russia’s leader. Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin was in second with 13 percent, followed by nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky with 6 percent, results from the Central Electoral Commission showed with about half of all ballots cast counted. Putin addressed thousands […]

South Korea: Sex workers hit hard by government’s crackdown

From being the most popular red-light areas, Cheongyangni 588 has become a construction site [Al Jazeera] Seoul, South Korea – The 1980s was a peak time for Cheongyangni 588, a thriving red-light district in Seoul’s east. It housed more than 200 shops and 500 sex workers. Historians labelled it the biggest and most popular red-light area in South Korea’s capital. […]

Who are the US students leading mass protests for gun control?

Ariana Lopez spent over two hours huddled inside a storage closet with 60 other people. Half stood, while the others sat on the floor of the closet, which measured no more than five square metres, as a gunman opened fire on students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. “It was absolute fear,” said 17-year-old Lopez […]

Nicos Anastasiades: Cyprus, Turkey and the gas standoff

Cyprus has long had an important geopolitical position in the Mediterranean. But the island has been divided along ethnic lines since 1974, when Turkish troops seized the northern tip of the island in response to an Athens-inspired Greek Cypriot coup, aimed at uniting Cyprus with Greece.  The Republic of Cyprus, controlled by Greek Cypriots, is recognised by the international community and became […]

Thousands ‘stand up to racism’ and the far right in London

London, England – Thousands of people braved freezing temperatures in London to unite against the “evil of racism” and the growth of far-right movements. Protesters gathered near Oxford Circus on Saturday for the Stand Up To Racism march to oppose growing racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. Crowds marched to Whitehall as they held banners, reading “Migrants and refugees are welcome here” and […]

Russia elections: Polls open amid low turnout fears

Close to 109 million registered voters will have the right to cast their ballot in Sunday’s poll [Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters] Moscow – Russians are heading to the polls to vote in a presidential election that is expected to usher in President Vladimir Putin’s fourth term. Seven other candidates are also running in Sunday’s election, with the incumbent leading in the polls […]

Russia expels 23 UK diplomats in retaliatory move in spy row

Russia will expel 23 British diplomats in retaliation against the UK’s expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats, Russia’s foreign ministry said. The tit-for-tat expulsion follows after the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in London on March 4. Blaming Russia for the attack, the UK said it would dimiss 23 Russian envoys, the single biggest expulsion in more […]

Egypt’s 2018 presidential ‘election’: What you need to know

Experts have already dubbed Egypt‘s presidential election this month as a “sham”, and predict that President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will undoubtedly win a second presidential term after eliminating any real political opposition. Widespread condemnation over the decline of the economy and Sisi’s internal policies led many to call for a boycott of this year’s election, which is the fourth contested presidential election in […]

Key regional party TDP quits India’s ruling coalition

The TDP has been demanding special financial assistance for Andhra Pradesh state [AP] An ally of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has walked out of the ruling coalition headed by the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), alleging Modi “neglected” the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. On Friday, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), which rules Andhra Pradesh, formally ended the alliance […]

Thousands flee Eastern Ghouta in largest single-day exodus

Thousands of civilians have fled the besieged Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta, in what is believed to be the largest exodus in one day in the country’s seven-year war, as deadly air strikes continue.    Faced with the prospect of more deadly government bombardments, thousands of civilians abandoned the town of Hamouriyah, which has been at the centre of fighting […]

Charlottesville: DeAndre Harris found not guilty of assault

Organisers say the men were charged because the police failed them [Zach Roberts/AP Photo] DeAndre Harris, an African American beaten by at least six white nationalist demonstrators at the August 12 Unite the Right rally, has been found not guilty by a court in Charlottesville. Harris, whose case was decided by a judge on Friday, had been facing charges of […]

Syrian civilians flee embattled Eastern Ghouta and Afrin

Civilians continue to flee Syria’s Eastern Ghouta and Afrin in record numbers as Syrian and Turkish military operations continue against their respective foes. Roughly 50,000 people have fled the two areas – 20,000 from Eastern Ghouta, a Damascus suburb, and 30,000 from Afrin, in Syria’s Kurdish-dominated northeast – according to some counts. Eastern Ghouta has been at the centre of […]

Syria’s war: Teenagers share stories from Zaatari refugee camp

Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan – Mahmoud fled Syria when he was nine, Najat when she was 11. Like many other Syrian teenagers, both of them grew up far away from home. “7 Stories for 7 Years” is an immersive 360 documentary by Contrast VR – Al Jazeera’s immersive media studio – and World Vision. Narrated by Liam Cunningham, from Game […]

UK spent $1.3m on security for world’s biggest weapons fair

DSEI, held every two years, brings together some 1,600 exhibitors from more than 40 countries [Elizabeth Dalziel/AP] The UK spent more than $1m on providing security for the world’s largest weapons fair, Al Jazeera reveals, in an operation campaigners say undermined the rights of anti-war activists. A Freedom of Information Request submitted by Al Jazeera to London’s Metropolitan Police Service […]