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Zimbabwe’s crocodile industry rises against the tide

Binga, Zimbabwe – Basking in Zimbabwe’s northern Zambezi Valley, the Nile crocodile, Africa’s largest freshwater predator, is at ease in this hot and humid habitat. Less comfortable, however, are the reptile farmers of Zimbabwe, who are dealing with increasing regional competition and challenges getting their products to market. They are calling for government reforms to allow them to keep their lead against […]

DR Congo to launch first Ebola vaccination programme

The Democratic Republic of the Congo launched an Ebola vaccination programme on Monday in a bid to stop the latest outbreak of the deadly viral disease from spreading. The first wave of immunisations targetted healthcare staff in the northwest of the country who have had direct or indirect contact with infected patients, the Congolese government said. Alarm bells sounded last week […]

Cyclone Sagar: At least 15 people killed in Somalia

At least 15 people died in northern Somalia after heavy rains caused by Tropical Cyclone Sagar wreaked havoc in the Horn of Africa over the weekend. “In the last 24 hours, heavy rains killed 15 people in the districts of Lughaya and Baki,” Abdirahman Ahmed Ali, governor of the Awdal area, told reporters on Sunday. The cyclone slammed into a […]

Pakistani man fights to return to his Indian family

Khan, who worked as a waiter with a Mumbai-based caterer before his arrest, accidentally entered India when he was 10 [Puja Changoiwala/Al Jazeera] Mumbai, India – Twenty-four years after he left his home in Pakistan, Siraj Khan, 34, was forcibly returned to Mansehra – in the country’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa region – on March 10. Khan was detained on December 5, 2017, […]

Pakistan: Student Sabika Sheikh killed in Texas school shooting

Islamabad, Pakistan – Sabika Sheikh, a 17-year-old Pakistani student on a foreign exchange programme in the United States, was among those killed in the Sante Fe school shooting, her family and the programme have confirmed. Sheikh was among at least 10 schoolchildren killed when a gunman opened fire at the Sante Fe High School, about 50km southeast of Houston, on […]

Cuba: Three survivors after plane with 110 aboard crashes in Cuba

An ageing Boeing 737 with 110 people on board crashed and burned shortly after taking off from Havana’s airport, leaving three survivors and investigators sifting through debris for clues as to what caused the airliner to go down. It was Cuba’s worst aviation disaster in three decades and its third major air accident since 2010. The plane had 104 mainly […]

Tommy Suharto: Indonesians ‘longing’ for a return to Suharto rule

The Suharto political dynasty is being revived in Indonesia. Twenty years after the fall of the country’s notorious former President Mohamed Suharto, his youngest son is leading a new political party into next year’s elections. Hutomo Mandala Putra, or “Tommy Suharto”, as he is commonly known, has been touring several Indonesian regions, even travelling to Solo to receive a royal […]

Far away from Gaza, a showdown on NYC’s Times Square

Demonstrators protested against the Israeli violence in Gaza that killed at least 62 people on Monday [Azad Essa/Al Jazeera] New York City, US – Iris Tatian remembers the first time she splashed red paint on an Israeli flag. Horrified by an Israeli assault on the Jenin refugee camp in 2002, Tatian, in her late sixties, says she stitched a mini American flag on […]

Counting under way in Burundi vote on extending president’s rule

Counting is under way in Burundi after voters cast their ballots in a referendum that could extend President Pierre Nkurunziza’s rule until 2034. Polling stations closed at 14:00 GMT on Thursday and the Independent National Election Commission has 48 hours to announce the results. About 4.8 million people, just under half the population, signed up to vote, the commission said. […]

Displaced Sri Lankans defy military to reclaim homeland

WDC members who organised the initiative immediately before boarding boats on Iranaimaatha Nagar beach [Photo courtesy www.vikalpa.org] Iranaitheevu, Sri Lanka – Last month, in an extraordinary act of courage, more than 350 members of Sri Lankan Tamil minority defied military restrictions and successfully reclaimed their homes on the Navy-occupied island of Iranaitheevu after 26 years of forced displacement. It is the […]

Anwar Ibrahim: Malaysia’s New Dawn

One day he is in prison. The next, he is Malaysia’s leader-in-waiting. “Long live Anwar! Long live Anwar!” Deafening chants ring out through the warm night air as the massive crowd in the Malaysian capital gathers to witness history in the making. The crowds are out in force to see Anwar Ibrahim who, for so long, has been behind bars. […]

UN rights chief backs calls for inquiry over Gaza killings

The largest demonstrations coincided with the move of the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem on Monday, which saw Israeli forces kill at least 60 Palestinians [EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED SABER] The UN human rights chief has slammed Israel’s deadly reaction to protests along the Gaza border as “wholly disproportionate”, backing calls for an international investigation. Opening a special session of the UN Human Rights […]

Egypt to open Rafah crossing with Gaza for Ramadan

Rafah is the main exit for two million Palestinians in the Strip to the outside world [Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters] Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has ordered the opening of the Rafah border crossing with Gaza Strip for the entire holy month of Ramadan, days after mass protests along the Gaza-Israel border in which more than 60 Palestinians were killed by […]

Chile’s bishops resign en masse over sex abuse cover-up

Friday’s announcement marks the first time in the church’s history that all bishops in a country have offered to resign [AP] All Chilean bishops have offered to resign over a sex abuse and cover-up scandal, in the biggest shakeup ever in the Catholic church’s long-running abuse saga. The bishops announced at the end of an emergency summit with Pope Francis […]

Senegal’s women-run radio stations broadcast for peace

Ziguinchor, Senegal – On a hot, steamy day in Ziguinchor, a small coastal city in Senegal’s southern Casamance region, 31-year-old Marie Leocadie Coly walks into a recording studio, turns on the fan and puts on her headphones. At the sign of the producer sitting behind the glass window, Coly begins to speak into the microphone. “Welcome to Radio Kassumay, the […]

Burundi votes on referendum that could extend president’s term

Some 4.8 million people have signed up to vote, according to the electoral commission [Evelyn Kahungu/Al Jazeera] Burundians are voting in a constitutional referendum that if passed could see President Pierre Nkurunziza’s stay in power extended until 2034. If Thursday’s referendum vote is passed, the constitution will be amended to extend the president’s term from five to seven years. The […]

Muqtada al-Sadr: Iraq’s militia leader turned champion of poor

Iraqi Shi”ite leader Muqtada al-Sadr delivers a speech in Najaf, Iraq December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjan [Daylife] Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr surprised the world when his Sairoon Alliance captured more parliamentary seats than any other party or alliance in Iraq’s parliamentary elections, in a remarkable comeback after being sidelined for years by Iranian-backed rivals. Once known as a staunch anti-American […]

Human-wildlife conflict: Learning to live together

The relationship between humans and animals has always been one with elements of conflict, and as the number of people on the planet continues to increase, the relationship is becoming more strained and unbalanced. With the world’s human population approaching eight billion, sprawling human settlements and activities are encroaching on animal’s habitats more than ever. And when humans and animals […]

US embassy opens in Jerusalem amid lockdown

The United States has officially relocated its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in a deeply controversial move that angered Palestinians and drew widespread regional condemnation. The ceremony on Monday took place amid road closures and heavy police presence in anticipation of Palestinian protests, as well as deadly demonstrations in Gaza calling for the refugees’ right to return to the homes they […]

When is Ramadan in 2018?

Turkey says the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, which is determined by the sighting of the new moon, will begin on Wednesday.  Saudi Arabia announced Ramadan will start on Thursday. Qatar, Indonesia, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, UAE, Bahrain and many other Muslim nations are also expected to start on May 17.  The first day of Ramadan is observed […]

Burundi prepares for referendum on presidential terms

Burundi is gearing up for a landmark referendum on controversial constitutional changes that could potentially allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to stay in office until 2034. On Thursday, voters will be asked to consider scrapping a current constitutional limit on two presidential terms each spanning five years. If approved, Nkurunziza – in power since 2005 – would be able to seek two […]

Trump CIA pick Gina Haspel heads for confirmation amid resistance

Haspel has been accused of setting up a torture site in Thailand and for overseeing the destruction of CIA documents [Reuters] A US Senate committee looks likely to approve the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s pick Gina Haspel to head the CIA, despite vigorous opposition over her role in setting up alleged “black sites” used to detain and torture individuals […]