Driven to suicide in Tunisia’s UNHCR refugee shelter

Driven to suicide in Tunisia’s UNHCR refugee shelter

Medenine, Tunisia - Last Monday night, 16-year-old Nato* slit his wrists and was rushed to the local hospital in Medenine. He had decided to end his life in a refugee facility run by the UN's refugee agency, the UNHCR, in Medenine. After running for two years, escaping Eritrea and near-certain conscription into the country's army,…
After 60 years in India, why are Tibetans leaving?

After 60 years in India, why are Tibetans leaving?

Mumbai, India - For many years, 34-year-old Kunsang Tenzing has been thinking about leaving India.  His family did years ago. Most of his closest friends have also moved.  Over the last seven years, the Tibetan refugee community in India has dropped by 44 percent, from around 150,000 in 2011 to 85,000, according to Indian government…
New Zealand attack: Pakistani expat family mourns with pride

New Zealand attack: Pakistani expat family mourns with pride

Christchurch, New Zealand - The question caught Ambreen Naeem off guard. "At 2pm, my sister called and asked where my son Talha and husband Naeem were," Ambreen says quietly. "I remember thinking, 'why is she asking me?', because it's normal they would be at Friday prayers at this time," she adds, nervously pressing her fingers against…
Exclusive: Bangladesh top security adviser accused of abductions

Exclusive: Bangladesh top security adviser accused of abductions

The most senior security and defence figure in Bangladesh has been accused of using military intelligence agents to abduct and interrogate people to settle a business dispute involving his wife. The allegations have been made against Major General Tarique Ahmed Siddique, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's security adviser who has effective control over the country's armed…
Hezbollah set to take centre stage as Pompeo heads to Lebanon

Hezbollah set to take centre stage as Pompeo heads to Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon - In January, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went on a diplomatic mission to scuttle Syria's readmission to the Arab League. On Thursday, he is expected in Lebanon, where he is set to target another one of Iran's allies, Hezbollah. Pompeo is scheduled to hold talks with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and is expected…
Pompeo calls for Gulf unity at start of Middle East tour

Pompeo calls for Gulf unity at start of Middle East tour

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called for unity in the Gulf region, as he kicked off his Middle East tour with a stop in Kuwait City for the third US-Kuwait strategic dialogue session. Pompeo will seek to strengthen cooperation on defence, cybersecurity and trade, during his stop in Kuwait, his spokesperson Robert Palladino said.  …
The pink tuk-tuks of Sri Lanka empowering and protecting women

The pink tuk-tuks of Sri Lanka empowering and protecting women

Southern Province, Sri Lanka - Lochana is 10 years old. Every morning, he gets up and lights an incense stick, which he places in a three-wheeled auto-rickshaw parked outside the family home in Sri Lanka's coastal Southern Province.  The vehicle is a bright shade of pink and as the fragrant smoke fills the interior, Lochana…
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev announces resignation

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev announces resignation

Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev has abruptly announced his resignation 29 years after taking office.  In a televised address on Tuesday, the 78-year-old said he has made the "difficult" decision to terminate his authority as president, but did not give a specific reason for the shocking decision. "I have decided to end my duties as president,"…
UN calls for aid as displaced from Cyclone Idai may reach 2m

UN calls for aid as displaced from Cyclone Idai may reach 2m

Geneva, Switzerland - At least half a million Mozambicans have been displaced by cyclone Idai, but that figure may rise to four times that in the aftermath of the devastation, United Nations officials warned on Tuesday. The World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF, and other UN agencies launched an appeal for immediate international funding and logistical support…
Clashes in Kashmir after teacher dies in police custody

Clashes in Kashmir after teacher dies in police custody

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir - Hundreds of protesters clashed with Indian security forces in parts of Indian-administered Kashmir after police said a man detained over a security investigation died in police custody. Rizwan Asad Pandit, a 29-year-old chemistry teacher, was arrested as part of "terror case investigation", the police said in a statement on Tuesday. "The person…

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