As gold trade booms, Venezuela eyes stronger Turkey ties

As gold trade booms, Venezuela eyes stronger Turkey ties

Ankara, Turkey - When Venezuela’s industry chief Tareck El Aissami swapped the Caribbean sun for the wintry skies of central Anatolia on Wednesday, he was greeted by bouquet-bearing dignitaries eager to play a role in Turkey’s growing gold trade with the Latin American state. His arrival in the city of Corum was the latest development…
Houthis illegally detaining, torturing women: Yemeni activists

Houthis illegally detaining, torturing women: Yemeni activists

Yemen's Houthi rebels are holding dozens of women without trial and often torturing the detainees and blackmailing their families, activists and a human rights lawyer have told the Associated Press (AP) news agency. A Yemeni rights lawyer told the AP on Thursday that the women were rounded up from cafes and parks in the past months.…
‘Abandoned, forgotten’: Syrian refugees plead for help in Arsal

‘Abandoned, forgotten’: Syrian refugees plead for help in Arsal

Arsal, Lebanon - A tyre weighs down the roof of Ahmed Bareesh's tent as a new winter storm hit the Lebanese border town of Arsal in the Bekaa Valley, home to at least 65,000 Syrian refugees. The plywood-and-tarpaulin structure is one of the 110 makeshift homes that are covered by a blanket of snow in…
Falz: The Nigerian rapper rebelling through music

Falz: The Nigerian rapper rebelling through music

Lagos, Nigeria - When Fela Anikulapo Kuti died, so too did the flavour of Nigeria's music scene. At the time, music in Nigeria was more than a lyrical lush, it was also about people power and activism. Fela's Afrobeat from the 1970s to '90s helped those to flourish. There was always entertainment though, but far more vitality…
Blast in northern Syrian town targets US soldiers: reports

Blast in northern Syrian town targets US soldiers: reports

Several people, including civilians and US troops, were killed after a blast struck near a US-led coalition patrol in the northern Syrian town of Manbij on Wednesday, less than a month after US President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw US troops from the war-torn country.  The US Department of Defense said two US…
‘Migration isn’t going to stop’: Salvadorans join new caravans

‘Migration isn’t going to stop’: Salvadorans join new caravans

San Salvador - Alex Gonzalez decided to flee El Salvador at the last minute. Waking up from nightmares of being chased and killed reflecting his real-life fears of becoming a victim of gang violence, he packed a small bag and left home the same day to join the latest caravan of migrants and refugees headed…
LA teachers strike for ‘practically same reasons’ as 29 years ago

LA teachers strike for ‘practically same reasons’ as 29 years ago

Los Angeles, California - This isn't the first time Los Angeles teacher Yvette Olivares Estrada walked out of the classroom for better conditions and pay. Twenty-nine years ago, about a year after she became a teacher, she went on strike for "practically the same reasons", the English and History teacher at Hollenbeck Middle School told…

What’s the future of the ICC after Gbagbo’s acquittal?

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has acquitted the former president of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo. He was arrested in the capital Abidjan in 2011 and charged with crimes against humanity in connection with the violence that followed disputed presidential elections in 2010. But after a three-year trial, judges said the prosecution failed to prove Gbagbo's…
Attacks and bodyguards: The price of being a Colombian journalist

Attacks and bodyguards: The price of being a Colombian journalist

Caucasia, Colombia - Leiderman Ortiz's mother, sister, brother and nephew were visiting him in Caucasia in May 2010 when a loud blast went off outside the house where they were asleep. "I jumped out of my bed and started shouting, 'Stay down, don't move'," Ortiz said. "My poor mother was screaming. She was terrified." Unlike…
US arrests journalist working for Iran’s state Press TV

US arrests journalist working for Iran’s state Press TV

An American journalist working for Iran's English-language Press TV has been arrested by US authorities on unspecified charges, the state-run broadcaster said on Wednesday. Marzieh Hashemi, 59, was arrested upon arrival at St Louis Lambert International Airport on Sunday and transferred by the FBI to a detention facility in Washington, DC, Press TV said. "Her…

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