The mixed legacy of Golda Meir, Israel’s first female PM

The mixed legacy of Golda Meir, Israel’s first female PM

Golda Meir, Israel's only female prime minister, once commented on her fairly advanced years upon securing the country's top job, saying "Being 70 is no sin, but it's not a joke either." But Meir, who was confirmed by the Knesset as prime minister 50 years ago on Sunday, was also renowned for her more xenophobic…
Several wounded in shooting in Dutch city of Utrecht

Several wounded in shooting in Dutch city of Utrecht

At least one person has been killed and several wounded in a shooting in the Dutch city of Utrecht, a police spokesperson said. Police, including heavily armed officers, flooded the area after the shooting happened on Tuesday morning on a tram at a busy traffic intersection in a residential neighbourhood. A witness told local broadcaster RTV…
MBS approved ‘intervention’ against dissidents: NYT report

MBS approved ‘intervention’ against dissidents: NYT report

More than a year before the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, approved a secret campaign to silence dissenters, the New York Times has reported. The campaign included surveillance, kidnapping, detention and torture of Saudis, said the report published on Sunday citing the US officials who have read classified…
US sanctions hurting Venezuela’s most vulnerable

US sanctions hurting Venezuela’s most vulnerable

Hardship is everywhere in Venezuela these days. Everywhere I go there are people trying to fulfil their basic needs. Some more than others, but the struggle is the same. Take Alfredo Felix for example. The 60-year-old suffers from diabetes and needs dialysis three times a week. But the power outages of the past few days have been…
Syrian fighters say ‘thousands’ still inside last ISIL pocket

Syrian fighters say ‘thousands’ still inside last ISIL pocket

A US-backed militia in Syria said thousands of people are still believed to be inside the last ISIL enclave as it sought to flush out fighters with air attacks and shelling. Tens of thousands of dishevelled women, children and men have streamed out of a small pocket in the village of Baghouz near the Iraqi…
DRC train derailment kills 24, mostly children, near Kananga

DRC train derailment kills 24, mostly children, near Kananga

At least 24 people have been killed and 31 injured in a train accident in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to police and medical services. A freight train was carrying stowaways on Sunday when it derailed in Bena Leka settlement, 140km north of Kananga, one of Kasai province's main towns. "We have retrieved…
New Zealand mosque attacks: Who is Brenton Tarrant?

New Zealand mosque attacks: Who is Brenton Tarrant?

Melbourne, Australia - The Australian man allegedly responsible for livestreaming a massacre of Muslims as they prayed in New Zealand mosques was previously not known to security agencies in Australia or New Zealand, authorities have said. Brenton Tarrant, 28, accused of carrying out attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday that resulted in the deaths…
‘Referendum on democracy’ – Thailand’s first elections in years

‘Referendum on democracy’ – Thailand’s first elections in years

Bangkok, Thailand - Thailand is preparing for its first election since 2014's military coup, but with a system designed to weaken political parties and ensure the military's continuing role, few expect the vote to resolve divisions that have plagued the country for two decades. Nearly 52 million Thais are eligible to vote in the March…
Why the media fails to cover Palestine with accuracy and empathy

Why the media fails to cover Palestine with accuracy and empathy

Glasgow, Scotland - Often dubbed an open-air prison on account of Israel's and Egypt's ongoing air, land and sea blockade of the coastal enclave, Gaza is, according to Amnesty International and several other rights groups, on the brink of a humanitarian disaster. In February, Antonio Guterres, the United Nations secretary-general, highlighted the crisis, saying that…

Bill Browder: ‘Living rent-free in Putin’s head’

The turmoil of post-Soviet Russia in the 1990s saw a handful of business people grow rich, while the country itself grew poor. Into the mix of chaotic capitalism and Wild West opportunity stepped a young Stanford business graduate ready to make his fortune: Bill Browder founded what would become the largest foreign investment fund in…

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