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International appeal for calm in Mali after protest deaths

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:11 PM

Mali's European allies and regional partners are anxious, given the country's poverty, ethnic mix, and strategic location at the heart of the Sahel

CLASHES. In this file photo, protesters gestures on a barricade put up in front of the Salam mosque of Badalabougou, where the influent Imam Mahmoud Dicko led a prayer dedicated to the victims of the clashes of the past two days in Bamako on July 12, 2020. File photo by Michele Cattani/AFP

Without IMF bailout, is Lebanon heading for 'hell'?

Jul 11, 2020 - 9:00 AM

A Lebanese source says an International Monetary Fund rescue would help Lebanon avoid the worst, but negotiations are stalling

Lebanese anti-government protesters take part in a symbolic funeral for the country in the downtown area of the capital Beirut, on June 13, 2020, on the third consecutive day of demonstrations due to a deepening economic crisis. (Photo by ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

'I'm going to jump': Tensions on Ocean Viking migrant rescue ship

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:56 AM

'I was at sea for a long time. I didn't warn the family, who must think I'm dead,' says Said, a 35-year-old Egyptian on the verge of tears

RESCUED. Some the 47 migrants rescued earlier today by members of French NGO SOS Mediterranee boat Ocean Viking 55 km off the coast of Italian island of Lampedusa are on their way to the Ocean Viking on June 30, 2020. Photo by Shahzad Abdul/AFP

Athens marks World Refugee Day with protest against evictions

Jun 20, 2020 - 10:37 PM

Thousands face homelessness in the country's refugee relocation scheme as Greek authorities plan to move more than 11,000 people to make room for other asylum seekers

WORLD REFUGEE DAY. A young child holds a poster as he joins refugees participating in a rally in Athens on June 20, 2020, marking World Refugee Day aS THEY demand rights and housing for refugees and migrants in Greece. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Key suspect in UK migrant truck tragedy arrested in Germany – sources

May 30, 2020 - 12:12 PM

26 other suspects are arrested in Paris and Belgium for the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants

A police officer secures the cordon at at the scene where a lorry, believed to have originated from Bulgaria, and found to be containing 39 dead bodies, was discovered at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019. - British police said 39 bodies were found near London Wednesday in the container of a truck thought to have come from Bulgaria. Essex Police said the people were all pronounced dead at the scene in an industrial park in Grays, east of London. Early indications suggest the victims are 38 adults and one teenager. A 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland has been arrested on suspicion of murder. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

The trader who called the 2020 oil crisis

May 24, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Pierre Andurand correctly predicts that the coronavirus pandemic would send oil prices into negative territory

Pierre Andurand photo from Andurand Capital/AFP; oil rig photo from Shutterstock

Lebanon PM pledges to stem devaluation, reduce food prices

May 21, 2020 - 10:10 PM

The devaluation of the Lebanese pound leads to major hikes in the price of food, much of which is imported

ECONOMIC CRISIS. An anti-government protester stands on top of a car during a demonstration in the Lebanese capital Beirut on April 22, 2020. Photo by Anwar Amro/AFP

Lebanon central bank official charged in currency probe

May 18, 2020 - 10:30 PM

Mazen Hamdane is accused of manipulating the Lebanese pound and 'breaching [its] stability through directly buying dollars from money changers'

Barbed wire is placed in front of the central bank headquarters in Beirut to keep protesters away from the building, on December 30, 2019. - Since September, banks have restricted the number of dollars that can be withdrawn or transferred abroad. Although no formal policy is in place, most have arbitrarily capped withdrawals at around $1,000 a month, while others have imposed tighter restrictions. (Photo by ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

Lebanon's economic collapse: What happened?

May 04, 2020 - 9:55 PM

Here's how Lebanon became one of the most indebted countries in the world

A Lebanese protester kicks the entrance of a bank in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon late on April 29, 2020, as anger over a spiralling economic crisis in the country re-energised a months-old anti-government movement in defiance of a coronavirus lockdown. - Clashes broke out between protesters and the Lebanese army , hours after the under-fire central bank chief blamed a lack of government reforms for a spiralling economic crisis that has sparked demonstrations. A plummeting currency and fast-rising prices have reignited protests that saw one man killed in the northern city of Tripoli after being struck by a bullet fired by a soldier in clashes earlier this week. (Photo by Mahmoud ZAYYAT / AFP)

Record 50 million people displaced internally – monitors

Apr 28, 2020 - 11:55 AM

'Internally displaced people are often highly vulnerable people living in crowded camps, emergency shelters, and informal settlements with little or no access to health care,' IDMC director Alexandra Bilak says in a statement

ARRESTED. Rohingya people who were arrested at sea in December walk on a beach after being transported by Myanmar authorities to Thalchaung near Sittwe in Rakhine state on January 13, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

Second Greek migrant camp under coronavirus lockdown

Apr 05, 2020 - 4:31 PM

Officials say the camp in Malakasa, located northeast of Athens, had been placed under 'full sanitary isolation' for 14 days, with no one allowed to enter or leave

64 Ethiopians found dead in cargo container in Mozambique

Mar 25, 2020 - 11:16 AM

Temperatures in Tete currently hover around 34 degrees Celsius

Erdogan vows to keep border open for refugees until EU meets all demands

Mar 11, 2020 - 9:03 PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he opened the gates in order to pressure Europe into providing greater assistance with the Syrian conflict

AT THE BORDER. Migrants are on their way to a camp on the Turkish side of the Turkey-Greece border near the Pazarkule crossing gate in Edirne province on March 8, 2020 as makeshift camps have sprung up around the border where thousands of refugees have been encouraged by Turkey to leave for the European Union, in a bid to gain Western backing in Syria. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Clashes as migrants seek to break through Turkey-Greece border

Mar 04, 2020 - 6:21 PM

The clashes came as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issues a fresh call to Europe to support the country with a new influx of migrants that have amassed along the Greek border

AT THE BORDER. Migrants hold placards as they demonstrate, waiting at the buffer zone in front of the Pazarkule border crossing to Greece, in Edirne on March 3, 2020. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Turkey says pursuing military operation against Syrian regime

Mar 01, 2020 - 8:29 PM

Though Turkey has reported striking targets in Syria since dozens of its troops were killed there, it is the first confirmation of a full and continuing operation

SIEGE. Turkey-backed Syrian fighters ride a tank in the town of Saraqib in the eastern part of the Idlib province in northwestern Syria, on February 27, 2020. Photo by Bakr Alakasem/AFP

Negros bishop to banks: Stop giving loans to coal plant developers

Feb 29, 2020 - 6:25 PM

'Banks financing coal are not only funding the climate crisis, they are also enabling the continued suffering of coal-affected communities,' says Bishop Gerardo Alminaza

WITHDRAW FROM COAL. San Carlos, Negros Occidental Bishop Gerardo Alminaza speaks during the 3rd Philippine Environment Summit held in Cagayan de Oro on Friday, February 28, organized by the Withdraw from Coal Campaign. Photo by Withdraw from Coal

Turkey-Russia tensions soar after deadly Syria strike

Feb 28, 2020 - 8:59 PM

Both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan appear keen to scale down the tensions, expressing 'serious concern' about the situation in their telephone talks

Critics slam U.K. post-Brexit immigration plans

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:48 AM

The new measures will make it easier for more qualified, English-speaking workers to get visas, and harder for low-skilled migrants to do so

BREXIT DISCORD. A pedestrian shelters from the rain beneath a Union flag themed umbrella as they walk near Big Ben. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Niger stampede kills 20 at handout for refugees

Feb 18, 2020 - 10:31 AM

'The weakest people fell to the ground. Some were injured and others were crushed to death,' an employee says

REFUGEES. Internally displaced people from Niger, who fled Boko Haram incursions, wait for food supplies to be handed out during a food distribution June 16, 2016. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

[OPINION] Dreaming of water: Thoughts on Metro Manila's water crisis

Jan 24, 2020 - 10:30 AM

'I can live without a man, but I cannot live without water'

Mexican troops block U.S.-bound caravan travelers

Jan 19, 2020 - 2:21 PM

National Guard General Vincente Hernandez tells migrants they would be allowed to cross the border into Mexico from Guatemala in a 'controlled' manner

AT THE BORDER. Honduran migrants wait to cross the international border bridge from Ciudad Tecun Uman in Guatemala to Ciudad Hidalgo in Mexico, on January 18, 2020. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Venezuela contact group recognizes Guaido as speaker

Jan 10, 2020 - 10:06 AM

Guaido, whose claim to be acting president is recognized as legitimate by more than 50 countries, is re-elected speaker of the assembly on Sunday

GUAIDO. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido (C) sings Venezuela's national anthem, accompanied by opposition lawmakers and supporters, on January 7, 2020. (Photo by Christian Hernandez/AFP)

Iran crisis sparks fear over Middle East oil supplies

Jan 08, 2020 - 6:10 PM

Traders fear Iran could seek to block the Strait of Hormuz, which links up the Middle East's oil producers with markets in Asia, Europe, and North America

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 11, 2019 an oil tanker is docked at the port of Ras al-Khair, about 185 kilometres north of Dammam in Saudi Arabia's eastern province overlooking the Gulf. - The growing Iran crisis has sparked supply worries over the Strait of Hormuz -- a vital shipping lane for a fifth of global oil -- and also over Iraq's output, analysts say. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

Are we hopeful for 2020? We have to be.

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:00 AM

How to move on from the #Facepalm year that was 2019

Kerry launches US bipartisan group addressing climate 'like a war'

Dec 02, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Former US secretary of state John Kerry says his new group World War Zero includes admirals and generals as well as celebrities including actor Leonardo DiCaprio and rock legend Sting

US Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the high level signature ceremony for the Paris Agreement at the United Nations General Assembly Hall April 22, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

'Parada ng mga Parol': Filipinos join worldwide climate strike ahead of COP25 summit

Nov 30, 2019 - 1:54 PM

‘We refuse to inherit a dying planet and a sunken country. We are demanding climate justice,' says strike coordinator Mitzi Tan

Youth Climate advocates and various environmental groups call for a climate justice during the protest in Manila, Philippines on Friday, 29 November 2019. Photos taken by Basilio Sepe/Greenpeace

Antarctica, 'heart of the Earth' needs protection – expert

Nov 29, 2019 - 2:29 PM

Antarctica is not as isolated as we think. Microplastics are starting to be a big, big issue in Antarctica.

ANTARCTIC MORNING. King George Island : View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. Photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

Bolivia's Congress to vote on proposal for new elections – official

Nov 23, 2019 - 11:14 PM

New elections are seen as crucial to ending Bolivia's worst political upheaval in 16 years

BOLIVIANS PROTEST. View of the closed entrance of the state TV channel BoliviaTV with pictures depicting Bolivian President Evo Morales as a clown reading "Fraud" and signs reading "Bolivia TV channel of Bolivians" and "Stop lying" next to a Bolivian national flag, after a protest on November 9, 2019, in La Paz. Photo by Jorge Bernal/AFP

Vietnamese truck victim was at Dutch migrant center – report

Nov 23, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Authorities say the minor disappeared from the Dutch asylum shelter before his body was found inside a refrigerated truck in Britain

A police officer secures the cordon at at the scene where a lorry, believed to have originated from Bulgaria, and found to be containing 39 dead bodies, was discovered at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019. - British police said 39 bodies were found near London Wednesday in the container of a truck thought to have come from Bulgaria. Essex Police said the people were all pronounced dead at the scene in an industrial park in Grays, east of London. Early indications suggest the victims are 38 adults and one teenager. A 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland has been arrested on suspicion of murder. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

[OPINION] How do you solve a problem like EDSA?

Nov 09, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Traffic congestion reveals a deeper malady: lack of a well-defined land use plan for the National Capital Region

U.S.-China fentanyl case just 'the tip of the iceberg'

Nov 08, 2019 - 7:59 AM

Here is a look at the opioid crisis and the tensions it has caused between China and the United States

Bangladesh Rohingya island relocation 'uncertain' after U.N. doubts

Nov 03, 2019 - 7:34 PM

Aid agencies says the island was 'isolated' and 'flood-prone'

BLAME GAME. Rohingya refugees arrive to attend a ceremony organized to remember the second anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

America's endless battle against lethal drug fentanyl

Oct 18, 2019 - 1:05 PM

US authorities have been fighting the drug trade for half a century, but in fentanyl, they are facing the deadliest drug yet

K9 PATROL. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) K-9 agent checks automobiles for contraband in the line to enter the United States at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on October 2, 2019 in San Ysidro, California. Photo by Sandy Huffaker/AFP

[OPINION] Our undeniable transportation crisis

Oct 17, 2019 - 2:20 PM

'Heroic' commuters are prone to imagining moving abroad, where there is higher quality of life, and you can't blame them

Netizens dare officials: Dengvaxia shot for Persida, rice planting for Cynthia

Oct 11, 2019 - 5:47 PM

After Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo's commute stunt, netizens dare other officials to put their money where their mouth is

[OPINION] Our commute is eating up our human rights, and we’re too tired to care

Oct 11, 2019 - 3:10 PM

'As taxpayers and as hardworking, productive members of the society, we should demand accountability from the government.... We should call out those who downplay our exhaustion.'

There’s a transportation crisis…

Oct 10, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Yet some officials have the gall to belittle commuters’ travail

[OPINION] No, Mr Panelo, there is a traffic crisis and denying it won’t help

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:38 AM

'Your remark is insensitive and exemplifies what we already know about this administration: that you rarely really care about the poor, and that you coddle the rich.'

Biazon berates transport officials: ‘Be sensitive when people feel there is a crisis’

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon laments the denial of a mass transportation crisis in Metro Manila, when the plight of the daily commuter shows otherwise

STRANDED. Commuters wait for their ride at Mendiola in Manila on October 4, 2019. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Bangladesh troops accused of raping Rohingya girl

Oct 03, 2019 - 9:09 PM

The inquiry comes as around a million Rohingya in vast camps in Bangladesh face increasing hostility two years after fleeing a military offensive in Myanmar

ROHINGYA CRISIS. A Rohingya refugee girl walks back to her home after collecting water from a tube well at Nayapara Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh's Teknaf district on April 6, 2018. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

U.N. launches probe into Venezuela rights abuses

Sep 27, 2019 - 6:28 PM

A resolution tabled by more than a dozen countries from Latin America and elsewhere is adopted by the 47-member council with 19 votes in favor, 7 opposed, and 21 abstaining

UN PROBE. A group of lawyers dressed with judicial robes and carrying a Venezuelan national flag protest outside Venezuela's Supreme Court of Justice building against the absence of the rule of law in Venezuela at Chacao neighborhood, in Caracas, on September 26, 2019. Photo by Matias Delacroix/AFP

600,000 Rohingya still in Myanmar at 'serious risk of genocide' – U.N.

Sep 16, 2019 - 11:37 PM

'Myanmar continues to harbor genocidal intent and the Rohingya remain under serious risk of genocide,' UN investigators say in their final report on Myanmar

'RISK OF GENOCIDE.' In this file photo taken on April 25, 2018, taken from Maungdaw district, Myanmar's Rakhine state on April 25, 2018, shows Rohingya refugees gathering behind a barbed-wire fence in a temporary settlement setup in a 'no man's land' border zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

DR Congo ex-minister accused of $4.3 million embezzlement

Sep 15, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Authorities say former health minister Oly Ilunga is accused of 'misdemeanours of the mismanagement of funds allocated to the Ebola response'

Bangladesh PM blames Myanmar for Rohingya repatriation failure

Sep 12, 2019 - 11:56 PM

'We've seen Myanmar could not win Rohingya's trust in creating a conducive situation (in Rakhine) for their dignified return,' says Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

BLAME GAME. Rohingya refugees arrive to attend a ceremony organized to remember the second anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

U.N. rights investigator on Myanmar lambasts Suu Kyi

Sep 03, 2019 - 7:32 PM

'She should step up and really speak out for the treatment that the Rohingya had suffered for decades,' says Yanghee Lee, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights to Myanmar

ON MYANMAR. In this file photo, university professor Yanghee Lee, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar speaks during a press conference in Dhaka on January 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

In Lesbos, fears of new migrant influx return

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:28 PM

Locals in a Greek island fear a repeat of the 2015 European migrant crisis as the number of migrant-loaded boats booms in recent weeks

MIGRANT CRISIS. A migrant woman walks with her children outside the official refugee camp of Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos, on August 31, 2019. Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

Conte to lead 'more united' Italy after far-right's fall from power

Aug 29, 2019 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) The anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the center-left Democratic Party, once bitter foes, have agreed to govern in coalition in order to stave off snap elections in the eurozone's third largest economy

Bangladesh police shoot dead 2 Rohingya in refugee camp

Aug 24, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The incident comes 2 days after a second failed attempt to repatriate the refugees, who say they won't return unless they are promised security and citizenship in their homeland

ROHINGYA CRISIS. A Rohingya man sells betel leaves in a market at a camp in Teknaf on August 21, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP)

Venezuelan officials discussed Maduro exit behind his back – Bolton

Aug 21, 2019 - 11:22 PM

Washington has been pressuring President Nicolas Maduro through sanctions to step down while publicly prodding members of his inner circle to cut their ties to him before it's too late

MADURO'S EXIT? In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during the IV Gas Exporting Countries Forum Summit in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia on November 24, 2017. File photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

Bangladesh ready to repatriate 3,500 Rohingya refugees to Myanmar

Aug 20, 2019 - 12:08 AM

Bangladesh refugee commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam says he is 'optimistic' about a new repatriation process scheduled to start on Thursday, August 22

ROHINGYA. This picture taken on November 26, 2017 shows Rohingya Muslim refugees looking on near Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP