Australia plans to strip citizenship of native-born ‘terrorists’

Australia has unveiled plans to increase government powers to strip citizenship from people convicted of "terrorism", and to control the movements of Australian fighters who return home from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday that his government wanted powers to expel anyone convicted of a "terrorist" offence, even…

Blue economies: Growth through humanity’s relationship with water

All life on Earth is dependent on water. Together with carbon, it is one of the most important building blocks of all living organisms, from the smallest animal to the largest tree. However, as humanity's impact on the global environment has increased in the last hundred years, issues such as pollution, coral bleaching and overfishing…

Eugenic sterilisation in Japan: ‘We all have the right to live’

When Kikuo Kojima returns to Japan's Nakae Hospital, the memories come flooding back - of isolation, electric shocks, beatings, starvation and finally, surgery. "They pinned me down, took my pants off, and when I tried to resist, they gave me an injection in my arm ... the anaesthetic didn't work. It was excruciating," he recalls.…

From Mosul to Moria: ‘A US air strike killed all of my family’

Lesbos, Greece - At 5am on October 1 last year, Mohamed set foot on a boat for the first time in his life, beginning a five-hour voyage in a small dinghy from the Turkish coast to the Greek island of Lesbos. The smugglers had kept their charges - who were huddled together in the cold darkness - in…

Will Nevada elect the US’s first female-majority legislature?

Patricia Ackerman never thought she'd run for office in the US. A successful business owner by the age of 21, an award-winning actress at the age of 30 and then an FBI agent sent on undercover missions to Russia, Ackerman said she never knew where she was going. "I always had my bags packed," she…

China’s president opens long-delayed southern sea bridge

Hong Kong - President Xi Jinping opened the long-delayed and over-budget Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge on Tuesday, billed as a major step forward in China's plan to turn the Pearl River Delta into a technology hub to rival Silicon Valley. But critics worry the 55km-long bridge connecting the mainland city of Zhuhai with the semi-autonomous territories of…

Morocco: Violence against women law goes into effect

A new law in Morocco criminalising violence against women goes into effect on Wednesday in what critics say is a first step in the right direction. Approved by parliament on February 14, the bill, called as Hakkaoui law, imposes tougher penalties on perpetrators of various types of violence committed both in the private and public spheres, including rape, sexual harassment…

Cholera crisis signals deeper problems for Zimbabwe

Harare, Zimbabwe - The rate of new cholera infections has decreased in Zimbabwe after a flurry of public warnings to wash hands and radio jingles warning the public of its symptoms. Zimbabwe, though, remains on high alert with the death toll rising to at least 45 in the last three weeks. Thousands in the capital Harare…

Trump to host US pastor Brunson at White House

US President Donald Trump has welcomed the release of US pastor Andrew Brunson, who is on his way back home from Turkey following two years in detention. The evangelical pastor was convicted of terror-related charges and sentenced to three years, one month and 15 days in jail on Friday. But he was immediately freed, taking into account the time…

Malaysia death penalty abolition opens door to drug policy review

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Drugs have long attracted the harshest penalties here. Under the Dangerous Drugs Act, anyone found with 200 grams of cannabis, 40 grams of cocaine, and 15 grams of heroin or morphine risks being charged with drug trafficking - a crime that carries the death penalty. The burden of proof doesn't even…

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