What’s the future of abortion rights in Mexico under AMLO?

Mexico City - Mexico's new government is yet to take office, but it has already reignited a fierce debate on women's reproductive rights that could end in a polarising referendum. Shortly after a landslide victory by left-wing politician Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in the July 1 presidential elections, his to-be interior minister drew both praise…

Landmark UN climate report warns time quickly running out

Temperatures could rise by 1.5 degrees Celsius as early as 2030 if global warming continues at its current pace and the world fails to take rapid and unprecedented measures to stem the increase, experts warned in a landmark UN report on Monday. The report is seen as the main scientific guide for government policymakers on…

Why do countries want to buy the controversial Russian S-400?

The Vostok-2018 war games in eastern Siberia last month marked Russia's biggest military exercise in more than 30 years, with about 300,000 Russian, Chinese and Mongolian troops taking part. More than just an exercise, the war games were a public relations opportunity to showcase military hardware, Russia's second-biggest source of income after oil. Russia showed…

Palu disaster: Road to recovery after escaping the ‘Apocalypse’

Palu, Indonesia - Ayir! Ayir! People screamed in horror, pointing to the wall of water barreling towards Palu, just minutes after a 7.5-magnitude quake struck the central Sulawesi city on September 28. The water advanced like a speeding train and roared like thunder. Then waves as high as six metres slammed the coast with force…

Who is Fernando Haddad, Brazil’s leftist presidential candidate?

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - In political campaigns, a candidate's name is all important; splashed across adverts, booed by critics or chanted by supporters and, ultimately, decided on by voters come election day. For Brazilian presidential contender Fernando Haddad, however, the name that appears to matter most to his election bid isn't in fact his own. Instead,…

Who is Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s far-right presidential candidate?

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - To detractors, he's a dangerous cheerleader of dictatorship. To supporters, he's the presidential candidate capable of delivering salvation from Brazil's political, social and economic crises. Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right firebrand and self-styled political outsider, is divisive. He's also just one election win away from potentially becoming the next leader of…

Profile Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi writer missing in Turkey

Jamal Khashoggi is one of the most prominent Saudi and Arab journalists and political commentators of his generation, owing to a career that has spanned nearly 30 years. Born in Medina in 1958, Khashoggi was once close to the inner circles of the Saudi royal family, where he earned his reputation as a reformist by…

When Melania went to Africa wearing a pith helmet

This week the first lady of the United States, Melania Trump, was in Kenya for a "stop" on her "Africa tour". Her decision to appear at Nairobi National Park wearing a white pith helmet, crisp white shirt and light brown jodhpurs made headlines in international media, which correctly described the pith helmet as a symbol…

China says Interpol chief Meng Hongwei is under investigation

China has said the missing president of Interpol is under investigation for unspecified violations of Chinese law. The announcement came on Sunday shortly after the wife of Meng Hongwei said her husband sent her an image of a knife before he disappeared during a trip to their native China. Making her first public comments on the…

Erdogan ‘closely following’ case of Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he is hopeful about the fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi amid reports that the critic may have been killed shortly after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.   Erdogan told reporters on Sunday that authorities were looking into all video surveillance footage of the mission's entrances…

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