Rohingya facing ‘lost generation’ of children out of school

The Rohingya are facing a "lost generation" as children both in Myanmar and in the refugee camps of Bangladesh struggle to get an education, a new report has warned. The Rohingya youth who remain in Myanmar's Rakhine state have faced serious restrictions on access to schooling since the outbreak of violence there in 2012, with…

US Senate rebukes Saudi Arabia over Yemen war, Khashoggi murder

Washington, DC - As the US Senate moved to vote on Thursday on a resolution condemning Saudi Arabia for its conduct of the war in Yemen and the assassination of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a bipartisan group of senators vowed to impose concrete sanctions on the kingdom in legislation next year. Senator Lindsey Graham, a…

Meet the journalists trying to give Yemenis the ‘full picture’

Rimbo, Sweden - It was -3 celsius, snow was beginning to fall, and there was a strong wind battering those waiting in the freezing cold. A representative from the Yemeni government had just left the latest round of closed-door discussions involving the UN and insisted on holding his press briefing outside. As the 'big three':…

Senate starts debate on US role in Yemen

The Senate is debating a resolution aimed at ending the US involvement in Yemen. The measure has won new support in the aftermath of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Senate voted 60-39 on Wednesday to open debate on the resolution, signaling there is enough support to win the 50 votes needed. But…

Republicans move to stall House from taking up Yemen

Washington, DC - Republican leadership in Congress moved to stall until next year a broadly supported congressional resolution aimed at ending US support for Saudi Arabia's bombing campaign in Yemen. The move came as part of a tight procedural vote on Wednesday in the US House of Representatives on an $837bn, five-year agriculture bill. Tucked…

Fears of growing far-right in Australia amid ‘Deplorables’ tour

Melbourne, Australia - "Tommy Robinson's real name is Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon. He changed it to hide the fact he is a life-long Nazi," said an activist addressing a rally outside Australia's Department of Home Affairs in Melbourne in late November. "He was a member of the fascist British National Party in the 2000s and a…

UN’s Guterres: No deal in Poland climate talks will be ‘suicidal’

Failure by countries to agree on rules to implement the 2015 Paris climate agreement on global warming would be "suicidal", the United Nations chief said on Wednesday. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told delegates from more than 130 countries meeting in the city of Katowice, Poland, they had less than three days to find the political will to reach…

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen sentenced to three years in prison

Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, was sentenced to a total of three years in prison on Wednesday for his role in making illegal hush-money payments to women to help Trump's 2016 election campaign and lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower project in Russia. US District Judge William Pauley in…

On the border, Trump’s wall pledge casts long shadow

Arivaca, Arizona - Across the 19km stretching from the US-Mexico border to Arivaca, a 600-person unincorporated town in southern Arizona, rock-studded peaks jut skyward, deep valleys carve the terrain and border patrol vehicles sit idly along the dusty makeshift roads. Dissecting the mountainous region is the border, where US President Donald Trump hopes to raise…

Khashoggi murder: Trump says he stands by Saudi crown prince

US President Donald Trump has reiterated his support for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, despite CIA assessment that the Saudi royal ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul. Trump refused to comment on whether the crown prince was complicit in the murder, despite pleas from Senators…

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