Manchester attack: emerging footage shows scenes of chaos following explosion

At least 22 people have been killed and more than 50 injured in a reported explosion at a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande in Manchester, England. The blast, which authorities are now treating as a “terrorist incident”, occurred at about 10:35PM local time in a foyer of Manchester Arena near the Victoria train and tram station. Armed police have cordoned off the scene as emergency … Continue reading Manchester attack: emerging footage shows scenes of chaos following explosion

Remembering Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan: UN experts murdered in the DRC

On March 28, the United Nations made a grim confirmation. The two bodies found near Kananga, the capital city of Lulua Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, were those of American Michael Sharp and Swedish-Chilean Zaida Catalan. The pair had been investigating suspected violations of a UN-enforced arms embargo and human rights abuses near the village of Bunkonde in the Congo’s Kasai-Central region when, on … Continue reading Remembering Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan: UN experts murdered in the DRC

Run or die: the devastating impact of explosive violence on refugees

Almost nine out of ten refugees report having witnessed some manner of explosive violence in or while fleeing their home country, according to research carried out by UK-based NGO and conflict zone monitor Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). In a recent 5-month-long study, AOAV investigators interviewed over 250 asylum seekers and ten legal advocates, social workers and aid workers across Germany, Greece and the UK, in … Continue reading Run or die: the devastating impact of explosive violence on refugees

In Pictures: Millions strong “mother of all marches” explodes across Venezuela

Most of these photos were collated by Reddit user /u/leo_99. Join the discussion.  Countrywide protests have once again flared up in Venezuela, where political corruption, extreme inflation, widespread shortages of food, medicine and other vital resources, and rising crime have been part of the daily reality for years. Spurred on by opposition leader Henrique Capriles, millions of anti-government protesters have swelled onto the streets in the capital Caracas and … Continue reading In Pictures: Millions strong “mother of all marches” explodes across Venezuela

“Party pooper” Assad’s chemical weapons attack spoils warfare for the rest of us: Trump

This article is satirical. US President Donald Trump has defended a coordinated airstrike of a Syrian airbase near the city of Homs, saying that his Syrian counterpart Bashar Al-Assad is trying to ruin conventional warfare for everyone else. “He’s a giant party pooper,” President Trump told reporters at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. “We’re all just trying to have a good time bombing civilians with … Continue reading “Party pooper” Assad’s chemical weapons attack spoils warfare for the rest of us: Trump

The battle for Mosul: what happens after?

Two years after Islamic State captured and declared the city of Mosul in northern Iraq part of its expanding caliphate, US-backed Iraqi forces have finally commenced a massive joint offensive to take it back. In their victory, they will strip the militant jihadist group, which has been losing ground across Syria and Iraq for months, of its final major stronghold in the latter country, liberating the city’s besieged … Continue reading The battle for Mosul: what happens after?

Brussels Attacks: everything we know so far

Today, between approximately 8am and 9am local time, a series of explosions ripped through the Belgium capital of Brussels in what Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has described as a “cowardly” attack and “black moment” for the nation. This comes days following raids in the neighbourhood of Molenbeek which led to the arrest of Salah Abdeslam, the suspected ringleader behind last November’s terror attacks in Paris, and four … Continue reading Brussels Attacks: everything we know so far

Tensions rising: the South China Sea dispute explained

Saturday’s first-time landing of a Chinese civilian airplane on one of Beijing’s newly constructed island runways in the South China Sea has added more fuel to ongoing tensions about the disputed Indochinese region. The 3000 metre runway, located on Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly archipelago, is one of three runways China has been building in the area in an attempt to support its expansive ownership claims over … Continue reading Tensions rising: the South China Sea dispute explained

Turning the tide: why the victory in Ramadi matters

Earlier this week, following months of intensive preparation, Iraq’s armed forces successfully recaptured the western city of Ramadi from the Islamic State militants who had held it since May. The vital offensive saw members of the Iraqi military and allied militias, supported by a campaign of US-led airstrikes, meticulously clear the city of an estimated 400 IS fighters while avoiding complex networks of booby traps, IEDs, human shields, and … Continue reading Turning the tide: why the victory in Ramadi matters

Modi visits Pakistan: a step towards peace?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise stop in Pakistan on Friday to discuss bilateral ties with his counterpart Nawaz Sharif at his estate East of Lahore. In so doing, Mr Modi became the first Indian premier in about a decade to visit the country with which India has quarrelled since Britain officially left that part of the world in 1947. While a scheduled official meeting between … Continue reading Modi visits Pakistan: a step towards peace?