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French boat seller jailed for helping migrants cross English Channel

May 25, 2019 - 8:52 AM

Emmanuel Desreux is given 18 months behind bars and another 18 months suspended sentence for selling inflatable boats with motors to migrants to navigate across the busy waterway from France to Britain.

REFUGE. A migrant kneels outside a tent in a make shift camp in the vicinity of the former 'Jungle' camp site, near the northern French port city of Calais on February 18, 2019. Photo by Philippe Huguen / AFP

Saudi Arabia downs explosive-laden drone from Yemen – coalition

May 23, 2019 - 11:41 PM

The Yemeni rebels' Al-Masirah TV says the attack has targeted a Patriot air defense system

Spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition Colonel Turki Al-Maliki talks during an interview with AFP in the capital Riyadh, on May 21, 2019. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Sudan protesters insist on civilian head for new governing body

May 19, 2019 - 9:38 PM

The two sides have already agreed on several issues, including a 3-year transition period and the creation of a 300-member parliament

Sudanese protesters from the city of Kassala, sitting atop a bus, arrive to join the sit-in outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 27, 2019. A joint committee representing Sudan's military leadership and protesters is to hold its first meeting today to discuss their demand for civilian rule, the leading protest group said. OZAN KOSE / AFP

Some 250,000 Rohingya refugees receive first ID cards – UN

May 18, 2019 - 10:57 AM

'Over a quarter of a million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have now been jointly registered and provided with identity cards by Bangladesh authorities and UNHCR,' spokesman Andrej Mahecic tells reporters in Geneva

PLAY. Young Rohingya refugees fly kites at the Hakimpara refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on November 18, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP

U.S. police move to eject pro-Maduro activists from Venezuela embassy

May 14, 2019 - 12:53 PM

The activists attempt to prevent the entry of the representative of opposition leader Juan Guaido

U.N. confirms Yemen aid port withdrawal underway

May 12, 2019 - 11:50 AM

But Hodeida Governor Al-Hasan Taher says the Huthi rebels were merely reshuffling personnel

Huthi rebels stand at attention at the Saleef port on May 11, 2019, in the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, ahead of their withdrawal. - A senior pro-government official in Yemen accused Huthi rebels of faking an announced pullout Saturday from three Red Sea ports, as a UN source said monitoring of the much delayed withdrawal in Hodeida province was underway. (Photo by STR / AFP)

10 million people displaced internally by conflict in 2018

May 11, 2019 - 12:01 PM

'It is really a mind-boggling figure,' NRC chief Jan Egeland tells reporters. 'It takes extreme violence and fear of disasters to force a family out of their home, their land, their property, their community.'

Somali internally displaced people (IDPs) wait in a line for food distribution in Mogadishu on May 22, 2018. File photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP

Libya's Haftar urges troops to 'wipe out' military opposition

May 06, 2019 - 9:43 PM

Khalifa Haftar's message also urges his men that 'in the event of retreat by the enemy, troops should pursue it with speed and force, prevent it from fleeing and wipe it out'

CRISIS. Libyans gather during the funeral of fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord in the capital Tripoli, on April 24, 2019. File photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Maduro exhorts Venezuela military to fight 'any coup plotter'

May 02, 2019 - 9:57 PM

'Yes, we are in combat, keep morale high in this fight to disarm any traitor, any coup plotter,' says Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

More than 60,000 people flee Nicaragua crisis – U.N.

Apr 16, 2019 - 8:02 PM

The United Nations refugee agency says those seeking asylum in Costa Rica include 'students, former public officials, opposition figures, journalists, doctors, human rights defenders, and farmers'

PROTEST. Nicaraguan students from the Central American University (UCA) protest inside the university against the government of President Daniel Ortega in Managua on March 1, 2019. File photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Rescued migrants allowed to disembark in Malta, go on to Europe – PM

Apr 13, 2019 - 7:52 PM

All 62 migrants on the Alan Kurdi ship will be disembarked and redistributed between Germany, France, Portugal, and Luxembourg

350 migrants force their way into into Mexico as new caravan arrives

Apr 13, 2019 - 1:15 PM

"Today at 3:30 am," says the National Migration Institute, "a group of approximately 350 people broke violently across the Mexican border from Guatemala."

CARAVAN. Central American migrants heading in caravan to the US rest at the park Hidalgo in Tapachula in Mexico on April 12, 2019. Photo by Pep Companys / AFP

Cyclone Idai damages estimated at $2 billion: World Bank

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:02 AM

"To date, about three million people have been affected, with near total damage in the worst affected areas," says the World Bank

AFTERMATH. Fernando Joao Sengelani helps to clean his friend's shop in Buzi, Mozambique, on March 23, 2019, after the area was hit by the Cyclone Idai. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

Rohingya arrive in Malaysia, more believed at sea

Apr 08, 2019 - 7:17 PM

(UPDATED) About 200 more are thought to be trapped at sea in Thai waters

ROHINGYA ARRIVALS. Rohingya refugees, who landed on an isolated northern shore near the Malaysia-Thai border, huddle in a group in Kangar on March 1, 2019, following their detention by Malaysian immigration authorities. File photo by Ismael Kamaldin/AFP

U.S. moves to cut off Venezuela oil, Cuba trade

Apr 06, 2019 - 9:08 AM

The latest measures seek to cut off vital lifelines for President Nicolas Maduro

Opposition supporters demonstrate behind a Venezuelan national flag against the lack of water and electricity in the neighbourhood of Los Palos Grandes in Caracas, on March 31, 2019. Living conditions are plummeting in the oil-producing Latin American nation, which is spiralling ever deeper into economic chaos during a protracted political crisis. Yuri CORTEZ / AFP

Trump at Mexico border: the U.S. is 'full'

Apr 06, 2019 - 8:40 AM

US President Donald Trump sees his campaign against 'illegal immigrants crisis' on the border as key to his 2020 reelection bid

More than 113 million people suffer 'acute hunger' – United Nations

Apr 02, 2019 - 6:50 PM

African states are 'disproportionally' affected as close to 72 million people on the continent suffered acute hunger, according to Food and Agriculture Organization emergencies director Dominique Bourgeon

FOOD CRISIS. A displaced Somali waits for food and water at an aid distribution centre outside Mogadishu on April 6, 2017. File photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP

Eurozone 'not resilient enough' to weather another economic crisis – IMF chief

Mar 28, 2019 - 9:33 PM

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde says the currency union 'is not resilient enough' to emerge unscathed from 'unexpected economic storms'

LAGARDE. International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, April 5, 2016. File photo by Daniel Roland/AFP

Maltese military seizes tanker hijacked by migrants

Mar 28, 2019 - 8:58 PM

'AFM Patrol Vessel P21 stopped the tanker from entering the Maltese territorial waters,' the Armed Forces of Malta says in a statement

An armed policeman stands guard after migrants disembarked from the Motor Tanker El Hiblu 1 that was hijacked by migrants in Valletta's Grand Harbour on March 28, 2019, after Maltese armed forces took control of the vessel. Photo by Jonathan Borg/AFP

Kremlin says U.S. not to 'worry' about Russia-Venezuela ties

Mar 28, 2019 - 7:42 PM

(UPDATED) The Russian foreign ministry also insists the presence of its troops in Venezuela do not pose a threat to anyone

RUSSIAN TROOPS IN VENEZUELA. In this file photo, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova speaks to the media in Moscow on March 29, 2018. File photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

[OPINION] Coming soon: Water wars

Mar 28, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Unless we act wisely, we may find out too late that the enemy is not without, but within

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PARADE READY. Nudists stand in front of a cafe before the start of the Nude Love Parade in San Francisco, California on March 17, 2019. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Japanese firm renews alternative Kaliwa water proposal

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Japanese firm Global Utility Development Corporation is stepping back into the picture over 10 years after it first proposed the Kaliwa Intake Weir

With their empty water containers, buckets and gallons, Residents of Hilltop, Barangay Bagong Ilog in Pasig City troop to a water rationing site of the local government unit on Saturday, March 16, 2019. The barangay is experiencing water shortage caused by the operational adjustments conducted by Manila Water and El Niño. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Venezuela's Guaido starts domestic tour to stir support

Mar 17, 2019 - 7:09 PM

Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim leader Juan Guaido vows he would 'very soon' take up office in Miraflores, the presidential palace

PROTEST. Venezuelan opposition leader and self declared acting president Juan Guaido is expected to tour the country in a bid to spark a citizen movement. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

We need a Department of Water – Pernia

Mar 16, 2019 - 7:33 PM

'We don't have a Department of Water that would centralize all activities having to do with water resource, distribution, and supply so we don't get into this kind of crisis,' says Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia

NO WATER. Containers are being sold fast in the markets due to the water shortage. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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CARNIVAL. Costumed revelers perform in a carnival procession on the streets of Strumica, Macedonia, during the great evening carnival on March 9, 2019. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

China offers to help Venezuela restore power after vast blackout

Mar 13, 2019 - 8:40 PM

(UPDATED) 'China is willing to offer assistance and technical support to Venezuela to restore the power system,' says foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang

BLACKOUT. View of Caracas during a partial power outage on March 9, 2019. File photo by Matias Delacroix/AFP

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EXPLAINER: Where is the Venezuelan crisis heading?

Mar 10, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Experts agree on one major factor that will decide Venezuela's fate: the military

MOVING FORWARD. Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido take part in a march in Caracas, on February 23, 2019. Photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

Venezuela crisis worsened by sanctions – U.N.

Mar 06, 2019 - 7:46 PM

(UPDATED) 'Venezuela clearly illustrates the way violations of civil and political rights can accentuate a decline of economic and social rights,' says United Nations rights chief Michelle Bachelet

VENEZUELA. View of a Venezuelan national flag reading S.O.S. during a rally with Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido upon his arrival in Caracas on March 4, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

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VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE. A woman in the United States takes a picture to Mexico through the border fence as residents of Anapra, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, and other people attend a prayer with priests and bishops from both countries to ask for the migrants and people of the area, on February 26, 2019.  Photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

U.S. slaps new sanctions on Venezuela regime as Russia ups support

Mar 02, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The US says it's targeting 6 Venezuelan military officers for stopping their aid from coming through the border, while Moscow promises relief through President Nicolas Maduro

People wait for a chance to receive medical attention by volunteers of the "Aid and Freedom Coalition" movement during a medical attention camp in the Macarao neighbourhood in Caracas, on February 17, 2019. - Venezuelan opposition leader and self declared acting president Juan Guaido set a goal Sunday of enlisting a million volunteers within a week to confront a government blockade that has kept tons of humanitarian aid, most of it from the United States, from flowing into the country. (Photo by Yuri CORTEZ / AFP)

Russia vows more support for 'friend' Maduro, including aid

Mar 01, 2019 - 11:28 PM

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his allies – including Russia – have accused the United States of attempting to carry out a coup against his government

ALLIES. In this file photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and his Venezuelan counterpart Delcy Rodriguez enter a hall during a meeting in Moscow on February 6, 2017. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

United Nations to vote on dueling U.S., Russia drafts on Venezuela

Feb 28, 2019 - 1:43 PM

The US puts forward a measure calling for presidential elections to end the political standoff, while Russia urges a peaceful settlement of the crisis, recalling that aid deliveries to Venezuela require the consent of Maduro's government

GUAIDO-MADURO SITUATION. This combination of pictures created on January 25, 2019 shows Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido (L) speaking to opposition supporters at the Central University of Caracas (UCV) in Caracas, on January 21, 2019 and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offering a press conference in Caracas, on January 25, 2019.  File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Venezuela calls for Trump-Maduro talks

Feb 27, 2019 - 8:43 PM

'We are proposing the path of dialogue, even with the United States.... Why shouldn't they meet, President Trump and President Maduro?' says Venezuela's foreign minister Jorge Arreaza

TRUMP-MADURO TALKS? Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza speaks to the United Nations Security Council meeting on Venezuela February 26, 2019, at the United Nations in New York City. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

U.S. condemns violence by Maduro's 'thugs' in Venezuela

Feb 24, 2019 - 9:07 AM

This comes after Venezuela security forces fired at demonstrators against Venezuela's aid lockdown, leaving 2 people dead and more than 300 injured

CONDEMNED. Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro refuses to accept aid from other countries, especially the United States, seeing it as a prelude to an invasion. File photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

Venezuela troops fire tear gas on demo at Colombia border

Feb 23, 2019 - 10:45 PM

Venezuelans demand that the military let them cross the footbridge to Colombia for work or to buy goods not available in their country

CRISIS. Two Venezuelan soldiers lie on the ground as they are detained by Colombian police after driving into Colombia in an armor car from the Venezuelan side of Simon Bolivar International bridge in Cucuta on February 23, 2019. Photo by Schneyder Mendoza/AFP

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HOMECOMING. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray blows a kiss to well wishers during a homecoming parade in Makati City on February 21, 2019. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Shootings kill 8 in eastern DR Congo

Feb 17, 2019 - 10:21 PM

'The population is angry at the authorities' lethargy,' a youth leader says

Thousands of Venezuela volunteers begin preparing U.S. aid entry

Feb 17, 2019 - 7:56 PM

The oil-rich country's economic meltdown under Nicolas Maduro has left millions in poverty facing shortages of medicine and food, with hyperinflation making purchases impossible

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WE ARE MARIA. Students and rights activists picket the NBI headquarters in Manila where Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa is detained following her arrest for the charge of cyberlibel on February 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Maduro blasts U.S. for 'stealing' billions and offering 'crumbs'

Feb 16, 2019 - 2:04 PM

'It's a booby trap, they're putting on a show with rotten and contaminated food,' Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro says

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during the ceremony of recognition by the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) after being sworn in for a second term, at the Fuerte Tiuna Military Complex, in Caracas on January 10, 2019. - Maduro begins a new term that critics dismiss as illegitimate, with the economy in free fall and the country more isolated than ever. (Photo by Federico PARRA / AFP)

'No proof' Myanmar military persecuted Rohingya – army chief

Feb 15, 2019 - 10:28 PM

Min Aung Hlaing doubles down on previous claims, arguing 'there is no certain proof that the national army was involved in the persecution' of Rohingya

ROHINGYA CRISIS. In this file photo, Myanmar military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing inspects a major bridge near capital Naypyidaw along Yangon to Mandalay highway damaged by rampaging flood waters from Swar Chaung dam on August 29, 2018. File photo by Thet Aung/AFP

Spanish PM calls snap polls after budget defeat

Feb 15, 2019 - 6:26 PM

'Between two options – not doing anything and continuing without a budget, Spaniards their say – I choose the second,' says Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez

SNAP POLLS. In this file photo taken on August 03, 2018, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez gives a press conference after a cabinet meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid on August 3, 2018. File photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Migrant girls targeted in 2 Berlin assaults

Feb 10, 2019 - 11:32 PM

Authorities say the latest assault involved an unknown man repeatedly punching two Syrian girls, aged 15 and 16, in the face before running away

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NAKED RUNNERS. Members of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity participate in the 42nd Oblation Run at the University of the Philippines, Diliman on February 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa David/Rappler

Venezuelan military official drops allegiance to Maduro

Feb 10, 2019 - 10:53 AM

Colonel Ruben Paz Jimenez says 90% of members of the armed forces are 'really unhappy'

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during the ceremony of recognition by the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) after being sworn in for a second term, at the Fuerte Tiuna Military Complex, in Caracas on January 10, 2019. - Maduro begins a new term that critics dismiss as illegitimate, with the economy in free fall and the country more isolated than ever. (Photo by Federico PARRA / AFP)

U.S. seeks U.N. draft resolution calling for Venezuela elections

Feb 10, 2019 - 8:43 AM

Diplomats say Russia is likely to use its vetor power on the draft resolution as part of its support of Nicolas Maduro's regime

Ministers meet on Venezuela as border blockade halts aid shipment

Feb 08, 2019 - 12:00 AM

All eyes are on the Venezuelan border, where the armed forces have blocked an intended route into the country for desperately-needed humanitarian aid, heightening tensions with Washington

MEETING. High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (C) arrives for a meeting on Venezuela in Montevideo on February 7, 2019. Photo by Pablo Porciuncula/AFP

Russia says blocked from Venezuela talks in Uruguay

Feb 07, 2019 - 6:04 PM

European and Latin American envoys are set to gather in Montevideo for the first meeting of a 'Contact Group' with the goal of creating conditions for a peaceful political process

SUPPORT. This file photo shows Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister and head of delegation Sergei Ryabkov attending a Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) conference in Beijing January 30, 2019. File photo by Thomas Peter/Pool/AFP