Jewish academic’s office splashed with swastika in New York

New York City - A Jewish professor's office at a university in New York City has been vandalised with anti-Semitic graffiti, including swastikas and an anti-Semitic slur, underlining recent concerns of a rising number of hate crimes against Jews in the United States. According to the New York Police Department (NYPD), Elizabeth Midlarsky, a professor in…

What to expect from the G20 Buenos Aires 2018

All eyes will be on Buenos Aires, Argentina on Thursday and Friday as leaders from 19 of the world's top economies, as well as representatives from the European Union gather for the 13th G20 summit. This year's meeting comes as tensions grow between China and the United States over trade differences, a conflict between Russia…

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…

One-third of world’s stunted children live in India: Report

A major study published on Thursday warned of a malnutrition crisis in almost every country in the world with India holding about one-third of the world's burden for stunting. Forty-six million children in India are stunted because of malnutrition and 25.5 million more are defined as "wasted" - meaning they do not weigh enough for…

US Navy sends two ships through Taiwan Strait, opposing China

The United States sent two Navy ships through the Taiwan Strait in the third such operation this year as the US military increases operations in the strategic waterway despite opposition from China. The voyage on Wednesday will add to tensions with China, but is likely to be viewed in self-ruled Taiwan as a sign of support…

Ukraine condemns Russia plan to deploy S-400 missiles to Crimea

Kiev, Ukraine - Ukraine's foreign ministry has condemned Russia's plan to deploy a fourth S-400 surface-to-air missile battalion to the annexed Crimean peninsula amid a deepening conflict with Kiev. Earlier on Wednesday, Russia's southern military district spokesman Vadim Astafiyev told Interfax news agency that S-400s would soon be deployed to Crimea. The system is expected…

Carlsen beats Caruana to retain World Chess crown

Separating the two best chess players in the world was not easy. Two very different characters. The 27-year-old Norwegian, who came to London as champion, Magnus Carlsen. Fidgety, bored, almost aloof, but fascinating. Across the chess board: the challenger from Brooklyn, Fabiano Caruana. One year younger with dual Italian and American citizenship. He is more…

Explosion reported in Afghan capital Kabul, casualties feared

A loud explosion was reported near the airport in the centre of the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, security officials say.  Casualties are feared, police told AFP news agency  The cause of the blast was not immediately clear. The head of police in the area told Afghan news website Tolo that the explosion targeted security…

Cars, guns and TV interviews: The militiaman on the UAE payroll

He is designated a terrorist by the United States, shares the same ideology as al-Qaeda, yet for more than three years, Abu al-Abbas, a Yemeni commander who controls most of the flashpoint city of Taiz, has been receiving financial and military support from the United Arab Emirates, sources told Al Jazeera. After purging the Houthis…

Pakistan and India break ground on visa-free Kartarpur corridor

Islamabad/New Delhi - Nestled in the verdant green rice fields of Pakistan's eastern Narowal district, the white domes of the Sri Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara make a striking contrast. Centuries ago, it is said, Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, spent his final days in this small village, farming the fields and formalising many of the practices…

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