‘If feels like there’s no hope’: Nigeria’s worsening job crisis

Abuja, Nigeria - There has been one single promise that has dominated the election manifestos of Nigeria's presidential candidates as they seek to lure the support of the country's voters ahead of polls in February: jobs, jobs and more jobs. This has also been the one issue that has consumed Immaculate Uba, who lost her…

UN says operations at Yemen’s lifeline Hodeidah port cut in half

Operations at Yemen's lifeline port of Hodeidah have dropped by almost 50 percent over the past two weeks, with shipping companies deterred by insecurity in the flashpoint Houthi-held city, according to the United Nations. Saudi and UAE-led forces are fighting to oust the rebels that have taken over most of northern Yemen, including the capital,…

UN warns that world is falling behind Paris climate goals

A United Nations report has warned that global efforts to tackle greenhouse gas emissions are off track, with emissions reaching a record high of 53.5 billion tonnes in 2017, the first rise after three years of decreases. The ninth annual UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report released on Tuesday, analysed the impact of climate policies implemented by…

Opposition seeks clarity on Norwegian ‘mediation’ in Kashmir

A recent visit by a former Norwegian prime minister to Indian-administered Kashmir, where he met separatist leaders, has sparked a controversy, with opposition parties questioning the government over the surprise trip. Omar Abdullah, the leader of regional party National Conference (NC), pointed fingers at the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to explain the closed-door…

Zwarte Piet: Black Pete is ‘Dutch racism in full display’

Amsterdam - The late-November arrival of Sinterklaas in the Netherlands heralds three weeks of holiday festivities. And, for the eighth year running, it is also accompanied by protests against Zwarte Piet, or Black Pete, Sinterklaas' helper, who many see as a racist stereotype. While Sinterklaas, portrayed as an elderly white man, arrives by ship and rides…

Egypt and Saudi Arabia say Qatar blockade will continue

Egypt and Saudi Arabia have jointly announced that their ongoing blockade of Qatar would remain in effect until further notice, according to the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television channel The two countries on Tuesday reiterated their ongoing refusal to "make any concessions" towards Doha, which has been facing sanctions from four Arab states for more than a…

Why the Ebola crisis in DRC is unlike anything before

It is the worst Ebola outbreak to have struck the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - and the most complex one. Since August, authorities in the country, together with a host of partners, have been trying to contain a new outbreak of the disease in the eastern North Kivu and Ituri provinces. As of November 21, there have…

China orders probe into first ‘gene-edited babies’

Chinese officials and scientists have denounced the claims of a geneticist who said he had created the first gene-edited babies. Authorities have ordered an investigation as a hospital linked to the research suggested its ethical approval had been forged. The National Health Commission said on Monday it was "highly concerned" and had ordered provincial health…

Netanyahu to formally establish ties with Chad in upcoming visit

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Chad in the near future to formally establish diplomatic relations between the two countries, his office has said. The announcement came hours after Netanyahu met Chad President Idriss Deby in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Israeli daily Haaretz reported. "The two discussed shared threats and the struggle against terrorism, increased…

Russia warns of escalation in Crimea over martial law in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Ukraine is to blame for the confrontation in Crimea, as Moscow warned that the conflict could escalate because of Kiev's decision to declare martial law. In a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday, Putin said he is "seriously concerned" about the weekend's incident. He…

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