World features

Kenyan parents fearing ban on FGM get girls cut at night

Women and girls marked International Day of the Girl on Sunday by celebrating the work of a few brave women who have helped save thousands of Kenyan girls from forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).
18 May 2016
Kenyan families wanting their daughters to undergo ritual genital cutting are increasingly arranging for it to be done secretly at night to avoid arrest, campaigners said at a major women's rights conference. Female genital mutilation...

Angelina Jolie slams Trump for anti-Muslim comments

17 May 2016
Angelina Jolie lashed out at US presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday for his controversial remarks against Muslims, comments that have prompted waves of anger in Islamic communities When asked for her thoughts about Trump's...

Spy agencies are pushed to reveal extent of US surveillance

07 May 2016
Even though the bulk collection of Americans' telephone records has officially ended, calls and emails are still being swept up by U.S. surveillance work targeting foreigners. Congress is making a renewed push to find out how many. Six...

China trains 'fishing militia' to sail into disputed waters

01 May 2016
The fishing fleet based in this tiny port town on Hainan island is getting everything from military training and subsidies to even fuel and ice as China creates an increasingly sophisticated fishing militia to sail into the disputed South...

Chernobyl is symbol of shaky EU-Ukraine ties

28 Apr 2016
Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear power plant blew up exactly 30 years ago. Since April 26, 1986, European peers have poured millions of pounds into the ex-Soviet state to help stop a bad situation getting worse. As such, it’s a...

With Kunduz in crosshairs again, Afghan forces draw on past mistakes

27 Apr 2016
Bullet-ridden bunkers and signposts shredded by rockets bear witness to dozens of Taliban attacks this month on police posts around Kunduz, the northern Afghan city that fell briefly in September in the insurgents' biggest victory to...

Japan eyes more foreign workers, stealthily challenging immigration taboo

26 Apr 2016
Desperately seeking an antidote to a rapidly aging population, Japanese policymakers are exploring ways to bring in more foreign workers without calling it an "immigration policy". Immigration is a touchy subject in a land where...

Arabic-speaking student removed from Southwest flight

19 Apr 2016
One day, Khairuldeen Makhzoomi was proudly asking the UN secretary-general a question. The next, he was booted from a Southwest flight and questioned by the FBI. For the 26-year-old student at the University of California, Berkeley, it was...

As economy booms, children toil in Myanmar

19 Apr 2016
When a boat stacked with gravel moors at a jetty in Yangon, 14-year-old Aung Htet Myat fills a basket he then carries on his back to trucks that whisk the load to construction sites springing up across Myanmar's booming biggest city....

Ethiopia says South Sudanese gunmen kill 140 civilians in cross-border raid

17 Apr 2016
Ethiopia said on Saturday that gunmen from South Sudan had killed 140 people in a raid in its Gambela region, and that Ethiopian troops had crossed the border to pursue the attackers. The attack took place on Friday in the Jakaya area that...