World News

  • August 17, 2016

    Reiterating his call on all warring parties in Yemen to immediately implement the cessation of hostilities, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the reported coalition airstrike on a hospital in the rural town of Hajjah which killed 11 people.

  • August 16, 2016

    Land rights, equity in development resource flows and life-enhancing epistemologies were among the themes emphasised by faith-based organisations at the World Social Forum (WSF) in Montreal, Canada on 9-14 August 2016

  • August 15, 2016

    Bangladeshi authorities should immediately end the illegal detentions of Mir Qasem Ali and Humman Qader Chowdhury, arrested respectively on 9 August and 4 August 2016, say Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

  • August 12, 2016

    Forty representatives of national councils of persons with disabilities from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda met in Kigali, Rwanda from 8-11 August to explore ways in which they can promote disability-inclusive development in East Africa.

  • August 11, 2016

    The Iranian authorities have intensified their repression of women's rights activists in the country in the past six months, carrying out a series of harsh interrogations accusing activists of being "spies" who seek the "overthrow" of the government, says Amnesty International.

  • August 10, 2016

    Dozens of press freedom groups around the world are calling on Bangladesh to free an elderly British journalist held without charge for over three months.

  • August 9, 2016

    With more than two million people impacted by the fighting in and around Aleppo,the United Nations has made an urgent call for a humanitarian pause in the hostilities to enable immediate access to repair the electricity and water networks, and provide assistance to people in need.

  • August 8, 2016

    As the Rio Olympics get underway, Brazil has blocked the construction of a controversial dam in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

  • August 5, 2016

    This year, 6 and 9 August mark the 71st anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two Japanese cities destroyed by atomic bombs with a combined death toll estimated at more than 225,000 people.

  • August 4, 2016

    Over 35 Syrian, regional and international humanitarian, human rights and development organisations have issued a statement on the Russia-Syrian proposal to establish 'humanitarian corridors' out of Aleppo.