US President Donald Trump delivers remarks on honesty and transparency in healthcare prices at the White House in Washington, DC on November 15, 2019. Brendan Smialowski / AFP
U.S. President Donald Trump will travel to the United Kingdom next month to participate in a gathering of NATO leaders, the White House confirmed Friday. The announcement was made one day after Trump met with
Russia's President Vladimir Putin gestures before the 11th BRICS Summit at the Itamaraty palace on November 14, 2019 in Brasilia, Brazil. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro walked a diplomatic tightrope, as he seeks to boost ties with Beijing and avoid upsetting key ally Donald Trump, on the eve of a summit with their BRICS counterparts from Russia, India and South Africa. Pavel Golovkin / POOL / AFP
Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow feels it still has a lot of work to do in the last major bastion of foreign-backed militants and Takfiri terrorists in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib. “We still

#DealOfCentury

US President Donald Trump has reportedly told his close assistants that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should pay millions of dollars in annual aid to the Palestinian Authority

MENA Featured

Latest News

Kuwait's prime minister submitted his resignation on Thursday along with his cabinet, officials said, amid infighting between ministers and criticism of their performance. Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Sabah "submitted ...

Slideshows

A man prepares a cigarette as he walks in the water of the flooded St. Mark's Square, on November 15, 2019 in Venice, two days after the city suffered its highest tide in 50 years. Flood-hit Venice was bracing for another exceptional high tide on November 15, as Italy declared a state of emergency for the UNESCO city where perilous deluges have caused millions of euros worth of damage. Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP

A man prepares a cigarette as he walks in the water of the flooded St. Mark's Square, on November 15, 2019 in Venice, two days after the city suffered its highest tide in 50 years. Flood-hit Venice was bracing for another exceptional high tide on November 15, as Italy declared a state of emergency for the UNESCO city where perilous deluges have caused millions of euros worth of damage. Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP

Venice hit by another ferocious high tide, flooding city (Twitter)

Venice hit by another ferocious high tide, flooding city (Twitter)

People take pictures in a street near the Rialto Bridge, on November 15, 2019 in Venice, two days after the city suffered its highest tide in 50 years. Flood-hit Venice was bracing for another exceptional high tide on November 15, as Italy declared a state of emergency for the UNESCO city where perilous deluges have caused millions of euros worth of damage. Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP

People take pictures in a street near the Rialto Bridge, on November 15, 2019 in Venice, two days after the city suffered its highest tide in 50 years. Flood-hit Venice was bracing for another exceptional high tide on November 15, as Italy declared a state of emergency for the UNESCO city where perilous deluges have caused millions of euros worth of damage. Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP

People sit on benches in a flooded arcade by St. Mark's Square on November 15, 2019 in Venice, two days after the city suffered its highest tide in 50 years. Flood-hit Venice was bracing for another exceptional high tide on November 15, as Italy declared a state of emergency for the UNESCO city where perilous deluges have caused millions of euros worth of damage. Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP

People sit on benches in a flooded arcade by St. Mark's Square on November 15, 2019 in Venice, two days after the city suffered its highest tide in 50 years. Flood-hit Venice was bracing for another exceptional high tide on November 15, as Italy declared a state of emergency for the UNESCO city where perilous deluges have caused millions of euros worth of damage. Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP

A general view shows the flooded St. Mark's Square, with St. Mark's Basilica (C) on November 14, 2019 in Venice. Much of Venice was left under water after the highest tide in 50 years ripped through the historic Italian city, beaching gondolas, trashing hotels and sending tourists fleeing through rapidly rising waters. Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP

A general view shows the flooded St. Mark's Square, with St. Mark's Basilica (C) on November 14, 2019 in Venice. Much of Venice was left under water after the highest tide in 50 years ripped through the historic Italian city, beaching gondolas, trashing hotels and sending tourists fleeing through rapidly rising waters. Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP

The artwork by street artist Banksy, that portrays a migrant child wearing a lifejacket and holding a neon pink flare, is pictured after an exceptional overnight "Alta Acqua" high tide water level, on November 13, 2019 in Venice. Venice was hit by the highest tide in more than 50 years late November 12, with tourists wading through flooded streets to seek shelter as a fierce wind whipped up waves in St. Mark's Square. Marco Bertorello / AFP

The artwork by street artist Banksy, that portrays a migrant child wearing a lifejacket and holding a neon pink flare, is pictured after an exceptional overnight "Alta Acqua" high tide water level, on November 13, 2019 in Venice. Venice was hit by the highest tide in more than 50 years late November 12, with tourists wading through flooded streets to seek shelter as a fierce wind whipped up waves in St. Mark's Square. Marco Bertorello / AFP

People walk on a footbridge across a flooded street after an exceptional overnight "Alta Acqua" high tide water level, on November 13, 2019 in Venice. Venice was hit by the highest tide in more than 50 years late November 12, with tourists wading through flooded streets to seek shelter as a fierce wind whipped up waves in St. Mark's Square. Marco Bertorello / AFP

People walk on a footbridge across a flooded street after an exceptional overnight "Alta Acqua" high tide water level, on November 13, 2019 in Venice. Venice was hit by the highest tide in more than 50 years late November 12, with tourists wading through flooded streets to seek shelter as a fierce wind whipped up waves in St. Mark's Square. Marco Bertorello / AFP

People walk across and take photos at the flooded St. Mark's Square after an exceptional overnight "Alta Acqua" high tide water level, on November 13, 2019 in Venice. Venice was hit by the highest tide in more than 50 years late November 12, with tourists wading through flooded streets to seek shelter as a fierce wind whipped up waves in St. Mark's Square. Marco Bertorello / AFP

People walk across and take photos at the flooded St. Mark's Square after an exceptional overnight "Alta Acqua" high tide water level, on November 13, 2019 in Venice. Venice was hit by the highest tide in more than 50 years late November 12, with tourists wading through flooded streets to seek shelter as a fierce wind whipped up waves in St. Mark's Square. Marco Bertorello / AFP

A general view shows the Doge's Palace (L) overlooking the flooded St. Mark's Square, the Lion of St. Mark winged bronze statue (Rear L), gondolas and the Venetian lagoon in the distance after an exceptional overnight "Alta Acqua" high tide water level, on November 13, 2019 in Venice. Venice was hit by the highest tide in more than 50 years late November 12, with tourists wading through flooded streets to seek shelter as a fierce wind whipped up waves in St. Mark's Square. Marco Bertorello / AFP

A general view shows the Doge's Palace (L) overlooking the flooded St. Mark's Square, the Lion of St. Mark winged bronze statue (Rear L), gondolas and the Venetian lagoon in the distance after an exceptional overnight "Alta Acqua" high tide water level, on November 13, 2019 in Venice. Venice was hit by the highest tide in more than 50 years late November 12, with tourists wading through flooded streets to seek shelter as a fierce wind whipped up waves in St. Mark's Square. Marco Bertorello / AFP

People walk across the Ponte della Paglia bridge, past a stranded gondola after an exceptional overnight "Alta Acqua" high tide water level, early on November 13, 2019 in Venice. Powerful rainstorms hit Italy on November 12, with the worst affected areas in the south and Venice, where there was widespread flooding. Within a cyclone that threatens the country, exceptional high water were rising in Venice, with the sirocco winds blowing northwards from the Adriatic sea against the lagoon’s outlets and prevent

People walk across the Ponte della Paglia bridge, past a stranded gondola after an exceptional overnight "Alta Acqua" high tide water level, early on November 13, 2019 in Venice. Powerful rainstorms hit Italy on November 12, with the worst affected areas in the south and Venice, where there was widespread flooding. Within a cyclone that threatens the country, exceptional high water were rising in Venice, with the sirocco winds blowing northwards from the Adriatic sea against the lagoon’s outlets and preventing the water from flowing back into the sea. At 22:40pm the tide reached 183 cm, the second measure in history after the 198 cm of the 1966 flood. Marco Bertorello / AFP

A man stands by the entrance of the Palazzo Patriarcale on the flooded Piazza dei Leoncini square after an exceptional overnight "Alta Acqua" high tide water level, early on November 13, 2019 in Venice. Powerful rainstorms hit Italy on November 12, with the worst affected areas in the south and Venice, where there was widespread flooding. Within a cyclone that threatens the country, exceptional high water were rising in Venice, with the sirocco winds blowing northwards from the Adriatic sea against the lago

A man stands by the entrance of the Palazzo Patriarcale on the flooded Piazza dei Leoncini square after an exceptional overnight "Alta Acqua" high tide water level, early on November 13, 2019 in Venice. Powerful rainstorms hit Italy on November 12, with the worst affected areas in the south and Venice, where there was widespread flooding. Within a cyclone that threatens the country, exceptional high water were rising in Venice, with the sirocco winds blowing northwards from the Adriatic sea against the lagoon’s outlets and preventing the water from flowing back into the sea. At 22:40pm the tide reached 183 cm, the second measure in history after the 198 cm of the 1966 flood. Marco Bertorello / AFP

A man prepares a cigarette as he walks in the water of the flooded St. Mark's Square, on November 15, 2019 in Venice, two days after the city suffered its highest tide in 50 years. Flood-hit Venice was bracing for another exceptional high tide on November 15, as Italy declared a state of emergency for the UNESCO city where perilous deluges have caused millions of euros worth of damage. Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP
Venice hit by another ferocious high tide, flooding city (Twitter)
People take pictures in a street near the Rialto Bridge, on November 15, 2019 in Venice, two days after the city suffered its highest tide in 50 years. Flood-hit Venice was bracing for another exceptional high tide on November 15, as Italy declared a state of emergency for the UNESCO city where perilous deluges have caused millions of euros worth of damage. Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP
People sit on benches in a flooded arcade by St. Mark's Square on November 15, 2019 in Venice, two days after the city suffered its highest tide in 50 years. Flood-hit Venice was bracing for another exceptional high tide on November 15, as Italy declared a state of emergency for the UNESCO city where perilous deluges have caused millions of euros worth of damage. Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP
A general view shows the flooded St. Mark's Square, with St. Mark's Basilica (C) on November 14, 2019 in Venice. Much of Venice was left under water after the highest tide in 50 years ripped through the historic Italian city, beaching gondolas, trashing hotels and sending tourists fleeing through rapidly rising waters. Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP
The artwork by street artist Banksy, that portrays a migrant child wearing a lifejacket and holding a neon pink flare, is pictured after an exceptional overnight "Alta Acqua" high tide water level, on November 13, 2019 in Venice. Venice was hit by the highest tide in more than 50 years late November 12, with tourists wading through flooded streets to seek shelter as a fierce wind whipped up waves in St. Mark's Square. Marco Bertorello / AFP
People walk on a footbridge across a flooded street after an exceptional overnight "Alta Acqua" high tide water level, on November 13, 2019 in Venice. Venice was hit by the highest tide in more than 50 years late November 12, with tourists wading through flooded streets to seek shelter as a fierce wind whipped up waves in St. Mark's Square. Marco Bertorello / AFP
People walk across and take photos at the flooded St. Mark's Square after an exceptional overnight "Alta Acqua" high tide water level, on November 13, 2019 in Venice. Venice was hit by the highest tide in more than 50 years late November 12, with tourists wading through flooded streets to seek shelter as a fierce wind whipped up waves in St. Mark's Square. Marco Bertorello / AFP
A general view shows the Doge's Palace (L) overlooking the flooded St. Mark's Square, the Lion of St. Mark winged bronze statue (Rear L), gondolas and the Venetian lagoon in the distance after an exceptional overnight "Alta Acqua" high tide water level, on November 13, 2019 in Venice. Venice was hit by the highest tide in more than 50 years late November 12, with tourists wading through flooded streets to seek shelter as a fierce wind whipped up waves in St. Mark's Square. Marco Bertorello / AFP
People walk across the Ponte della Paglia bridge, past a stranded gondola after an exceptional overnight "Alta Acqua" high tide water level, early on November 13, 2019 in Venice. Powerful rainstorms hit Italy on November 12, with the worst affected areas in the south and Venice, where there was widespread flooding. Within a cyclone that threatens the country, exceptional high water were rising in Venice, with the sirocco winds blowing northwards from the Adriatic sea against the lagoon’s outlets and prevent
A man stands by the entrance of the Palazzo Patriarcale on the flooded Piazza dei Leoncini square after an exceptional overnight "Alta Acqua" high tide water level, early on November 13, 2019 in Venice. Powerful rainstorms hit Italy on November 12, with the worst affected areas in the south and Venice, where there was widespread flooding. Within a cyclone that threatens the country, exceptional high water were rising in Venice, with the sirocco winds blowing northwards from the Adriatic sea against the lago
Palestinian mourners pray over the bodies of Rafat Ayad and his two sons Amir and Islam on during a funeral in Gaza City on November 13, 2019. Exchanges of fire triggered by Israel's targeted killing of a top militant in Gaza raged for a second day and showed little sign of easing, with 22 Palestinians killed. Fresh rocket barrages were fired at Israel, which responded with strikes on what it said were Islamic Jihad militant sites and rocket-launching squads in the Gaza Strip.  MAHMUD HAMS / AFP

Palestinian mourners pray over the bodies of Rafat Ayad and his two sons Amir and Islam on during a funeral in Gaza City on November 13, 2019. Exchanges of fire triggered by Israel's targeted killing of a top militant in Gaza raged for a second day and showed little sign of easing, with 22 Palestinians killed. Fresh rocket barrages were fired at Israel, which responded with strikes on what it said were Islamic Jihad militant sites and rocket-launching squads in the Gaza Strip. MAHMUD HAMS / AFP

Palestinian men mourn outside the mortuary of Gaza City's Al-Shifa hospital on November 13, 2019, after two more Palestinians were killed in the morning in an Israeli strike, according to Gaza's health ministry, as Israel said it was targeting rocket-launching squads and militant sites. The deaths brought the Gaza toll to 18 people killed since an exchange of fire began on November 12 with an Israeli targeted strike on an Islamic Jihad commander sparking retaliatory rocket launches  ANAS BABA / AFP

Palestinian men mourn outside the mortuary of Gaza City's Al-Shifa hospital on November 13, 2019, after two more Palestinians were killed in the morning in an Israeli strike, according to Gaza's health ministry, as Israel said it was targeting rocket-launching squads and militant sites. The deaths brought the Gaza toll to 18 people killed since an exchange of fire began on November 12 with an Israeli targeted strike on an Islamic Jihad commander sparking retaliatory rocket launches ANAS BABA / AFP

Air raid sirens sounded in the southern Israeli towns near the Gaza Strip border. Since Israel's targeted killing of Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu al-Ata on November 12 in the morning, at least 220 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza without causing any deaths, the military said. Israeli air defences intercepted 90 percent of the rockets, it added.  MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

Air raid sirens sounded in the southern Israeli towns near the Gaza Strip border. Since Israel's targeted killing of Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu al-Ata on November 12 in the morning, at least 220 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza without causing any deaths, the military said. Israeli air defences intercepted 90 percent of the rockets, it added. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

Palestinian relatives of Islamic Jihad militant Abdullah al-Belbasi mourn during his funeral in Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip on November 13, 2019. Two more Palestinians were killed in an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip, the enclave's health ministry said, as Israel said it was targeting rocket-launching squads and militant sites. The deaths brought the Gaza toll to 18 people killed since an exchange of fire began on Tuesday with an Israeli targeted strike on an Islamic Jihad commander sparking ret

Palestinian relatives of Islamic Jihad militant Abdullah al-Belbasi mourn during his funeral in Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip on November 13, 2019. Two more Palestinians were killed in an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip, the enclave's health ministry said, as Israel said it was targeting rocket-launching squads and militant sites. The deaths brought the Gaza toll to 18 people killed since an exchange of fire began on Tuesday with an Israeli targeted strike on an Islamic Jihad commander sparking retaliatory rocket launches MAHMUD HAMS / AFP

Palestinian mouners carry the body of Islamic Jihad militant Abdullah al-Belbasi during his funeral in Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip on November 13, 2019. Two more Palestinians were killed in an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip, the enclave's health ministry said, as Israel said it was targeting rocket-launching squads and militant sites. MAHMUD HAMS / AFP

Palestinian mouners carry the body of Islamic Jihad militant Abdullah al-Belbasi during his funeral in Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip on November 13, 2019. Two more Palestinians were killed in an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip, the enclave's health ministry said, as Israel said it was targeting rocket-launching squads and militant sites. MAHMUD HAMS / AFP

Palestinians check the remains of a house destroyed in an Israeli air strike at Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip November 13, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP

Palestinians check the remains of a house destroyed in an Israeli air strike at Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip November 13, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP

Israel's military killed a commander for Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a strike on his home in the Gaza Strip, prompting retaliatory rocket fire and fears of a severe escalation in violence. JACK GUEZ / AFP

Israel's military killed a commander for Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a strike on his home in the Gaza Strip, prompting retaliatory rocket fire and fears of a severe escalation in violence. JACK GUEZ / AFP

Israeli firefighter trucks douse a burning factory in the southern Israeli town of Sderot, after it was reportedly hit with rockets fired from the Gaza Strip on November 12, 2019. Israel's military killed a commander of Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a strike on his home in Gaza early in the morning, prompting retaliatory barrages of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip towards Israel where residents ran to bomb shelters while air raid sirens rang out in various parts of the country. Ahmad GHARABLI

Israeli firefighter trucks douse a burning factory in the southern Israeli town of Sderot, after it was reportedly hit with rockets fired from the Gaza Strip on November 12, 2019. Israel's military killed a commander of Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a strike on his home in Gaza early in the morning, prompting retaliatory barrages of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip towards Israel where residents ran to bomb shelters while air raid sirens rang out in various parts of the country. Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP

Mourners chant slogans as they carry the body of Palestinian Islamic Jihad senior leader Baha Abu Al-Ata during his funeral in Gaza City on November 12, 2019. Israel's military killed a commander of Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a strike on his home in the Gaza Strip early, prompting retaliatory rocket fire and fears of a severe escalation in violence. MAHMUD HAMS / AFP

Mourners chant slogans as they carry the body of Palestinian Islamic Jihad senior leader Baha Abu Al-Ata during his funeral in Gaza City on November 12, 2019. Israel's military killed a commander of Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a strike on his home in the Gaza Strip early, prompting retaliatory rocket fire and fears of a severe escalation in violence. MAHMUD HAMS / AFP

Palestinian mourners pray over the bodies of Rafat Ayad and his two sons Amir and Islam on during a funeral in Gaza City on November 13, 2019. Exchanges of fire triggered by Israel's targeted killing of a top militant in Gaza raged for a second day and showed little sign of easing, with 22 Palestinians killed. Fresh rocket barrages were fired at Israel, which responded with strikes on what it said were Islamic Jihad militant sites and rocket-launching squads in the Gaza Strip.  MAHMUD HAMS / AFP
Palestinian men mourn outside the mortuary of Gaza City's Al-Shifa hospital on November 13, 2019, after two more Palestinians were killed in the morning in an Israeli strike, according to Gaza's health ministry, as Israel said it was targeting rocket-launching squads and militant sites. The deaths brought the Gaza toll to 18 people killed since an exchange of fire began on November 12 with an Israeli targeted strike on an Islamic Jihad commander sparking retaliatory rocket launches  ANAS BABA / AFP
Air raid sirens sounded in the southern Israeli towns near the Gaza Strip border. Since Israel's targeted killing of Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu al-Ata on November 12 in the morning, at least 220 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza without causing any deaths, the military said. Israeli air defences intercepted 90 percent of the rockets, it added.  MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP
Palestinian relatives of Islamic Jihad militant Abdullah al-Belbasi mourn during his funeral in Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip on November 13, 2019. Two more Palestinians were killed in an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip, the enclave's health ministry said, as Israel said it was targeting rocket-launching squads and militant sites. The deaths brought the Gaza toll to 18 people killed since an exchange of fire began on Tuesday with an Israeli targeted strike on an Islamic Jihad commander sparking ret
Palestinian mouners carry the body of Islamic Jihad militant Abdullah al-Belbasi during his funeral in Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip on November 13, 2019. Two more Palestinians were killed in an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip, the enclave's health ministry said, as Israel said it was targeting rocket-launching squads and militant sites. MAHMUD HAMS / AFP
Palestinians check the remains of a house destroyed in an Israeli air strike at Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip November 13, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP
Israel's military killed a commander for Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a strike on his home in the Gaza Strip, prompting retaliatory rocket fire and fears of a severe escalation in violence. JACK GUEZ / AFP
Israeli firefighter trucks douse a burning factory in the southern Israeli town of Sderot, after it was reportedly hit with rockets fired from the Gaza Strip on November 12, 2019. Israel's military killed a commander of Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a strike on his home in Gaza early in the morning, prompting retaliatory barrages of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip towards Israel where residents ran to bomb shelters while air raid sirens rang out in various parts of the country. Ahmad GHARABLI
Mourners chant slogans as they carry the body of Palestinian Islamic Jihad senior leader Baha Abu Al-Ata during his funeral in Gaza City on November 12, 2019. Israel's military killed a commander of Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a strike on his home in the Gaza Strip early, prompting retaliatory rocket fire and fears of a severe escalation in violence. MAHMUD HAMS / AFP
A picture taken on October 24, 2019 shows a cotton plantations outside Tashkent. A small revolution is taking shape in Uzbekistan: the State wants to eradicate forced labour in its cotton industry, after having, for decades, forced hundreds of thousands of Uzbeks to work during the harvest. Yuriy Korsuntsev / AFP

A picture taken on October 24, 2019 shows a cotton plantations outside Tashkent. A small revolution is taking shape in Uzbekistan: the State wants to eradicate forced labour in its cotton industry, after having, for decades, forced hundreds of thousands of Uzbeks to work during the harvest. Yuriy Korsuntsev / AFP

Labour in Uzbekistan cotton fields (Twitter)

Labour in Uzbekistan cotton fields (Twitter)

Cotton harvesting. A woman collecting cotton  (Shutterstock)

Cotton harvesting. A woman collecting cotton (Shutterstock)

A hand touches a boll of ripe cotton, Uzbekistan (Shutterstock)

A hand touches a boll of ripe cotton, Uzbekistan (Shutterstock)

A Uzbekistan's cotton grower looks on as she works in a cotton plantations outside Tashkent, on October 24, 2019. A small revolution is taking shape in Uzbekistan: the State wants to eradicate forced labour in its cotton industry, after having, for decades, forced hundreds of thousands of Uzbeks to work during the harvest. Yuriy KORSUNTSEV / AFP

A Uzbekistan's cotton grower looks on as she works in a cotton plantations outside Tashkent, on October 24, 2019. A small revolution is taking shape in Uzbekistan: the State wants to eradicate forced labour in its cotton industry, after having, for decades, forced hundreds of thousands of Uzbeks to work during the harvest. Yuriy KORSUNTSEV / AFP

Uzbekistan's cotton growers walk in a cotton plantations outside Tashkent (Twitter)

Uzbekistan's cotton growers walk in a cotton plantations outside Tashkent (Twitter)

A small revolution is taking shape in Uzbekistan: the State wants to eradicate forced labour in its cotton industry, after having, for decades, forced hundreds of thousands of Uzbeks to work during the harvest (Twitter)

A small revolution is taking shape in Uzbekistan: the State wants to eradicate forced labour in its cotton industry, after having, for decades, forced hundreds of thousands of Uzbeks to work during the harvest (Twitter)

Some big Western retailers are boycotting cotton from Uzbekistan because of the government’s taste for slave labour (Twitter)

Some big Western retailers are boycotting cotton from Uzbekistan because of the government’s taste for slave labour (Twitter)

Uzbekistan has nearly eliminated forced labour from its cotton industry (Twitter)

Uzbekistan has nearly eliminated forced labour from its cotton industry (Twitter)

Uzbekistan’s cotton fields (Twitter)

Uzbekistan’s cotton fields (Twitter)

Hand pickers getting their sacks of cotton weighed, the prize for picking 500 kg in a day is a new car (Twitter)

Hand pickers getting their sacks of cotton weighed, the prize for picking 500 kg in a day is a new car (Twitter)

The cotton field under a blue cloudy sky (Shutterstock)

The cotton field under a blue cloudy sky (Shutterstock)

A picture taken on October 24, 2019 shows a cotton plantations outside Tashkent. A small revolution is taking shape in Uzbekistan: the State wants to eradicate forced labour in its cotton industry, after having, for decades, forced hundreds of thousands of Uzbeks to work during the harvest. Yuriy Korsuntsev / AFP
Labour in Uzbekistan cotton fields (Twitter)
Cotton harvesting. A woman collecting cotton  (Shutterstock)
A hand touches a boll of ripe cotton, Uzbekistan (Shutterstock)
A Uzbekistan's cotton grower looks on as she works in a cotton plantations outside Tashkent, on October 24, 2019. A small revolution is taking shape in Uzbekistan: the State wants to eradicate forced labour in its cotton industry, after having, for decades, forced hundreds of thousands of Uzbeks to work during the harvest. Yuriy KORSUNTSEV / AFP
Uzbekistan's cotton growers walk in a cotton plantations outside Tashkent (Twitter)
A small revolution is taking shape in Uzbekistan: the State wants to eradicate forced labour in its cotton industry, after having, for decades, forced hundreds of thousands of Uzbeks to work during the harvest (Twitter)
Some big Western retailers are boycotting cotton from Uzbekistan because of the government’s taste for slave labour (Twitter)
Uzbekistan has nearly eliminated forced labour from its cotton industry (Twitter)
Uzbekistan’s cotton fields (Twitter)
Hand pickers getting their sacks of cotton weighed, the prize for picking 500 kg in a day is a new car (Twitter)
The cotton field under a blue cloudy sky (Shutterstock)
This photo taken on October 25, 2019 shows a woman preparing dog meat for customers at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 25, 2019 shows a woman preparing dog meat for customers at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 26, 2019 shows a man looking at a grilled dog at a restaurant in Kampong Cham province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 26, 2019 shows a man looking at a grilled dog at a restaurant in Kampong Cham province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 27, 2019 shows former restaurant owner Khieu Chan (R) and members of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Four Paws team carrying dogs during an operation to rescue dogs from the slaughterhouse in Takeo province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 27, 2019 shows former restaurant owner Khieu Chan (R) and members of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Four Paws team carrying dogs during an operation to rescue dogs from the slaughterhouse in Takeo province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 26, 2019 shows the head of a grilled dog at a restaurant in Kampong Cham province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 26, 2019 shows the head of a grilled dog at a restaurant in Kampong Cham province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 25, 2019 shows a man locking a cage full of dogs at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 25, 2019 shows a man locking a cage full of dogs at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 25, 2019 shows a man preparing to cook dog meat at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 25, 2019 shows a man preparing to cook dog meat at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 27, 2019 shows former restaurant owner Khieu Chan (C) watching as members of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Four Paws team take part in an operation to rescue dogs from the slaughterhouse in Takeo province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 27, 2019 shows former restaurant owner Khieu Chan (C) watching as members of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Four Paws team take part in an operation to rescue dogs from the slaughterhouse in Takeo province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 26, 2019 shows workers transporting dogs in cages at a slaughterhouse in Kandal province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 26, 2019 shows workers transporting dogs in cages at a slaughterhouse in Kandal province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 25, 2019 shows a woman preparing dog meat for customers at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 26, 2019 shows a man looking at a grilled dog at a restaurant in Kampong Cham province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 27, 2019 shows former restaurant owner Khieu Chan (R) and members of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Four Paws team carrying dogs during an operation to rescue dogs from the slaughterhouse in Takeo province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 26, 2019 shows the head of a grilled dog at a restaurant in Kampong Cham province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 25, 2019 shows a man locking a cage full of dogs at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 25, 2019 shows a man preparing to cook dog meat at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 27, 2019 shows former restaurant owner Khieu Chan (C) watching as members of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Four Paws team take part in an operation to rescue dogs from the slaughterhouse in Takeo province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 26, 2019 shows workers transporting dogs in cages at a slaughterhouse in Kandal province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
Sikh pilgrims pray as they take part in a ritual procession at a shrine in Nankana Sahib, some 75 kms west of Lahore on November 7, 2019, on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. Arif ALI / AFP

Sikh pilgrims pray as they take part in a ritual procession at a shrine in Nankana Sahib, some 75 kms west of Lahore on November 7, 2019, on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. Arif ALI / AFP

Hundreds of Indian Sikhs made a historic pilgrimage to Pakistan, crossing through a white gate to reach one of their religion's holiest sites (Twitter)

Hundreds of Indian Sikhs made a historic pilgrimage to Pakistan, crossing through a white gate to reach one of their religion's holiest sites (Twitter)

Hundreds of Indian Sikhs made a historic pilgrimage to Pakistan, crossing through a white gate to reach one of their religion's holiest sites (Twitter)

Hundreds of Indian Sikhs made a historic pilgrimage to Pakistan, crossing through a white gate to reach one of their religion's holiest sites (Twitter)

Hundreds of Indian Sikhs make historic pilgrimage to Pakistan (Twitter)

Hundreds of Indian Sikhs make historic pilgrimage to Pakistan (Twitter)

Muslim devotees take part in a procession to celebrate the birthday of Prophet Mohammed, in Karachi on November 10, 2019. The birthday of Prophet Mohammed, also known as 'Milad', is celebrated during the Islamic month of Rabi al-Awwal, which falls on 12 Rabi al-Awwal in Islamic calendar. Rizwan TABASSUM / AFP

Muslim devotees take part in a procession to celebrate the birthday of Prophet Mohammed, in Karachi on November 10, 2019. The birthday of Prophet Mohammed, also known as 'Milad', is celebrated during the Islamic month of Rabi al-Awwal, which falls on 12 Rabi al-Awwal in Islamic calendar. Rizwan TABASSUM / AFP

Muslim devotees take part of a procession to celebrate the birthday of Prophet Mohammed, in Lahore on November 10, 2019. The birthday of Prophet Mohammed, also known as 'Milad', is celebrated during the Islamic month of Rabi al-Awwal, which falls on 12 Rabi al-Awwal in Islamic calendar. Arif ALI / AFP

Muslim devotees take part of a procession to celebrate the birthday of Prophet Mohammed, in Lahore on November 10, 2019. The birthday of Prophet Mohammed, also known as 'Milad', is celebrated during the Islamic month of Rabi al-Awwal, which falls on 12 Rabi al-Awwal in Islamic calendar. Arif ALI / AFP

Sikh pilgrims gather as they take part in a ritual procession at a shrine in Nankana Sahib, some 75 kms west of Lahore on November 7, 2019, on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. A corridor that will allow Sikhs to cross from India into Pakistan to visit one of the religion's holiest sites is set to open on November 9, with thousands expected to make a pilgrimage interrupted by decades of conflict. Arif ALI / AFP

Sikh pilgrims gather as they take part in a ritual procession at a shrine in Nankana Sahib, some 75 kms west of Lahore on November 7, 2019, on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. A corridor that will allow Sikhs to cross from India into Pakistan to visit one of the religion's holiest sites is set to open on November 9, with thousands expected to make a pilgrimage interrupted by decades of conflict. Arif ALI / AFP

Sikh pilgrims pray at a shrine in Nankana Sahib, some 75 kms west of Lahore on November 7, 2019, on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. A corridor that will allow Sikhs to cross from India into Pakistan to visit one of the religion's holiest sites is set to open on November 9, with thousands expected to make a pilgrimage interrupted by decades of conflict. Arif ALI / AFP

Sikh pilgrims pray at a shrine in Nankana Sahib, some 75 kms west of Lahore on November 7, 2019, on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. A corridor that will allow Sikhs to cross from India into Pakistan to visit one of the religion's holiest sites is set to open on November 9, with thousands expected to make a pilgrimage interrupted by decades of conflict. Arif ALI / AFP

A corridor that will allow Sikhs to cross from India into Pakistan to visit one of the religion's holiest sites is set to open on November 9, with thousands expected to make a pilgrimage interrupted by decades of conflict. Arif ALI / AFP

A corridor that will allow Sikhs to cross from India into Pakistan to visit one of the religion's holiest sites is set to open on November 9, with thousands expected to make a pilgrimage interrupted by decades of conflict. Arif ALI / AFP

An Pakistani Muslim devotee performs at the shrine of Sufi saint Hazrat Mian Mir during the annual festival in Lahore on November 5, 2019, on his 396th birth anniversary. ARIF ALI / AFP

An Pakistani Muslim devotee performs at the shrine of Sufi saint Hazrat Mian Mir during the annual festival in Lahore on November 5, 2019, on his 396th birth anniversary. ARIF ALI / AFP

Sikh pilgrims pray as they take part in a ritual procession at a shrine in Nankana Sahib, some 75 kms west of Lahore on November 7, 2019, on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. Arif ALI / AFP
Hundreds of Indian Sikhs made a historic pilgrimage to Pakistan, crossing through a white gate to reach one of their religion's holiest sites (Twitter)
Hundreds of Indian Sikhs made a historic pilgrimage to Pakistan, crossing through a white gate to reach one of their religion's holiest sites (Twitter)
Hundreds of Indian Sikhs make historic pilgrimage to Pakistan (Twitter)
Muslim devotees take part in a procession to celebrate the birthday of Prophet Mohammed, in Karachi on November 10, 2019. The birthday of Prophet Mohammed, also known as 'Milad', is celebrated during the Islamic month of Rabi al-Awwal, which falls on 12 Rabi al-Awwal in Islamic calendar. Rizwan TABASSUM / AFP
Muslim devotees take part of a procession to celebrate the birthday of Prophet Mohammed, in Lahore on November 10, 2019. The birthday of Prophet Mohammed, also known as 'Milad', is celebrated during the Islamic month of Rabi al-Awwal, which falls on 12 Rabi al-Awwal in Islamic calendar. Arif ALI / AFP
Sikh pilgrims gather as they take part in a ritual procession at a shrine in Nankana Sahib, some 75 kms west of Lahore on November 7, 2019, on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. A corridor that will allow Sikhs to cross from India into Pakistan to visit one of the religion's holiest sites is set to open on November 9, with thousands expected to make a pilgrimage interrupted by decades of conflict. Arif ALI / AFP
Sikh pilgrims pray at a shrine in Nankana Sahib, some 75 kms west of Lahore on November 7, 2019, on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. A corridor that will allow Sikhs to cross from India into Pakistan to visit one of the religion's holiest sites is set to open on November 9, with thousands expected to make a pilgrimage interrupted by decades of conflict. Arif ALI / AFP
A corridor that will allow Sikhs to cross from India into Pakistan to visit one of the religion's holiest sites is set to open on November 9, with thousands expected to make a pilgrimage interrupted by decades of conflict. Arif ALI / AFP
An Pakistani Muslim devotee performs at the shrine of Sufi saint Hazrat Mian Mir during the annual festival in Lahore on November 5, 2019, on his 396th birth anniversary. ARIF ALI / AFP

You may also like