Young Palestinian karatekas demonstrate their skills during a Karate promotion ceremony at a sporting center in the Rafah camp for Palestinian refugees in the southern Gaza Strip. Growing up amid Gaza’s endless and brutal conflicts with Israel is difficult enough for children with regular vision. For all the people in Gaza, the chaotic streets, broken pavements, lack of basic health care and the suffering brought about by the Israeli blockade make life is especially difficult. Inside the karate studio, the students find a sense of belonging.
Thousands of Egyptian protesters have gathered across several cities calling President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to resign. During the rallies the demonstrators chanted slogans such as "the people demand the fall of the regime" and "Sisi leave". On the second day of demonstrations, Egyptian security forces clashed with the protesters in the port city of Suez, firing tear gas and live rounds. The police have also arrested a number of protesters. On the other hand, the protests were pushed by Mohamed Ali, who is an army-linked contractor after he released dozens ...
Do Pakistanis care about the ongoing climate crisis? Yes the do because they can no longer ignore the impact of changing weather systems on their lives. A citizen-led initiative of a "climate march" organized by Climate Action Now, is being held across Pakistan, marking the climate strikes in other countries to help stop global warming. More than 26 cities and towns are taking part in the march all over the country. Demonstrations are inspired by teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. Across the country, the effects of climate change and environmental ...
In war-torn Yemen, the students of Al Kashar began a new school term without a building, tables or chairs. In the verdant highlands above the city, pupils in Al Kashar further their studies surrounded by goats grazing in nearby fields. The classes are given in a field outside the school which was under construction but was never completed when funding was stopped due to the war that broke out in Yemen in 2015. The city of Taez, overlooked by Al-Kashar, remains under the control of the internationally recognised government, but ...
After a year-long countdown, Arshi Nisar's wedding plans are in tatters, with the Kashmiri bride-to-be fearing for her guests' safety as an Indian security and communications clampdown on the Himalayan valley leaves residents on edge. The marketing manager had originally planned a three-day extravaganza, including a special make-up session, music, and a huge canopy to accommodate more than 700 guests, according to AFP. "I grew up dreaming about a grand wedding but there is not much to celebrate because of the situation," the 29-year-old told AFP. "Now we have decided ...
Currency fluctuations in Syria are "insane". The declining value of the pound is a sure sign of Syria's ailing economy. The civil war has battered the country's finances and depleted its foreign reserves. A flurry of international sanctions on President Bashar al-Assad's regime and associated businessmen since the start of the war in 2011 has compounded the situation. In the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria, governed by a semi-autonomous Kurdish administration, the situation is just as grim. The slide of the Syrian pound has impacted all the Syrian ...
Israel is holding its general elections on Tuesday, 17th September. It marks the second vote for 2019 after prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government ahead of the last 9 April elections. Moreover, 31 parties are contesting the polls but opinion polls suggest the two biggest parties will be Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party and the centrist Blue and White party led by Benny Gantz, a former army chief. Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to annex the Jordan Valley if he is re-elected.
Over 20,000 respondents participated in InterNations Expat Insider survey this year. Although, the participants are scattered across 187 countries or territories, only 64 destinations made it to the cut in 2019’s survey. In the Middle East, Bahrain remained the top destination for expats to work and live in. On the other hand, Kuwait ranked as the worst destination GLOBALLY. Here are the worst 10 destinations for expats according to this survey.
The Mu'tasim Division, formerly the Mutasim Brigade is a Free Syrian Army faction active in the northern Aleppo Governorate, based in the town of Mare'. The group was named after al-Mu'tasim, an Abbasid caliph. The Free Syrian Army faction was founded in 2015 during the Syrian Civil War. The brigade was named after the Abbasid caliph al-Mu'tasim. The Mu'tasim Brigade supports the political Syrian peace process and trained and equipped by the United States. However, it opposes the US–Russia peace proposals on Syria. The group called for "freedom and justice" ...