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Stories about International Relations

16 January 2019

Syrian refugees in Lebanon face brutal snow storms and inhumane conditions at camps

"People are sick. Everywhere there is water. We cannot sleep at night. All night we sit and watch the kids and we cannot do anything for them."

5 January 2019

As international factory safety group ordered to leave Bangladesh, garment workers fear return to deadly work conditions

In April 2013, a garments factory collapse at the Rana Plaza building in Savar, Bangladesh, left 1,134 people dead. The tragedy exposed the lack of safety of Bangladesh's garment industry,...

China's push for ‘one country, two systems’ in Taiwan meets vigorous opposition

"As a Hongkonger, I urge Taiwanese people to never believe in CCP’s 'one country, two systems.' Once they take control, they can do whatever they want."

28 December 2018

2018 across sub-Saharan Africa: Our favorite stories of epic change and transformation

From long-time leaders stepping down to citizens rising up, a cautious hope surges alongside the continuous struggle. Here are our favorite stories from across Africa in 2018.

9 December 2018

Japan Times backtracks on editorial policy redefining ‘comfort women’ and ‘forced labor’

"We can discuss nuance all day long, but at the end of the day, it was Japan that invaded Korea and used slave labor."

28 November 2018

Why Cuba has decided to pull 8,000 doctors out of Brazil

Havana announced it will end its agreement with Brazil as a response to president-elect Jair Bolsonaro's public comments about the program, which it deemed "threatening and depreciative".

26 November 2018

War knows no gender: Georgia’s female soldiers

"Right then the sky went orange. A wave shook me and I saw soldiers flying through the air."

Crossing the Syrian-Turkish border: risks by the hour

The Bridge

"They sprinted over the 50-meter stretch between the asphalt road and the mountain... 30 minutes later, the guide stopped and told them that they had just crossed the danger zone."

25 November 2018

Students rally for academic freedom on the eve of the final call for Central European University to stay in Hungary

Students of threatened academic institutions occupied the square in front of the Parliament to defend academic freedom in Hungary.

24 November 2018

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan sets the ‘war on terror’ record straight on Twitter

The "record needs to be put straight on Mr. Trump's tirade against Pakistan," said Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan in a Twitter spat with the U.S. president.

23 November 2018

Egypt hosts the first UN Biodiversity Convention held in the Middle East

it is now evident that most of the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets — to address some of the biggest environmental challenges and due in 2020 — will not be achieved.

22 November 2018

How Bangladesh's airport authorities are using YouTube to change public behaviour

Thanks to innovative efforts using YouTube and Facebook, airport authorities have begun to decrease crime and help passengers in Bangladesh's biggest airport.

21 November 2018

Winning Taiwanese director calls for independence at the Chinese Oscars

"I really hope one day our country will be regarded as an independent entity. This is my biggest wish as a Taiwanese."

16 November 2018

Former Macedonian strongman's escape to Hungary triggers a flood of disinformation

If the claims circulating in the Balkans media space are to be believed, Nikola Grueski escaped to Hungary on a flight operated by an airline that closed in 2012.

Saudi Arabia's execution of another migrant worker angers Indonesians and strains an already fraught diplomatic relationship

According to the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, about 103 Indonesians were handed death sentences in Saudi Arabia between 2011 and 2018.

From prime minister to escaped convict: Macedonia's ex-leader Nikola Gruevski flees to Hungary

"While Gruevski's escape was unprecedented in Macedonian history, his choice of destination wasn’t too surprising."

15 November 2018

Bangladesh's now-postponed repatriation would have turned the plight of Rohingya refugees from bad to worse

"How can repatriation still be an objective, when all the evidence shows that these cyclical influxes into Bangladesh are rooted in Myanmar's persecution and denial of citizenship to Rohingya?"

14 November 2018

Meet the people saving a 12,000 year-old forest from being turned into a coal mine

The Hambach Forest has existed since the ice age. Since 2012 activists have been occupying what's left of the forest, determined to save it and end coal mining in Germany.

10 November 2018

Zimbabwe's black rhinos at risk as China reverses a 25-year ban on horns

Conservationists lack the financial resources required to increase security and boost capacity to monitor and track poachers in Zimbabwe's national parks. China's partial ivory-ban reversal may make matters worse. 

8 November 2018

Life after Manus: Talking to Iranian cartoonist Eaten Fish about life in and out of Australia's detention camps

"I had to steal papers from workers and it took me more than two years to send my drawings out. It is the only reason why I am still alive."

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