Bangladesh journalist arrested after report on high food prices

Dhaka, Bangladesh – Bangladeshi police have arrested a journalist of a leading daily under a controversial media law following the publishing of a story that criticized rising food prices in the country. Shamsuzzaman Shams, a correspondent for Prothom Alo, was detained in the early hours of Wednesday at his home in the industrial town of … Read more

For real climate justice, it’s time for a food revolution.

Among the bleakest findings in the latest report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released last week, is the conclusion that climate resilient development will be increasingly out of reach in some regions if global temperatures increase above 2C. And this challenge will be even harder to overcome with every subsequent … Read more

Ramadan 2023: Where do your dates come from?

Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iran produce half of the world’s dates. As the sun goes down during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, many Muslims will reach for a date, a sweet brown fruit, to break their fasts. During these 29 or 30 daysable-bodied, observant Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual relations during … Read more

‘Becoming visible’: India’s first female Rohingya graduate

New Delhi, India – Tasmida Johar, India’s first woman graduate from the displaced Rohingya community, says she is going through a “conflicting feeling” these days. “I feel happy about these headlines, ‘first this, first that’, but at the same time, it also makes me sad. I am happy because this is my achievement, of making … Read more

Six killed in suicide attack near Afghan foreign ministry

At least six people were killed and several others wounded in the second attack near the foreign ministry since January. At least six people have been killed after a suicide bomber detonated explosives near Afghanistan’s foreign ministry in Kabul, the second attack near the ministry this year, according to officials. The attacker was targeted by … Read more

Afghanistan beats Pakistan for first time in T20 cricket

Afghanistan edge out an inexperienced Pakistan side in Sharjah series opener. Afghanistan beat Pakistan by six wickets in the series opener on Friday, the Afghan side’s first T20 win over its neighbours. Pakistan, without five rested front-line players, including captain Babar Azam, struggled on a slow and low pitch at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in … Read more

Afghanistan and Pakistan set to play first T20I cricket series

Islamabad, Pakistan – Afghanistan and Pakistan are set to resume their cricket rivalry, facing off in the first bilateral series in years. The game on Friday starting at 7pm (16:00 GMT) will be played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It will be the first of three T20 International (T20I) matches … Read more

How two teachers in India are helping poor girls stay in school

Nashik, India – Aarti Ambore, 17, says she saw her childhood slipping away when her father suddenly died of a heart attack in September 2021. Gajanan, her father, was a laborer and the only earning member of their family of five. He was only 47. Living in a slum in India’s western state of Maharashtra, … Read more

‘Patients were screaming’: Panic as quake hits northwest Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistan Muhammed Zubair Khan was buying groceries at a shop in Abbottabad city in northwest Pakistan when he felt the ground shaking. “The shopkeeper suddenly started shouting ‘earthquake’ as I was buying things and all of us in the shop ran towards the open road,” the 46-year-old writer told Al Jazeera over the telephone. … Read more

World Poetry Day: Can you tell which poem was written by ChatGPT?

We know poetry is subjective, but why don’t you take the quiz below to rate ChatGPT’s poetic prowess? Every year on March 21, Unesco celebrates World Poetry Day. Adopted in 1999, the occasion honors poets and pays tribute to expanding linguistic variety and sharing oral traditions through poetic forms. Poetry is believed to have originated … Read more

‘Fascism at unprecedented levels’ in Pakistan, says Imran Khan

Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan has condemned the police action against him and his supporters as a sign of “fascism” in the country. “Fascism at unprecedented levels with police in Islamabad raiding homes without warrants to abduct PTI workers. Where the worker is not present, children as young as 10 yrs … Read more

Lahore court grants protective bail to ex-Pakistani PM Imran Khan

In a separate case, the Islamabad High Court suspends an arrest warrant issued against the PTI chief. The Lahore High Court has granted protective bail to former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in multiple legal cases filed against him earlier this week. The development on Friday came after days of a tense standoff between Khan’s … Read more

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