U.S. listed as a ‘backsliding’ democracy for first time in report by European think tank

U.S. listed as a ‘backsliding’ democracy for first time in report by European think tank

The United States for the first time was added to a list of “backsliding democracies” in a report released Monday by the Stockholm-based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.… Read more
Remains of New Zealand coal miners discovered deep underground, 11 years after 29 died in disaster

Remains of New Zealand coal miners discovered deep underground, 11 years after 29 died in disaster

Eleven years ago, 29 coal miners were killed in one of New Zealand’s worst industrial disasters — and one of countless accidents that underscore the human cost of coal power,… Read more
Women to sue Qatar for invasive airport body searches, a case highlighting rights concerns ahead of 2022 World Cup

Women to sue Qatar for invasive airport body searches, a case highlighting rights concerns ahead of 2022 World Cup

Seven women based in Australia plan to sue the Qatari government and state airline over invasive gynecological searches they were subject to before boarding a flight from Doha — an… Read more
At least 17 injured in knife attack and fire on Tokyo subway crowded with Halloween revelers

At least 17 injured in knife attack and fire on Tokyo subway crowded with Halloween revelers

A knife-wielding man rampaged through a Tokyo Metro train on Sunday, setting a fire and injuring at least 17 passengers as commuters headed into the city center for Halloween festivities,… Read more
Italy’s former interior minister is being tried for preventing a boat carrying migrants from docking. Richard Gere, an actor, is one of the witnesses.

Italy’s former interior minister is being tried for preventing a boat carrying migrants from docking. Richard Gere, an actor, is one of the witnesses.

Matteo Salvini, a former interior minister and the head of Italy’s right-wing League party, is on trial on kidnapping charges related to his denial of entry to a humanitarian ship… Read more
Is 400 Mawozo the Haitian gang that kidnapped American missionaries, or are they just a bunch of kids?

Is 400 Mawozo the Haitian gang that kidnapped American missionaries, or are they just a bunch of kids?

News that an armed Haitian gang kidnapped 17 members of an Ohio-based missionary group — including five children — on Saturday once again pushed Haiti into the center of an… Read more
For three decades, no films were publicly screened in Somalia. Until now.

For three decades, no films were publicly screened in Somalia. Until now.

Somalia’s National Theatre, built by the Chinese in 1967, has been occupied by warlords and targeted by suicide bombers. For three decades, it had not actually screened a film —… Read more