Ameer Alhalbi captures the Syrian war through his photographs of Aleppo

Ameer Alhalbi captures the Syrian war through his photographs of Aleppo

“I honestly think that the war in Syria will never end. I have been photographing the war in my native Aleppo for three years now. Last Thursday was one of the most hellish days that my city has endured”.   The @guardian top 20 photographs of the week #2 Aleppo – photograph: Ameer Alhalbi/Getty https://t.co/khDpz296ur

Mercury poisoning of indigenous people plagues the Amazon. Illegal mining is the cause

Mercury poisoning of indigenous people plagues the Amazon. Illegal mining is the cause

Survival International, a global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, has denounced mercury poisoning in Latin America in a letter to the UN Special Rapporteur for Health. The organisation highlights Venezuela, Peru and Brazil as countries that don’t comply with procedures to monitor the effects of mining on the environment. Mercury contamination, which commonly follows illegal

Air strike hits MSF hospital in Syria, killing 20 civilians

Air strike hits MSF hospital in Syria, killing 20 civilians

An aerial bombing on a hospital and nearby residential building killed at least 20 civilians on 27 April in Aleppo, Syria. French newspaper Le Monde has released the figures quoting news agency AFP, according to which the strike had been carried out by pro-government forces. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the bombs were

Venezuela faces energy crisis and introduces two-day week for public employees

Venezuela faces energy crisis and introduces two-day week for public employees

Venezuela’s public sector staff will work only on Monday and Tuesday as the country faces an energy crisis. The government of Caracas is implementing such measures in order to deal with electricity shortages.   Los funcionarios de Venezuela trabajarán sólo dos días a la semana para ahorrar energía. https://t.co/oQmOBXp75M El socialismo del S.XXI. — Cristina

US primaries. Trump wins all 5 states and gets closer to the nomination

US primaries. Trump wins all 5 states and gets closer to the nomination

There’s almost no doubt left. The April 26 “Super Tuesday” brought Donald Trump closer to the Republican nomination to run for the US presidential elections. The candidate, which is a climate change denier, proposes “more guns”, wants to build walls at borders and believes torture is useful, has notched 5 other victories up. The voters

Africanews, the first pan-African news channel broadcasting 24/7

Africanews, the first pan-African news channel broadcasting 24/7

Information about and from Africa will boast a new voice: Africanews, 24-hour news channel based in Pointe Noire, Republic of the Congo. It is the first Pan-African, multilingual and independent news media broadcasting its programmes in English and French languages across 33 sub-Saharan countries. The new broadcaster is a subsidiary of Euronews – group owned by

23 April is World Book and Copyright Day

23 April is World Book and Copyright Day

In a time characterised by cultural flattening and philosophical and creative aridity, books are the best way to comprehend reality. Literature has a huge power: conventional symbols give life to surprising results, able to generate powerful revolutions similar to those in science. As Franz Kafka once said, “A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us”.

No barriers or walls, playing football with the Calais Jungle’s refugees

No barriers or walls, playing football with the Calais Jungle’s refugees

When it comes to migrants, some people build walls while others create playing fields. The latter option has been chosen by #Play4Calais, UK crowdfunding campaign aimed at creating a football pitch on the other side of the Channel. #play4calais Tweets More precisely, in the Calais Jungle, the refugee camp in Northern France that has been many