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  • Libya floods: 'Everything swept away in the blink of an eye'

    “We heard a big explosion, then water was everywhere, sweeping everything in the blink of an eye,” survivors from the Libyan city of Derna recounted the disaster caused by the Mediterranean Storm Daniel, which struck the east of the country at dawn last Sunday. At least 6,000 people have been...

  • In Pakistan, flood-proof houses give hope against climate change

    Prem Kumar was one of the countless Pakistanis whose homes were washed away by unprecedented floods that left behind a trail of death and destruction in a third of the country last year. Swirling floodwaters destroyed houses and farmlands in his Ram Nagar village, nestled in the suburbs of Tando...

  • ‘Removing a part of me’: France abaya ban revives painful memories for Muslim women

    Sometime in 2006, Maria De Cartena decided that she wants to wear a hijab, the Islamic headscarf. But every morning, staff at her high school in Lyon, France, would force the then-13-year-old to remove it. They would stand at the entrance to make sure she does not step onto the premises...

  • Bibby Stockholm plan: ‘UK government stoking xenophobia to deter refugees’

    The threat of Islamophobia is not only directed at Muslims but at the very idea of humanity itself, which is much more plural and heterogeneous, according to Salman Sayyid, an expert on the issue of Islamophobia. In an interview with Anadolu’s Strategic Analysis Department, Sayyid spoke about the UK’s controversial...

  • Palestine refugee camps witness to historic resistance, Israel aggression

    The Israeli army, on 5 September, carried out a massive military operation at the Nour Shams refugee camp in Tulkarem city, northern Occupied West Bank, leaving one Palestinian dead and several others injured, and badly damaging the camp’s infrastructure. The Israeli military has been regularly targeting certain refugee camps across...

  • A significant field of diplomacy: Trans-boundary water politics

    One of the most pressing issues of the 21st century is the management and allocation of the limited freshwater resources in the world. Since an important number of those water resources are trans-boundary, crossing the political boundaries of more than one nation, the complexity of the problem has increased...

  • ‘Kindness can change lives’: Afghan refugee gives back as successful UK doctor

    Waheed Arian’s life has been shaped by the kindness and compassion of strangers. Now a successful doctor, he arrived in the UK as a 15-year-old refugee from Afghanistan, thousands of miles away from home, in an unfamiliar land. When he needed a roof over his head, a refugee let Arian sleep...

  • Pakistan cable car rescue hero hails courage of survivors

    Until last week, Sahib Khan was living an ordinary life in a small town nestled in the mountains of north-western Pakistan. He was running a cable car business in a region where that mode of transport remains the quickest – if not the safest – one. A phone call has changed...

  • Salwan Momika: Quran burnings for freedom or money?

    Salwan Momika, an Iraqi refugee living in Stockholm, has recently been making headlines over his repeated acts of desecration of the Quran, causing a diplomatic row between many Muslim countries and Sweden. Salwan Sabah Matti Momika has triggered a spate of criticism and condemnation from around the world, refusing to...

  • Saudi Arabia wants enhanced partnership, cooperation with Turkiye

    Saudi Arabia’s relations with Turkiye have entered a phase of partnership, according to the Kingdom’s Industry Minister. In an exclusive interview with Anadolu, Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources, Bandar Alkhorayef,, said Saudi Arabia has confidence in Turkish investors to build an economic base on which the two countries can...

  • FACTBOX – Recent coups in Africa

    Africa has witnessed eight coups in the last three years, with the latest military take-over announced in Gabon, Wednesday, only a month after a military intervention in Niger ousted the president. Senior military officers in Gabon staged a coup in the Central African country on Wednesday, saying they seized power...

  • Burning holy books could be criminalised without major free speech impact 

    Denmark has legal options to ban Quran burnings in the country “without any profound limitations on freedom of speech,” according to a prominent Danish law scholar. Along with neighbouring Sweden, Denmark has been at the centre of the ongoing wave of attacks on the Muslim holy book in Europe, prompting...

  • FACTBOX - What is BRICS and who are its members?

    The BRICS group of major emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – will hold its 15th heads of state and government summit in Johannesburg between 22 August and 24 August. Here are some key facts about the bloc and its members. What is BRICS?  The acronym BRIC, which did not...

  • People in need of humanitarian aid worldwide surge to over 363m

    A total of 324.3 million people, worldwide, were in need of humanitarian aid last year, a number that rose to 363.3 million as of this month with the effects of war, climate change and the lingering socio-economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s Global Humanitarian Assistance Report by the...

  • US-Iran prisoner swaps: Key exchanges in history

    The US and Iran, last week, reached a tentative agreement which will see the release of five Americans from a Tehran prison and several Iranians detained in the US. The deal, announced last Thursday, will also transfer to Qatar $6 billion of Iranian state assets frozen in South Korea. The White...

  • Anadolu spots Saudi Consulate building in Jerusalem used before 1967

    Strategically situated in Wadi Al-Joz, the Consulate building stands adjacent to the semi-official headquarters of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, known as the Orient House, which Israel closed down in 2001...

  • 2 years of Taliban rule: Where does Afghanistan stand?

    15 August marks two years since the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan, with the country and its people facing a myriad of challenges. Observers believe Afghanistan’s persisting problems are rooted in a political “standoff” that stems from differences in the value systems – those of the Taliban and the...

  • The Middle East plays a vital role in global oil production

    Countries in the Middle East, which possess 48.3 per cent of the world’s oil reserves, play a vital role in global oil production. Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Iran, Oman and the United Arab Emirates were among the top crude oil producers last year, according to London-based analysis and consultancy firm,...

  • Migrants at greater risk of abuse after ‘ill-judged’ EU-Tunisia deal, experts warn

    In mid-July, the EU finalised a much-anticipated agreement with Tunisia to cooperate on curbing a surge in migration flows to Europe’s Mediterranean shores, but international law experts and humanitarian groups warn that the €1 billion ($1.11 billion) deal could lead to severe rights violations instead of helping solve complex...

  • Does Sweden provoke Turkiye to avoid joining NATO?

    Focusing on Russia again, just like in the first Cold War, NATO has returned to its default settings. As of 2021, it has turned toward expanding its sphere of activity to cover the immediate vicinity of the People’s Republic of China. Russia’s war against Ukraine brought new expansion plans...

  • Russia will seek expansion of UN Security Council with Asian, African, Latin American countries

    Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said on Friday that Russia will seek the expansion of the UN Security Council with Asian, African and Latin American countries. Speaking at a news conference in Moscow, Lavrov said the Security Council has to be reformed “in accordance with existing realities”, and the dominance of...

  • Eid in Kashmir: ‘Our food brings us together’

    Rubeena Akhtar has a lot to do before Thursday, the day Indian-administered Kashmir will celebrate Eid Al-Adha, or the “Feast of Sacrifice”. Relatives and friends will be coming over all through the day and Akhtar wants everything to be perfect. She has already made her trip to the neighbourhood baker to...

  • The tragedy of being a refugee on earth

    Today, 20 June, 2023, is “World Refugee Day”. In 2001, on the 50th anniversary of the United Nation’s (UN) adoption of the “Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees” in 1951, it was celebrated by the UN to raise awareness of the growing refugee crisis in the world....

  • Tribulations to Trophies: Refugee athletes inspire in world of sports

    They say sport has the power to change lives. What might sound like a cliché to many, holds immense truth for people like Marzieh Hamidi and Ahmad Badreddin Wais. It was sport that gave Hamidi and Wais a refuge from the tribulations of a life defined by war and conflict, factors...