The Palestinian whose life spans the “Catastrophe” of his people

By Stephen Farrell JERUSALEM, May 13 : At 96, Mohammad Mahmoud Jadallah has razor sharp memories of the founding of Israel in 1948, the event that has shaped his life and that of his fellow Palestinians. The event whose 70th anniversary is celebrated by Israel is lamented by Palestinians as the Nakba, or “Catastrophe” – […]

Better off in a cave: Chinese count costs of apartments in anti-poverty campaign

By Joseph Campbell China, May 11 : Seventy-year-old Chinese farmer Guo Jiaming has lived most of her life in a cave, shunning modernity for a home carved into a mountainside that keeps her cool in summer and warm in winter. “A cave is convenient and it’s warmer,” said Guo, explaining why she preferred her home […]

Toasting UK royals with a ‘Markle Sparkle?’ It’s an American thing

By Labib Nasir WASHINGTON, May 5 : It may not be on the menu at the upcoming wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle, but some Yanks will toast the happy couple with a “Markle Sparkle.” Looking to give Americans a taste of something they rejected more than 240 years ago, a […]

How old is “Big Ben”? The trivia Meghan Markle must know to become British

By Emily G Roe LONDON, May 1 : U.S. actress Meghan Markle will join Britain’s royal family when she marries Prince Harry this month but before she can become a British citizen, it will help her to know how big the Lake District is and the age of “Big Ben”. Markle plans to take the […]

Afghan farmers stick to growing opium in the face of less lucrative options

By Ismail Sameem KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Apr 30 : Afghan farmers are busy in their poppy fields as the annual opium harvest begins, underscoring the government’s failure to stamp out a crop that yields much of the world’s supply of heroin. Aided by corrupt bureaucrats, smugglers and Taliban fighters, the farmers help maintain an annual supply […]