It took half a century, but the makers of a drug which caused birth defects around the world are saying that they are sorry. Thalidomide was prescribed to pregnant women to help with morning sickness, but it caused thousands of babies to be born with deformities. Al Jazeera’s Nick Spicer reports from Berlin.
Ethiopia will hold a state funeral on Sunday for Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who died two weeks ago of an undisclosed illness in a Belgium hospital. Heads of state from across Africa are expected to attend the funeral. Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow reports from Addis Ababa.
People in wheelchairs often live on the fringes of society. The world health organization says disabled people are usually less educated, likely to earn less money, and die much younger than able-bodied men and women. But for Germany’s 1.6 million people in wheelchairs, there’s a new web application that’s making things a little better. Zein [...]
The lights are on in one of the largest and most modern theatres in South America. Peru’s new Grand National Theatre, which has finally opened its doors, aims to bring the arts to a wider audience by making it accessible to people of all incomes. Al Jazeera’s Mariana Sanchez reports from Lima.
Thousands of squatters in England and Wales face possible eviction after a change in the law. As of midnight on Saturday, it is a criminal offence to squat in a residential property, meaning that homeowners will no longer need to go to court in order to secure an eviction. The change has prompted protests, as [...]
Firefighters in southern Spain have contained a huge forest fire that threatened a number of tourist resorts. One person died in the fire, which started near Coin, west of Malaga, early on Thursday, and spread to the outskirts of the resort of Marbella. Al Jazeera’s Dominic Kane reports.
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Thousands of Turkish supporters of Bashar al-Assad have marched through the town of Antakya, in southern Turkey, demanding that their government end its support for Syria’s opposition. Many protesters are fed up with the number of Syrian refugees who have fled into Turkey, something that has become a political issue along the tense border region. [...]
As part of Spain’s strict austerity measures, shoppers will now face a sharp increase in taxes on goods and services. But most Spaniards are not happy about the tax increase. And many supermarkets have promised not to pass on the extra cost to consumers, with some people saying the government should change the tax system. [...]
Up to 10000 people who stayed at California’s famous Yosemite National Park may have been exposed to a deadly virus. Two people have died from the mouse-borne Hantavirus. At least six others are sick. Al Jazeera’s Cath Turner reports.
A huge crowd has welcomed home a convicted axe murderer to the Azerbaijan capital of Baku. The former soldier was extradited back to the country by Hungary after murdering an Armenian soldier in Budapest. The case has caused a diplomatic row between old adversaries Armenia and Azerbaijan. Al Jazeera’s Iain Bruce reports.
The new UN-Arab Envoy to Syria is has been holding meetings at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Lakhdar Brahimi will officially take over the position on Tuesday after Kofi Annan resigned in early August. Brahimi told Al Jazeera that “change [in Syria] is necessary, indispensable, unavoidable”. “What kind of change and what phases [...]
It seems that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has a fight on his hands in the upcoming presidential election. Despite his double digit lead over opposition candidate Enrique Capriles, the gap is said to be narrowing. Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman reports from state of Aragua in Venezuela.