Families in Sri Lanka yearn for answers on relatives who disappeared in civil war

KILINOCHCHI, Oct 26 (Reuters) - (This Oct. 26 story has been corrected to fix name of official to Mahesh Katulanda in paragraph 16 and 20) Arumuga Lakshmi, tormented by questions about the fate of her two children, missing for years, marched through a town in northern Sri Lanka with a group of women, many holding up photographs, black flags and burning torches. During a brutal 26-year civil war between the Sri Lankan government and a militant group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE),

‘We were all robbed’: Grenfell's community stands in solidarity on fifth anniversary

The air around Grenfell Tower is heavy, five years after the fire that claimed the lives of 72 residents. It’s heavy with the tears of the families who have gathered at the site to mourn their loved ones, heavy with longing for all the lives that could have been, and heavy with the quiet strength of a community that is still confronting a disaster of unimaginable scale. Jo is standing with her cousin before the memorial wall, pointing out the name of her boyfriend written on a small brown heart along with the other survivors.

Drugs, violence and racism are creating a 'cocktail of neglect' in Marseille

(CNN) The southern French port city of Marseille has made headlines in recent months over the deaths of several young people in drug-related shootouts, in what is often referred to as a "settling of scores." A spate of killings this summer, including that of a 14-year-old boy named Rayanne in mid-August, prompted two visits from President Emmanuel Macron in September and October and a promise of billions of euros to tackle the problem.

A wildfire has destroyed 90% of this town. Indigenous communities have been hit the hardest

(CNN) Schoolteacher Katrina Sam has lived in Lytton in the Canadian province of British Columbia all her life, but a week after a disastrous wildfire, the town she grew up in is almost entirely gone. Lytton itself is a village of just 250 inhabitants, but over 1,000 people live in the surrounding Indigenous reserves, and the population is largely made up of Indigenous Nlaka'pamux people. IR18 -- the reserve Sam is from -- has been entirely wiped out, save for one fireproof home.

The pandemic could be Indian leader Modi's undoing. But millions won't ditch him just yet.

(CNN) Dr. Satyendra Kumar Tiwary thinks of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as superhuman. A leader like Modi comes along "once in 2,500 years," he says, and should be remembered among the greats in India's history, like Mahatma Gandhi, and even the Buddha. "The world will never see another leader like Modi," said the 47-year-old professor of general surgery from Varanasi, which is both Modi's parliamentary constituency and one of the holiest cities for Hindus.

‘The Deaths Can’t Be Erased’: Tamils and the Fight for Justice in Sri Lanka

On a snowy afternoon in January, 24-year-old Thanujan Sellathurai delivered a speech in front of a small crowd of protesters from the Tamil community in Geneva. He called for the United Nations, which has several of its agencies headquartered there, to condemn the “brutal atrocity” that had just taken place in Sri Lanka. Authorities at the University of Jaffna, on the northern tip of Sri Lanka, had ordered the bulldozing of a memorial paying tribute to the victims of the Mullivaikkal massacre.

‘The UK Is Not Far Off’ – The Capitol Riots Were A Hint At What Could Be In Store For Britons

‘This is what democracy looks like.’ These words have long been the rallying cry of the Black Lives Matter movement. They were chanted for days on end in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014 after a Black teenager, Michael Brown, was fatally shot by a police officer. Last summer, they echoed around the globe when hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets to demand justice for Black lives following the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of the authorities.

#BollywoodSoWhite: fighting anti-Blackness in South Asia

Dark-skinned South Asians have always had a complicated relationship with Bollywood. For many of us, the way the industry glorifies and fetishises fair skin makes us question why we are so rarely given representations of people who look like us. Bollywood’s colourism has become an open secret – from its actors endorsing the skin-whitening cream Fair & Lovely (now renamed ‘Glow & Lovely’ following public outcry earlier this year), to the casting of white actors to play Indians, the message is clear.