Selahattin Demirtaş led the Kurdish political movement to a record finish in Turkish elections just three years ago. Now, the former human rights lawyer reaches voters from behind bars with Twitter posts and campaign rallies staged during his weekly 10-minute phone allowance to his wife.
Turkey votes in an election on June 24 that could hand near-unchecked power to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has overseen a major crackdown on dissent and the press since a failed coup in July 2016. Many Turks told PRI they'd rather leave their country than continue living under a ruler they say has grown increasingly authoritarian.
Named after Hungarian-born philanthropist and democratic activist billionaire George Soros, the officially titled “Stop Soros” laws target NGOs that are among some of the last remaining critics of Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
Inside the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, Yemenis hear explosions — large ones from Saudi-led coalition airstrikes and smaller booms from local fighters' rocket-propelled grenades. As the battle moves closer to the city, we hear from residents, humanitarian organizations and the UAE ambassador to the US.
As Russia hosts the 2018 World Cup, it's being condemned for many of the same human rights abuses it was criticized for in the lead-up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Now, President Vladimir Putin seems much more resistant to Western criticism.
Is a semblance of security worth the taxes that villagers are compelled to give the Mai Mai Mazembe armed group? Some in Miriki say yes, while many others have deserted their homes and left the region, at risk of going hungry.
As Mexico prepares for elections, 113 political candidates and eight journalists have been murdered since the election process began last September. According to a recent report on political violence, 72 percent of the violence targeted opposition candidates.
North Korea owns City Hostel Berlin building and leases it to a German hotelier for 38,000 euros per month — despite UN sanctions. It's just one way this unusual landlord brings in hard currency to support the regime.
A battle for the Yemeni Red Sea port of Hodeidah could be a humanitarian disaster. It could also bring a speedy end to the Yemen war. We hear what residents are thinking as the front lines draw closer to their city.
Following recent killings in Quetta, members of one of Pakistan's most persecuted minority groups are pressing for justice and accountability after suffering years of terrorist violence at the hands of extremists.
Lagos, Nigeria, is Africa's largest city and it could double in size by 2050. As city officials and developers undertake a project they say will make Lagos a global city of the future, critics argue that megacity gentrification is hurting working people. A new land use tax increase threatens even more strain.