Seattle, Washington – It was likely one of Alfredo Espinoza Esparza’s coworkers who left an anonymous tip that there were undocumented workers at a restaurant in Spokane, Washington. United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials showed up at the restaurant soon after and detained Espinoza in a facility near Seattle, leaving his wife and…

Romania’s Bogdan Aurescu held talks with his Hungarian counterpart to guarantee passage for thousands of Romanians trying to get home through Hungarian territory [File photo/Tony Gentile/Reuters] Thousands of Romanians trying to get home as Europe enters a coronavirus lockdown were on Tuesday stranded on the border between Austria and Hungary – after Hungarian authorities announced…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he is pushing ahead with the construction of 5,000 new illegal settler homes in key areas of occupied East Jerusalem, where critics say additional building could cut Palestinian residents off from the rest of the occupied West Bank. On a visit to the illegal Jabal Abu Ghneim (also known as…

Iran’s parliamentary elections are set to take place this Friday, but much of the attention has been on candidates who have been disqualified from standing. More than 7,000 applicants were told they cannot run, including dozens of current members of parliament. Al Jazeera’s Assed Baig reports from Tehran.

Baghdad, Iraq – As thousands of Iraqis headed to an upscale Baghdad neighbourhood, heeding influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s calls to participate in a million-man march, they had to contend with road closures and a heavier than usual security presence. Sadr, head of Sairoon, the largest coalition bloc in parliament, has capitalised on rising regional tensions,…

A volcano south of Manila gushed red hot lava on Monday, as thousands of people in communities nearby moved to evacuation centres and flights from the Philippines capital’s international airport were cancelled amid fears of a violent eruption. There were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage.  More: Strong undersea quake hits Philippines triggering…

Thousands in Poland have rallied against a controversial law that could see judges punished if they are critical of court reforms. The country’s parliament passed the law in December, defying warnings from the European Union. Al Jazeera’s Nadim Baba reports from Warsaw, Poland.

The tiny pieces of plastic scientists call microplastics are everywhere. They sit at the bottom of the sea, mix into beach sand, and blow in the wind. They’re also inside us. Last October, microplastics were found in fecal samples from eight people participating in a pilot study to research how much humans might be inadvertently…