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…