Malaysian fish farmers call on gov't to tackle water pollution

Cyclone recovery key issue in Mozambique election

Six months after devastating cyclones left more than 1,300 people dead in Mozambique, it’s citizens try to put tragedy aside long enough to vote in general election.

    Six months after devastating cyclones left more than 1,300 people dead in Mozambique, it’s citizens will try to put the tragedy aside long enough to vote in a general election.

    It is a task that will not be easy, especially since thousands remain homeless and are living in camps.

    Al Jazeera’s Malcolm Webb brings us this story from Tica, in Sofala Province, one of the hardest-hit areas.

    Sudan's gum arabic farmers worry about climate change

    World’s main producer and exporter of gum arabic, used in many products from soft drinks to cosmetics, fears environmental changes.

      Sudan is the world’s main producer and exporter of gum arabic, according to the United Nations’s food and agricultural organisation. It is used in many products from soft drinks to cosmetics and accounts for nearly 15 percent of Sudan’s income.

      But farmers who plant and harvest the product say they are worried that it is about to change.

      Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan reports from Elobeid in North Kordofan.

      Global Fund conference: $14bn pledged to fight AIDS

      Medical group warns of AIDS’ spread in Africa as international donors raise funds to combat top infectious diseases.

        International donors attending the Global Fund conference in France have raised nearly $14bn to fight the world’s leading infectious diseases: malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS.

        Microsoft founder Bill Gates set up the fund more than 20 years ago.

        But humanitarian agency Doctors Without Borders is warning that the funding to tackle AIDS in Africa is declining while the disease is spreading in some parts.

        Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque reports from Dakar, Senegal.

        World Beach Games: Qatar stages first-ever edition

        The Association of National Olympic Committees, which is organising the games, hopes multisport event will attract a broad fan base.

          The first-ever World Beach Games are underway in Qatar.

          The games are a multisport event featuring beach classics such as volleyball and wakeboarding.

          Al Jazeera’s Sohail Malik reports from Doha.

          China’s official nonmanufacturing PMI down sharply

          BEIJING–Business activity outside China’s factory gates expanded at the slowest pace in October in over three-and-a- half years, as slower growth among service providers outweighed strength in the construction sector, an official gauge showed.

          China’s official nonmanufacturing purchasing managers index dropped to 52.8 in October from 53.7 in September, the National Bureau of Statistics said Thursday. A reading above 50 indicates expansion, while a figure below that level suggests contraction.

          October’s reading is the lowest since February 2016, when it was 52.7, according to data provider Wind.

          A component of the index measuring sentiment among service providers declined to 51.4 this month from 53.0 in September, while a subindex measuring construction activity rose to 60.4 in October from 57.6 in September.

          The new-orders subindex for the nonmanufacturing sector as a whole increased to 50.5 from 50.1.

          The nonmanufacturing PMI covers segments such as retail, aviation and software, as well as real estate and construction. The PMI data are based on replies to monthly questionnaires sent to purchasing executives at 4,000 companies across 37 nonmanufacturing sectors.

          China’s official October manufacturing PMI, also released on Thursday, decreased to an 8-month low of 49.3 in October from 49.8 in September, staying in contraction territory for six straight months.

          –Liyan Qi

          Ecuador sees 10th day of anti-austerity protests

          At least five people have been killed in unrest as demonstrators push for President Lenin Moreno to repeal a law that ended a 40-year-old fuel subsidy.

            In Ecuador, there has been more fighting between police and indigenous communities as thousands joined the 10th day of anti-austerity protests.

            Demonstrators want President Lenin Moreno to repeal a law that ended a 40-year-old fuel subsidy.

            At least five people have been killed in the unrest.

            Al Jazeera’s Manuel Rapalo reports from the nation’s capital Quito.

            Iran oil tanker: Explosion on ship near Saudi port city of Jeddah

            Iran state oil company tanker explodes, catching fire near Jeddah, in Red Sea, according to Iran state media.

              An Iranian state oil company tanker caught fire after an explosion near the Saudi port city of Jeddah, according to reports by Iranian state media.

              This follows Saudi Arabia accusing Iran of carrying out the attacks in September on its Aramco oil facilities.

              Oil facilities and tankers have become a flashpoint in the ongoing tensions in the Middle East.

              Al Jazeera’s Zein Basravi reports from Tehran.

              The human cost of Turkey's military action in Syria

              The United Nations and aid agencies operating in Syria say thousands of people are fleeing the fighting as Turkey’s military campaign continues.

                Warning: This report contains some disturbing images.

                Turkey has intensified its offensive against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria.

                So far at least 15 civilians have been killed on both sides of the border.

                The Turkish defence ministry says its forces have killed more than 200 YPG fighters since the operation began.

                Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford reports from the border between Turkey and Syria.

                Malaysian fish farmers call on gov't to tackle water pollution

                Malaysian fishermen say poor-quality seawater is causing financial losses.

                  Fish farmers in northern Malaysia are calling on the government to tackle marine pollution.

                  They say the poor quality of seawater has caused them financial losses.

                  Al Jazeera’s Florence Looi reports from the state of Penang.