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US civil rights groups urge census participation before deadline

Marginalised communities across the United States risk losing access to services if they are not accurately counted on the US Census, Human Rights Watch warned on Thursday, as a deadline to complete the population survey loomed. The US Supreme Court on Tuesday put on hold a lower court ruling that had ordered the population count […]

‘There’s no employment’: Central Americans’ economic pain deepens

After losing her job in Honduras, Gabriela Alvarado has spent the last six weeks crisscrossing towards the United States border, part of a small but growing movement of Central Americans heading north after the coronavirus ravaged the already poor region. Alvarado and her husband, Jose, decided their only option was to leave their two children […]

Canada: Indigenous fishers urge gov’t action after violent raids

Canada’s minister of Indigenous affairs said Thursday that violent raids on Mi’kmaw fishing facilities in the eastern province of Nova Scotia constitute “an assault” on the Indigenous community, as calls grow for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to intervene. In a news conference in Ottawa, Marc Miller said police must maintain the peace after videos emerged […]

China’s consumers likely gave economy a boost in third quarter

China’s economic recovery likely stepped up in the third quarter as consumers returned to shopping malls and large trading partners reopened for business, shaking off the record slump seen earlier this year. The world’s second-largest economy is expected to have grown by 5.2 percent in July-September from a year earlier, faster than the second quarter’s […]

‘The king of electricity’: Solar outshines other power sources

Solar output is expected to lead a surge in renewable power supply in the next 10 years, the International Energy Agency said, with renewables seen accounting for 80 percent of growth in global electricity generation under current conditions. In its annual World Energy Outlook published on Tuesday, the IEA said in its central scenario – […]

China’s trade with the world surges as economies reopen

China’s imports grew in September at their fastest pace this year, while exports extended strong gains as more trading partners lifted coronavirus restrictions in a further boost to the world’s second-biggest economy. Exports in September rose 9.9 percent from a year earlier, customs data showed on Tuesday, broadly in line with analysts’ expectations and up […]

Bangladesh mulls death penalty for rapists as protests rage

Dhaka, Bangladesh – As protests flare across Bangladesh over a series of rapes and sexual assaults, its government says it is considering the death penalty for the offenders. Law Minister Anisul Huq told Al Jazeera that his ministry is set to place a proposal before the cabinet on Monday to make urgent amendments to the […]

Deadly flooding displaces thousands across Mekong region

Elderly residents and small children clung to inflatable tyres as soldiers and police used rope lines to bring them to safety beyond rising floodwater in Cambodia’s western province of Battambang, which is expected to worsen on Sunday. Hundreds of families in three Cambodian provinces – Pursat, Battambang and Pailin – have been forced to evacuate […]

South Korea concerned over North’s display of new weaponry

South Korea has expressed concerns over Pyongyang’s suspected new long-range missile that was displayed in a military parade on Saturday as Seoul urged the resumption of intra-Korean talks. During the military parade celebrating the 75th year of the founding of North Korea’s ruling party in Pyongyang, a variety of weapons systems were shown to a […]

Kuwaiti emir names top security official as crown prince

Kuwait’s new emir, Sheikh Nawaf, on Wednesday named his half-brother Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmad al-Jaber Al-Sabah, a long-serving top security official, as crown prince. Sheikh Meshal, 80, has been deputy chief of the Kuwait National Guard since 2004, largely staying out of the political scene and away from disputes within the royal family. The Sabah ruling […]

Ethiopia bans flights over huge dam ‘for security reasons’

Ethiopia has banned all flights over an enormous dam it is constructing on the Blue Nile River for security reasons. the head of its civil aviation authority has said, as the country’s president said the project would start generating power in the coming 12 months. Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt have been locked in a bitter […]

Rioting charges dropped against Kentucky legislator Attica Scott

Felony rioting charges have been dropped against a Kentucky legislator and others arrested last month during protests demanding justice for Breonna Taylor. Prosecutors lacked the evidence to continue pursuing the rioting charges against state Representative Attica Scott and 17 others, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell said during an arraignment hearing in Louisville, Kentucky on Tuesday. […]

Lebanon’s president says consultations on new government start next week

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun said on Wednesday parliamentary consultations to choose a new prime minister who will form the country’s next government will begin on Oct. 15. Lebanon’s government resigned on Aug. 10 in the wake of a devastating blast that killed nearly 200 people and wrecked swathes of the capital, Beirut. Mustapha Adib, the […]

Taiwan lays to rest ‘Mr Democracy’ Lee Teng-hui

Taiwan laid to rest on Wednesday former President Lee Teng-hui, dubbed “Mr. Democracy” for burying autocratic rule in favour of freewheeling pluralism and defying China’s drive to absorb an island it regards as a wayward province. President Tsai Ing-wen attended Lee’s state funeral held at a military cemetery in the mountains outside of capital Taipei. […]

Trio win Nobel Physics Prize for black hole research

Roger Penrose of Britain, Reinhard Genzel of Germany and Andrea Ghez of the US won the Nobel Physics Prize on Tuesday for their research into black holes, the Nobel jury said. The physicists were selected “for their discoveries about one of the most exotic phenomena in the universe, the black hole,” the Nobel Committee said. […]

IMF approves aid for world’s 28 poorest countries

The International Monetary Fund on Monday approved new emergency aid for 28 of the world’s poorest countries to help them alleviate their debt and better cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement, which follows a similar measure passed in mid-April for 25 countries, is intended to help the countries cover their debt […]

Spain detains software creator McAfee wanted in US

Anti-virus software creator John McAfee, who is wanted in the United States for tax evasion, has been arrested at Barcelona airport, police said Tuesday. Officers detained the 75-year-old on Saturday as he was about to board a flight to Istanbul and he was being held at a jail near Barcelona awaiting extradition to the United […]

Pompeo meets Asian ‘Quad’ allies in Tokyo with eyes on China

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks on Tuesday with key Asia-Pacific allies in Tokyo, presenting a united front on the regional challenge posed by an increasingly assertive China. The top US diplomat is meeting his Japanese, Australian and Indian counterparts on a trip that was scaled back following the coronavirus crisis in Washington, […]

North Korea’s Kim orders 80-day ‘battle’ to boost economy

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered a nationwide drive to boost the ailing economy ahead of a key party congress in January, state media reported Tuesday. The decision was made during a meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party and comes as the coronavirus pandemic and recent floods have added yet more pressure on […]

WHO calls for action against rising ‘pandemic fatigue’

The World Health Organization warned European countries Tuesday about “pandemic fatigue” which it says threatens the continent’s ability to tackle the coronavirus. “Although fatigue is measured in different ways, and levels vary per country, it is now estimated to have reached over 60 percent in some cases,” WHO Europe director Dr Hans Kluge said. He […]

Karabakh main city struck as Armenia says ‘ready’ for mediation

Armenia accused Azerbaijani forces of striking the main city in the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region on Friday as fighting raged for a sixth day. Yerevan said it was ready to work with mediators for a ceasefire but Azerbaijan fired back that Armenia must first withdraw its troops. International calls for the two neighbours to halt […]

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: Armenia ‘ready’ for ceasefire talks

Armenia’s foreign ministry has said it “stands ready to engage” with France, Russia and the US on halting six days of fighting with its neighbour Azerbaijan. Casualties have mounted in the southern Caucasus with both sides accusing each other of launching deadly attacks. The conflict around the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh erupted on Sunday. The […]

EU warns Turkey of sanctions over ‘provocations’ in Mediterranean

The EU says it could impose sanctions on Turkey over “provocations and pressures” in a row with Greece over energy resources and maritime borders. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called on Ankara to “abstain from unilateral actions” in the eastern Mediterranean. She spoke early on Friday during a meeting of EU leaders in […]

Slow progress on women’s rights condemned at UN summit

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Thursday against a recent pushback on gender equality and women’s rights and urged people to fight back as the United States condemned China and the world body for “the murder of millions of baby girls”. World leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, took […]

With oil prices low, Saudi Arabia tries to boost property market

Saudi Arabia has lowered the transaction costs of buying property as it tries to revitalise its economy which has been battered by a plunge in oil prices due to the coronavirus pandemic. Its ruler issued an order on Friday exempting real estate deals from a 15 percent value added tax (VAT) and instead imposed a […]

Cyber pirates: Shipping industry under second IT attack in a week

The global shipping industry sustained a second cyber attack within a week that’s raising concern about disruptions to supply chains already straining to move goods heading into the usual peak season for consumer demand. The International Maritime Organization, a United Nations agency that serves as the industry’s regulatory body, said in a statement Thursday it […]

N Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un and sister visit flood-hit village

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited a village flooded in recent typhoons to see recovery efforts, accompanied by his sister in her first public appearance in about two months, state media reported on Friday. Kim praised the speed of reconstruction work in Kimhwa County in the country’s southeast during the visit with Kim Yo […]

Lebanon asks Interpol to detain two Russians over Beirut blast

The lead investigator into the August blast at Beirut’s port that killed almost 200 and wounded thousands has issued arrest warrants for the captain and owner of a ship that carried thousands of tonnes of ammonium nitrate to Beirut seven years ago, the state-run National News Agency (NNA) said. Nearly 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate […]

Trump, Melania test positive for COVID-19

President Donald Trump has tested positive for Covid-19, upending the already tense US election, but was described by his doctor on Friday as feeling “well” and able to perform his duties while quarantining. Trump, 74, first announced on Twitter that he and First Lady Melania Trump, 50, had tested positive for the virus. “We will […]

EU launches legal action over UK Brexit bill

The European Union launched legal proceedings on Thursday in response to the British government’s attempt to overturn parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement. The infringement procedure, which could come before European courts, has not yet derailed post-Brexit trade talks, but reflects the pessimistic mood in Brussels as time runs short for a deal. “This morning, […]

UK economy shrinks 19.8% in Q2

Britain’s economy shrank by a record 19.8 percent in the second quarter, entering recession on the coronavirus lockdown, but the contraction was less severe than first thought, official data showed Wednesday. “UK gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated to have contracted by 19.8 percent in Quarter 2 (April to June) 2020, revised from the initial […]

UK PM says was obese but lost weight since virus scare

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed Tuesday he was obese when he contracted coronavirus earlier this year, but after losing weight said he now felt much better. The 56-year-old spent three nights in intensive care in April after contracting Covid-19, and there have been swirling questions about his health ever since. “I am fitter than […]

Policeman pleads not guilty in Breonna Taylor case

The lone officer charged in the case of Breonna Taylor, the African-American woman whose death during a Louisville, Kentucky police raid became a rallying cry of the Black Lives Matter movement, pleaded not guilty Monday. Detective Brett Hankison rejected grand jury charges unveiled last week that accused him of “wanton endangerment,” for wildly and blindly […]

Huawei exec accuses US of misleading Canada in extradition case

Chinese Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and her lawyers returned to a Canadian court on Monday to press for her release, arguing that the United States, by omitting key facts, blatantly misled Canada about her alleged crimes to secure her arrest. The defence started the five-day hearing by saying that the crux of the US charges […]

Putin says Belarus facing ‘unprecedented external pressure’

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that neighbouring Belarus was under unprecedented external pressure, as the Kremlin’s ex-Soviet ally faces a deep political crisis over a disputed election. Belarus is in a “difficult situation” and facing “unprecedented external pressure”, Putin said in televised remarks, after a presidential vote last month sparked ongoing protests against authoritarian […]

North Korea flouting nuclear sanctions: UN report

North Korea is violating international sanctions aimed at curbing its nuclear programme by exceeding a cap on petroleum imports and sending its workers overseas, including a former Juventus footballer, the United Nations said. Pyongyang is subject to a range of restrictions imposed since 2017 that limit its oil imports and ban exports of coal, fish […]

Lampard says Chelsea need time to gel

Frank Lampard says he is struggling to find the time to work with his new-look Chelsea team on the training pitch as the fixtures come thick and fast. Tammy Abraham’s last-gasp strike rescued a 3-3 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday after the London side had trailed 3-0. The result means Chelsea have taken […]

Dozens dead as world leaders urge halt to Azerbaijan-Armenia clashes

At least 24 people have died after deadly clashes between arch-foes Armenia and Azerbaijan, as the latest violence in the decades-long territorial dispute sparked international calls Sunday to halt the fighting. The worst skirmishes since 2016 have raised the spectre of a fresh war between the ex-Soviet rivals, locked since the early 1990s in a […]

Trump’s former campaign head hospitalized after suicide threat

Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Brad Parscale was taken to a Florida hospital after his wife told officers he threatened to commit suicide, media reports said. Parscale, an imposing and outspoken figure, was replaced as campaign manager in July — just four months ahead of November’s presidential election — when Donald Trump was sinking in […]

TikTok gets reprieve as judge halts Trump download ban

TikTok won a last-minute reprieve late Sunday as a US federal judge halted enforcement of a politically charged ban ordered by the Trump administration on downloads of the popular video app, hours before it was set to take effect. District Judge Carl Nichols issued a temporary injunction at the request of TikTok, which the White […]

Queen Elizabeth II’s finances take pandemic hit

Britain’s Royal Household on Friday defended taxpayer-funded trips, including a golfing jaunt by the beleaguered Prince Andrew, as it warned of a financial hit stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Unveiling the annual financial report of Queen Elizabeth II’s household, officials also said Prince Harry and his wife Meghan were now paying commercial rent on their […]

UK to seize $39 million from lawyer who helped James Ibori

The United Kingdom authorities on Thursday moved to seize more than $39 million from a convicted lawyer who it said helped James Ibori laundered government funds. Ibori, a former governor of Delta State for eight years, was convicted by a UK court in 2012 after pleading guilty to fraud and money laundering. He was extradited […]

Kim Jong Un ‘very sorry’ over killing of South Korean, Seoul says

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued a rare apology Friday over what he described as the “unexpected and disgraceful” killing of a South Korean at sea, Seoul’s presidential office said. Apologies from the North — let alone attributed to Kim personally — are extremely unusual, and the message comes with inter-Korean ties in deep […]

Trump launches fresh attack on McCain after widow endorses Biden

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday launched a fresh mocking attack on John McCain, the Republican senator who died in 2018, after McCain’s widow threw her support behind Joe Biden in the election. In a particularly aggressive tweet, the Republican leader once again criticized John McCain who was one of the few in the Republican […]

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong arrested again, vows to fight on

Prominent Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong was arrested Thursday for taking part in a protest at the height of the city’s pro-democracy unrest last year, but he vowed to continue resisting China’s crackdown on dissent. The arrest of the territory’s most high-profile dissident is the latest in a string of arrests of government critics and […]

California to ban sale of gasoline-powered cars by 2035

All passenger vehicles sold in California will be zero-emission by 2035 under a new rule aimed at fighting climate change and smog-fouled air. California wields considerable clout in the American auto industry as the country’s wealthiest and most populated state. Transport emissions cause more than half of California’s carbon pollution output, and parts of the […]

Pompeo seeks Sudan breakthrough before US presidential election

With weeks to go before the United States presidential elections, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is racing to make a breakthrough with Sudan that he hopes could also benefit Israel. Sudan’s new civilian-led government is urgently seeking to be removed from the US blacklist of “state sponsors of terrorism”, and is seen by Washington […]

Uncle Ben’s rice gets rebrand after racial stereotyping criticism

Uncle Ben’s rice is getting a new name and new branding after it came under heavy criticism for promoting racial stereotypes. The line of rice products will now be called “Ben’s Original” and the logo of an elderly African American man wearing a bow tie will be dropped from the packaging. Parent firm Mars Inc […]

Chinese-owned TikTok asks US judge to block Trump’s download ban

TikTok has asked a judge in the United States to block a Trump administration order that would require Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to remove the Chinese-owned short video-sharing app for new downloads from Sunday. It is the latest twist in a high-stakes game between the world’s top two economies that has a wildly […]

Nobel prize cash raised to $1.1 mln

The cash envelope that accompanies each Nobel prize will be increased this year from nine to 10 million kronor ($1.1 million), the Nobel Foundation said Thursday. “The work done in recent years to strengthen the Nobel Foundation’s financial standing has made it possible to increase the prize sum,” the foundation said in a statement. This […]

Poisoned Navalny discharged from Berlin hospital

Putin critic Alexei Navalny has been discharged from a Berlin hospital where he was being treated for Novichok nerve agent poisoning. The Charité Hospital said it was ending acute medical care because his condition had sufficiently improved. Mr Navalny posted a picture of himself standing unaided with a message saying doctors had given him every […]

Trump issued an executive orderorder says it forbids “divisive concepts

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday that he said would ban the military, government contractors and federal grantees from some diversity training. The lengthy order ,” including teaching that the United States is “fundamentally racist or sexist” or that any individual bears “responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same […]

Tech lifts world stocks as economy back in focus

World shares stabilised and the dollar rose on Wednesday with overnight gains of stay-at-home Wall Street tech champions helped balance concerns that new restrictions to counter resurging coronavirus infections will hurt economic recovery. Amazon leads a Wall Street rebound MSCI world equity index .MIWD00000PUS, which tracks shares in 49 countries, was 0.2% higher by 0821 […]

California firefighters make stand to save famed observatory, homes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Crews fought on Tuesday to defend homes and the famed Mount Wilson Observatory from California’s biggest and most dangerous wildfire, standing their ground at a major highway between the flames and populated areas. The Bobcat Fire, which broke out Sept. 6 in the Angeles National Forest north of Los Angeles, has […]

Australia says majority of 470-strong beached whale pod has died

The majority of a 470-strong pod of pilot whales found stranded off Australia’s remote southern coast has died, officials said on Wednesday, as rescuers struggled in freezing waters and fading light to free those still alive. The group, which is the biggest beaching in the country’s modern history, were first spotted a wide sandbank during […]

Neste and Shell to increase supply of sustainable aviation fuel

Finnish biofuel producer and oil refiner Neste said on Wednesday it had signed an agreement with Shell Aviation to significantly increase the supply and availability of sustainable aviation fuel. “It brings together Neste’s expertise in the production and supply of renewable diesel and SAF (sustainable aviation fuel) with Shell Aviation’s world-class credentials in supplying and […]

Navalny discharged, full recovery ‘possible’: Berlin hospital

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who the West believes was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent, has been discharged from hospital after just over a month, the Berlin medical facility treating him said Wednesday. “Based on the patient’s progress and current condition, the treating physicians believe that complete recovery is possible,” Charite hospital said in […]

England guidance ‘changing to work from home’

People in England should work from home “if they can” to reduce social mixing and slow the spread of the virus, Michael Gove has said. The Cabinet Office Minister also told BBC Breakfast trials of spectators at sports fixtures would be “paused”. It comes as pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality venues in England are […]

Trump plan to fill Supreme Court spot gathers pace

US President Donald Trump has said he will name his nominee for Supreme Court justice by the end of the week, and urged the Republican-controlled Senate to confirm his choice before the presidential election. The plan has launched a high-stakes battle ahead of the 3 November vote. Mr Trump wants to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, […]

Trump to name Supreme Court pick at end of week

United States President Donald Trump has indicated that he will announce his nominee for the Supreme Court at the end of the week, intensifying an already nail-biting campaign for the presidency on November 3. Behind in the polls against Democratic opponent Joe Biden and widely criticised for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, Trump is […]

Rescuers battle to save 270 whales stranded in Australia

Rescuers were scrambling on Tuesday to save 270 whales stranded off the coast of the Australian island of Tasmania, amid fears that about a third of the animals had already died. Scientists said the long-finned pilot whales became stuck on sandbars at Macquarie Harbour, on Tasmania’s rugged and sparsely populated west coast, on Monday. Images […]

Taiwan tells China to ‘back off’ as airspace ‘incursions’ rise

Taiwan on Tuesday demanded that China “back off” and accused it of threatening peace, after recent incursions and a Beijing official openly rejecting a largely respected marine boundary. Foreign Minister Joseph Wu urged Beijing to “return to the civilised international standards” after a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said there was no so-called median line in […]

Trump touts swift vaccine as Europe battles virus second wave

US President Donald Trump said Friday he expects enough COVID-19 vaccines “for every American” will be produced by next April, as a host of European countries imposed new local restrictions to reduce their spiralling case loads. Israel went a step further, becoming the first major country to impose another national lockdown that will last for […]

UN chief deplores lack of multilateral solutions on 75th anniversary

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday deplored the lack of multilateral solutions to global challenges as he opened a summit for the world body’s 75th anniversary. “No one wants a world government — but we must work together to improve world governance,” Guterres said at the UN General Assembly rostrum ahead of virtual speeches by […]

Trump vows to block any TikTok deal allowing Chinese control

President Donald Trump on Monday threw into doubt a deal to restructure ownership of the popular video app TikTok, vowing to block any deal that allows its Chinese parent firm to retain any control. The comments raised fresh concerns over a weekend deal that appeared to avert a US-ordered ban of TikTok, which the Trump […]

Navalny says Novichok found ‘in and on’ his body

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Monday that Western laboratories had found traces of a Novichok nerve agent in and on his body and demanded that Moscow return his clothes. Navalny, who is recovering in Berlin’s Charite clinic, fell violently ill during a flight from Siberia to Moscow on August 20. He spent two days […]

Greek PM to visit storm-stricken areas as reconstruction begins

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will visit areas hit by a rare hurricane-like storm that left at least three dead, officials said Monday as reconstruction efforts began. “The prime minister will visit Karditsa on Tuesday,” the government’s deputy spokeswoman Aristotelia Peloni told state TV ERT, referring to the central Greek city that saw thousands of […]

In Wisconsin, Trump announces $13 billion in farm aid

U.S. President Donald Trump announced a new round of pandemic assistance to farmers of about $13 billion at a campaign rally in Wisconsin on Thursday night, delivering aid to an important sector in a crucial battleground state. “Starting next week my administration is committing an additional … $13 billion in relief to help farmers recover […]

European stocks skid from one-month high as Fed underwhelms

European stocks fell from a one-month closing high on Thursday after an underwhelming response to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s pledge to keep interest rates low for a prolonged period. The pan-European STOXX 600 .STOXX dropped 1.1% by 0710 GMT, on course to break its four-day winning streak. The U.S. central bank on Wednesday vowed to […]

Former Ghosn aide Greg Kelly pleads not guilty as trial opens

Greg Kelly, a former aide to ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to allegations of financial misconduct as his trial began in Tokyo. Ghosn is at large as an international fugitive, after jumping bail and fleeing Japan for Lebanon last year, leaving Kelly the only person facing trial in the rollercoaster saga. […]

Hurricane Sally strengthens, on track to hit southern US

Hurricane Sally churned slowly towards the coast of the southern US states of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi on Monday as it intensified into Category 2 storm. The National Hurricane Center said the storm in the Gulf of Mexico was packing maximum sustained winds of around 100 miles (160 kilometers) per hour. At 2100 GMT, it […]

Navalny says ‘able to breathe’ unaided after suspected poisoning

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Tuesday he was able to breathe unaided, in his first public comments after his alleged poisoning in Siberia last month. “Hello, this is Navalny,” he said in a post on Instagram, appearing with his wife Yulia and two children in the Berlin hospital where he was flown for treatment […]

Panama uncovers new mass grave linked to human sacrifice

Authorities in Panama have discovered a new mass grave in a remote area where in January they found the remains of seven people that police believe were tortured and killed by a religious sect. Prosecutors said Monday they believe a different sect is responsible for the new mass grave, however. The state prosecutor’s office said […]

Row over climate change’s role as Trump visits

Democratic politicians on the US West Coast have accused President Donald Trump of being in denial about climate change’s role in the huge wildfires there, before his visit to California. Blazes in California, Oregon and Washington state have burned almost 2m hectares (5m acres) of land and killed at least 35 people since early August. […]

Harvey Weinstein To Be Stripped Of His CBE Award

Disgraced Harvey Weinstein is set to be stripped of his honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) award by the British government this week following his conviction for rape. The American film producer, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison by a US court earlier this year, is expected to lose […]

Fifth ex-PM speaks out against post-Brexit bill

David Cameron has become the fifth former prime minister to criticise a new bill attempting to override the Brexit withdrawal agreement. The Internal Market Bill will come before MPs later, with the government calling it an “insurance policy”. Mr Cameron said he had “misgivings” over it and breaking an international treaty should be the “final […]

TikTok rejects Microsoft offer, Oracle sole remaining bidder

American tech giant Microsoft said Sunday its offer to buy TikTok was rejected, leaving Oracle as the sole remaining bidder ahead of the imminent deadline for the Chinese-owned video app to sell or shut down its US operations. TikTok is at the center of a diplomatic storm between Washington and Beijing, and President Donald Trump […]

Ivory Coast government seeks end to violence ahead of October election

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s government has reached out to his main opponents and religious leaders to intervene and ease tensions following his decision to bid for a third term in next month’s election. Ouattara made his appeal to religious leaders during a tour of the east of the country on Friday. A source in […]

Japan’s Suga wins party leadership race, headed for premiership

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, a loyal aide to outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, won a landslide victory in a ruling party leadership election on Monday, paving the way for him to replace Abe this week. Suga, 71, who has said he will pursue Abe’s key economic and foreign policies, won 377 votes out […]

Germany says French, Swedish labs confirm Navalny’s Novichok poisoning

Laboratories in Sweden and France have independently confirmed that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-style nerve agent Novichok, the German government said on Monday. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert also said samples taken from the opposition politician, who is currently being treated in Berlin, had also been sent to the Organisation for the […]

Belarus leader in Russia on mission to win Putin’s backing

President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus arrived in Russia to meet Vladimir Putin on Monday, seeking Moscow’s backing after a fifth consecutive weekend of huge protests demanding his resignation. Flight tracking data showed Lukashenko’s plane touched down in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where Putin often hosts visiting dignitaries. The fate of the Belarusian leader […]

U.N. rights chief discussing visit to Xinjiang with China

The United Nations (UN) human rights chief said on Monday she was discussing a possible visit to China’s Xinjiang region with Chinese authorities who are facing growing backlash over its treatment of ethnic Uighurs there. “My Office continues to engage with the Chinese Government on the situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and the […]

Fight and talk: Facing negotiations, Taliban almost took key Afghan city

Khan Agha has endured years of violence in Kunduz, but it was the Taliban’s attack on the strategic city in northeastern Afghanistan, as the government and insurgents were preparing for historic peace talks, that unnerved him. “Like me, the majority of Kunduz residents are living in fear,” Agha, a 46-year-old driver, told Reuters. “Looking at […]

Bloomberg to spend at least $100 mn in Florida to boost Biden: media

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg will spend at least $100 million to boost Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s prospects in Florida, a battleground state that could sway the presidential election’s outcome, US media reported Sunday. The former New York mayor made the decision after President Donald Trump announced earlier in the week he is prepared to spend part […]

China, India agree to disengage troops on contested border

China and India said on Friday they had agreed to de-escalate renewed tensions on their contested Himalayan border and take steps to restore “peace and tranquillity” following a high-level diplomatic meeting in Moscow. Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi and Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar met in Moscow on Thursday and reached a five-point consensus, including […]

U.S.’s Pompeo welcomes ‘historic’ Afghan peace talks

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed long-awaited “historic” peace talks between the Afghan government and the insurgent Taliban while on his way to the opening event in Qatar’s capital of Doha, late on Thursday. The United States has been attempting to ease negotiations between the two warring sides since signing a troop withdrawal […]

Mitsui OSK to spend $9.4 million on Mauritius clean-up after oil spill

Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd said on Friday it would spend about 1 billion yen (7.35 million pounds) on measures to help Mauritius, including the clean-up of the island’s mangrove forests and contribution to an environmental recovery fund. A bulk carrier owned by Japan’s Nagashiki Shipping and chartered by Mitsui OSK ran aground on a […]

U.N. peacekeepers resume protection of Congo’s Nobel Laureate

United Nations peacekeepers on Wednesday resumed protection of Congo’s Nobel Prize Laureate Denis Mukwege, who received death threats in recent weeks after he called for justice over serious human rights violations. Mukwege has won international recognition, including the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, for decades of work treating female victims of the conflict in Bukavu in […]

Large fire erupts in Beirut port area, a month after massive blast

A store of oil and tyres at Beirut port burst into flames on Thursday but there were no immediate reports of injuries, a little more than a month after a massive blast devastated the port and surrounding residential area of the Lebanese capital. The army said it was not immediately clear why the oil and […]

Russia protests Germany’s ‘accusations and ultimatums’ on Navalny

Russia on Wednesday issued a strong protest to Germany over the alleged poisoning of opposition figure Alexei Navalny, denouncing what it said were baseless claims and warning of a major risk to diplomatic ties. The foreign ministry in Moscow said it had summoned German ambassador Geza Andreas von Geyr and protested “unfounded accusations and ultimatums […]

BREAKING: Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

American President Donald Trump has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. He was nominated by Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, who told Fox News that for his merit, Trump deserved it. Gjedde said: “For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most […]

Californians airlifted from fires as dangerous winds arrive

Dangerous dry winds whipped up California’s record-breaking wildfires and ignited new blazes Tuesday, as hundreds were evacuated by helicopter and tens of thousands were plunged into darkness by power outages across the western United States. The arrival of strong gusts after the Labor Day weekend’s unprecedented temperatures saw most of California placed under severe weather […]

What I told Trump about Christian massacre, by Buhari

•Nigerian president accuses previous govts of encroaching on cattle routes •Says US leader accused him of killing Christians President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday stunned guests when he revealed what transpired between him and President Donald Trump over the American leader’s allegation that the Nigerian government was supervising the killing of Christians under his administration. President Buhari […]

Rescuers sift Beirut rubble amid signs of life a month after blast

Rescue workers in Beirut dug through the rubble of a collapsed building with their hands on Friday after signs of life were detected under a mound of debris one month after a huge explosion shattered the capital. A group of workers pulled up chunks of concrete and other broken masonry as they dug down in […]

Russia presses Germany for more detail on Navalny, urges ‘transparency’

The Kremlin said on Friday that it wanted dialogue with Germany over the case of opposition politician Alexei Navalny and that Russian doctors who treated him initially were much more transparent than the German doctors treating him now. Germany, where Navalny is in hospital, has said he was poisoned with a Soviet-style Novichok nerve agent […]

Suspect in Portland shooting killed by police during arrest

Police shot and killed an anti-fascist activist on Thursday as they moved in to arrest him for the alleged fatal shooting of a right-wing activist in Portland, Oregon, last weekend, officials said. Michael Reinoehl, 48, was wanted on a charge of murder when members of a fugitive task force shot him dead in Olympia, Washington […]
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