International

ICC approves probe into Myanmar's alleged crimes against Rohingya

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has approved a full investigation into Myanmar's alleged crimes against the Rohingya, as the Southeast Asian nation faces mounting legal pressure worldwide over the treatment of the minority ethnic group.  ICC judges on Thursday...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 7:26am

Bolivia: Opposition senator declares herself interim president

Bolivian opposition senator Jeanine Áñez has declared herself interim president of the South American country following Evo Morales' resignation. Lawmakers from Mr Morales' party boycotted the session, meaning there was no quorum for the appointment. But Ms Áñez said she was next in...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 8:16am

Israeli forces kill top Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza strike

Palestinian group Islamic Jihad has said one of its commanders was killed in an Israeli strike on his home in the besieged Gaza Strip. The group's armed wing announced the death in a statement on Tuesday after Israel confirmed it had targeted Bahaa Abu al-Atta, 42, in a strike. Gaza...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 9:39am

Evo Morales leaves Bolivia for Mexico amid violent unrest

Former Bolivian President Evo Morales tweeted late on Monday night that he was leaving Bolivia for Mexico, which granted him asylum, as his supporters and their rivals clashed on the streets of La Paz. Morales announced his departure on Twitter just after 9.30pm (01:30...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 9:33am

Jimmy Carter, former US president, in hospital

Former US President Jimmy Carter, 95, has been admitted to hospital in Atlanta for a procedure to relieve brain pressure. The pressure comes from bleeding caused by recent falls, the Carter Center said in a statement. The procedure is scheduled to take place at the Emory University...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 8:58am

Bolivian President Evo Morales resigns amid election protests

Bolivian President Evo Morales has resigned after nearly 14 years in power, amid turmoil following his disputed re-election last month. The head of the army had called on him to go after protests over his election win. Auditors found irregularities with the poll but Mr Morales said he had...

Monday, November 11, 2019 - 7:40am

Rouhani: Iran finds new oilfield with 53 billion barrels

Iran has discovered a new oilfield with 53 billion barrels of crude oil, President Hassan Rouhani has said, a find that could boost the country's proven 150 billion barrel reserves by a third. Speaking live on state television from the central city of Yazd, Rouhani said...

Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 8:06pm

'I am back': Fresh from prison, Lula greets supporters

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Saturday addressed a crowd of cheering supporters at the metalworkers' union in Sao Paulo, a day after he was released from prison. The leftist was freed after the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that convicted criminals can only be...

Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 9:05am

Several killed in Houthi missile, drone attack: Yemeni officials

Yemen's rebels have staged missile and drone attacks on forces allied with the country's internationally recognised government in a Red Sea town, killing at least eight people, including three civilians, and causing large fires, military officials said. Wadah Dobish, a spokesman for...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 9:07am

Iran: Supreme Leader Khamenei rules out talks with US

Iran's supreme leader has again ruled out negotiations with Washington, a day before the 40th anniversary of the hostage crisis at the United States embassy in Tehran. "Those who see negotiations with the US as the solution to every problem are certainly mistaken," Ayatollah Ali...

Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 8:30pm

At least 65 dead in Pakistan train fire

At least 65 passengers died when a train travelling from the Pakistani city of Karachi to Rawalpindi caught fire. Minister for railways, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, said the fire was caused by the explosion of a gas cylinder being used by passengers cooking breakfast. The blaze is thought to have...

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 11:02am

Iraqi PM Abdul Mahdi's main backers agree to remove him

Iraq Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi's two main backers have agreed to work to remove him from office as protests against his government gained momentum in Baghdad and much of the Shia south only to be met with violence. Populist Shia Muslim leader Muqtada al-Sadr, who leads parliament's...

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 5:41pm

ISIL chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed in Syria, confirms Trump

US President Donald Trump has confirmed the death of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a military operation in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, saying the US had "brought the world's number one terrorist leader to justice". Trump said on Sunday the ISIL leader died...

Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 5:18pm

Erdogan calls on US to hand over Kurdish commander Mazloum Abdi

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded the United States hand over the commander of Kurdish-led forces in Syria, in a sharp rebuke of Washington's call for negotiations with the Syrian Kurds.  The call for Mazloum Abdi's extradition on Thursday came...

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 8:46am

Regional parliament to push for One Network Area

The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has embarked on a process to gather information on possible challenges to inform appropriate recommendations that will help streamline implementation of the One Network Area (ONA) initiative and make it easier for people in the region to communicate...

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 6:25pm

Canada: Trudeau's Liberals win but lose majority

Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party has retained power in a narrow Canadian election win but he will now be prime minister of a minority government. The Liberals are projected to win 157 seats, 13 short of a majority, and will find it harder to pass legislation in Mr Trudeau's second term...

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 4:16pm

British PM calls on lawmakers to back Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday carried out his persuasion campaign inside the parliament to call upon lawmakers to support his Brexit deal with the European Union (EU), voicing his hope that a historic sitting of the House of Commons will be "the moment" to "finally...

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 6:19pm

Taliban truck bomb kills police, wounds children in Afghanistan

A Taliban suicide bomber has killed at least three security officers and wounded dozens, mostly children, when he set off explosives in a truck near a police headquarters building in eastern Afghanistan, officials have said. The spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs, Nasrat...

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 10:30am

Kim Jong-un rides white horse in show of sanctions defiance

Kim Jong Un vowed to overcome US-led sanctions imposed on North Korea as state media on Wednesday shared evocative propaganda images of him riding a white horse across snow-covered landscapes on Mount Paektu, the Korean peninsula’s highest peak. The location and animal are both...

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 10:27am

Explosions on Iranian oil tanker off Jeddah's coast cause spill

An Iranian oil tanker in the Red Sea was hit by two suspected rockets on Friday off the coast of Saudi Arabia and oil is leaking from the vessel.  The National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) said in a statement the hull of the ship sustained two separate explosions about 100km (60 miles) off...

Friday, October 11, 2019 - 9:06am