Hurricane Dorian death toll tops 40, hundreds remain missing

Hurricane Dorian death toll tops 40, hundreds remain missing

The death toll from the devastating Hurricane Dorian has risen to at least 43 across the Bahamas, but authorities warn they expect a "staggering" number of casualties as hundreds of people remain missing. The most powerful hurricane on record to hit the Bahamas swept through the islands earlier this week, levelling neighbourhoods, destroying livelihoods and leaving thousands…

Death penalty trial date set for alleged September 11 attackers

Alleged September 11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others held at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp will finally go to trial in 2021, almost 20 years after the devastating attack on the United States involving hijacked airliners. A military judge set a January 2021 date for the start of the long-stalled war crimes trial of…
Iran’s Rouhani calls White House actions ‘mentally retarded’

Iran’s Rouhani calls White House actions ‘mentally retarded’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has dismissed new sanctions the United States imposed on Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei as "outrageous and idiotic" and described the White House as "mentally retarded".  In a speech broadcast live on Iranian state television on Tuesday, Rouhani said sanctions against Khamenei would fail because he had no assets abroad and described the latest round of sanctions…
Robert Mugabe’s body arrives in Zimbabwe amid mystery over burial

Robert Mugabe’s body arrives in Zimbabwe amid mystery over burial

The body of Robert Mugabe, founder and former president of Zimbabwe, has arrived in the capital Harare but his final resting place remains a mystery amid a dispute between some family members and the government. Mugabe, one of the last "Big Men" of African politics who ruled the southern African nation for 37 years until he was removed…
‘No Planet B’: Thousands join global climate strike across Asia

‘No Planet B’: Thousands join global climate strike across Asia

Tens of thousands of protesters, many of them school students, gathered in towns and cities across the Asia Pacific region on Friday, at the start of a worldwide day of protest ahead of a United Nations climate change summit next week. From the Pacific Islands, many of which risk being inundated by rising seas, to…
Libya: Haftar bans flights, boats from Turkey

Libya: Haftar bans flights, boats from Turkey

Libya's renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar has banned commercial flights from Libya to Turkey and ordered his forces to attack Turkish ships and interests in the country, spokesperson Ahmed al-Mismari has said. Turkey supports Libya's United Nations-recognised government in Tripoli which retook Gharyan, a strategic town south of the capital, Tripoli, from Haftar's eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) forces on…
‘It was like judgment day’: Lebanese devastated by wildfires

‘It was like judgment day’: Lebanese devastated by wildfires

Damour/Meshref, Lebanon - As the towering walls of flames bore down towards her neighbourhood, a rush of ominous memories overcame Mona Khoury. "We remembered the days of the war," the 78-year-old says, leaning against the off-white wall of her ground-floor apartment in the coastal town of Damour, south of Lebanon's capital, Beirut. "The world was…

Trump launches US Space Command to address new threats

US President Donald Trump announced the official establishment of the US Space Command on Thursday, addressing what his administration believes are looming threats to the United States's space-based infrastructure. Speaking at a White House ceremony, Trump described space as "the next war-fighting domain" and that Space Command is essential for defending the US's vital space…
Trump: Turkey to pay ‘economic price’ if Syria operation ‘unfair’

Trump: Turkey to pay ‘economic price’ if Syria operation ‘unfair’

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would devastate Turkey's economy if Ankara's operation in northeast Syria wipes out the Kurdish population there. Asked by a reporter if he was concerned Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will wipe out the Kurds, Trump replied: "I will wipe out his economy if that happens." Earlier on Wednesday,…
Afghanistan ‘frees’ several Taliban prisoners

Afghanistan ‘frees’ several Taliban prisoners

Taliban officials said that several of the armed group's members have been freed from Afghan jails, including former shadow governors, the first move of its kind since a peace deal that seemed imminent was declared "dead" and just days after a US envoy met top Taliban leaders in the Pakistani capital. The officials also said…

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