Reuters journalists Wa Lone, Kyaw Soe Oo freed from Myanmar jail

Reuters journalists Wa Lone, Kyaw Soe Oo freed from Myanmar jail

Two Reuters journalists, jailed in Myanmar after being convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act, have been freed after more than 500 days behind bars. The two reporters, Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, were convicted in September and sentenced to seven years in jail in a case that raised questions about Myanmar's progress towards democracy and…
Bahrain PM calls Qatar emir in rare contact amid Gulf dispute

Bahrain PM calls Qatar emir in rare contact amid Gulf dispute

Bahrain's long-serving prime minister has called Qatar's emir to mark the start of the holy month of Ramadan in a rare contact between Doha and the countries boycotting it. Bahrain's state-run news agency acknowledged the call between Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in a report…
Barcelona’s Suarez: I will not celebrate against Liverpool

Barcelona’s Suarez: I will not celebrate against Liverpool

Barcelona is looking to make its ninth Champions League final as it heads into the second leg of its semi-final against Liverpool with a commanding 3-0 lead. Play gets under way at Anfield stadium on Tuesday at 8pm local time (19:00 GMT). Lionel Messi scored his 599th and 600th goals for Barcelona to subdue a…
Qatar to send $480m to West Bank, Gaza, after truce with Israel

Qatar to send $480m to West Bank, Gaza, after truce with Israel

Qatar has said it will send $480m to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip after a ceasefire deal ended the deadliest fighting between Israel and Palestinian factions since a 2014 Israeli assault on the enclave. A statement from Qatar's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday morning said $300m would support health and…
‘Psychological warfare’: Iran dismisses US naval deployment

‘Psychological warfare’: Iran dismisses US naval deployment

Iran labelled the US announcement that it was deploying a naval strike group to the Middle East to deliver the Islamic Republic a message as "psychological warfare". The dismissal on Monday came a day after John Bolton, US national security adviser, said Washington was sending the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and a bomber task force as…
‘Erosion in commitment’: US officials blame China for tariff hike

‘Erosion in commitment’: US officials blame China for tariff hike

US officials have said China backtracked on substantial commitments it made during trade talks with the United States, prompting President Donald Trump to impose additional tariffs on Chinese goods slated to go into effect on Friday. The swift deterioration in negotiations between the world's two largest economies hit global financial markets as investors faced the…
Turkey’s election board orders rerun of Istanbul mayoral vote

Turkey’s election board orders rerun of Istanbul mayoral vote

Turkey's top election board announced on Monday that the vote for the mayor of Istanbul, the country's largest city and economic hub, will be redone. The new vote will be held on June 23, the board said in a statement, adding the March 31 election was cancelled because of "situations which affected the result and honesty" of…
‘We are destroying our own home’: UN report reveals nature crisis

‘We are destroying our own home’: UN report reveals nature crisis

A landmark UN report has laid bare humanity's devastating impact on the natural world, detailing unprecedented rates of decline in biodiversity and nature on land, in the seas and in the sky. Published on Monday by the UN's Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the sweeping 1,800-page study drew on the work of…
US carrier sent to Middle East on credible Iran threat: Pentagon

US carrier sent to Middle East on credible Iran threat: Pentagon

Acting US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said on Monday that he had approved sending a carrier strike group and bombers to the Middle East because of indications of a "credible threat by Iranian regime forces". "[It] represents a prudent repositioning of assets in response to indications of a credible threat by Iranian regime forces,"…
Pilot: Lightning prompted deadly Russian plane crash-landing

Pilot: Lightning prompted deadly Russian plane crash-landing

The pilot of a Russian passenger plane said on Monday lightning forced him into making an emergency landing that caused the aircraft to erupt in a ball of fire on the runway of Moscow's busiest airport, killing 41 people. Investigators were attempting to understand the cause of the blaze, which saw the Sukhoi Superjet-100 skid at high…

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