Blackwater founder’s plan for mercenaries to Venezuela: Report

Blackwater founder’s plan for mercenaries to Venezuela: Report

Erik Prince - the founder of the controversial private security firm Blackwater and a prominent supporter of US President Donald Trump - has been pushing a plan to deploy a private army to help topple Venezuela's socialist president, Nicholas Maduro, four sources with knowledge of the effort told Reuters. Over the last several months, the…
Allegations of mass voter exclusion cast shadow on India election

Allegations of mass voter exclusion cast shadow on India election

New Delhi, India - India's general elections, the world's largest democratic exercise, is past its halfway mark. The country's election commission says nearly 900 million voters are eligible to vote in the seven-phase voting, which started on April 11 and will go on till May 19 for 543 parliamentary constituencies. But nationwide reports of voters…
Sudan army warns protesters: ‘We will not accept chaos’

Sudan army warns protesters: ‘We will not accept chaos’

Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council has said the army will not accept unrest in the country, a day after protesters said soldiers were trying to disperse a sit-in in capital Khartoum. "We will not accept chaos. We will deal with it firmly in accordance with the law," Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the Transitional Military Council's vice…
Air raids trap civilians in Libyan capital Tripoli

Air raids trap civilians in Libyan capital Tripoli

Libyan officials have said that eastern-based forces loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar have intensified their air strikes over the past two days around Tripoli. Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) launched an operation to take the capital from the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) on April 4, and has been engaged in fighting with…
Spain’s Socialists dominate vote but new government uncertain

Spain’s Socialists dominate vote but new government uncertain

Madrid, Spain - The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) announced on Monday it will attempt to govern following a resounding victory in national polls. "We believe that we have more than enough support to be the rudder of this ship," Carmen Calvo, the vice president in the previous government, told Spanish radio service Cadena SER. Pedro Sanchez…
Yazidis to accept ISIL rape survivors, but not their children

Yazidis to accept ISIL rape survivors, but not their children

Children born to Yazidi women raped by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) fighters will not be permitted to join the community in northern Iraq, the minority sect's faith leaders have said. In a statement late on Saturday, the Yazidi Supreme Spiritual Council said an earlier declaration stating "all survivors" of…
‘Incredibly difficult’ to reach Mozambique cyclone survivors

‘Incredibly difficult’ to reach Mozambique cyclone survivors

Torrential rain continued to batter northern Mozambique on Tuesday, several days after Cyclone Kenneth, as the United Nations said aid workers faced "an incredibly difficult situation" in reaching thousands of survivors. The rains grounded aid operations for a third consecutive day leaving some of the worst-hit communities cut off with very limited supplies. A planned World…
Liverpool face Tottenham in all-English Champions League final

Liverpool face Tottenham in all-English Champions League final

Liverpool will be looking to clinch their sixth Champions League title as they take on the first-time finalists Tottenham Hotspur in an all-English final - a first at the top tier European club competition since 2008 - in the Spanish capital. Both sides will be backed by 17,000 supporters each, according to UEFA, when the…
Hitting back: More pain for firms as China’s new tariffs kick in

Hitting back: More pain for firms as China’s new tariffs kick in

Hong Kong - Vitasoy has been producing its popular malted soymilk in its home base of Hong Kong, as well as Shanghai and Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland, since the 1940s. But the trade war between the United States and China has forced it to make some radical changes to how it sources its most…
Taliban leader pledges to keep fighting in Eid message

Taliban leader pledges to keep fighting in Eid message

The Afghan Taliban is unlikely to call a ceasefire any time soon, the group's leader has indicated, even though the "doors of dialogue" with the United States to end the 18-year-long war in the country remain open.  In his annual message on Saturday, ahead of next week's Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the holy…

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