Seven things to know about NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo

Seven things to know about NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo

Greek basketball star Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the NBA's Most Valuable Player (MVP). Nicknamed the "Greek Freak", the 24-year-old Milwaukee Bucks player on Monday got 78 first-place votes, well ahead of the 23 received by fellow MVP finalist James Harden of the Houston Rockets.  "Two, three years ago, I had the goal in my…
Ethiopia steps up arrests as shockwaves from coup bid continue

Ethiopia steps up arrests as shockwaves from coup bid continue

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Ethiopian authorities have arrested hundreds of people in different parts of the country, stepping up a crackdown on suspected supporters of a failed regional coup attempt over the weekend. The office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Friday on Twitter that 212 suspects had been apprehended in connection with the June 22 coup bid…
Family of late Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi ‘heartbroken’ over film

Family of late Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi ‘heartbroken’ over film

Relatives of Alan Kurdi, the two-year-old Syrian boy whose drowning while trying to reach Europe in 2015 shook consciences around the world, have objected to a new film about the toddler. The boy perished in September 2015, along with his mother Rehanna and four-year-old brother Ghalib, when their small rubber boat capsized in the Aegean Sea…
Iran says US sanctions on Khamenei closed path to diplomacy

Iran says US sanctions on Khamenei closed path to diplomacy

Iran said on Tuesday that a US decision to impose "hard-hitting" sanctions on the country's top leadership, including the supreme leader, has permanently closed the path to diplomacy between Tehran and Washington. "Imposing useless sanctions on Iran's Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the commander of Iran's diplomacy (Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif) is the…
Trump meets North Korea’s Kim at DMZ in landmark visit

Trump meets North Korea’s Kim at DMZ in landmark visit

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have each stepped over the border at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides the Korean Peninsula, after shaking hands on Sunday. With the highly symbolic gesture, Trump became the first sitting US president to set foot on North Korean soil. What originally was intended to…
‘Obvious religious hatred’: Muslim man in India lynched on video

‘Obvious religious hatred’: Muslim man in India lynched on video

Indian police say they have arrested one person and are searching for a dozen others over the torture of a Muslim man who later died of his wounds, in the latest suspected lynching in the country by Hindu vigilantes. A 10-minute video shows Tabrez Ansari, 24, being beaten by a group of men last week over accusations he…
Ethiopia security forces kill alleged coup leader

Ethiopia security forces kill alleged coup leader

Ethiopian security forces have killed the man accused of orchestrating a failed coup d'etat over the weekend. General Asamnew Tsige allegedly led the coup attempt in the northern Amhara region and he was shot on Monday near the state capital Bahir Dar, the prime minister's press secretary, Negussu Tilahun, told Reuters news agency. Tilahun declined to give…
Sudan’s ruling generals warn opposition ahead of ‘millions march’

Sudan’s ruling generals warn opposition ahead of ‘millions march’

As demonstrators in Sudan plan to return to the streets on Sunday for mass rallies dubbed the "millions march", the country's ruling military council has warned protest and opposition groups that they will be held responsible for any deaths or damage. "We warn of the seriousness of the crisis our country is going through," the Transitional Military…
PA condemns US envoys’ presence at Israeli settler-linked event

PA condemns US envoys’ presence at Israeli settler-linked event

Palestinians have condemned the attendance of two United States officials at the inauguration of a tunnel at a contested archaeological site in occupied East Jerusalem that was organised by an Israeli settler-linked group. White House adviser Jason Greenblatt and Ambassador to Israel David Friedman took part in Sunday's event, which marked the completion of the project next to the Old…
Trade war escalation averted as US-China agree to resume talks

Trade war escalation averted as US-China agree to resume talks

Osaka, Japan - As this year's G20 summit closed on Saturday, United States President Donald Trump agreed to hold off on an escalation in his trade dispute with China and to resume bilateral talks, potentially giving the world economy a reprieve. But there was no agreement to comprehensively roll back the punitive tariffs that the…

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