Sudan’s military council accepts AU-Ethiopia proposal

Sudan’s military council accepts AU-Ethiopia proposal

Sudan's ruling military council has said a proposal submitted by the African Union (AU) and Ethiopia received on June 27 is suitable for the resumption of talks with the opposition on a transition to democracy. The generals of the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition coalition have been wrangling for weeks over what…
Malaysia reopens probe into kidnapping of Shia activist, pastor

Malaysia reopens probe into kidnapping of Shia activist, pastor

Putrajaya, Malaysia - Malaysia's government has set up a special taskforce to reinvestigate the kidnappings of two activists - Amri Che Mat and Raymond Koh - after the country's human rights commission blamed the police's intelligence branch for the abductions. Home Affairs Minister Muhyiddin Yassin told reporters on Wednesday that the government established the taskforce because of the seriousness of…
Ethiopia mourns after officials killed during failed coup bid

Ethiopia mourns after officials killed during failed coup bid

Ethiopia held a day of mourning on Monday in the wake of a failed coup bid in the country's Amhara region that saw the killing of five senior officials. Flags in the capital Addis Ababa flew at half-mast after a day of mourning was announced on state television. "All of us will remember the people…
Gunmen open fire on Lebanese minister’s convoy, killing two

Gunmen open fire on Lebanese minister’s convoy, killing two

Gunmen have opened fire on the convoy of a Lebanese minister in a mountain village near Beirut, killing two of his guards and wounding another, in what he called an assassination attempt. Saleh al-Gharib, the minister of state handling refugee issues, told local TV he was heading to the mountain village of Qabr Shamoun when…
Libya’s GNA says US missiles found at captured Haftar base

Libya’s GNA says US missiles found at captured Haftar base

Military officials with Libya's United Nations-recognised government say they have seized United States-made weapons at a base they captured from forces loyal to renegade General Khalifa Haftar in Libya, prompting an investigation by the US State Department. The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) on Wednesday retook Gharyan, a strategic town south of the capital, from Haftar's…
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…
Dutch queen derided over MBS meeting: ‘Silence equals complicity’

Dutch queen derided over MBS meeting: ‘Silence equals complicity’

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands is facing a barrage of criticism over a meeting she had with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Momammed bin Salman during the G20 summit in Japan. Agnes Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions, who has been investigating the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, accused Maxima of complicity by…
Refugee rescue ship defies Salvini, enters Italian waters

Refugee rescue ship defies Salvini, enters Italian waters

A German charity ship carrying 42 refugees and migrants rescued off the coast of Libya has entered Italian waters, defying an explicit ban by the country's far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini.  The captain of the Dutch-flagged boat decided to head to the island of Lampedusa on Wednesday because the situation on board was "now more desperate…
British MPs prepare court action to enforce Brexit delay

British MPs prepare court action to enforce Brexit delay

British legislators are preparing legal action in case Prime Minister Boris Johnson tries to defy legislation compelling him to seek a further delay to Brexit, main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has said. The BBC reported on Saturday that legislators, including MPs expelled this week from Johnson's ruling Conservative Party for backing the cross-party…

Imran Khan on ‘genocide’ in Kashmir and possible war with India

It has been a year since the former cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan became Pakistan's prime minister. Khan's campaign slogan was "Naya Pakistan" or "New Pakistan", a reflection of his promises to turn the country's economy around and end corruption. But the first year of his premiership has not gone as smoothly as he may have hoped…

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