Civilian death toll mounts as Syrian offensive widens

17 August 2019, 8:04 PM
Air strikes have killed more than two dozen civilians in northwestern Syria in the last two days in an escalation of a Russian-backed offensive against the last major rebel stronghold, a war monitor and local activists said on Saturday.
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Russian opposition activists picket for free elections 17 August 2019, 3:32 PM

Russian opposition activists staged a string of pickets in central Moscow on Saturday to call for free elections and for charges against protesters detained at recent rallies to be dropped.

Saudi-led coalition warplanes fire flares over Yemen’s Aden: residents 17 August 2019, 11:39 AM

Saudi-led coalition warplanes fired flares over Yemen's Aden at dawn on Saturday, residents said, near camps occupied by southern separatist fighters who last week seized control of the port city which had been the interim seat of the government.

Service men walk past military vehicles in the parking area of the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen across the bay from Hong Kong.
Chinese forces near border, as Hong Kong braces for more protests 17 August 2019, 9:30 AM

A massive contingent of Chinese paramilitary were still in position at a stadium on Saturday in Shenzhen, near the border with Hong Kong which is expecting more mass demonstrations over the weekend.

Unilateral action should be avoided: Security Council on Kashmir 16 August 2019, 8:57 PM

The Chinese ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, said on Friday (August 16) that members of the Security Council generally feel India and Pakistan should both refrain from unilateral action over Kashmir.

Italian political standoff keeps rescued migrants stranded at sea 16 August 2019, 4:30 PM

A charity rescue ship carrying 134 migrants, mostly Africans, waited off the coast of Italy on Friday as a battle between former political allies in Rome stopped it docking at the southern island of Lampedusa.

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Malaysia’s former Minister faces 42 criminal charges 16 August 2019, 12:25 PM

Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak on Monday faces the biggest of five trials linked to a multi-billion-dollar scam at state fund 1MDB, although lawyers are seeking a delay to allow time for the completion of a previous trial.

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North Korea fires projectiles; rejects South Korea’s dialogue pledge 16 August 2019, 8:58 AM

North Korea launched at least two projectiles into the sea on Friday, South Korea’s military said, shortly after Pyongyang described South Korea’s president as “impudent” and vowed that inter-Korean talks are over.

Service men walk past military vehicles in the parking area of the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen across the bay from Hong Kong.
China warns it could quell Hong Kong protesters 16 August 2019, 5:56 AM

Hong Kong braced for more mass protests over the weekend, even as China warned it could use its power to quell demonstrations and US President Donald Trump urged his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to meet with the protesters to defuse weeks of tensions.

Ethics breach plunges Canada’s Trudeau back into image crisis ahead of vote 15 August 2019, 8:22 PM

Canadian Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's already tough re-election bid got tougher this week when the country's ethics watchdog delivered a scathing rebuke less than 10 weeks before the October vote.

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Russian pilots applauded for emergency landing 15 August 2019, 2:21 PM

The Kremlin lauded two Russian pilots as heroes and said they would be handed state awards after they landed an airliner carrying 233 people in a cornfield outside Moscow after striking a flock of birds during take-off.

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Suspect in Philadelphia police standoff taken into custody 15 August 2019, 10:01 AM

The standoff, which began after a gunman opened fire on police officers seeking to serve a felony narcotics warrant, followed a string of mass shootings in California, Texas and Ohio.

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Thirteen US states sue over new rule to limit legal immigration 15 August 2019, 6:15 AM

A coalition of 13 US states sued President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday, seeking to block a new rule that would drastically reduce legal immigration by denying visas to poor migrants.

Sales of food, cars slow in Argentina after peso crash as election looms 14 August 2019, 6:04 PM

Sales of everything from cars to food and beauty products slowed in Argentina following a collapse in the peso currency, as suppliers held back shipments while trying to calculate how the devaluation will affect consumer prices.

Jeffrey Epstein
Women expected to sue Jeffrey Epstein’s estate over sexual abuse claims 14 August 2019, 3:00 PM

Women who say they were sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein are expected to sue the disgraced financier's estate as soon as Wednesday, when a New York law goes into effect that makes it easier for people to file civil lawsuits over sexual abuse.

Chinese state media urge action, voice support for Hong Kong police after overnight clashes 14 August 2019, 11:00 AM

Chinese state media called on Beijing on Wednesday to deal with protests in Hong Kong more decisively after a reporter from one of China's largest government-backed newspapers was caught up in overnight clashes.

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US, Britain discuss trade deal that could take effect on Nov 1 14 August 2019, 5:59 AM

Britain and the United States are discussing a partial trade accord that could take effect on Nov.1, the day after Britain is due to leave the European Union, a senior Trump administration official said on Tuesday.

Hong Kong
Clashes at Hong Kong airport continue 13 August 2019, 9:12 PM

 Police and protesters clashed at Hong Kong's international airport on Tuesday evening after flights were disrupted for a second day and the political crisis in the former British colony deepened.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport; UN urges restraint over protests 13 August 2019, 7:24 PM

Protesters clashed with police at Hong Kong’s international airport on Tuesday evening after flights were disrupted for a second day, plunging the former British colony deeper into turmoil.

Argentina’s currency plunges as President’s re-election takes a blow 13 August 2019, 5:06 PM

Argentina's peso dropped again on Tuesday as market turmoil spilled into a second day following opposition candidate Alberto Fernandez's landslide victory in a primary election that dealt a severe blow to President Mauricio Macri's re-election chances.

Kyrgyz ex-president arrested, accused of coup plan- state media 13 August 2019, 12:10 PM

The head of Kyrgyzstan's security forces accused ex-president Almazbek Atambayev on Tuesday of planning to stage a coup, state news agency Kabar said, following a deadly clash last week with police sent to his house to arrest him.

New Trump rule targets poor and could cut legal immigration in half, advocates say 13 August 2019, 10:00 AM

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration unveiled a sweeping rule on Monday that some experts say could cut legal immigration in half by denying visas and permanent residency to hundreds of thousands of people for being too poor.

Hong Kong leader urges calm as protest tensions rise; airport reopens 13 August 2019, 6:43 AM

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday the city's recovery from protests that have swept the Asian financial hub could take a long time and that she would be responsible for rebuilding its economy "after the violence eases".

Venezuela pro-government legislature holds session, may disband congress 12 August 2019, 9:01 PM

Venezuela’s pro-government legislature holds a session on Monday amid accusations it is planning to disband the opposition-run parliament and convene early legislative elections, potentially escalating the country’s political crisis.

British spy agencies see foreign ties intact despite Brexit 12 August 2019, 8:33 PM

Britain's intelligence agencies expect close relations with European and other foreign spy services to continue regardless of plans to quit the European Union (EU), official sources said.

New US rule could disqualify half of visa applicants 12 August 2019, 4:31 PM

United States President Donald Trump's administration unveiled a new rule on Monday that could deny permanent residency to hundreds of thousands of people for being too poor.

US-Taliban talks end without a deal, both sides to consult: Taliban 12 August 2019, 12:29 PM

Talks on a pact that would allow the United States to end its longest war and withdraw troops from Afghanistan ended on Monday without agreement and both sides would consult their leaders on the next steps, the Taliban said.

No-deal Brexit could deepen Europe’s shortage of medicines: Experts 12 August 2019, 9:52 AM

As the Oct. 31 deadline for Britain to leave the European Union approaches, health professionals are warning that shortages of some medicines could worsen in Europe in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Guatemala conservative romps to landslide win, faces big migration test 12 August 2019, 5:42 AM

Conservative Alejandro Giammattei swept aside his center-left rival in Guatemala's presidential election on Sunday

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Death toll from typhoon in eastern China rises to 32 as storm moves north 11 August 2019, 9:42 PM

The death toll from a typhoon in eastern China rose to 32 on Sunday, with 16 people missing,state broadcaster CCTV reported, as the country braced for more travel disruptions as the storm moved further north up the coast.

Thousands rally in Hong Kong in fresh protests, marchers defy police ban 11 August 2019, 10:41 AM

Thousands of Hong Kong protesters rallied on Sunday, defying a police ban on marches in the Chinese-controlled territory and continuing a restive weekend of demonstrations which saw police fire teargas overnight.