Jihadist attack kills 13 regime fighters in north Syria

20 April 2019, 1:14 PM
A faction linked to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham "early Saturday attacked checkpoints and positions of regime forces on the western outskirts of Aleppo city", the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
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British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech during a visit to the Portmeirion factory in Stoke-on-Trent.
Britain’s May seeks Brexit delay from Merkel, Macron 9 April 2019, 8:01 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May asked EU leaders on Friday to delay Brexit until June 30 to give her time to strike a compromise with the opposition.

Venezuela protesters
ANC supports Venezuelan president Nicholas Maduro: Zulu 9 April 2019, 7:07 AM

ANC international relations subcommittee chairperson, Lindiwe Zulu says the ANC fully supports the government of Venezuelan president Nicholas Maduro in the wake of a leadership battle that has sparked the economic crisis in the country.

US judge halts Trump policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico 9 April 2019, 7:03 AM

A US judge on Monday halted the Trump administration's policy of sending some asylum seekers back across the southern border to wait out their cases in Mexico, stopping a program the government planned to expand to stem a recent flood of migrants.

Prime Minister Edouardo Philippe
French PM sees tax cuts as solution to ‘yellow vest’ anger 8 April 2019, 4:55 PM

The French government must implement bold tax cuts in response to the "yellow vest" protests, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe argued Monday as he revealed the results of a major public consultation on the crisis.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Amit Shah, display copies of their party's election manifesto
India Modi’s party vows to strip Kashmir of special rights 8 April 2019, 2:26 PM

India's Hindu nationalist ruling party vowed on Monday to strip decades-old special rights from the people of Jammu and Kashmir, making an election promise that could provoke a backlash in the country's only Muslim-majority state.

Theresa May
May seeks Brexit breakthrough ahead of crucial week 8 April 2019, 11:32 AM

Prime Minister Theresa May will on Monday press ahead with her bid for a Brexit "compromise" with the opposition despite a backlash from her own party, as she attempts to prevent Britain crashing out of the European Union this week.

New Zealand Attack victim
Top judge named to head Christchurch massacre inquiry 8 April 2019, 8:11 AM

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday named a Supreme Court judge to lead an inquiry into the massacre last month of 50 worshipers at two Christchurch mosques.

Theresa May
EU to decide whether to agree on May’s plea for another Brexit extension 8 April 2019, 8:05 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May will head to Brussels on Wednesday to meet leaders of the other 27 EU member states in the hope of winning a second delay to Britain's departure date.

Kirstjen Nielsen
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns amid Trump anger over border 8 April 2019, 5:43 AM

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who oversaw President Donald Trump’s bitterly contested immigration policies during her tumultuous16-month tenure, resigned on Sunday amid a surge in the number of migrants at the border with Mexico.

Premier Li Keqiang
China wants to work with EU on trade, premier writes before summit 7 April 2019, 6:04 PM

China wants to work with the European Union on issues from climate change to trade, Premier Li Keqiang wrote in a German newspaper before a summit next week aimed at cementing ties.

Brazil's new President Jair Bolsonaro gestures after receiving the presidential sash from outgoing President Michel Temer.
Bolsonaro struggles in first 100 days as Brazil leader 7 April 2019, 11:07 AM

As President Jair Bolsonaro prepares to mark the symbolic milestone of 100 days in office on Wednesday, analysts say the euphoria of his October victory that ended decades of center-left rule is evaporating.

Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognized as the country's rightful interim ruler, take part in a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas.
Venezuelans rally to demand power, water and end to Maduro 7 April 2019, 7:33 AM

Venezuelans, already suffering from hyperinflation and widespread shortages of food and medicine, say the crisis has worsened over the past month.

President Omar al-Bashir
Thousands of Sudanese protesters converge on president’s compound – witnesses 6 April 2019, 6:54 PM

Thousands of Sudanese demonstrators demanding President Omar al-Bashir step down converged on his residence on Saturday in what appeared to be the biggest rally since anti-government protests erupted in December, witnesses said.

UK issues passports without ‘European Union’ on cover 6 April 2019, 2:47 PM

Britain has begun issuing passports with the words "European Union" removed from the front cover  despite Brexit being delayed and its political leaders deadlocked over how to extricate the country from the bloc.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognised as the country's rightful interim ruler.
Venezuela’s Guaido calls for demonstrations to maintain pressure on Maduro 6 April 2019, 12:01 PM

Thousands of opposition supporters are expected to march through the capital Caracas from 11:00 am on Saturday as Venezuela's power struggle is exacerbated by massive blackouts and the collapse of water supplies.

Maldives holds first parliamentary election since Yameen 6 April 2019, 8:51 AM

The Maldives on Saturday held its first parliamentary election since former strongman leader Abdulla Yameen was forced to stand down, with his arch-rival expected to make a big comeback in the vote.

Biden says ‘very close’ to announcing if he will run for president 5 April 2019, 9:03 PM

Former US vice president Joe Biden said Friday he was on the cusp of announcing his 2020 plans, acknowledging he was watching his words carefully so as not to "start the clock" on a presidential campaign.

Amal Clooney named UK media freedom envoy 5 April 2019, 5:42 PM

Prominent human rights lawyer Amal Clooney said it had "never been more dangerous to report the news" on Friday as she was appointed special envoy for media freedom by the British government.

Nicolas Maduro
Houston’s Venezuelan expats eager for more action against Maduro 5 April 2019, 2:54 PM

US Vice President Mike Pence is set to speak in Houston on Friday carrying a tough message against Venezuela's government to an expatriate community eager for more actions to oust the country's president, Nicolas Maduro.

Wild Fire
Firefighters start to contain S.Korean wildfires 5 April 2019, 12:00 PM

Thousands of firefighters and soldiers are starting to contain wildfires in South Korea on Friday which have killed one person and forced more than 4 000 people to flee their homes, the South Korean government said.

British Prime Minster Theresa May
Britain’s May asks EU for Brexit extension to June 30 5 April 2019, 11:55 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May wrote to European Council President Donald Tusk on Friday asking for a delay of Brexit until up to June 30, but said she still hopes to get Britain out of the EU earlier to avoid it participating in European elections.

Brenton Tarrant
New Zealand massacre suspect charged with 49 more mosque murders 5 April 2019, 6:31 AM

Australian Brenton Tarrant appeared in a New Zealand court on Friday where the suspected white supremacist was charged with an additional 49 counts of murder at two mosques last month.

Prosecutor to the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda.
US revokes visa of the ICC prosecutor 5 April 2019, 5:50 AM

The United States has revoked the visa of the Prosecutor to the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, for entry into the United States.

Ghosn vows he won’t be ‘broken’ after re-arrest in Tokyo 4 April 2019, 9:28 PM

Japanese prosecutors Thursday re-arrested Carlos Ghosn on fresh allegations of financial misconduct, as the former auto tycoon slammed an "outrageous and arbitrary" detention and vowed he would "not be broken."

Agnes Callamard
Iraqi victims of Islamic State leadership deserve justice- UN 4 April 2019, 2:18 PM

Iraq must ensure that Islamic State leadership faces justice for alleged war crimes and genocide against civilians, not just charges of belonging to a terrorist group; a United Nations human rights investigator said on Thursday.

Theresa May
Labour’s Corbyn says Theresa May has not moved enough on Brexit 4 April 2019, 10:34 AM

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Theresa May had not moved far enough in a first round of crisis talks aimed at breaking the domestic deadlock over Britain's exit from the European Union.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden
Biden, mulling White House run, seeks to stem fallout from women’s complaints 4 April 2019, 10:29 AM

Former US Vice President Joe Biden attempted on Wednesday to tamp down a controversy over allegations of unwanted physical contact with women, releasing a video in which he pledged to be more mindful" of respecting"personal space."

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New Zealand mosque massacre suspect to face 50 murder charges 4 April 2019, 9:41 AM

The Australian man arrested over New Zealand’s mosques shooting massacre will face a total of 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges when he appears in court on Friday, police said.

Anutin Charnvirakul
Thai pro-marijuana party in high demand after disputed vote 3 April 2019, 7:32 PM

A super-wealthy construction scion who ran a pro-marijuana platform ahead of Thailand's election, has emerged as a highly courted candidate as two main parties need his allegiance and party seats after the disputed vote.

NATO chief says not seeking ‘new Cold War’ with Russia 3 April 2019, 6:22 PM

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that the alliance was not seeking a new "Cold War" with Russia on its 70th anniversary but called for greater efforts at deterrence.