Trump orders more Iran curbs as Saudi readies attack evidence

18 September 2019, 5:02 PM
President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he ordered a major increase in sanctions on Iran in the latest U.S. move to pressure Tehran, which U.S. officials say probably carried out a crippling weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities.
Pope Francis
Former top Vatican official calls on Pope to resign 26 August 2018, 3:08 PM

A former top Vatican official accused Pope Francis of having known of allegations of sex abuse by a prominent U.S. cardinal for five years before accepting his resignation last month and he called on the pontiff to resign.

America is waging ‘psychological war’ against Iran: foreign minister 26 August 2018, 11:59 AM

America is waging a psychological war against Iran and its business partners, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday, according to the Tasnim news agency.

John McCain, war hero and political maverick, dead at 81 26 August 2018, 6:58 AM

John McCain, a war hero and towering figure in American politics, known for reaching across the aisle in an increasingly divided nation, died Saturday following a battle with brain cancer.

Women in the farm
SA farmers ‘furious’ over Trump land reform tweet 26 August 2018, 6:41 AM

South African farmers have demanded Donald Trump "leave us the hell alone" after the US president criticised the country's land reform plans, accusing him of trying to deflect attention from his own scandals.

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Austrian minister says curtsey to Putin was not a sign of submission 25 August 2018, 2:47 PM

Austria's foreign minister on Saturday rejected fierce criticism over her deep curtsey to Russian President Vladimir Putin at her wedding last week, saying the gesture was not an act of submission.

Donald Trump
Trump scraps Pompeo trip to N.Korea, citing stalled nuclear diplomacy 25 August 2018, 7:10 AM

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday abruptly cancelled his top diplomat's planned trip to North Korea, publicly acknowledging for the first time that his effort to get Pyongyang to denuclearize had stalled since his summit with North Korea's leader.

UN ready to help government, people of Zimbabwe: Dujarric 24 August 2018, 7:54 PM

The United Nations has reacted to the Constitutional Court ruling in Zimbabwe, urging the country to come together in the aftermath of Friday’s judgement.

Thomas Cook removes Egypt hotel guests after UK couple dies 24 August 2018, 3:20 PM

British tour operator Thomas Cook said it is removing all its customers from a hotel in Egypt after a UK couple staying there died in unexplained circumstances and other guests fell ill.

US President Donald Trump
Trump promised to help Italy with debt 24 August 2018, 2:21 PM

US President Donald Trump promised to help Italy finance its public debt, which is the largest in Europe, the daily Corriere della Sera reported Friday.

Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison to become new prime minister 24 August 2018, 6:40 AM

Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison will become Australia's new prime minister after winning a Liberal party leadership vote on Friday, ending an internecine battle that has scarred the conservative government ahead of an election due by May 2019.

Park Geun-hye handcuffed by police officer
Korean ex-president Park’s sentence extended 24 August 2018, 5:53 AM

 A South Korean appeal court on Friday extended ex-president Park Geun-hye's prison sentence for corruption and abuse of power by one year.

‘Land expropriation without compensation would send SA down wrong path’ 24 August 2018, 5:41 AM

The United States says it believes that land expropriation without compensation would send South Africa down the wrong path.

US President Donald Trumo
“Trump needs political distractions to turn attention away from his criminal cabal” 23 August 2018, 5:54 PM

The former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard says President Donald Trump needs political distractions to turn attention away from what Gaspard says is Trump's criminal cabal.

Two killed in knife attack near Paris 23 August 2018, 1:04 PM

A man armed with a knife killed his mother and sister and seriously injured another person in a town near Paris on Thursday, officials said.

US President Donald Trumo
Trump asks U.S. Secretary to study SA’s land policy 23 August 2018, 6:54 AM

United States President Donald Trump has asked his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to closely study South Africa’s shifting land policy.

Pope Francis faces fight to keep the faith in Ireland 23 August 2018, 6:39 AM

Pope Francis faces a struggle this weekend to reinvigorate Ireland's confidence in the Catholic Church, in the face of multiple abuse scandals and a new generation shedding traditional mores.

UN’s Guterres signs book of condolence for Annan 22 August 2018, 8:33 PM

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has signed a book of condolence and laid a wreath in honour of his late predecessor Kofi Annan, who passed away on Saturday.

Israel approves more than 1000 West Bank settler homes: NGO 22 August 2018, 4:01 PM

Israeli authorities on Wednesday approved plans for more than 1,000 settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, the Peace Now NGO said, the latest in a raft of approvals since US President Donald Trump took office.

Trump’s ex-campaign chief Manafort guilty of tax, bank fraud 22 August 2018, 6:27 AM

Donald Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort was found guilty of tax and bank fraud Tuesday, in the first trial resulting from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Kerala Floods
More than a million pack India flood relief camps 21 August 2018, 2:38 PM

More than one million people have swarmed relief camps in India's Kerala state to escape devastating monsoon floods that have killed more than 410 people, officials said Tuesday as a huge international aid operation gathered pace.

People wait for aid next to a makeshift raft at a flooded area in Kerala,
Authorities hand out medicines after India’s worst flood in a century 21 August 2018, 6:18 AM

 The death toll in India's southern state of Kerala rose on Monday to nearly 400 after its worst flood in a century.

UN lines up events to pay homage to Kofi Annan 20 August 2018, 9:52 PM

The United Nations will pay tribute to late Secretary General Kofi Annan through various events in the coming days and weeks – including a wreathe laying ceremony at Headquarters in New York on Wednesday.

Melania Trump
Melania Trump laments cyber bullying 20 August 2018, 7:43 PM

United States (US) First Lady Melania Trump renewed her campaign to tackle cyber bullying Monday, as her husband lit up the internet with a stream of invective against his perceived foes.

Jury resumes deliberations in Manafort trial 20 August 2018, 6:16 PM

The jury resumed deliberations Monday in the trial of President Donald Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort, the first resulting from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Israeli journalist and peace activist, Uri Avnery
Avnery, Israeli peace activist who met Arafat, dies aged 94 20 August 2018, 4:16 PM

Israeli journalist and peace activist, Uri Avnery, has died in Tel Aviv aged 94, after suffering a stroke.

Afghanistan waits for Taliban response to truce offer 20 August 2018, 2:58 PM

Afghanistan was waiting Monday for a Taliban response to President Ashraf Ghani's proposal of a three-month ceasefire, an offer welcomed by the United States and NATO after nearly 17 years of war.

Brazil sends troops after clashes at Venezuela border 20 August 2018, 6:05 AM

Brazil's President Michel Temer called an emergency meeting of key ministers Sunday after ordering troops to the border with Venezuela as regional tensions build over the exodus from its crisis-hit neighbour.

Kofi Annan
Switzerland mourns ‘visionary and friend’ Kofi Annan 19 August 2018, 9:10 PM

As tributes flooded in from around the world Sunday for former UN chief Kofi Annan, Switzerland mourned a "visionary" who helped bolster his adopted home's position as an international diplomatic hub.

Kofi Annan
Tributes laud Annan as man of peace and champion of rights 19 August 2018, 3:54 PM

As condolences pour in from around the world after the death of former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan, we take a look at what world leaders have said of him:

More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage 19 August 2018, 11:26 AM

More than two million Muslims from around the globe on Sunday started the hajj pilgrimage at Islam's holiest sites in Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest annual gatherings.