Afghan wedding suicide blast kills 63, amid hopes for talks

18 August 2019, 7:55 AM
A suicide bomber killed 63 people and wounded 182 in an attack on a packed wedding reception in the Afghan capital on Saturday night, the Interior Ministry said, as violence shows no sign of easing despite hopes for a deal on a US troop withdrawal.
Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin cruises to landslide election win 19 March 2018, 5:59 AM

Vladimir Putin cruised to victory in Russia's presidential election on Sunday, giving him at least another six years in power as Moscow's relations with the West become increasingly strained.

Observers monitoring Russia’s presidential election polling stations cry foul 18 March 2018, 9:31 PM

Independent observers monitoring web streams of Russia's presidential election polling stations have cried foul, sharing video links on social media alleging violations across the country.

Mapisa-Ngqakula to visit Vietnam 18 March 2018, 5:36 PM

Defense and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Ngqakula is due to travel to Vietnam this week. This as South Africa and Vietnam honours 25 years of diplomatic ties.

Russians vote for a new president 18 March 2018, 4:54 PM

Russians are heading to the polls on Sunday to vote in a presidential election that is expected to usher in President Vladimir Putin's fourth term.

Facebook critics want regulation, investigation after data misuse 18 March 2018, 12:49 PM

Facebook said it had suspended Cambridge Analytica and its parent group Strategic Communication Laboratories after reports that they did not delete information about Facebook users that had been inappropriately shared.

Syrians flee raging assaults on two fronts 18 March 2018, 7:54 AM

Thousands of terrified Syrian civilians fled for their lives on Saturday, as they sought to escape two raging offensives in a rebel bastion outside Damascus and a northwestern Kurdish enclave.

World leaders congratulate Xi on election as Chinese President 17 March 2018, 9:28 PM

President by a unanimous vote on Saturday morning at the ongoing first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), China's highest organ of state power.

Trump’s steel, aluminum tariffs to impact US companies too 17 March 2018, 3:20 PM

The steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by U.S. President Trump have made the cost of doing business a lot harder for many domestic companies.

Andrew McCabe
FBI deputy McCabe fired; claims he is being targeted 17 March 2018, 7:38 AM

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired the FBI’s former No.2 official Andrew McCabe on Friday.

Economic woes a growing concern for Russian voters 16 March 2018, 8:11 PM

Russian voters are set to propel Vladimir Putin to another term as president in an election on Sunday but for many ordinary people economic concerns cast a shadow on their lives.

Blaming Russia for spy poisoning absurd: Russian reporter 16 March 2018, 6:47 AM

It is absurd to blame Russia for a chemical attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter, said a Russian reporter in Moscow on Thursday.

Florida bridge collapse leaves four people dead 16 March 2018, 6:36 AM

A newly erected pedestrian bridge spanning several lanes of traffic collapsed at Florida International University on Thursday, killing four people, Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Dave Downey said.

Yulia Skripal
Russia denies involvement in nerve agent attack 15 March 2018, 7:54 AM

Russia has again denied it was responsible for an alleged nerve agent attack on British soil that has left a former Russian agent, his daughter and a British police officer in a critical condition.

US students stage walkout against gun violence 15 March 2018, 7:21 AM

From Washington to Los Angeles, students walked out of US classrooms Wednesday in the largest grassroots protest against gun violence seen in years, demanding action one month to the day after a deadly shooting rampage at a Florida high school.

Britain expels 23 Russian diplomats 14 March 2018, 5:21 PM

Britain will expel 23 Russian diplomats in response to a nerve toxin attack on a Russian ex-spy in southern England, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday, describing the attack as an unlawful use of force by Russia against the United Kingdom.

China hopes Tillerson firing won’t affect N. Korea talks 14 March 2018, 3:25 PM

China voiced hope on Wednesday Donald Trump's sudden firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will not impact bilateral relations or planned talks between the US president and North Korea's leader.

Duterte moves to quit International Criminal Court 14 March 2018, 11:10 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday he was pulling the Philippines out of the treaty underpinning the International Criminal Court, which is examining his deadly drug war.

Trump examines Mexico border wall designs 14 March 2018, 7:14 AM

US President Donald Trump toured the US border with Mexico on Tuesday and examined eight styles of walls, prototypes for the barrier he promised to build to keep out illegal immigrants and drugs.

Progress for women means changing unequal power: UN 13 March 2018, 9:38 PM

The progress for women and girls means changing the unequal power dynamics that underpin discrimination and violence.

Chinese Ambassador to SA lashes out at Tillerson for comments on China 13 March 2018, 8:13 PM

Chinese Ambassador to South Africa Lin Songtian has lashed out at the United States Secretary-General for his recent comments on China's relationship with Africa.

Trump ousts Secretary of State Tillerson, taps CIA director Pompeo 13 March 2018, 3:35 PM

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced the departure of his top diplomat Rex Tillerson, to be succeeded by the current CIA chief Mike Pompeo.

UN Chief calls for overhaul in women power dynamics 13 March 2018, 8:23 AM

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Gutteres says progress for women and girls means changing the unequal power dynamics that underpin discrimination and violence.

Theresa May
Allies back UK after it says Russia likely poisoned ex-spy 13 March 2018, 5:47 AM

Western allies have voiced support for Britain after Prime Minister Theresa May said it was "highly likely" that Moscow was responsible for a nerve agent attack on a Russian former double agent.

UK’s May says “highly likely” Russia behind nerve attack on spy 12 March 2018, 9:53 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday it was “highly likely” that Moscow was responsible for the poisoning in England of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter using a military-grade nerve agent. May told parliament that either the Russian state was directly responsible for the poisoning or it had allowed the […]

[Watch] Syrian conflict displaces millions 12 March 2018, 9:33 PM

From a city rich with ancient buildings and UNESCO World Heritage sites to a waste land scattered with remains of shelled buildings, blasted by bombs over the past 7-years, Syria remains a battleground. President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, opposition and rebel forces continue to defy sanctions and ceasefires, making an end to this war far from […]

France’s Le Pen threatens lawsuit in far-right party name dispute 12 March 2018, 7:46 PM

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front party, which at the weekend decided to change its name to the National Rally, plans to sue another right-wing politician who accuses her of stealing his party’s name. The legal sparring comes as Le Pen is trying to revive her movement after defeat to Emmanuel […]

SA to bid for rotational seat at UN Security Council 12 March 2018, 5:28 PM

South Africa is expected to launch its bid to for a rotational seat at the United Nations Security Council in New York before end of March.

White House to help arm school staff: officials 12 March 2018, 6:22 AM

President Donald Trump's administration will step up aid to states that want to arm school employees, officials said Sunday under a plan to increase campus safety after the killing of 17 people in Florida.

Cubans vote in one-party election as post-Castro era looms 11 March 2018, 7:49 PM

Cubans went to the polls on Sunday in a one-party vote that marks the penultimate step in a political process that will culminate next month with the selection of the island's first non-Castro leader since the 1959 revolution.

Japan tsunami, nuclear tragedy remembered seven years on 11 March 2018, 11:07 AM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe led a sombre ceremony Sunday as Japan marked the seventh anniversary of a deadly earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that devastated its north-eastern coast and left around 18,500 people dead or missing.