COVID-19 death toll in Italy over 10 000

28 March 2020, 10:36 PM
The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy barrelled past 10 000 on Saturday, a figure that made an extension of a national lockdown almost certain.
UN pleads for end of Yemen blockade or ‘untold thousands’ will die 16 November 2017, 6:03 PM

The heads of three U.N. agencies issued a fresh plea on Thursday for the Saudi-led military coalition to lift its blockade on Yemen, warning that "untold thousands" would die.

Gunman kills four in California shooting spree 15 November 2017, 6:05 AM

A gunman carrying a semi-automatic weapon and two handguns opened fire at multiple locations across a small Northern California community on Tuesday, killing four people before he was slain by police.

Texas church reopens as solemn memorial to victims 14 November 2017, 4:57 PM

The modest Texas church where a gunman massacred more than two dozen worshipers last week reopened as a memorial on Sunday, giving the public its first glimpse of the site where one of the most shocking mass shootings in United States history unfolded. Signs of the rampage that officials said took 26 lives and wounded […]

Canada to host 2017 UN Peacekeeping conference 14 November 2017, 9:30 AM

Close to 100 countries, including South Africa, will attend a two-day United Nations ministerial meeting beginning today in Vancouver, Canada.

Iran ends rescue operations, battles to shelter quake survivors 14 November 2017, 5:53 AM

Sunday's 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck villages and towns in the mountainous area of Kermanshah province that borders Iraq while many people were at home asleep.

SA to attend United Nations ministerial meeting 13 November 2017, 7:45 PM

Close to 100 countries, including South Africa, will attend a two-day United Nations ministerial meeting beginning on Tuesday in Vancouver, Canada where improving the gender balance of peacekeeping operations and ending the recruitment of child soldiers will be among the main focal points.

Strong earthquake hits Iraq and Iran, killing at least 145 13 November 2017, 6:24 AM

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit the region around the border between Iran and Iraq on Sunday, killing at least 145 people state media in the two countries said, as rescuers searched for dozens trapped under rubble.

Trump backs US spy agencies on poll meddling 12 November 2017, 7:44 AM

Donald Trump said on Sunday he backed United States intelligence agencies who concluded that Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, but repeated his trust in the sincerity of Vladimir Putin’s denials and slammed critics of his relationship with the Russian leader. Key former Trump aides are under US investigation for possible collaboration with […]

Pope meets island leaders, decries rising seas 11 November 2017, 4:31 PM

Pope Francis is blasting “short-sighted human activity” for global warming

Three hurt in vehicle attack near Toulouse: French police 10 November 2017, 7:23 PM

The driver, who was arrested immediately afterwards in the city's Blagnac suburb, acted "deliberately" but was not on a list of known extremists, one source said, asking not to be named.

Trump praises China’s ‘highly respected’ Xi 10 November 2017, 6:26 AM

US President Donald Trump praised Chinese leader Xi Jinping as a “highly respected and powerful representative of his people” on Friday as he wrapped up his first state visit to Beijing. Trump showered his host with accolades during two days of meetings during which the US leader sought to convince Xi to do more to […]

Mobile-app errors expose data on 180 mln phones -security firm 9 November 2017, 9:21 PM

Up to 180 million smart phone owners are at risk of having some of their text messages and calls intercepted by hackers because of a simple coding error in at least 685 mobile apps, cyber-security firm Appthority warned on Thursday. Developers mistakenly coded credentials for accessing services provided by Twilio Inc, said Appthority’s director of […]

UN calls on Saudi-led coalition to reopen Yemen’s aid lifeline 8 November 2017, 8:15 PM

Saudi Arabia called the missile launch an act of war. Iran has denied arming them, leading to a further deterioration in an already catastrophic humanitarian situation in the country.

Sacked for being pregnant, Hong Kong maids called ‘dogs’, left homeless 8 November 2017, 6:06 PM

As soon as Indonesian domestic worker Anisa discovered she was pregnant with her first child, her heart sank. Having worked for 13 years in Hong Kong, she was terrified that her employer would fire her, jeopardising her future and that of her unborn child. For without a prized work contract, Anisa would be homeless, since […]

Woman becomes first transgender elected official in Virginia 8 November 2017, 11:49 AM

An American Democrat made history on Tuesday by becoming Virginia's and possibly the nation's first openly transgender state delegate, winning her bid for a seat in the legislature.

Trump warns ‘rogue regime’ N.Korea of grave danger 8 November 2017, 7:40 AM

US President Donald Trump issueda stark warning to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday, telling him that the nuclear weapons he is developing "are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger".

Family strife, threats preceded Texas church massacre 7 November 2017, 8:44 AM

A former US service man who shot 26 worshipers to death during Sunday prayers in Texas was embroiled in a domestic dispute with his in-laws and had sent threatening text messages to his wife's mother before the massacre, officials said Monday.

Investigators seek to establish motive for Texas shooting 6 November 2017, 9:39 PM

Investigators in the United States are scouring the background of the deceased gunman who opened fire inside a church in Texas killing 26 people and injuring 20 more.

Fuel shortage grips Sri Lanka 6 November 2017, 3:26 PM

A Sri Lankan minister was forced Monday to apologise for a fuel shortage that has seen long queues form at gas stations and forced many commuters to leave their cars at home.

26 worshipers killed in largest mass shooting in US 6 November 2017, 6:00 AM

A gunman dressed in black tactical gear massacred at least 26 worshipers and wounded 20 others at a white-steepled church in Texas on Sunday, carrying out the latest in a series of mass shootings that have plagued the United States. The lone suspect, also wearing a ballistic vest and carrying a Ruger assault rifle, fired […]

260 detained at Moscow anti-Putin protest: police 5 November 2017, 3:07 PM

Russian police said they detained 263 activists gathering in central Moscow on Sunday for an unauthorised protest against President Vladimir Putin.

Trump lands in Japan, says U.S. and allies are prepared to defend freedom 5 November 2017, 8:17 AM

U.S. President Donald Trump ramped up his tough rhetoric against North Korea when he arrived in Japan on Sunday, saying that the United States and its allies are prepared to defend freedom and that “no dictator” should underestimate U.S. resolve. Trump kicked off a 12-day Asian trip and is looking to present a united front […]

Motlanthe praises Castro for development of communism in Cuba 4 November 2017, 9:17 PM

Former President Kgalema Motlanthe has praised Fidel Castro for his contribution to the development of communism in Cuba and around the world.

Lebanon PM resigns, says fears for his life 4 November 2017, 3:38 PM

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation Saturday, citing Iran's "grip" on the country and threats to his life.

Spain issues arrest warrant for Catalan leader 4 November 2017, 6:35 AM

Spain on Friday issued an arrest warrant on sedition and other charges for former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, who went to Brussels after his government was sacked following a declaration of independence.

Palestinians labelled as hateful 3 November 2017, 5:58 AM

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations has labelled an event reflecting on the centenary of the issuance of the Balfour Declaration of 1917 as another example of hateful Palestinian incitement and their refusal to recognize the legitimacy of the Jewish State.

Trump calls for death penalty for terror suspect 2 November 2017, 8:07 PM

United States President Donald Trump continues to advocate for the death penalty for the man accused of killing 8 people and injuring 12 more in an act of terror in New York City earlier this week.

Man charged in NY attack said he ‘felt good’ about what he did 2 November 2017, 7:13 AM

An Uzbek immigrant accused of plowing a truck down a New York City bike path, killing eight people, told investigators he had been inspired by watching Islamic State videos and began planning the attack a year ago, according to a criminal complaint filed against him on Wednesday.

US votes against ending embargo on Cuba 1 November 2017, 9:43 PM

The United States has again reverted to its previous position of voting against a United Nations General Assembly resolution on the necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba.

Eight killed in New York terror attack 1 November 2017, 6:06 AM

At least eight people have been killed and more than a dozen injured in New York in what officials are calling a terror attack.