Soleimani’s killing violated international law: UN Special Rapporteur

7 July 2020, 9:20 AM
An independent United Nations expert has determined that the United States drone strike that killed a top Iranian Commander in Iraq in January this year represented a violation of international law.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson attend a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin
After Germany hints at compromise, France tells UK: no new Brexit deal 22 August 2019, 5:39 AM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday challenged Britain to come up with alternatives to the Irish border backstop within 30 days, but French President Emmanuel Macron cautioned there would be no renegotiation of the Brexit deal.

Trump delays Denmark visit 21 August 2019, 9:10 PM

Denmark’s Prime Minister says the abrupt postponement of a State visit by United States President Donald Trump will not affect cooperation between the two countries.

Same-sex marriage
China’s parliament rules out allowing same-sex marriage 21 August 2019, 5:25 PM

Limiting marriage to a relationship between a man and a woman will remain China's legal position, a parliament spokesman said on Wednesday, ruling out following neighbouring Taiwan in allowing same-sex marriage.

US military drone shot down over Yemen: officials 21 August 2019, 2:31 PM

A United States military MQ-9 drone was shot down in Yemen's Dhamar governate, southeast of the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa, two US officials told Reuters on Wednesday.

George Pell departs the Supreme Court of Victoria, Melbourne.
George Pell returns to jail after losing appeal against sex abuse convictions 21 August 2019, 9:24 AM

George Pell, the highest ranking Catholic worldwide to be convicted of child sex offences, was sentenced in March to six years in jail after being found guilty on five charges of abusing the two boys at St Patrick’s Cathedral.

SA firmly believes that Palestine-Israel issue core to bringing peace to Middle East 21 August 2019, 5:43 AM

South Africa firmly believes that Palestine-Israeli question remains the core issue to peace and stability in the Middle East. That was the view expressed by Pretoria’s envoy to the United Nations, during a Security Council debate on challenges to the maintenance of peace and security in the region. The meeting was also attended by United […]

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo says ISIS strong in some areas – CBS 20 August 2019, 5:25 PM

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged on Tuesday that Islamic State militants are gaining strength in some areas but said the militant group's capacity to conduct attacks has been greatly diminished.

Russia accuses US of stoking tensions with missile test: TASS 20 August 2019, 12:40 PM

Russia accused the United States on Tuesday of stoking military tensions by testing a ground-launched cruise missile, but said it would not be drawn into an arms race, TASS news agency reported.

Hong Kong leader sees ‘way out’ of chaos through dialogue 20 August 2019, 6:04 AM

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she hoped a peaceful weekend anti-government protest was the start of an effort to restore peace and that dialogue with peaceful protesters would provide a “way out” for the Chinese-ruled city.

Protest for Eric's Justice.
NYPD fires officer Panteleo who used chokehold in Eric Garner’s death 19 August 2019, 9:41 PM

The New York Police Department (NYPD)has fired the officer caught on video using an illegal chokehold to subdue Eric Garner just before he died in 2014.

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson wants Britons to get vaccinated against measles 19 August 2019, 4:34 PM

Britons should get vaccinated against measles and ignore online "mumbo-jumbo" about dangers of the jabs, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday after a resurgence of the disease.

Migrants
Italy and Spain agree on dealing with migrants 19 August 2019, 11:08 AM

Spain and Italy appear to have struck a deal that will see the 107 migrants stranded in the Mediterranean for 18 days disembark at the Spanish port of Mallorca, Spanish rescue ship Open Arms said on Monday.

Trump ‘not ready’ for China trade deal, dismisses recession fears 19 August 2019, 6:33 AM

U.S. President Donald Trump and top White House officials dismissed concerns that economic growth may be faltering, saying on Sunday they saw little risk of recession despite a volatile week on global bond markets, and insisting their trade war with China was doing no damage to the United States.

Boris Johnson
UK faces food, fuel and drug shortages, says contested leaked document 18 August 2019, 6:47 PM

Britain will face shortages of fuel, food and medicine if it leaves the European Union without a transition deal, according to leaked official documents reported by the Sunday Times whose interpretation was immediately contested by ministers.

Spain offers port to stranded migrants 18 August 2019, 3:33 PM

Spain on Sunday offered Algeciras as a port to disembark more than 100 migrants on a charity rescue ship stranded off the coast of Italy after the vessel had spent more than two weeks waiting for a safe port to be made available.

Hong Kong protesters
Thousands of Hong Kongers brave rain to join anti-government rally 18 August 2019, 12:30 PM

Thousands of protesters, most clad in black, gathered under a downpour for an anti-government rally at a Hong Kong park on Sunday, in the eleventh week of what have been often violent demonstrations in the Asian financial hub.

More than 10 000 people left homeless after fire in Bangladesh 18 August 2019, 11:18 AM

More than 10 000 people have been left homeless after a massive fire swept through a crowded slum in the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka. Thousands of shacks have been destroyed.

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.

Boris Johnson
UK faces food, fuel and drugs shortages in no-deal Brexit 18 August 2019, 6:54 AM

Britain will face shortages of fuel, food and medicine if it leaves the European Union without a transition deal, jamming ports and requiring a hard border in Ireland, official government documents leaked to the Sunday Times show.

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.

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.

Najib Razak
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.

The flag of North Korea is seen in Geneva, Switzerland
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.

Emergency Landing
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.