DONALD TRUMP IMPOSES SANCTIONS ON TURKEY AS SYRIAN CRISIS ESCALATES
Protesting Turkey's military offensive into northeast Syria, US President
Donald Trump on Monday announced he will authorise sanctions against Turkish
officials, raise steel tariffs and end negotiations on a $100 billion trade
deal. Turkey launched a cross-border assault on Kurdish fighters on
Wednesday after the US decided to withdraw troops from Syria.
ROBREDO CAMP URGES PET TO FOLLOW OWN RULES
MANILA - The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo urged the Presidential
Electoral Tribunal to follow its own rules on Monday, a day ahead of a
possible ruling on the election protest filed by 2016 vice presidential
candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos.
XI, MODI CHART COURSE AHEAD FOR NEW ERA
China and India can create an even closer partnership in the new era, as the countries' leaders have reset relations through an informal meeting over the weekend in the coastal city of Chennai in southern India, officials and experts said.
TURKEY-SYRIA OFFENSIVE: KURDS REACH DEAL WITH SYRIAN ARMY
Syria's Kurds on Sunday announced a groundbreaking deal with Damascus on a
Syrian troop deployment near the border with Turkey, as Ankara pressed a
deadly cross-border offensive that has sparked an international outcry.
The announcement came as the United States ordered the withdrawal of almost
its entire ground force in Syria.
ALBAYALDE STEPS DOWN AS PNP CHIEF EARLIER THAN PLANNED
MANILA — General Oscar Albayalde stepped down as chief of the Philippine
National Police Monday as he battles allegations that he had coddled cops
involved in drug recycling issue.
TURKISH-BACKED SYRIAN REBELS SEIZE CENTRE OF SYRIAN BORDER TOWN
Turkish-backed Syrian rebels seized control of the centre of the Syrian
border town of Ras al-Ain town on Saturday, a senior Turkish security
official said, as Turkey's offensive against a Kurdish militia in the region
entered its fourth day.
MONDAY COMMUTE FOR GOVERNMENT EXECS PUSHED
MANILA — Inspired by the commute challenge to presidential spokesman
Salvador Panelo, a lawmaker has proposed a law requiring all government
officials to take public transport to work every Monday.
XI-MODI INFORMAL MEETING ACHIEVES FRUITFUL RESULTS: CHINESE VICE-FM
The just-concluded informal meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has achieved fruitful outcomes, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Saturday.
XI GIVEN WARM WELCOME IN INDIA
President Xi Jinping arrived in Chennai on Friday for the second informal summit with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which analysts said is expected to enhance political trust between the world's two most populous countries.
TURKEY SYRIA OFFENSIVE: US BUILDS PRESSURE TO HALT INCURSION AGAINST KURDS
Pressure is building in the US to stop Turkey continuing its offensive
against Kurdish-held areas in Syria.
Defence Secretary Mark Esper warned of "serious consequences" while Treasury
Secretary Steven Mnuchin held out the prospect of fresh sanctions.
IED BLAST ROCKS BILIBID
MANILA — An explosion rocked the New Bilibid Prison while corrections
personnel were conducting clearing operations at the NBP compound in
Muntinlupa City yesterday.
NATION RIDING TIDE OF CHANGES IN WORLD ORDER
The world is facing challenges arising from the weakening role of international law and global governance. The United Nations is now "at a hard time" as its functions are being crippled. China can play a bigger part in strengthening the role of the international body.
TRUMP SAYS HE HOPES HE CAN MEDIATE BETWEEN TURKEY AND THE KURDS
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he hopes he can mediate between
Turkey and the Kurds following Turkey's offensive on U.S.-allied Kurds in
PNP RESHUFFLES TOP OFFICIALS
Central Visayas Regional Director Sinas to take over NCRPO
MANILA - National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Guillermo
Eleazar has been promoted to Chief of the Directorial Staff of the
Philippine National Police, according to PNP chief Oscar Albayalde.
The Chief of Directorial Staff is the fourth highest position in the PNP.
The move was triggered by the retirement of the PNP's second highest
official, Lt. Gen. Fernando Mendez Jr.
Companies and institutions have sped up their final preparations for the second China International Import Expo, which serves as a gateway for China to meet the outside world and vice versa
China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism has drafted a regulation on online tourist services and started soliciting public opinions in a bid to better regulate the booming sector.
China's express delivery services grew rapidly in 2018, accounting for more than 50 percent of the world's total delivery volume, the State Post Bureau said on Wednesday.
Twelve provinces and autonomous regions have set a timetable to connect all their cities with high-speed rail after East China's Fujian province became the first to achieve that in September, Economic View reported.
Jack Ma and his family took the crown of richest Chinese individuals with a total fortune of 275 billion yuan ($38.56 billion) followed by Ma Huateng, 260 billion yuan, and Xu Jiayin, 210 billion yuan, according to the 2019 LEXUS·Hurun China Rich List issued by Hurun Research Institute on Thursday.
Premier Li Keqiang reiterated on Wednesday China's commitment to encourage low-carbon consumption and pursue green development by accelerating the shift in the country's growth model and improving economic structure.
President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday that the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and the Solomon Islands is "a good thing that conforms to the trend of the times and benefits the people of both countries".
President Xi Jinping's South Asia trip, which begins on Friday, will boost regional interconnectivity and strengthen China's ties with India and Nepal, a senior diplomat said on Wednesday.
MANILA — Troy Rosario and KJ McDaniels played clutch as TNT KaTropa survived
a tough test from NorthPort, rallying to a hard-earned 103-100 verdict to
keep their streak going in the PBA Governors’ Cup last night at the Cuneta
MANILA -- Hindi pa-diva sa set si Sarah Geronimo, ayon kay Ara Mina na
co-star niya sa pelikulang "Unforgettable."
MANILA -- Sinalakay ng hackers ang online video channel account ni Alex
MANILA — Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday led the closure of Isetann mall along
Recto Avenue in Manila for allegedly selling stolen cell phones and
operating without a business permit.
MANILA — Investigators are looking into whether or not politics is connected
to the fatal shooting of a vice mayor from Masbate province in Manila
earlier this week, police said Thursday.
MANILA – The government’s anti-polio drive needs a restart with vaccines
coming from the World Health Organization (WHO), Health Secretary Francisco
Duque III said yesterday.
MANILA — Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go yesterday vowed to provide school
uniforms and supplies for children whose homes were destroyed in a fire in
Bago Bantay, Quezon City on Sept. 28.
MANILA – Prohibited drugs, sex toys and cell phones were among the items
seized as shelters or kubol inside the maximum security compound of the New
Bilibid Prison (NBP) were demolished by authorities yesterday.
MANILA – Another phone call made by then Pampanga provincial police chief
Oscar Albayalde to a superior sometime in 2014 came back yesterday to haunt
him at the Senate Blue Ribbon committee inquiry into the issue of “ninja
cops,” or police officers involved in recycling illegal drugs.
MANILA (UPDATE)—Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo will put his
pronouncement — and possibly his patience — to the test when he takes public
transportation to Malacañang on Friday.
BAGUIO CITY — The highest ranking cadet of the Philippine Military Academy
left his post following the death of 20-year-old Cadet 4th Class Darwin
MANILA — Congestion in the South Luzon Expressway will ease in December
after authorities remove heavy equipment and road obstructions being used in
the ongoing Skyway extension project, its manager said Thursday.
MANILA — The Toll Regulatory Board said Thursday it is studying a proposal
to suspend fees along the South Luzon Expressway, where a lawmaker said
motorists have been spending half their day due to heavy traffic spawned by
the Skyway extension project.
MANILA – Supreme Court (SC) spokesman Brian Keith Hosaka reminded the camps
of Vice President Leni Robredo and former senator Bongbong Marcos to observe
the sub judice rule and stop issuing comments to the media on the poll
protest pending before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).
Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday it will allow women in the
ultra-conservative kingdom to serve in the armed forces as it embarks on a
broad programme of economic and social refor
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked US President Donald Trump to
intervene in the case of an American diplomat’s wife who left the UK after
being involved in a fatal road crash.
House Democrats prepared Wednesday to force the Trump administration anew to
answer questions in their impeachment investigation, one day after President
Donald Trump and the White House declared that they would defy Congress in
one of the most extraordinary assertions of executive authority in modern
The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been jointly awarded to John B
Goodenough of the US, Britain’s M Stanley Whittingham and Japan’s Akira
Yoshino for the development of lithium-ion batteries, the Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences announced on Wednesday.
China is facing its hardest time in decades in maintaining the economy and
badly wants to have a trade deal with the US, President Donald Trump has
said, ahead of the next round of trade negotiations between the two giants
economies. “China is having a hard time at this moment. And I think they’d
like to make a deal very badly. And so we have a lot of things that are
really exciting,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
The US did not give Turkey a "green light" for its offensive in northern
Syria, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said.
Moscow: Russia has decorated NASA astronaut Nick Hague, who survived an
aborted space launch last year, with one of its highest honours, the Order
of Courage, a Kremlin decree said on Tuesday
The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded Tuesday to three scientists for
their contribution to the understanding of the evolution of the universe.
Almost 400 all-time high temperatures were set in the northern hemisphere
over the summer, according to an analysis of temperature records.
The records were broken in 29 countries for the period from 1 May to 30
August this year.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was urged to rein in his tax-cutting plans amid
warnings that a no-deal Brexit could blow a 100 billion-pound ($123 billion)
hole in the public finances and lift government debt to its highest for half
US President Donald Trump has defended his decision to withdraw US troops
from the key areas of northern Syria ahead of a planned Turkish operation in
the region, saying America is not a "police force" and will not fight
"endless" wars, even as the Republicans vehemently criticised the
President's abrupt move with some terming it a "betrayal" of the Kurds.
"We want to bring our troops back home. It's been many many years. It's been
decades, in many cases. We want to bring our troops back home. I got elected
on that. If you go back and look at our speeches," Trump told reporters.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump had promised to bring back US
troops from Syria and Afghanistan.
Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday her administration
had no plans to use colonial-era emergency powers to introduce new laws,
after a long weekend of violent protests saw widespread defiance of a ban on
A No 10 source has said a Brexit deal is "essentially impossible" after a
call between the PM and Angela Merkel.
The US has announced visa restrictions against officials of the Chinese
government and the Communist Party of China for instituting a highly
"repressive campaign" against ethnic and religious minorities, including the
Uyghur Muslims, in the country's Xinjiang province.
The White House said on Tuesday it would refuse to cooperate with a
"baseless, unconstitutional" congressional impeachment inquiry, setting
Republican President Donald Trump on a collision course with the
Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives.
At least 13 people died when an overloaded migrant boat capsized near the
island of Lampedusa as they were about to be rescued, the Italian coast
guard said Monday. Twenty-two people were rescued from the sea and taken to
Israel's state prosecutors and Benjamin Netanyahu's lawyers were wrapping up
the pre-indictment hearing over a slew of corruption allegations against the
prime minister on Monday.
The U.S. Commerce Department announced on Monday it is blacklisting 28
Chinese entities that it says are implicated in rights violations and abuses
targeting Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region.
As many as 35 candidates on Monday filed nominations for Sri Lanka's
Presidential election scheduled this November. This is a record number of
nominations for the contest to the country's highest office, Election
Commission officials said.
There is a good possibility of a trade deal with China, President Donald
Trump has said, ahead of Chinese Vice Premier Liu He's visit to the U.S. for
US researchers William Kaelin and Gregg Semenza and Britain's Peter
Ratcliffe on Monday shared the Nobel Medicine Prize for discoveries on how
cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability, the Nobel Assembly said.
Pakistan has failed to fully implement a UN Security Council resolution
against Hafiz Saeed and other UN-designated terrorists, as well as outfits
like Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Asia-Pacific division of
global money laundering watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) said
President Donald Trump on Monday launched a harsh attack on NATO ally
Turkey, threatening to destroy its economy if Ankara takes a planned
military strike in Syria too far even though the U.S. leader himself has
opened the door for a Turkish incursion.
Germans used more paper than any other country in the G20 in 2018.
Germany used 241.7 kilograms of paper per person last year, according to
federal figures reported by the Saarbrücker Zeitung daily newspaper. In
second place was the US at 211 kilograms per person.
KUALA LUMPUR — UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said Saturday she was
"troubled" by Hong Kong's increasingly violent pro-democracy protests, and
stressed that any measures to quell the unrest must be grounded in law.
The de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates held talks with Saudi
Arabia’s deputy defence minister in Abu Dhabi on Sunday on military and
defence matters and regional security at a time of heightened tensions with
common foe Iran.
At least eight people were killed in new clashes between Iraqi security
forces and anti-government protesters on Sunday, the sixth day of unrest in
which the death toll has now passed 100 and more than 6,000 have been
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed
the planned “safe zone” east of the Euphrates River in Syria during a phone
call on Sunday, the Turkish presidency said, adding the two men agreed to
meet in Washington next month.
French and German attempts to end the conflict in east Ukraine risk
increasing tensions that were already rising in the European Union over how
to handle Russia and which could complicate peace efforts.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has claimed his Brexit proposals have picked
up support in the Parliament as he urged the European Union (EU) to
Saudi Arabia is allowing foreign men and women to rent hotel rooms together
without proving they are related after the conservative Muslim kingdom
launched a new tourist visa regime to attract holidaymakers.
Airline bankruptcies have increased this year at the fastest ever rate, led
by the collapse of India's Jet Airways, British travel group Thomas Cook and
Avianca of Brazil, according to industry data published on Friday.
The Taliban met US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Pakistan capital for
the first time since President Donald Trump declared a seemingly imminent
peace deal to end Afghanistan's 18-year war 'dead' a month ago, a Taliban
official said early Saturday.
There are rules in exploring energy resources in the Mediterranean Sea, U.S.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday, warning Turkey not to
engage in drilling activity that is "illegal" and "unacceptable".
Turkey's president threatened Saturday to launch a military operation into
northeastern Syria, where US troops are deployed and have been trying to
defuse tension between Washington's two allies - Ankara and the Syrian
Hong Kong's transport operator MTR resumed metro service on Sunday morning,
but some stations remain closed due to "serious vandalism".
The United Nations has called for an end to the "senseless loss of life" in
Iraq as the death toll from anti-government protests nears 100.
US President Donald Trump on Saturday opened a new front in the impeachment
battle that threatens his administration, blasting a prominent member of his
party for criticizing his push to get foreign nations to probe a leading
Democratic rival. The Republican president, who launched a stream of
invective at Democrats and the media this week as an impeachment probe in
Congress widened, tweeted that U.S. Senator Mitt Romney was a "pompous 'ass'
who has been fighting me from the beginning."
The US has denied that its day of nuclear talks with North Korea ended in
failure, insisting that "good discussions" were had.
The United States has reopened its embassy in Mogadishu nearly three decades
after Somalia collapsed into civil war. Ambassador Donald Yamamoto said
Wednesday that the reopening reflected progress in the Horn of Africa
country in recent years and the partnership between the two countries.
Norma Garca's dream vacation, an extended jaunt with her adult daughter
through erstwhile empires in Europe and the Middle East, was nearly dashed
before it even began by Vladimir Putin's machinery of state.
The Trump administration will deny visas to immigrants who cannot prove they
will have health insurance or the ability to pay for medical costs once they
become permanent residents of the United States, the White House announced
Friday in the latest move by President Donald Trump to undermine legal
The death toll in anti-government protests that have swept Iraq the past
four days has soared to at least 60, security and medical sources say.
The figure has more than doubled in the past 24 hours, as clashes between
protesters and police intensified.
A hacking group that appears to be linked to the Iranian government
attempted to break into U.S. President Donald Trump's re-election campaign
but were unsuccessful, sources familiar with the operation told Reuters on
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Friday Hong Kong leader
Carrie Lam should step down following months of protests against her
government, Malaysian media reported.
Thousands have taken part in unplanned protests in Hong Kong after the
territory's government announced a face mask ban, which came into effect at
midnight (16:00 GMT).
US Democratic lawmakers have demanded documents from the White House as part
of their impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
Australia's ban on Chinese telecoms giant Huawei's involvement in its future
5G networks and its crackdown on foreign covert interference are testing
Beijing's efforts to project its power overseas.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday took aim at teenage climate
activist Greta Thunberg, telling an energy forum he did not share the
excitement about her United Nations speech last month.
A knife-wielding man working at the police headquarters in central Paris
went on a rampage October 3, stabbing and killing four employees before
himself being shot dead, officials said.
Thousands of protesters clashed with riot police in Iraq's capital and
across the south on Thursday, the third day of mass rallies that have left
US Attorney General William Barr and his British and Australian counterparts
are pressing Facebook to create a so-called backdoor to give authorities
access to encrypted messages on WhatsApp and other messaging platforms.
US President Donald Trump, already facing an impeachment inquiry after
urging Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden, has now urged
China to do likewise.
The European Union is "open but not convinced" by the UK PM's new proposals
for a Brexit deal with the EU, the president of the European Council says.
Donald Tusk was among several leading EU voices to express doubt over Boris
Johnson's withdrawal agreement plan.
US prosecutors Wednesday told a courtroom in New York that the Mexican drug
kingpin known as El Chapo delivered $1 million to the brother of the
Honduran president — money that had been intended to reach the president
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo publicly acknowledged for the first time
Wednesday that he was on the phone call in which President Donald Trump
pressed Ukraine’s president to investigate Democratic political rival Joe
Calling the impeachment inquiry a “hoax”, US President Donald Trump lashed
out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Representative Adam Schiff over the
Hong Kong office workers and high-school students turned out in their
hundreds under a sweltering midday sun on Wednesday to denounce a policeman
for shooting and wounding a teenager during the most violent clashes in
nearly four months of unrest.
A Boeing engineer filed an internal complaint alleging that company managers
rejected a backup system that might have alerted pilots to problems linked
to two deadly crashes involving the 737 Max jet, according to published
A measure of U.S. manufacturing unexpectedly fell deeper into contraction,
posting the weakest reading since the end of the last recession as a global
slowdown and the U.S.-China trade war increasingly weigh on the sector.
North Korea has confirmed it test-fired a new type of a ballistic missile, a
significant escalation from the short-range tests it has conducted since
Dozens of cadets and youngsters from Russia's Youth Army have been getting
up close and personal with perhaps the world's most iconic firearm as their
country prepares to mark the centenary of the birth of Mikhail Kalashnikov,
maker of the legendary rifle.
Saudi operatives suspected of killing the journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the
country's Istanbul consulate were heard joking and talking about
dismemberment before his arrival, according to secret tapes heard by UN
North Korea and the U.S. have agreed to resume nuclear negotiations on
October 5 following a months-long stalemate over withdrawal of sanctions in
exchange for disarmament, a senior North Korean diplomat said Tuesda
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed Tuesday that Britain will
make firm proposals for a new divorce deal with the European Union within
days, saying "this is the moment when the rubber hits the road."
The United States has blocked the import of goods suspected to have been
made with forced labor from five countries, including clothing from China
and diamonds from Zimbabwe, officials said on Tuesday following a rare
crackdown on slave labor abroad.
Donald Trump on Tuesday denounced the impeachment inquiry threatening his
presidency as a "coup", as his administration pushed back hard against the
The 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule in China was "one of Hong
Kong's most violent and chaotic days", the city's police chief has said.
An 18-year-old protester was shot in the chest with a live bullet - one of
six live rounds fired by police.
Ahead of inspecting a grand military parade on Tuesday to mark the 70th
anniversary of the formation of the People's Republic of China (PRC),
Chinese President Xi Jinping reaffirmed that China would achieve its
peaceful rise, steered by the Communist Party, the People's Liberation Army
(PLA) and unity of its people, based on the "One-China" principle.
Colombo: A court in Sri Lanka set up a three-judge panel on Monday to hear a
petition challenging the citizenship of presidential nominee Gotabaya
The Al-Shabaab militant group claimed responsibility for an attack on a US
base in Somalia on Monday, as the European Union confirmed a separate strike
against a convoy of Italian advisers.
Yemen's rebels on Monday released scores of detainees they had rounded up
and held for years in rebel-controlled territory, a development that raised
hopes of reviving stalled peace talks between the warring sides.
The front-runners for Afghanistan's presidency, incumbent Ashraf Ghani and
Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, have both declared victory, echoing an
election crisis five years ago when competing claims by the two men led to
months of turmoil.
A day after winning Austria's early election, former Chancellor Sebastian
Kurz refused on Monday to rule out any options for forming a new government,
including courting the far-right Freedom Party that suffered heavy losses
following corruption allegations.
On the eve of the 70th anniversary of its formation, the People's Republic
of China (PRC) says it is a responsible global power, but will not deviate
from its unique socialist model.
Afghanistan's government is using its platform at the UN General Assembly to
send a message to Taliban insurgents: "Join us in peace, or we will continue
In a television interview, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called for
global action against Iran and warned that oil prices could otherwise rise
US President Donald Trump called Australian PM Scott Morrison and asked for
his help with an investigation into the origins of the Mueller inquiry,
Australian officials have confirmed.
Yemen's rebels on September 29 claimed they launched a major attack on the
border of Saudi Arabia, releasing video purporting to show captive Saudi
soldiers and equipment.
Former Army commander of Sri Lanka Mahesh Senanayake on Sunday announced
that he would contest the November 16 Presidential election, pledging legal
reform and a "new political" culture for the country.
LONDON - Wealthy countries including the United States, Germany, and Britain
spent less on aid for humanitarian crises last year, even as the United
Nations said it was dealing with unprecedented need, research released on
Only about one in five registered voters cast their ballot in the Afghan
presidential election on Saturday, according to an Afghan election
commission official who requested anonymity.
A Ukrainian ex-prosecutor general has told the BBC there is no reason for
his country to investigate President Donald Trump's political rival Joe
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will make a final effort this week
to salvage a deal from talks to form a unity government with his centrist
election rival Benny Gantz, he said on September 29.
Boris Johnson vowed on Sunday he would not quit as Britain's Prime Minister
even if he fails to secure a deal to leave the European Union, saying only
his Conservative government can deliver Brexit on October 31.
Authorities in London have referred Prime Minister Boris Johnson to a police
complaints body to see if he should face a criminal investigation over links
to an American businesswoman who allegedly received favourable treatment
because of her friendship with him during his time as mayor.
Kurt Volker, Donald Trump's special envoy to Ukraine, has resigned following
the release of a whistleblower complaint that alleged the US President's
inappropriate interactions with his Ukrainian counterpart.
A Montreal rally led by Greta Thunberg on Friday attracted 500,000 people,
according to organizers. Schoolchildren were joined by adults as they
marched together with the teen activist at the demonstration as part of a
global wave of "climate strikes."
Anti-government protesters in Hong Kong rallied in a downtown park, occupied
a major road and blanketed several neighborhoods with pro-democracy artwork
on Saturday, days before a sensitive national holiday that will commemorate
70 years of Communist rule in China.
The White House has restricted access to transcripts of some of President
Donald Trump's calls with foreign leaders, US media report.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is denying his country would
interfere with the upcoming U.S. presidential election and says his
government doesn't have a preference in the race.
A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration's move to vastly extend
authority of immigration officers to deport people without allowing them to
appear before judges, the third legal setback for its immigration agenda in
President Donald Trump, the target of an impeachment investigation over
alleged abuse of power, warned supporters that "our country is at stake like
Afghanistan's presidential polls closed on Saturday amid fears that
accusations of fraud and misconduct could overwhelm any election result,
while insurgent attacks aimed at disrupting voting in the country's north
and south caused dozens of casualties.
The salmon farms in the far south of Australia, where icy winds roar in from
Antarctica, seem an unlikely casualty of global warming
Hundreds of thousands of people have joined climate strike marches across
Canada, with almost 100 events planned in cities and towns.
China and Kiribati have established diplomatic relations, Chinese state
media reported on Saturday, days after the tiny Pacific island nation
severed ties with Taiwan.
In a significant development for the region, the Quadrilateral Strategic
Dialogue (the Quad) between India, Australia, Japan and the U.S. held its
first Minister-level meeting since it was revived in 2017. The group, which
met in New York on Thursday, is seen as a regional counter-weight to China
and has only met at the Joint or Assistant Secretary level since 2017.
House Democrats, moving quickly to escalate their impeachment inquiry into
President Donald Trump, subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday,
demanding that he promptly produce a tranche of documents and a slate of
witnesses that could shed light on the president’s attempts to pressure
Ukraine to help tarnish a leading political rival
Voting is under way in Afghanistan's presidential election, amid heavy
security and threats from insurgents.
The British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which had been held off the
Iranian port of Bandar Abbas for more than two months, set sail and reached
international waters on Friday, its Swedish owner said.
The US has asked Pakistan why it is only bothered about the human rights
of Muslims in Kashmir and is not highlighting the “horrific conditions” that
continue to exist for the members of the community throughout China.
Nearly 2,000 wildfires are burning across Indonesia, turning the sky blood
red over central Sumatra and creating dense clouds of smoke that have caused
respiratory problems for nearly 1 million people.
Saudi Arabia said on Friday it will offer tourist visas for the first time,
opening up the kingdom to holidaymakers as part of a push to diversify its
economy away from oil.
Jacques Chirac, the former French president who championed the European
Union, but whose later years were blighted by corruption scandals, has died
Pakistan, Turkey and Malaysia have decided to jointly launch an English
language Islamic television channel to correct misperceptions and confront
the challenges posed by Islamophobia, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said.
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Hundreds of Indonesians gathered in several major
centres across the archipelago Thursday as authorities braced for more
violent opposition to a major overhaul of the criminal code.
The United Nations Security Council's 1267 Committee - which oversees
sanctions against terrorists - approved in August this year Pakistan's
request to let Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba chief
Hafiz Saeed use his bank account for meeting "basic expenses".
Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday it would help revive
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on September 26 lost yet another vote
in parliament over a government request for a three-day recess to allow his
Conservative party to hold its annual conference.
Saudi Arabia's crown prince said he bears responsibility for the killing of
journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year by Saudi operatives "because it
happened under my watch," according to a PBS documentary to be broadcast
"If they actually did this the markets would crash," President Donald Trump
said in a tweet Thursday morning that cites stock session lows after House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi's impeachment inquiry was announced Tuesday.
Earth’s oceans are under severe strain from climate change, a major new
United Nations report warns, threatening everything from the ability to
harvest seafood to the well-being of hundreds of millions of people living
along the coasts.
A futuristic airport that resembles a giant starfish
The death toll in the earthquake that rattled Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and
several north-eastern cities in the country rose to 37 on Wednesday as
authorities stepped up rescue
A top Chinese envoy ruled out making any further concessions to
pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on Wednesday, just a day before the
city's embattled leader meets the public in a bid to defuse the months of
There is no chance that the presidents of the United States and Iran will
meet during the United Nations General Assembly this week, an Iranian
official told Reuters on September 25.
Israel’s president on September 25 tasked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
with forming a new government after last week’s deadlocked elections, his
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the initiation of a formal
impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump making him only the
fourth US President in history to face the move over the latter’s
controversial phone call with the Ukrainian President.
Boris Johnson has told MPs the Supreme Court was "wrong to pronounce on a
political question at a time of great national controversy".
In a landmark verdict on Tuesday, the Spanish top court said the government
is allowed to remove the remains of former fascist dictator Francisco Franco
from a state mausoleum, rejecting an appeal against it by his descendants.
Luxembourg: Google is not required to apply an EU "right to be forgotten" to
its search engine domains outside Europe, the EU's top court ruled Tuesday
New York: Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina has been honoured with the 'Vaccine
Hero Award' in recognition of the country's outstanding
One person died and over 45,000 people have been affected in flash floods in
Sri Lanka, following incessant rains in the island over the past two days.
A powerful 5.8-magnitude earthquake jolted Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and
several cities in the north-eastern parts of the country on Tuesday, killing
at least 26 people and wounding over 300 others.
U.S. President Donald Trump stirred up fresh outrage on social media Monday
with a tweet mocking an impassioned speech made by 16-year-old activist
Greta Thunberg at the UN climate summit in New York.
The court said Johnson's suspension of Parliament never formally took
effect, opening the door for Parliament to resume its duties Wednesday
morning as if nothing had happened. It also established that Johnson had
involved Queen Elizabeth II by giving her improper advice when he sought her
permission to shutter Parliament for five weeks.
US president Donald Trump on Monday slammed a Pakistani reporter for his
lengthy rhetorical question on Kashmir describing India as an aggressor and
Pakistan as a peacemaker.
Slamming China for not adopting international trade reforms, US President
Donald Trump Tuesday said the time for tolerating Beijing's trade abuses is
over as it has declined to adopt promised reforms and has instead embraced
an economic model dependent on massive market barriers, currency
manipulation, product dumping, forced technology transfers and theft of
US Democrats have opened a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald
Trump over allegations he sought help from a foreign power to damage a
Lahore: The Chinese authorities on Monday opened Beijing's the first visa
application service centre in Lahore
Iran said on Monday that a British-flagged oil tanker was "free" to leave
more than two months after it was seized in the Gulf.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau resumed his re-election campaign on
Sunday with a promise to lower taxes, but once again had to apologise for a
photo showing him in blackface makeup.
On Prime Minister Boris Johnson's turbulent path to Downing Street, serial
philandering and ethical sloppiness became part of his shtick, blots on a
career so chaotic and beguiling that the British public always seemed to
forgive the mistakes.
Russia said it would implement the 2015 Paris Agreement to fight climate
change after Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday approved a government
resolution signifying Moscow's final acceptance of the deal.
A visibly angry Greta Thunberg berated world leaders as she addressed a UN
climate summit on Monday, accusing them of betraying her generation by
failing to tackle greenhouse gas emissions and asking "How dare you?"
Global trade rules are "no longer fit for purpose" and must be changed to
accommodate China's new status as a developed economy, Australian Prime
Minister Scott Morrison said in a major foreign policy speech in the United
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main opponent Benny Gantz
agreed to explore options for a unity government on September 23 as they met
for the first time since last week's election at the request of Israel's
AtAverage global temperature between 2015-2019 is on track to be the hottest
of any five-year period on record, a UN report by the worlds leading
climate agencies said Sunday.
Representatives of Sindhi, Baloch, and Pashto groups have gathered in
Houston to hold a demonstration in front of the NRG stadium on Sunday to
draw the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald
Trump for gaining freedom from Pakistan.
Iran’s President called on Sunday on Western powers to leave the security of
the Persian Gulf to regional nations led by Tehran, criticising a new
U.S.-led coalition patrolling the region’s waterways as nationwide parades
showcased the Islamic Republic’s military arsenal.
Have you ever wondered how the world leaders discuss political issues on
WhatsApp? A video doing to the rounds on Twitter could answer the question.
The video shows Whatsapp chats from a group called “World Leaders Group”.
Benny Gantz, a former army chief, is incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu's main rival
President Donald Trump, a self-described deal-maker, is saddled with a long
list of unresolved foreign policy deals he has yet to close heading into his
UN visit this coming week.
Over a hundred demonstrators were arrested at yellow vest protests in Paris
on Saturday as about 7,500 policemen were deployed to quell any violence by
the movement and its radical, anarchist "black blocs".
US President Donald Trump on Friday vigorously rejected a whistleblower's
claim of wrongdoing, amid reports he used a call with Ukraine's president to
pressure him to investigate the son of Trump's Democratic rival Joe Biden
who works with a Ukrainian natural gas agency.
China and former Taiwan ally the Solomon Islands established diplomatic ties
on Saturday in a sign of Beijing's growing influence in the Pacific. In a
setback for self-ruled Taiwan, which China claims as a province, Beijing
this month won over two previous Taiwanese allies in the Pacific - the
Solomon Islands and Kiribati.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged that he let down his
supporters and all Canadians of colour by appearing years ago in brownface
and blackface. Yet the scandal's fallout may be limited in a country without
the harsh and still-divisive racial history of the neighbouring U.S. "I hurt
people who in many cases consider me an ally," Mr. Trudeau told a news
conference Friday. "I let a lot of people down."
Pakistan on Friday said that Prime Minister Imran Khan will raise the issue
of human rights in Kashmir in his address to the UN General Assembly on 27
September. Khan will lead a Pakistani delegation in New York from 21 to 27
Expressing concern over China's growing military might, US President Donald
Trump has said the Communist nation is a threat to the world and blamed his
predecessors for not stopping it from stealing America's intellectual
property to bolster its defence capabilities.
Any country that attacks Iran will become the "main battlefield", the
Revolutionary Guards warned Saturday after Washington ordered reinforcements
to the Gulf following attacks on Saudi oil installations it blames on
Twitter said Friday it has closed down thousands of accounts across the
world for spreading fake news as well as pro-government propaganda including
in places like the United Arab Emirates, China and Spain.
Gulalai Ismail's campaigns to empower Pakistani girls have won her
international awards and recognition as one of her country's foremost
The United States has imposed sanctions on Iran's central bank, U.S.
President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House on September 20,
nearly a week after attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia that some U.S.
officials have pinned on Tehran.
California sued Friday to stop the Trump administration from revoking its
authority to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars
and trucks, enlisting help from 22 other states in a battle that will shape
a key component of the nation's climate policy.
Protesters across continents waved placards and chanted slogans in what
could be the biggest ever demonstration over global warming caused by
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced Israeli media headlines on September
20 suggesting power is slipping from his grasp after an election in which he
trails his main rival with nearly all votes counted.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in central Cairo and several other Egyptian
cities late on Friday shouting anti-government slogans, responding to an
online call for a demonstration against government corruption, witnesses and
The US has announced plans to send forces to Saudi Arabia in the wake of
attacks against the country's oil infrastructure.
A FIFA delegation visited Tehran on Friday to discuss allowing female
spectators into football matches, days after a public row over a female fan
who killed herself.
A British-Pakistani author has been stripped of a prestigious German
literary award over her anti-Israel stance, a media report said here on
President Donald Trump signed his name Wednesday on a newly constructed
section of the US-Mexico border wall, calling it a "world-class security
system" that will be virtually impenetrable.
Amnesty International accused Hong Kong police on Friday of torture and
other abuses in their handling of more than three months of pro-democracy
protests, but the police say they have shown restraint on the street in the
face of increased violence.
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg met with President Donald Trump on Thursday
during a fence-mending visit to Washington where the chief executive faced
aggressive questioning from lawmakers about the social network's failures to
protect consumer privacy.
Former British Prime Minister David Cameron revealed on Thursday that he
asked Queen Elizabeth II to intervene in the Scottish independence
referendum, risking the irritation of the nominally neutral head of state.
A U.S. drone strike intended to hit an Islamic State (IS) hideout in
Afghanistan killed at least 30 civilians resting after a day's labour in the
fields, officials said on Thursday.
Ratcheting up tensions across the Persian Gulf, Iranian Foreign Minister
Mohammed Javad Zarif warned Thursday that the result of any US or Saudi
military strike against his country would result in an "all-out war",
Benjamin Netanyahu's main challenger Benny Gantz on Thursday presented
himself as the next prime minister, hours after the embattled Israeli
premier urged the Blue and White leader to join him in forming a unity
government to avoid a third election.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologised on Wednesday for wearing
brownface makeup to a costume party in 2001, an image that could undermine
his chances for re-election with less than five weeks to go before the
US President Donald Trump Wednesday announced the name of Robert O'Brien as
the new National Security Adviser (NSA). O'Brien will replace John Bolton
who was fired last week.
Sri Lanka will hold presidential elections on November 16, the Election
Commission announced on Wednesday. Nominations would be called on October 7,
according to the Election Secretariat.
European parliamentarians Ryszard Czarnecki and Fulvio Martusciello have
slammed Pakistan for harbouring militants, with one of them saying
terrorists who carried out attacks in India did not come from the Moo
Amidst heightened tensions in the middle east, Iran has warned the US of any
attack on Tehran saying the 'response won't be limited to its source'. The
warning letter was issued to the US via Switzerland as reported by Reuters.
The recent development comes in the backdrop of an attack on the oil
processing facility in Saudi Arabia on Saturday. American officials blame
Iran for the attack on the oil tankers and the seizure of tankers in the
region earlier. However, Iran has categorically denied any involvement in
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he ordered a major increase in
sanctions on Iran as Saudi Arabia displayed remnants of drones and missiles
it said Tehran used in a crippling weekend attack on its oil facilities.
The British government was back at the country's Supreme Court on Wednesday,
arguing that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament
for five weeks just before the country is set to leave the European Union
was neither improper nor illegal.
Israel's two main political parties are deadlocked after national elections,
with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing an uphill battle to keep his
The grand opening of Sri Lanka's tallest tower was mired in controversy on
Monday when President Maithripala Sirisena said one of the Chinese firms
contracted to work on the project had disappeared with $11 million of state
In the wake of a heightening contest for presidential candidacy within the
ruling United National Party (UNP), deputy leader and Minister Sajith
Premadasa on Tuesday said the party must hold a "secret ballot" to choose
the most-preferred contender.
China and Russia clashed with the US and other Security Council members
Monday over China's insistence on including a reference to Beijing's USD 1
trillion "belt and road" global infrastructure program in a resolution on
the UN political mission in Afghanistan.
A Chinese envoy will head to Washington on Wednesday to prepare for trade
Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager and
close confidant, on September 17 stoutly defended his former boss and lashed
out at Democrats during testimony to a U.S. congressional panel considering
whether to impeach Mr. Trump.
The United States has concluded the weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities
was launched from Iranian soil and cruise missiles were involved, a US
official told AFP on Tuesday.
Exit polls following Israel's second general election in five months suggest
the result is too close to call.
Taliban suicide attackers killed at least 30 people in Afghanistan on
Tuesday, their deadliest bombing taking place near an election rally by
President Ashraf Ghani, although he was unhurt.
Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked
classified documents detailing government surveillance programs, is calling
on French President Emmanuel Macron to grant him asylum.
Israel is heading to an unprecedented repeat election on Tuesday with no
guarantee the do-over vote will produce a more decisive result than April's
A pro-democracy Hong Kong legislator called on the top UN human rights body
on Monday to investigate what she said were "brutal crackdowns" and "police
brutality" against demonstrators in the former British colony.
The Trump administration intensified its focus on Iran on Sunday as the
likely culprit behind attacks on important Saudi Arabian oil facilities over
the weekend, with officials citing intelligence assessments to support the
accusation and President Donald Trump warning that he was prepared to take
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President
Jean-Claude Juncker held their first face-to-face talks on Monday, without
any visible signs of a breakthrough on an elusive Brexit deal.
The head of the Nato military alliance has said he is extremely concerned
that tensions will escalate after an attack on Saudi oil facilities.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent high-ranking emissaries on a mission to reassure African countries after a wave of xenophobic attacks, the presidency said on Sunday.
When President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced in early September that Turkey could be forced to “open the gates” if Europe failed to offer more support in sheltering refugees and creating “safe zones” in North Syria, it wasn’t technically a threat.
Top Democrats in Congress told Republican President Donald Trump on September 15 that "any gun control legislation that falls short of universal background checks for gun sales will not get the job done.”
Afghan forces backed by US forces killed two senior Taliban leaders and at least 38 fighters of the hardline insurgent group in joint air strikes conducted in northern and western regions of Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday.
The UK is not prepared to postpone Brexit beyond the current 31 October deadline, Boris Johnson is to tell European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at talks on Monday.
Pro-democracy protesters rallied outside Britain’s consulate in Hong Kong on Sunday, demanding London do more to protect its former colonial subjects and ramp up pressure on Beijing over sliding freedoms.
Iran dismissed accusations by the United States that it was behind attacks on Saudi oil plants that risk disrupting global energy supplies and warned on Sunday that US bases and aircraft carriers in the region were in range of its missiles.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited U.S. President Donald Trump to visit Pyongyang in a letter sent in August, a South Korean newspaper reported on Monday, citing diplomatic sources
Oil prices hit their highest in four months after two attacks on Saudi Arabian facilities on Saturday knocked out more than 5% of global supply.
The former British prime minister who called the Brexit referendum and then
saw the public vote to leave the European Union says he is sorry for the
divisions it has caused.
The Afghan government will only consider making a "legitimate" peace with
insurgents after national elections are held this month, an official told
reporters on September 14.
US President Donald Trump Saturday confirmed the death of Al-Qaeda heir and
Osama bin Laden's son Hamza bin Laden in an American counter-terrorism
operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, news agency PTI reported.
Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group on Saturday attacked two plants at the
heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry, including the world's biggest
petroleum processing facility, in a strike that sources said had disrupted
output and exports
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump are
expected to hold a summit at the United Nations this month, Moon's office
said on Friday, amid hopes for a restart of talks aimed at dismantling North
Korea's nuclear weapons programme.
Moody's credit rating agency has placed Pakistan among countries that might
face serious financing issues in the extreme scenario under the ongoing
US-China trade tensions as Islamabad's reliance on foreign currency
borrowing and thin reserve coverage of external debt payments have weakened
its debt affordability.
President Donald Trump pledged on Thursday to protect the Second Amendment,
hours after huddling with top advisers to discuss gun control measures he
might be willing to publicly stand behind.
The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday took its first recorded vote to
press forward with a possible impeachment of President Donald Trump, putting
aside Democrats' internal divisions for the time being in a bid to
strengthen its hand in investigating whether he committed high crimes and
The White House on Thursday dropped its resistance to releasing a package of
military assistance to Ukraine, amid a bipartisan outcry from lawmakers and
an open investigation into whether President Donald Trump and his allies
were distorting the United States foreign aid program for their own
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern introduced a new bill to
parliament on Friday that aims to further tighten gun laws, as the country
marks six months since the mass shooting in Christchurch that killed 51
Forty-eight years after Bangladesh's independence, Pakistan's name engraved
on the border pillars installed after the partition of the Indian
subcontinent have been removed on the orders of Prime Minister Sheikh
In a major embarrassment for the Imran Khan government, his Interior
Minister Brigadier (Retd) Ijaz Ahmad Shah has admitted that Pakistan has
failed to garner support from the international community on the Kashmir
issue, saying despite Islamabad's efforts the world "rather believes India"
Since the launch of its strategy to revive global oil markets three years
ago, one of the biggest challenges faced by OPEC and its allies is that not
all the producers have pulled their weight. In the subtle diplomacy of Saudi
Arabia's new energy minister, they may at last have found a solution.
The trade war between the United States and China showed signs of easing on
Thursday, as China reportedly made its first large purchase in months of
American soybeans after President Donald Trump agreed to briefly delay his
next round of tariffs.
Her high heels clacking on marble tiles, a defiant Saudi woman turned heads
and drew gasps as she strutted through a Riyadh mall -- without a
Britain's parliamentary Speaker has warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson not
to disobey the law by refusing to ask for a Brexit delay and vowed to thwart
any attempt to circumvent legislation.
The world is not on track to achieve the sustainable development goals
(SDGs) set for 2030 without an immediate course correction, a group of
scientists have warned.
Huawei's chief executive has proposed selling its current 5G know-how to a
Western firm as a way to address security concerns voiced by the US and
others about its business.
Canada's 43rd federal election campaign officially kicked off after Prime
Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Governor General Julie Payette had
accepted his request to dissolve the 42nd Parliament.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party was found
on Thursday to have violated Facebook's hate-speech policy after a post from
his account saying Arabs want to destroy us all.
Russian police on Thursday raided dozens of offices of the Opposition group
behind mass protests this summer and the homes of its supporters, activists
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied on Thursday that he had lied to
Queen Elizabeth II when requesting she suspend Parliament this month in the
run-up to Brexit.
US internet giant Google has agreed to a settlement totalling 945 million
euros (USD 1.0 billion) to settle a tax dispute in France under an agreement
announced in court on Thursday.
The war of words between the Taliban and President Donald Trump escalated on
Thursday as the Afghan insurgents warned that the U.S. leader had failed to
grasp "what type of nation he is dealing with".
US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the United States has agreed to
delay increasing tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports from Oct.
1 to Oct. 15 "as a gesture of good will."
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri called Wednesday on Muslims to attack US,
European, Israeli and Russian targets in a speech on the 18th anniversary of
the 9/11 terror attacks.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked off a challenging six-week
re-election campaign on September 11 and immediately faced new questions
about a nagging ethics scandal that could cut support for his Liberal Party.
Mr. Trudeau, who swept to office in November 2015 promising "sunny ways" and
stressing the importance of gender equality and the environment, faces an
electorate more focused on the economy and affordability when it votes on
For five years, Margrethe Vestager was the scourge of Silicon Valley,
levying billions of dollars in fines and initiating investigations against
Google, Apple and Facebook for violating antitrust laws and harming
The US Supreme Court has given the go-ahead to Trump administration plans
that severely limit the ability of migrants to claim asylum.
Arab and Muslim countries Wednesday led a wave of outcry after Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to annex a key part of the occupied West
Bank if re-elected.
In his final words, slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi urged his killers
not to cover his mouth because he suffered from asthma and could suffocate,
according to Turkey's Sabah newspaper.
U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Wednesday that what he describes as an
unprecedented U.S. military assault against the Taliban in Afghanistan is to
continue just five days after he scrapped peace talks.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suspension of the British parliament was
unlawful, a Scottish court ruled on Wednesday, prompting immediate calls for
lawmakers to return to work as the government and parliament battle over the
future of Brexit.
The World Health Organization on Monday urged countries to do more to
prevent suicides even as the global suicide rate fell slightly.
The secretary of commerce threatened to fire top employees at the federal
scientific agency responsible for weather forecasts last Friday after the
agency's Birmingham, Alabama, office contradicted President Donald Trump's
claim that Hurricane Dorian might hit Alabama, according to three people
familiar with the discussion.
After suffering a major defeat in no-deal Brexit vote, Johnson saw his
younger brother, Jo Johnson, step down as member of Parliament and minister
for the Conservative Party on Thursday evening
Pope Francis has accused his critics of stabbing him in the back, and said
he is "not afraid" of the Catholic Church splitting.
Japan's Tokyo Electric Power will have to dump radioactive water from its
destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean as it runs
out of room to store it, the environment minister said on Tuesday.
President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he had fired John Bolton, his
third national security adviser, amid fundamental disagreements over how to
handle major foreign policy challenges like Iran, North Korea and most
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a deeply controversial
pledge on Tuesday to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if
re-elected in September 17 polls.
The Trump administration said Monday it saw a 30% drop in the number of
people apprehended at the southern U.S. border from July to August, amid an
aggressive crackdown by the Mexican government on migrants traveling north.
The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee said on
Monday it will consider steps this week to formalize an ongoing
investigation that could lead to the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
North Korea launched two unidentified projectiles into the sea on Tuesday,
South Korea's military said, hours after the North offered to resume nuclear
diplomacy with the United States in late September.
Pro-Kremlin candidates suffered major losses in a Moscow city election,
results showed on Monday, following a police crackdown on a wave of
anti-government protests over the summer.
France will likely win Britain's financial services crown in the European
Union after Brexit, which leaves the bloc's economy more reliant on
struggling euro zone banks, New Financial think tank said on Tuesday.
The United Nations' atomic watchdog confirmed on Monday that Iran is
preparing to use more advanced centrifuges, another breach of limits set in
the country's unravelling nuclear deal with major powers.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday he would not request an
extension to Brexit, hours after a law came into force demanding he delay
Britain's departure from the European Union until 2020 unless he can strike
a divorce deal.
Head of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has compared the
damage from Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas to that of a nuclear bomb.
A pro-democracy demonstration Sunday near the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong
quickly devolved into vandalism and street chaos, suggesting that protesters
were not mollified by a recent concession from the city's leader.
China is planning to invest USD 1 billion in development projects in
Pakistan, Beijing's envoy here has said, as the two all-weather allies seek
to further boost bilateral ties.
China's trade with the United States shrank by double digits in August as
the two sides prepare for trade talks with no sign of progress toward ending
a worsening tariff war that threatens global economic growth.
Iran's nuclear chief said on Sunday the European parties to the 2015 nuclear
deal have failed to fulfil their commitments under the pact, a day after
Tehran announced further breaches of limits on its nuclear activity set by
Hong Kong police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the upmarket
Causeway Bay shopping district on Sunday, after demonstrators had rallied at
the U.S. Consulate calling for help in bringing democracy to the
The Taliban on September 8 said U.S. President Donald Trump's abrupt
decision to cancel peace talks would lead to fresh losses to American lives
in Afghanistan at a time when the insurgent group was ready to finalise a
deal to end the war.
Brazil doesn't have the funding to hire more permanent environmental
enforcement agents in the wake of surging Amazon fires but will contract
local environmental police on a short-term basis, Environment Minister
Ricardo Salles told Reuters on Friday.
Pope Francis has denounced the illegal logging and exploitation of
Madagascar's unique natural resources as he opened a visit to the Indian
Ocean nation with a plea for the government to fight the corruption that is
ravaging the island's environment and keeping its people in "inhumane
Hong Kong police prevented anti-government protesters from blocking access
to the airport on Saturday, but fired tear gas for a second night running in
the Chinese-ruled city's densely populated district of Mong Kok in the 14th
week of unrest.
Russia and Ukraine carried out a long-awaited swap of 70 prisoners on
Saturday, in a deal hailed by President Volodymyr Zelensky as a "first step"
towards ending their conflict. Planes carrying 35 prisoners from each side
landed simultaneously in Moscow and Kiev, where the passengers emerged under
Federal Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan said on Saturday that Pakistan
denied President Ram Nath Kovind the use of Pakistani airspace for his
flight to Iceland this month because of India's continued aggression against
and oppression of the Kashmiri people.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday said he cancelled peace talks with
Afghanistan's Taliban leaders after the insurgent group said it was behind
an attack in Kabul that killed an American soldier and 11 other people.
Iran said on Saturday it was now capable of raising uranium enrichment past
the 20% level and had launched advanced centrifuge machines in further
breaches of commitments to limit its nuclear activity under a 2015 deal with
A German research organization is searching, so far in vain, for an
underwater environmental monitoring station that was moored on the sea bed
and went missing last month.
Google, which owns YouTube video service, will pay $170 million to settle
allegations that it broke federal law by collecting personal information
about children, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday.
In the wake of a worsening fiscal front of the economy, the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) has decided to send an 'SOS' mission to Pakistan this
month for suggesting ways and means to curtail the budget deficit, it was
reported on Friday.
A Brazilian government minister said French first lady Brigitte Macron was
"truly ugly", only days after the country's president appeared to endorse an
attack on her appearance.
Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe has died aged 95, the country's
President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on his official Twitter account
The British Parliament's upper chamber on Friday approved a bill that aims
to block a no-deal Brexit at the end of October by forcing Prime Minister
Boris Johnson to seek a delay to Britain's European Union departure.
Relentless, deadly attacks by the Taliban, including a car bombing Thursday
that killed a U.S. service member, are testing President Donald Trump’s
resolve to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and end what he has called
America’s endless war.
In an offhand remark on the papal plane en route to Mozambique, Pope Francis
on Wednesday acknowledged the sharp opposition he has faced from
conservative Catholic detractors in the United States, calling it an an
honor that the Americans attack me.
Canada on Wednesday announced the appointment of a prominent businessman as
its new ambassador to China amid damaged relations following the arrest of a
top Chinese tech executive.
The US has backed India's move to declare four notorious criminals,
including JeM chief Masood Azhar, LeT founder Hafiz Saeed, as terrorists
individually under a new anti-terror law, expanding possibilities of
cooperation between the two countries to combat the scourge of terrorism.
North Korea wants the number of U.N. international staff in the country
reduced by the end of the year over what it claims is the politicisation of
aid by parties hostile to its government, but the United Nations says the
mission’s current light footprint is vital.
Hong Kong’s leader on Thursday urged pro-democracy protesters to end their
demonstrations after her surprise decision to bow to one of their key
demands was condemned as too little, too late.
A senior US official personally offered several million dollars to the
Indian captain of an Iranian oil tanker suspected of heading to Syria, the
State Department confirmed Wednesday.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson kept up his push for an early election as a way
to break Britain’s Brexit impasse, as lawmakers moved to stop the U.K.
leaving the European Union next month without a divorce deal.
Former US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis considers Pakistan to be the most
dangerous of all the countries he has dealt with, blaming it on the
"radicalisation" of its society and the country's fastest-growing nuclear
Drawing parallels between the erstwhile East India Company and China, former
Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed said Beijing has grabbed more land than
the East India Company had ever done.
In a historic first in Pakistan, a Hindu girl has been inducted
into the Sindh police after she cleared the provincial competitive exam.
The ground crunched under Greg Alem's feet on Wednesday as he walked over
the ruins of his home, laid waste by Hurricane Dorian. He touched a
splintered beam of wood and pointed to the fallen trees, overcome by
The Afghan government expressed doubts on Wednesday about a prospective deal
between the U.S. and the Taliban, saying officials need more information
about the risks it poses.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Wednesday withdrew an extradition Bill that
triggered months of often violent protests so the Chinese-ruled city can
move forward from a "highly vulnerable and dangerous" place and find