Civilians killed in Afghan forces’ anti-Taliban operation

Civilians killed in Afghan forces’ anti-Taliban operation

At least 40 civilians at a wedding party have been killed during a raid conducted by Afghan special forces on a Taliban hideout, officials said. Abdul Majed Akhand, deputy provincial councilman, said the majority of the dead were women and children attending the wedding ceremony in Musa Qala district on Sunday night. "Some 40 people were killed…
Iran says seized Steno Impero ‘free’ to leave

Iran says seized Steno Impero ‘free’ to leave

Iran has said Stena Impero, a Swedish-owned tanker sailing under the British flag, is "free" to leave, more than two months after its seizure in the Strait of Hormuz sharply escalated tensions in one of the world's most significant oil shipping lanes. "The legal process has finished and based on that the conditions for letting the…
Video reveals location of beoutQ piracy channel HQ in Riyadh

Video reveals location of beoutQ piracy channel HQ in Riyadh

Al Jazeera has revealed the exact location of the headquarters of beoutQ, the Saudi piracy channel, that has been stealing the signals Qatar's beIN Sports. On Sunday, the investigative programme "What lies beneath" (Arabic) aired an episode that showed how two Saudi service providers, Selevision and Shammas, were involved in operations carried out by beoutQ. BeIN…
UK’s Thomas Cook goes bankrupt, thousands of tourists stranded

UK’s Thomas Cook goes bankrupt, thousands of tourists stranded

Thomas Cook, the world's oldest travel firm, collapsed under a pile of debts on Monday, stranding hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers around the globe and setting off the largest peacetime repatriation effort in British history. Chief Executive Officer Peter Fankhauser said it was a matter of profound regret that the company had gone out of…
Stage set for US, Iran showdown at UN General Assembly

Stage set for US, Iran showdown at UN General Assembly

The United States and Iran are set to put forward their competing visions of security in the Middle East to the United Nations General Assembly this week, with US President Donald Trump expected to address the gathering of world leaders on Tuesday, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani the following day. Even as tensions continue to…
Iran to present regional security plan at UNGA: Rouhani

Iran to present regional security plan at UNGA: Rouhani

Iran will present a security plan for the Gulf at the United Nations General Assembly this week, said President Hassan Rouhani, while warning foreign forces to "stay away" from the region. In a televised speech on Sunday marking the anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq war in 1980, Rouhani said Iran extended its "hand of friendship and brotherhood" towards countries in the…
Arab parties endorse Gantz, breaking tradition to oust Netanyahu

Arab parties endorse Gantz, breaking tradition to oust Netanyahu

Israel's main Arab political parties endorsed ex-military chief Benny Gantz for prime minister, breaking a nearly 17-year-long standard of not endorsing a candidate in the hope of ousting Benjamin Netanyahu.   The leader of the so-called Joint List, Ayman Odeh, said on Sunday the alliance's decision was not an endorsement of Gantz's policies or the man himself. …
Climate SOS: Five-year period ending 2019 to be hottest on record

Climate SOS: Five-year period ending 2019 to be hottest on record

A damning new UN report published on Sunday said the world is falling badly behind in the race to avert climate disaster as a result of runaway warming, with the five-year period ending 2019 set to be the hottest ever. It comes ahead of a major UN climate summit on Monday that will be attended…
‘Howdy, Modi’: Trump to attend Indian PM’s rally in Houston

‘Howdy, Modi’: Trump to attend Indian PM’s rally in Houston

US President Donald Trump has joined a rally in Texas to welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is visiting the United States amid trade tensions between the two countries. Nearly 50,000 Indian Americans and Non-Resident Indians gathered at Houston city's NRG Stadium on Sunday for the "Howdy, Modi!" rally hosted by Hindu nationalist Modi's supporters in the US. Meanwhile,…
‘Howdy Modi!’: Indian PM’s supporters, critics to gather in Texas

‘Howdy Modi!’: Indian PM’s supporters, critics to gather in Texas

Tens of thousands of people are expected to gather in Houston, Texas, on Sunday to hear Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump address a rally dubbed "Howdy Modi". Organisers say more than 50,000 people - many from the Indian-American diaspora - have registered for the event, which the White House labelled…