Kabul seeks clarification after Trump’s comment on Afghan war

Kabul seeks clarification after Trump’s comment on Afghan war

Afghanistan has said the United States should clarify comments by President Donald Trump, in which he said he could easily win the Afghan war by wiping out the country but did not "want to kill 10 million people". Trump made the remarks on Monday at the White House, where he was hosting Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan. "I…
Remaining Iran nuclear deal signatories to meet in Vienna

Remaining Iran nuclear deal signatories to meet in Vienna

Representatives from the nations that are still parties to the Iran nuclear deal will meet on Sunday in Austria's capital, to discuss to what extent the agreement can be salvaged, according to the European Union's foreign policy service. China, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the EU representatives will "examine issues linked to the…
Reporter killed as toll in Nigeria rallies over Shia leader rises

Reporter killed as toll in Nigeria rallies over Shia leader rises

A journalist covering clashes between Nigerian security forces and supporters of a Shia group in Abuja has been confirmed dead amid reports the death toll from the confrontation has risen to at least eight people. Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) rallied on Monday in the capital demanding the release of their leader Ibrahim el-Zakzaky - in…
Kenya’s finance minister pleads not guilty to corruption charges

Kenya’s finance minister pleads not guilty to corruption charges

Kenya's Finance Minister Henry Rotich has pleaded not guilty to corruption charges, a day after his arrest over graft in a multi-million dollar project to build two massive dams. Rotich appeared in an anti-corruption court in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, on Tuesday along with his deputy, Kamau Thugge. Prosecutors charged him with multiple counts, including abuse of…
Trump wants Pakistan to help ‘extricate’ US from Afghanistan

Trump wants Pakistan to help ‘extricate’ US from Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump has voiced optimism that Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan could help broker a political settlement to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan and held out the possibility of restoring aid to Islamabad. "I think Pakistan is going to help us out to extricate ourselves," Trump said, with Khan sitting next to…
Hundreds of thousands demand Puerto Rico’s governor resign

Hundreds of thousands demand Puerto Rico’s governor resign

Waving flags, chanting and banging pots and pans, tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans jammed a highway on Monday to demand the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello in a crisis triggered by the leak of offensive, obscenity-laden chat messages between him and his advisers. Thousands more filled other streets in the capital city, San Juan,…
Trump says Modi asked for US mediation on Kashmir, India denies

Trump says Modi asked for US mediation on Kashmir, India denies

US President Donald Trump has  said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked him to mediate on the decades-long Kashmir dispute with Pakistan, a claim rejected by New Delhi. "He actually said, 'Would you like to be a mediator or arbitrator?' I said, 'Where?' He said, 'Kashmir.' Because this has been going on for many, many years," Trump said…
Israel demolishes Palestinian homes near separation wall

Israel demolishes Palestinian homes near separation wall

Hundreds of Israeli troops with bulldozers tore down homes in the Palestinian village of Sur Baher despite local protests and international criticism. Residents of the village's Wadi al-Hummus neighbourhood told local media on Monday that 16 residential buildings with about 100 apartments were being demolished.  "Preparations started past midnight as hundreds of armed Israeli occupying soldiers/ bulldozers…
Kenya’s finance minister, top officials arrested for corruption

Kenya’s finance minister, top officials arrested for corruption

Kenya's Finance Minister Henry Rotich and other treasury officials have been arrested on corruption and fraud charges related to a multimillion-dollar project to build two massive dams, police said. Rotich, his principal secretary and the chief executive of Kenya's environmental authority handed themselves in to the police on Monday, hours after the country's chief prosecutor ordered…
Ethiopia: At least 17 killed during violence over Sidama autonomy

Ethiopia: At least 17 killed during violence over Sidama autonomy

The Sidama, the largest ethnic group in the southern region, have been calling for their own semi-autonomous state [Tiksa Negeri/Reuters] At least 17 people have been killed in clashes between Ethiopian security forces and activists seeking a new autonomous region for their Sidama ethnic group, according to a local official and hospital authorities. A local…