Pelosi accuses Trump of bribery as impeachment inquiry proceeds

Pelosi accuses Trump of bribery as impeachment inquiry proceeds

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said that President Donald Trump has already admitted to bribery in the Ukraine scandal at the heart of a Democratic-led inquiry, accusing him of an impeachable offence under the United States Constitution. "The bribe is to grant or withhold military assistance in return for a public statement of a…
Chile to hold referendum on new constitution

Chile to hold referendum on new constitution

Chile has said it will stage a referendum to replace the country's dictatorship-era constitution next year, conceding to a key demand of protesters after nearly a month of violent civil unrest. The current charter, in force since 1980 and enacted by the military government of Augusto Pinochet, has been amended numerous times in the years…
Was politician’s killing a turning point in Lebanon’s protests?

Was politician’s killing a turning point in Lebanon’s protests?

Beirut, Lebanon - Protesters burned tyres, threw stones at soldiers, and blocked roads across Lebanon as the country's anti-government protests entered their fifth week. Demonstrators marched towards the Presidential Palace in Baabda, incensed by President Michel Aoun's assertion in a televised interview on Tuesday that if those demonstrating "see no decent people in this state, let…
ICC approves probe into Myanmar’s alleged crimes against Rohingya

ICC approves probe into Myanmar’s alleged crimes against Rohingya

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has approved a full investigation into Myanmar's alleged crimes against the Rohingya, as the Southeast Asian nation faces mounting legal pressure worldwide over the treatment of the minority ethnic group.  ICC judges on Thursday backed a prosecution request to investigate allegations of crimes against humanity and persecution over Myanmar's bloody 2017…
Gaza ceasefire under pressure after renewed Israeli air strikes

Gaza ceasefire under pressure after renewed Israeli air strikes

Israel's army said early on Friday it had launched fresh raids on targets linked to Islamic Jihad in Gaza, after it fired a number of rockets into Israel, despite a ceasefire that came into effect on Thursday morning. "The IDF (Israeli Defence Force) is currently striking Islamic Jihad terror targets in the Gaza strip," the…
Lawsuit: Aung San Suu Kyi ‘committed crimes’ against Rohingya

Lawsuit: Aung San Suu Kyi ‘committed crimes’ against Rohingya

Yangon, Myanmar - Before becoming Myanmar's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi spent 15 years under house arrest for defying the country's feared generals. Now, the Nobel peace laureate faces an attempt to have her imprisoned for supporting them.   A lawsuit filed in Argentina on Wednesday alleges the former human rights icon contributed to a genocidal campaign…
Gaza: Eight family members killed, 12 critical in Israeli raids

Gaza: Eight family members killed, 12 critical in Israeli raids

Gaza Strip - Hundreds of Palestinians carrying black Islamic Jihad flags gathered at Al-Mujahideen Mosque in central Gaza on Thursday to attend funeral prayers for eight members of the Abu Malhous family. The eight family members were killed by Israeli air raids in the early hours of Thursday in Deir al-Balah. They were among 34 Palestinians…
Protesters killed in Iraq as HRW slams attacks on medics

Protesters killed in Iraq as HRW slams attacks on medics

A human rights group has accused Iraq's police and members of military of attacking medical workers for treating demonstrators, as security forces killed at least three more protesters in the capital Baghdad on Thursday. Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday that security forces had fired on medical workers, tents, and ambulances with tear gas and live ammunition,…
Amid US-Turkey tensions, Trump lauds relationship with Erdogan

Amid US-Turkey tensions, Trump lauds relationship with Erdogan

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday lauded his relationship with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the leaders met to overcome mounting differences ranging from policies towards Syria to Ankara's purchase of a Russian missile defence system. Trump's warm welcome of the Turkish president came amid anger in the United States Congress about Ankara's offensive into…
New testimony against Trump as impeachment inquiry goes public

New testimony against Trump as impeachment inquiry goes public

The top United States diplomat in Ukraine, testifying on Wednesday in the first televised hearing of the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump, linked the president more directly to a pressure campaign on Kyiv to conduct investigations that would benefit him politically. William Taylor was one of two witnesses who testified before the US House of…