Philippines: President Duterte’s allies dominate Senate race

Philippines: President Duterte’s allies dominate Senate race

Allies of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte have won a majority of the 12 Senate seats at stake in the midterm elections, according to official results. According to the results of the May 13 elections released on Wednesday, the opposition was shut out, heralding a stronger grip on power in the Philippines by a leader accused…
Omani author Jokha Alharthi wins Man Booker International Prize

Omani author Jokha Alharthi wins Man Booker International Prize

Omani author Jokha Alharthi has become the first Arabic-language writer to win the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for Celestial Bodies, a novel that deals with family connections and history in the coming-of-age account of three sisters. Alharthi's book beat five other shortlisted novels from Europe and South America to take the prize, which celebrates translated fiction from around the world and included…
At rare UN news conference, North Korea warns US over seized ship

At rare UN news conference, North Korea warns US over seized ship

The ambassador of North Korea to the United Nations has warned the United States that its "outrageous" seizure of a cargo ship could have consequences on the future of US-North Korean relations, as he reiterated a demand for the immediate return of the vessel. The Wise Honest, North Korea's second largest cargo ship, was first detained…
‘Stop the bans’: Abortion rights activists rally across the US

‘Stop the bans’: Abortion rights activists rally across the US

New York City - Thousands of abortion rights activists across the United States took to the streets, town squares and courthouses on Tuesday to protest against a recent wave of anti-abortion laws passed in several states including Alabama, Mississippi, Ohio and Missouri. #StopTheBans protests were organised by more than 50 organisations, including the National Association…
Houthi drone attack ‘hits arms depot’ at Saudi airport in Najran

Houthi drone attack ‘hits arms depot’ at Saudi airport in Najran

Yemen's Houthi rebels said they launched a bomb-laden drone into Saudi Arabia targeting an airport with a military base - an attack acknowledged by the kingdom. It was not clear if there were any injuries or what the extent of damage was. The Houthis' Almasirah satellite news channel said early on Tuesday the attack hit…
Ex-White House counsel Don McGahn defies congressional subpoena

Ex-White House counsel Don McGahn defies congressional subpoena

The US House Judiciary Committee convened a hearing on Tuesday with another empty chair at the witness table, as former White House counsel Don McGahn refused to testify. In a further escalation of a struggle between President Donald Trump and Congress over its power to investigate him, the White House on Monday told McGahn, who…
May offers ‘confirmatory referendum’ on her Brexit deal

May offers ‘confirmatory referendum’ on her Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May says she has "compromised" ahead of a last-ditch effort to get her Brexit deal approved by parliament. On Tuesday, May attempted to win over opposition by offering the House of Commons a vote on whether to hold a confirmatory referendum on her Withdrawal Agreement - if it is pushed through…
Sudan protesters plan general strike as talks falter

Sudan protesters plan general strike as talks falter

Sudanese protesters gather for a sit-in outside the Defence Ministry compound in Khartoum [File: Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP] Sudan's main protest group called on Tuesday for a general strike after talks with the country's military rulers stalled on who will lead an agreed three-year transition. Protesters are demanding civilians head a new sovereign council which is meant to…
Iran slams ‘genocidal taunts’ by US, increases uranium stockpiles

Iran slams ‘genocidal taunts’ by US, increases uranium stockpiles

A top Iranian official has called on the United States to address Tehran with respect, not with a threat of war, a day after US President Donald Trump issued an ominous warning to Tehran on Twitter. The war of words on Monday came as the semi-official Tasnim news agency announced Iran has , in line…
Indonesia election: Joko Widodo wins second term

Indonesia election: Joko Widodo wins second term

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has beaten rival Prabowo Subianto to win a second term in office, the country's elections commission has said, in an announcement that came hours before opposition protesters were set to protest against the final results of last month's vote. The commission was expected to announce the official results on Wednesday but,…