‘Charade’: Algerian protesters take to streets to reject election

‘Charade’: Algerian protesters take to streets to reject election

Algiers, Algeria - Polls have closed in Algeria where a contentious presidential election, boycotted by tens of thousdans of protesters nationwide and dismissed as a "sham," was held.  Anti-riot police were deployed early on Thursday to block access to Maurice Audin Square and the iconic Grand Post office in central Algiers, the epicentre of the months-long…
Trump approves US-China trade deal to halt December 15 tariffs

Trump approves US-China trade deal to halt December 15 tariffs

President Donald Trump signed off on a phase-one trade deal with China, averting the Dec. 15 introduction of a new wave of U.S. tariffs on about $160 billion of consumer goods from the Asian nation, according to people familiar with the matter. The deal presented to Trump by trade advisers Thursday included a promise by…
US Senate adopts resolution recognising ‘Armenian genocide’

US Senate adopts resolution recognising ‘Armenian genocide’

The United States Senate on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution recognising the early 20th century killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as "genocide", a label Turkey rejects. Turkey condemned the measure, saying it will not help improve relations with the US. The two NATO allies are already at loggerheads over several issues, including Ankara's purchase of…
Investigators probe Jersey City attack as ‘domestic terrorism’

Investigators probe Jersey City attack as ‘domestic terrorism’

A deadly attack on a kosher market in New Jersey is being investigated as "domestic terrorism" fuelled by "fuelled both by anti-Semitism and anti-law enforcement beliefs", the state's top prosecutor said on Thursday.  Tuesday's attack, which culminated in a four-hour standoff with authorities at the JC Kosher Supermarket in Jersey City, left three civilians and one police officer…
New Zealand begins body recovery mission after volcanic eruption

New Zealand begins body recovery mission after volcanic eruption

New Zealand police and military specialists have launched a perilous dawn mission to recover bodies from a volcanic island amid fears it might erupt again. Two New Zealand Defence Force military helicopters set off from the township of Whakatane at first light on Friday bound for Whakaari, the volcano off the North Island where an…
Britons vote in high-stakes election dominated by Brexit

Britons vote in high-stakes election dominated by Brexit

London, United Kingdom - Voting is under way in the United Kingdom's snap general election, with millions expected to deliver their verdict on the Brexit crisis engulfing British politics. Thursday's ballot will shape how, or whether, the UK will finally exit the European Union after months of parliamentary deadlock over how to execute the result of its…
Aung San Suu Kyi fails to use word ‘Rohingya’ in ICJ speech

Aung San Suu Kyi fails to use word ‘Rohingya’ in ICJ speech

In a speech on Wednesday at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that lasted about 30 minutes, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi defended her country's military against allegations of genocide. The case, filed by The Gambia, accuses Myanmar of violating the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, with regard to a…
Citizenship bill: India deploys army in Assam to quell unrest

Citizenship bill: India deploys army in Assam to quell unrest

India moved thousands of troops into the northeastern state of Assam on Thursday as violent protests erupted against a new law that would make it easier for non-Muslim minorities from some neighbouring countries to seek citizenship. Curfew has been imposed in parts of northeast India, including Assam, after protesters came out on the streets against…
Algeria holds presidential vote despite push for boycott

Algeria holds presidential vote despite push for boycott

Algiers, Algeria - Polls opened on Thursday in a controversial presidential election with critics saying all candidates should be purged because of their ties to the unpopular former government. It was the first vote since former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika was forced out after a two-decade-long rule in April in the wake of nationwide peaceful protests.…
Rohingya refugees reject Aung San Suu Kyi’s ‘lies on genocide’

Rohingya refugees reject Aung San Suu Kyi’s ‘lies on genocide’

Rohingya refugees have accused former Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi of lying to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in a testimony in which she denied that her country's armed forces were guilty of genocide against the mostly Muslim minority group. "The world will judge their claim of no genocide with evidence," Mohammed Mohibullah,…