Iran vows to punish ‘mercenaries’ behind deadly demonstrations

Iran vows to punish ‘mercenaries’ behind deadly demonstrations

Iran has promised to severely punish "mercenaries" arrested over nationwide street protests sparked by a fuel-price rise as much of the country came back online after a week-long internet blackout. A senior commander of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Sunday urged the country's judiciary to mete out harsh sentences to those involved in the…
Italy’s ‘Sardines’ pack Rome for anti far-right rally

Italy’s ‘Sardines’ pack Rome for anti far-right rally

Tens of thousands of members of Italy's youth-driven "Sardine" movement have rallied in Rome, as part of their campaign to battle xenophobia and shake up the country's politics. The "Sardines" have become a symbol of protest against far-right firebrand leader Matteo Salvini, who served as interior minister and deputy prime minister in Italy's previous coalition…
G7 pledges $20m to fight record Amazon fires

G7 pledges $20m to fight record Amazon fires

The G7 nations have agreed to spend $20m to fight record fires tearing through the Amazon rainforest, an agreement Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said treated his country like a "colony or no-man's land". The presidents of France and Chile announced the pledge at the G7 summit in the French town of Biarritz on Monday, with…
Iran’s Zarif hits back after Trump’s ‘No thanks’ Twitter post

Iran’s Zarif hits back after Trump’s ‘No thanks’ Twitter post

President Donald Trump has said the United States will not lift sanctions on Iran in order to enter negotiations with it, in a response to the Iranian foreign minister who suggested Tehran was still willing to talk on the condition Washington "correct[ed] its past" and removed a series of tough economic measures. There has been growing…
South Africa: Scores held after looting, anti-foreigner protests

South Africa: Scores held after looting, anti-foreigner protests

Police have arrested scores of people in South Africa's commercial capital, Johannesburg, after protesters looted what appeared to be foreign-owned shops and set fire to cars and buildings. At least 70 people were arrested, the police said in a statement on Monday,in the second outbreak of urban rioting in a week. Hundreds of people marched…
Pelosi says she will submit Trump impeachment to Senate

Pelosi says she will submit Trump impeachment to Senate

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday announced that she will advance legislation next week that would formally trigger a Senate impeachment trial for President Donald Trump. The House on December 18 passed two articles of impeachment - abuse of power and obstruction of Congress - against the Republican president. "I have asked…
Israeli top court hears case on Netanyahu’s future

Israeli top court hears case on Netanyahu’s future

There are no restrictions on Benjamin Netanyahu to run in the March 2 election, the third in less than a year [File: Gali Tibbon/Reuters] Israel's Supreme Court has convened to hear a petition on whether an indicted member of parliament can form a new government, a key test case for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to see…
Children held in ‘horrific conditions over Boko Haram ties’: HRW

Children held in ‘horrific conditions over Boko Haram ties’: HRW

Thousands of children have been held in recent years by Nigeria's military in "degrading and inhuman conditions" for alleged association with the Boko Haram armed group, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said, calling for their "immediate" release. The New-York-based rights group, in its report published on Tuesday, said many of the children were held without charge in crammed…
Informants in Iraq, Syria helped US kill Iran’s Soleimani: report

Informants in Iraq, Syria helped US kill Iran’s Soleimani: report

Iranian General Qassem Soleimani arrived at the Damascus airport in a vehicle with dark-tinted glass. Four soldiers from Iran's Revolutionary Guards rode with him. They parked near a staircase leading to a Cham Wings Airbus A320, destined for Baghdad. Neither Soleimani nor the soldiers were registered on the passenger manifesto, according to a Cham Wings…

Facebook removes accounts from UAE, Nigeria, Egypt and Indonesia

Facebook has removed several pages, groups and accounts on its platforms from the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia, citing "coordinated inauthentic behaviour" aimed at misleading social media users.  A total of 443 Facebook accounts, 200 pages and 76 groups, as well as 125 Instagram accounts, were removed, the social media platform said on Thursday.…