Netanyahu, Putin to meet as Russia condemns annexation plan

Netanyahu, Putin to meet as Russia condemns annexation plan

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Russian coastal city of Sochi for talks on Thursday after Moscow condemned the Israeli leader's pledge to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. Russia's foreign ministry warned on Wednesday it was concerned over the Israeli leader's plan, saying its…
‘Dark day’: Australia repeals medical evacuation for refugees

‘Dark day’: Australia repeals medical evacuation for refugees

Canberra, Australia – Australia has repealed a medical evacuation law for asylum seekers and refugees detained in its so-called offshore processing centres in Papua New Guinea and Nauru citing concerns about security, and triggering an angry response from opposition politicians and refugee advocates. With the upper house Senate split along party lines, the repeal hinged…
Arab parties endorse Gantz, breaking tradition to oust Netanyahu

Arab parties endorse Gantz, breaking tradition to oust Netanyahu

Israel's main Arab political parties endorsed ex-military chief Benny Gantz for prime minister, breaking a nearly 17-year-long standard of not endorsing a candidate in the hope of ousting Benjamin Netanyahu.   The leader of the so-called Joint List, Ayman Odeh, said on Sunday the alliance's decision was not an endorsement of Gantz's policies or the man himself. …
Malaysia ex-PM Najib Razak’s biggest 1MDB trial gets under way

Malaysia ex-PM Najib Razak’s biggest 1MDB trial gets under way

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has arrived in court for the long-awaited first day of hearings for the biggest of five trials linked to a multibillion-dollar corruption scandal at the state fund 1MDB. The opening of the trial on Wednesday has been postponed several times to allow time for the completion of a separate trial involving the…
International experts quit Hong Kong police protest probe

International experts quit Hong Kong police protest probe

An international panel of experts hired to advise Hong Kong's police watchdog in its handling of huge pro-democracy protests announced on Wednesday they were quitting, in a major setback for the government. The move came a month after a leaked statement from the group revealed they felt the city's police watchdog was not equipped to…
‘We’ll continue until Duque listens’: Colombians hold 3rd strike

‘We’ll continue until Duque listens’: Colombians hold 3rd strike

Bogota, Colombia - Waving flags and beeping horns, tens of thousands of Colombians marched in the country's largest cities on Wednesday, marking two weeks since protests against President Ivan Duque began. Colombia's Indigenous Guard - the authority responsible for security in indigenous territory across the country - travelled from the violent southwestern Cauca region to…
Myanmar partially lifts internet blackout in Rakhine, Chin states

Myanmar partially lifts internet blackout in Rakhine, Chin states

Myanmar has partially lifted a months-long internet blackout in parts of two western states where fighting between the military and rebels battling for greater autonomy has flared up in recent months. The shutdown has been in place in eight townships in Rakhine state and one in the adjacent Chin state since late June, prompting warnings…
UN calls for accountability in Saudi-led attack on Yemen prison

UN calls for accountability in Saudi-led attack on Yemen prison

The United Nations special envoy to Yemen has condemned a Saudi-UAE-led coalition attack on a prison run by Houthi rebels and called on the military alliance to investigate the deadly air raids.  Martin Griffith's statement late on Sunday came as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said more than 100 people were "presumed killed" in the bombing…
Felicity Huffman gets 14 days behind bars in US college scandal

Felicity Huffman gets 14 days behind bars in US college scandal

Actress Felicity Huffman, the first parent sentenced in a wide-ranging United States college admissions cheating scandal, was given a 14-day prison term and apologised for her actions on Friday after pleading guilty to paying to rig her daughter's entrance exam. US District Judge Indira Talwani sentenced Huffman, the 56-year-old former star of the popular television…
Boris Johnson refuses to apologise for racist ‘burka’ comments

Boris Johnson refuses to apologise for racist ‘burka’ comments

London, United Kingdom - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to offer an outright apology for Islamophobic comments he made in 2018, which led to a spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes. On Friday morning, as he fielded questions from listeners on LBC radio station in London, he said: "When I write this stuff, I never…