‘Muslim ban should end, not expand’: Groups slam Trump travel ban

‘Muslim ban should end, not expand’: Groups slam Trump travel ban

Immigrant advocates and rights groups on Friday slammed the expansion of US President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban, saying it weaponises "immigration law to advance [the administration's] xenophobic agenda".  The expanded version of the travel ban targets prospective immigrants from six additional countries: Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania.  More: Trump expands travel ban to…
Judges say special court in Musharraf case was unconstitutional

Judges say special court in Musharraf case was unconstitutional

Musharraf took power in a military coup in 1999, ruling the South Asian country for nine years [File: T. Mughal/EPA] A court in Pakistan has ruled that the formation of a special court that handed former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf a death sentence was unconstitutional, casting into doubt the legitimacy of last month's verdict. Musharraf was sentenced to…
‘Fight for India’s soul’: Protests mark Republic Day celebrations

‘Fight for India’s soul’: Protests mark Republic Day celebrations

New Delhi, India - Thousands of protesters have gathered in a predominantly-Muslim neighbourhood in India's capital as the country celebrated Republic Day to commemorate the day its constitution came into effect. Sarwari, 75, who goes by her first name, was among a group of women invited on Sunday to unfurl the tricolour - India's national flag…
Palestinians warn Israel, US as Trump discusses new ‘peace plan’

Palestinians warn Israel, US as Trump discusses new ‘peace plan’

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has warned Israel and the United States against "crossing red lines" promising not to recognise any Middle East peace plan it had previously rejected as US President Donald Trump prepares to present the plan in the coming days. Trump said on Thursday he will likely release the long-awaited plan before Israeli Prime…
What happens next in the Trump impeachment trial?

What happens next in the Trump impeachment trial?

US President Donald Trump defence team wrapped up its opening arguments on Tuesday as pressure mounted for the Senate to call former White House National Security Advisor John Bolton as a witness in the president's impeachment trial. "This should end now, as quickly as possible," White House counsel Pat Cipollone declared, capping a defence presentation…
US envoy briefs Afghan president on peace talks with Taliban

US envoy briefs Afghan president on peace talks with Taliban

The United States' special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has told Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that there has not been any significant progress in his peace talks with the Taliban. However, Khalilzad said he was hopeful of reaching an understanding with the group on reduction of hostilities, but did not offer any timeframe, according to a statement issued…
Anger in Palestine over Trump plan, but protests see low turnout

Anger in Palestine over Trump plan, but protests see low turnout

Ramallah, occupied West Bank - A day after US President Donald Trump announced his Middle East plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, calls for mobilisation by various Palestinian factions have gone mostly unheeded. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas vowed popular mobilisations against the deal, as groups including the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Hamas, which has governed the occupied…
Turkey deploys tanks to Syrian border amid fresh Idlib violence

Turkey deploys tanks to Syrian border amid fresh Idlib violence

Turkey has deployed additional armed vehicles and soldiers to its border with Syria as an intensifying military push by Syrian government forces in the country's last major rebel-held stronghold has prompted fears of a new refugee crisis.  Backed by Russian jets, the Syrian troops have recently made large advances in Idlib province during the deadly offensive that…
‘We want them out’: Iraq protesters call for US troops exit

‘We want them out’: Iraq protesters call for US troops exit

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, after Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr called for a "million-strong" march to demand the withdrawal of US troops from the country, putting the protest-hit city on edge. The demonstration on Friday added an extra layer to the months-old protest movement that has gripped the capital and the…
Anger as Ugandan activist cropped out of photo with white peers

Anger as Ugandan activist cropped out of photo with white peers

Social media users have come out in support of Ugandan climate advocate Vanessa Nakate after she was cropped out of a photograph taken with her white peers in Davos. Nakate accused the media of racism after The Associated Press news agency removed her from a photograph taken with fellow activists Greta Thunberg, Loukina Tille, Luisa…