‘New Sudan’: Thousands celebrate as protesters, army sign deal

‘New Sudan’: Thousands celebrate as protesters, army sign deal

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Rapturous crowds filled the streets of Sudan's capital, Khartoum, after generals and protest leaders signed a landmark power-sharing deal paving the way for civilian rule after months of deadly protests.  Thousands of cheering people gathered on Saturday around the Friendship Hall next to the Nile, where the documents that will govern the country's 39-month transition…
Bangladesh fire: Thousands of homes destroyed in Dhaka slum

Bangladesh fire: Thousands of homes destroyed in Dhaka slum

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A fire in a crowded slum in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka has destroyed thousands of homes and left at least 10,000 people homeless, officials have said. The fire started on Friday in Dhaka's Mirpur neighbourhood and destroyed about 2,000 mostly tin homes, fire services official Ershad Hossain told AFP news agency. Several people were injured but nobody was…
Israeli gunfire kills three Palestinians in besieged Gaza Strip

Israeli gunfire kills three Palestinians in besieged Gaza Strip

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At least three Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the north of the Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian health officials and local media, hours after three rockets were allegedly fired from the blockaded enclave. Maan news agency said on Sunday at least one other Palestinian suffered "critical" injuries following the overnight attack. Palestinian…
US city of Portland braces for far-right rally, counter protests

US city of Portland braces for far-right rally, counter protests

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Right-wing groups and counterprotesters have gathered in downtown Portland in the US state of Oregon, where authorities have set up concrete barriers and closed streets over fears of violence. Flag-waving members of far-right Proud Boys and Three Percenters groups began gathering on Saturday morning for their rally labelled "End Domestic Terrorism" - some wearing body armour…
‘Many tears’ as Italy lets stranded minors disembark rescue ship

‘Many tears’ as Italy lets stranded minors disembark rescue ship

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Italy's far right interior minister has let dozens of unaccompanied minors leave a refugee rescue carrying more than a hundred migrants after the boat spent more than two weeks waiting for a port to disembark in. The 27 children could leave the Open Arms ship despite it being "contrary to my policy", Matteo Salvini said…
Blast at wedding in Afghan capital wounds at least 20: hospital

Blast at wedding in Afghan capital wounds at least 20: hospital

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An explosion has ripped through a wedding hall in the Afghan capital Kabul, wounding at least 20 people, a local hospital has said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which went off Saturday evening in the men's reception area at the Dubai City wedding hall in western Kabul. "Unfortunately, the blast…
US issues warrant to seize Iranian oil tanker Grace 1

US issues warrant to seize Iranian oil tanker Grace 1

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The United States has issued a warrant for the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker captured by British Royal Marines in Gibraltar last month for allegedly violating international sanctions.  The Grace 1 vessel, which was ordered to be released by the Gibraltar Supreme Court after 43 days in detention, shifted position but remained anchored in the…
Easing of Kashmir crackdown begins, Indian authorities say

Easing of Kashmir crackdown begins, Indian authorities say

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Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir say they have restored landline telephone links and eased restrictions on movement in some parts of the region after a nearly two-week security lockdown and communications blackout. In a Twitter post on Saturday, Shahid Choudhary, a government administrator in Srinagar, the region's main city, said authorities have "initiated" the process of restoring…
‘Protect the students’: Hong Kong teachers join protests

‘Protect the students’: Hong Kong teachers join protests

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Hong Kong - Thousands of teachers braved hot, stormy weather on Saturday to march through downtown Hong Kong to denounce perceived government inaction and alleged police brutality against students protesting the city's extradition bill crisis, now pushing into its eleventh week. Carrying umbrellas to battle vacillating heat and rain, teachers streamed up a main highway and…
Separatists withdraw from key posts in Yemen’s Aden

Separatists withdraw from key posts in Yemen’s Aden

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Southern separatists have vacated key public buildings in Yemen's port city of Aden that they had recently captured from forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, exposing divisions within the Saudi-Emirati coalition supporting the internationally-recognised government. The supporters of the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) pulled out of the headquarters of Hadi's government, the supreme court and…