Lebanon to start government formation talks as protests persist

Lebanon to start government formation talks as protests persist

Consultations to form a new government in Lebanon will formally begin on Monday, the presidency has announced, more than a month after a wave of protests led the prime minister, Saad Hariri, to resign. "The presidency has set Monday as the date for the parliamentary consultations" for the designation of a new prime minister, the presidency…
Trump impeachment probe to enter new phase with landmark hearing

Trump impeachment probe to enter new phase with landmark hearing

Washington, DC - The Democrat-led US House of Representatives is set to reach a turning point in its inquiry into whether President Donald Trump improperly pressured the government of Ukraine to interfere in US politics, moving from an investigative phase to deciding whether Trump should be impeached. With the president abroad at the NATO meetings…
Iran: Rouhani calls for release of ‘innocent, unarmed’ protesters

Iran: Rouhani calls for release of ‘innocent, unarmed’ protesters

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has called for the release of any unarmed and innocent people arrested during the protests against fuel price increases after two weeks of violent clashes. The unrest, which began on November 15 after the government abruptly raised fuel prices by as much as 300 percent, spread to more than 100 Iranian cities…
NATO leaders to confront Trump over ‘delinquent’ military moves

NATO leaders to confront Trump over ‘delinquent’ military moves

NATO leaders will tell US President Donald Trump on Wednesday they are spending billions more dollars on their militaries in the hope that he pares back his attacks on the Western alliance. In formal talks following a Buckingham Palace reception on Tuesday to celebrate 70 years of NATO, European leaders led by Germany and France…
US courts China anger as House passes Uighur crackdown bill

US courts China anger as House passes Uighur crackdown bill

China on Wednesday reacted angrily after the US House of Representatives' passed a bill requiring the Trump administration to toughen its response to Xinjiang, where the at least one million Muslims, mostly ethnic Uighurs, are being held in re-education camps. In a statement released shortly after the Uighur Act of 2019 was passed, China's foreign…
‘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…
‘Now we are visible’: Chileans with disabilities unite for rights

‘Now we are visible’: Chileans with disabilities unite for rights

Santiago, Chile - For the first three decades of her life, Maria Soledad Guerra did not know what was wrong with her. She spent her first two years and much of her childhood in the hospital and has been back countless times since. Guerra suffers from a rare genetic disorder, but as a child, she…
Iraqi parties gather amid political crisis

Iraqi parties gather amid political crisis

Baghdad, Iraq - A delegation representing parliamentary bloc Sairoon (Forward), led by Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr, has met with President Barham Salih as Iraqi politicians gathered in Baghdad to discuss a way forward after two months of anti-government protests. The meeting on Tuesday, which a source in the president's office confirmed to Al Jazeera, came…
‘Rioters’ shot and killed at protests, Iran admits for first time

‘Rioters’ shot and killed at protests, Iran admits for first time

Iranian state television has acknowledged security forces shot and killed what it described as "rioters" in multiple cities amid recent protests over the spike in government-set petrol prices. It was the first time authorities offered any sort of accounting for the violence used to put down the deadly demonstrations. The acknowledgement came in a television…
Zimbabwe’s former president Mugabe left behind $10m but no will

Zimbabwe’s former president Mugabe left behind $10m but no will

Zimbabwe's late former leader Robert Mugabe left $10m and a number of properties but no will naming his beneficiaries, details of his estate released on Tuesday revealed. The state-owned Herald newspaper said his daughter, Bona Chikore, disclosed the assets to the High Court after the family had been unable to locate his will. More: China accuses Zimbabwe of understating…