Iraqi Kurdish authorities arrest suspect behind Erbil shooting

Iraqi Kurdish authorities arrest suspect behind Erbil shooting

The main suspect behind the killing of a Turkish diplomat in the Iraqi city of Erbil has been arrested, authorities in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region have announced. "The Kurdistan Region announced on Saturday the arrest of a man who planned the assassination of a Turkish diplomat in a restaurant in Erbil, less than a week…
Death toll rises as floods and landslides ravage parts of India

Death toll rises as floods and landslides ravage parts of India

New Delhi/Assam, India - The death toll in India continues to rise after flooding and landslides ravaged several parts of the country, forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes and millions more affected. At least 142 people have died in two Indian states - Assam and Bihar - since monsoon flooding began earlier this month. "The…
Historic election under way in Pakistani former tribal districts

Historic election under way in Pakistani former tribal districts

Islamabad, Pakistan - Pakistanis in the country's northwestern tribal districts are voting in provincial elections for the first time in the country's history, marking a key step in the merger of these areas into Pakistan's administrative and constitutional mainstream. Polls opened across the seven districts that composed the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on Saturday…
Scenes of joy as Algeria wins Africa Cup of Nations

Scenes of joy as Algeria wins Africa Cup of Nations

Algiers, Algeria - Football-crazed Algeria burst into a paroxysm of euphoria on Friday night as the country's national team emerged triumphant at the Africa Cup of Nations final held in Egypt. Firecrackers lit up the night sky and cries of joy filled the air in Algiers as soon as the final whistle blew in Cairo International Stadium, with…
Trump renews attacks on Omar, praises ‘send her back’ crowd

Trump renews attacks on Omar, praises ‘send her back’ crowd

A day after Donald Trump tried to distance himself from racist chants heard at one of his campaign rallies, the US president praised the crowd as one full of "incredible patriots". The president on Friday again ramped up his attacks against US Representative Ilhan Omar, saying he was "unhappy with the fact that a congresswoman…
Negotiations between Sudan’s military, protest leaders postponed

Negotiations between Sudan’s military, protest leaders postponed

Sudan's alliance of opposition groups has postponded negotiations with the country's military rulers after members of their movement expressed reservations over a power-sharing deal inked with the generals earlier this week. The deal is aimed at breaking the political deadlock that has gripped the country since the toppling of former President Omar al-Bashir in April. After a…
African Union warns travel curbs would hurt DRC’s Ebola response

African Union warns travel curbs would hurt DRC’s Ebola response

A top African Union (AU) health official has warned against curbing travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) amid heightened concerns the country's Ebola outbreak could spread more widely in the region. According to DRC's health ministry, the current Ebola outbreak has killed more than 1,700 people - more than two-thirds of those…
Iran releases video it says proves US did not destroy drone

Iran releases video it says proves US did not destroy drone

Iran has released video footage that it says disproves a claim made by the United States that a US warship downed an Iranian drone near the Persian Gulf. Iran's state television on Friday broadcast a video, provided by the country's Revolutionary Guards, showing aerial views of ships which it said refuted the US assertion. The television…
Iran says it has seized British oil tanker in the Gulf

Iran says it has seized British oil tanker in the Gulf

The vessel was seized by 'small crafts and a helicopter' at 7:30pm local time, the owner of the vessel said in a statement [Stena Bulk] Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said its forces have captured a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz for allegedly violating international laws, amid rising tensions in the Gulf. …
‘Cow vigilantes’ in India kill three on suspicion of theft

‘Cow vigilantes’ in India kill three on suspicion of theft

A mob in an Indian village has beaten to death three men suspected of trying to steal cattle, the latest in a spate of attacks that have provoked alarm among the country's religious minorities. The three men were caught by some villagers in Saran district's Pithauri village in the eastern state of Bihar early on…