Iran’s Zarif hits back after Trump’s ‘No thanks’ Twitter post

Iran’s Zarif hits back after Trump’s ‘No thanks’ Twitter post

President Donald Trump has said the United States will not lift sanctions on Iran in order to enter negotiations with it, in a response to the Iranian foreign minister who suggested Tehran was still willing to talk on the condition Washington "correct[ed] its past" and removed a series of tough economic measures. There has been growing…
Why is Lebanon’s Gebran Bassil so controversial?

Why is Lebanon’s Gebran Bassil so controversial?

Beirut, Lebanon - A colourful mix of insults and allegations of nepotism, racism and corruption is how an average Lebanese protester would describe the country's former Minister of Foreign Affairs Gebran Bassil. He is not alone. Lebanon's entire ruling class has been targeted by protesters who took to the streets more than 100 days ago to demand an…
Impeachment trial: What did Trump’s defence team argue?

Impeachment trial: What did Trump’s defence team argue?

In just two hours, lawyers for United States President Donald Trump told senators on Saturday that Democrats' efforts to remove the president from office would set a "very, very dangerous" precedent in an election year. It was the first day of their opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial of Trump. More:  Trump impeachment: US…
Rescue efforts under way after deadly quake rattles east Turkey

Rescue efforts under way after deadly quake rattles east Turkey

Search and rescue efforts are under way after a deadly earthquake struck eastern Turkey, killing 29 people and injuring more than 1,100 others. Speaking at a televised news conference, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said earlier in the day that 18 people were killed in Elazig province, where Friday night's quake was centered, and four in…
Trump impeachment trial day six: All the latest updates

Trump impeachment trial day six: All the latest updates

US President Donald Trump's impeachment defence team kicked off their first day of opening arguments on Saturday following three days of presentations by the Democrats making the case against the president.  The day is expected to be shorter than the previous four days, with Trump's team saying Saturday will act as a "preview" to its…
Tensions high in Baghdad as police fire tear gas, live bullets

Tensions high in Baghdad as police fire tear gas, live bullets

Baghdad, Iraq - Security forces have pushed closer to Baghdad's Tahrir Square, the main anti-government protest camp in Iraq's capital, reopening several roads that were previously shut down by demonstrators demanding reforms and an overhaul of the country's political system. At about noon local time on Saturday, security forces fired tear gas and live bullets at Khilani…
Impeachment trial: What to expect from Trump’s defence team

Impeachment trial: What to expect from Trump’s defence team

Washington, DC - The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the United States Senate will take a dramatic turn on Saturday as the president's lawyers preview their defence of the president. For three days, Democrats of the House of Representatives have unleashed a torrent of facts and legal logic, peppered with video clips and…
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…
Several dead, hundreds hurt as quake hits eastern Turkey

Several dead, hundreds hurt as quake hits eastern Turkey

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake rocked a sparsely populated part of eastern Turkey on Friday, killing at least 18 people, injuring more than 500 and leaving some 30 trapped in the wreckage of toppled buildings, Turkish officials said. Rescue teams from neighbouring provinces were dispatched to the affected areas, working in the dark with floodlights in the…
Trump impeachment trial: How did Democrats’ arguments play out?

Trump impeachment trial: How did Democrats’ arguments play out?

Democrats seeking to remove United States President Donald Trump from office via impeachment wrapped up three days of opening arguments late on Friday, urging Republicans to allow witnesses and new evidence to be part of the Senate trial. "Give America a fair trial," said Adam Schiff, the House of Representatives lead manager, at the end…