Israeli forces and settlers enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound

Israeli forces and settlers enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound

Protests erupted on Sunday after Israeli forces entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound along with hundreds of ultra-nationalist Jews whom they allowed to access the compound on Jerusalem Day - when Israelis celebrate the anniversary of their occupation of East Jerusalem at the end of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. The Muslim Waqf organisation which oversees the mosque compound…
German SPD chief resigns in blow to Merkel’s coalition

German SPD chief resigns in blow to Merkel’s coalition

The leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's junior coalition partner, the SPD, resigned on Sunday from her party's top posts, raising the possibility that Germany's embattled government could collapse. Andrea Nahles, who heads the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), has come under intense pressure after voters handed the party its worst European election results a week…
Algeria’s constitutional council cancels presidential election

Algeria’s constitutional council cancels presidential election

The constitutional council said it had received only two candidates, both of which it deemed invalid [Ramzi Boudina/Reuters] Algeria's constitutional council has said it will be impossible for it to hold elections to choose a successor to ousted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika early next month as planned after the only two candidates were rejected. The council said in a…
US would talk with Iran ‘with no preconditions’: Pompeo

US would talk with Iran ‘with no preconditions’: Pompeo

Washington is willing to speak with Iran "with no preconditions", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday, but stressed his country would continue working to rein in what he called Iran's "malign activity"."We are prepared to engage in a conversation with no preconditions. We are ready to sit down with them," Pompeo told…
Trump to UK: no-deal Brexit is better than paying EU $50bn

Trump to UK: no-deal Brexit is better than paying EU $50bn

US President Donald Trump has waded once again into UK's Brexit debate, urging Theresa May's successor to leave the EU with no deal. Trump said Britain should refuse to pay its 39 billion pound ($49bn) EU divorce bill and "walk away" from Brexit talks if Brussels does not give the UK what it wants, he…
Sudan protests: Army fires at Khartoum rally, killing two

Sudan protests: Army fires at Khartoum rally, killing two

At least two people have been killed and 10 wounded in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum when shots were fired near the site of a protest sit-in, a doctors' committee close to demonstrators said. "After regular forces opened fire, there were casualties on Nile Street near the sit-in site," the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors said…
Israel attacks Syrian targets near occupied Golan Heights

Israel attacks Syrian targets near occupied Golan Heights

Israel has acknowledged carrying out dozens of airstrikes in Syria on Iranian targets and Tehran's allies [File: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters] Israel attacked Syrian military positions in the country's south early on Sunday, killing three soldiers and wounding seven others, Syria's state-run media reported. The Israeli military confirmed the attack in a series of tweets saying it…
Did ‘silencer’ make a difference in Virginia Beach carnage?

Did ‘silencer’ make a difference in Virginia Beach carnage?

The shooter who killed 12 people in a government office building in Virginia Beach used a firearm equipped with a 'silencer' that muffles the sound of gunfire. It's the nightmare scenario that gun-control advocates have warned about amid efforts in recent years to ease restrictions on the devices, which they say can help shooters escape…
Liverpool FC beat Tottenham to win Champions League trophy

Liverpool FC beat Tottenham to win Champions League trophy

An early goal from Mohamed Salah and a late one from Divock Origi gave Liverpool a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday's all-English Champions League final as coach Juergen Klopp finally got his hands on Europe's biggest prize. Egypt striker Salah, who had painful memories of last year's final defeat by Real Madrid after…
Mecca summit supports Palestinians, backs Saudis in Iran standoff

Mecca summit supports Palestinians, backs Saudis in Iran standoff

Political leaders and heads of state from Islamic nations have condemned countries that have made the "illegal and irresponsible decision" to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In a joint statement on Saturday, at the end of a summit of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the leaders called…