Italian PM Conte to quit as Salvini pulls support for government

Italian PM Conte to quit as Salvini pulls support for government

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said he will resign later on Tuesday following a decision by the far-right League party to present a no-confidence motion in the coalition government.  Addressing parliament over the political turmoil unleashed by the League's move earlier this month to pull the plug on its ruling alliance with the anti-establishment Five…
India revokes Kashmir’s special status: All the latest updates

India revokes Kashmir’s special status: All the latest updates

The Indian government has revoked the special status accorded to Indian-administered Kashmir in its constitution, the most far-reaching political move on the disputed region in nearly 70 years. A presidential decree issued on August 5 revoked Article 370 of India's constitution that guaranteed special rights to the Muslim-majority state, including the right to its own…
UK ‘concerned’ about missing Hong Kong consulate employee

UK ‘concerned’ about missing Hong Kong consulate employee

The United Kingdom's Foreign Office has said it is "extremely concerned" by reports that a staff member at the consulate in its former colony of Hong Kong has been detained in mainland China. Simon Cheng did not return to work on August 9 after visiting the neighbouring mainland city of Shenzhen the previous day, Hong…
‘Fighting back’: Kashmir enclave blocks entry of Indian troops

‘Fighting back’: Kashmir enclave blocks entry of Indian troops

For more than a week, the young men of Soura, a densely-populated enclave in Indian-administered Kashmir's main city of Srinagar, have been taking turns to maintain a round-the-clock vigil at the entry points to their neighbourhood. Each of the dozen or so entrances have been blocked with makeshift barricades of bricks, corrugated metal sheets, wooden…
Indonesia’s Jokowi urges calm after violent West Papua protests

Indonesia’s Jokowi urges calm after violent West Papua protests

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has sought to ease tensions after violent protests in several cities in the West Papua region following claims of racist abuse and physical mistreatment of Papuan students. In a statement late on Monday, the president, also known as Jokowi, urged people to forgive each other after the riots, adding that the government…
Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam offers talks but shuns protesters’ demands

Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam offers talks but shuns protesters’ demands

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam has offered talks with critics of her government, even as she continues to dig in by refusing to address protesters' demands for her to withdraw the controversial extradition bill, which sparked weeks of often violent demonstrations. In a press conference on Tuesday morning, Lam announced that her office "will…
Sudan’s ex-president al-Bashir ‘received $90m from Saudi Arabia’

Sudan’s ex-president al-Bashir ‘received $90m from Saudi Arabia’

Omar al-Bashir received millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia, a police investigator has told a court in Sudan's capital at the start of the former president's corruption trial months after he was toppled by the military in the wake of mass protests against his autocratic rule. Al-Bashir, who is charged with illicit possession of foreign currency and accepting…
Ilhan Omar: Go to Israel, see ‘cruel reality of the occupation’

Ilhan Omar: Go to Israel, see ‘cruel reality of the occupation’

Democratic US Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib sharply criticised Israel on Monday for denying them entry to the country and called on fellow members of Congress to visit while they cannot. Omar, of Minnesota, suggested President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were suppressing the congresswomen's ability to carry out their oversight role.…
Salvadoran rape victim jailed for stillbirth not guilty of murder

Salvadoran rape victim jailed for stillbirth not guilty of murder

El Salvador rape survivor Evelyn Hernandez was found not guilty of charges of aggravated homicide by a Salvadoran court Monday in a case that was the latest win for feminist activists fighting to end the criminalisation of women suspected of having abortions. Prosecutors asked for a 40-year sentence during the retrial of 21-year-old Hernandez, who was…
Turkey says military convoy targeted in northern Syria

Turkey says military convoy targeted in northern Syria

Air raids have struck near a Turkish military convoy making its way through Syria's rebel-held Idlib province, the Turkish defence ministry has said, adding that at least three civilians were killed and 12 wounded. The ministry "strongly condemned" Monday's air raids, saying they were contrary to "existing agreements as well as our cooperation and dialogue with Russia".…