Malaysia says United States returned $57m in 1MDB funds

Malaysia says United States returned $57m in 1MDB funds

Malaysia said the US government returned around $57m recovered from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) assets in the "first instalment" of funds to be repatriated under a US kleptocracy asset recovery initiative. The US Department of Justice (DoJ), in the biggest case in its anti-kleptocracy programme, is pursuing billions of dollars it says were misappropriated from 1MDB,…
‘No survivors’ after jet crashed in Mexico’s remote mountain area

‘No survivors’ after jet crashed in Mexico’s remote mountain area

In a statement, Canada's Bombardier Inc identified the jet as a Challenger 601, similar to this plane [File: AP Photo] A plane crash in a remote mountain region in northern Mexico has claimed the lives of all 13 people on board, including a family of five that were flying back from watching a boxing match…
One million species to go extinct ‘within decades’

One million species to go extinct ‘within decades’

One in eight of all Earth's plants, insects and animals are at risk of extinction, many within decades, because of human activity, a huge coalition of the world's leading scientists announced. An "unprecedented" one million species will die out because of the relentless pursuit of economic growth, coupled with climate change, said a report published…
US Democrats set contempt vote for Barr over Mueller report

US Democrats set contempt vote for Barr over Mueller report

United States House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler on Monday scheduled a Wednesday vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress after Barr failed to comply with a deadline to provide Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full report on his Russia probe. In an escalation of the battle between the Democrat-led House and…
Turkey’s election board orders rerun of Istanbul mayoral vote

Turkey’s election board orders rerun of Istanbul mayoral vote

Turkey's top election board announced on Monday that the vote for the mayor of Istanbul, the country's largest city and economic hub, will be re-done. The new vote will be held on June 23. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development (AK) Party had lodged an "extraordinary objection" and asked for a rerun of the…
Israel and Gaza reach ceasefire agreement amid tense calm

Israel and Gaza reach ceasefire agreement amid tense calm

Palestinian officials say a ceasefire agreement has been reached with Israel to end a surge of violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel that has led to the deaths of at least 25 Palestinians and four Israelis. Gaza officials confirmed to Al Jazeera that a deal was reached at 1:30 GMT, and no Israeli…
Qatar denies issuing visa ban for blockading nations

Qatar denies issuing visa ban for blockading nations

Qatar has rejected comments made by the secretary-general of its National Tourism Council in reference to Egyptians seeking to enter the country amid an ongoing political rift. In a statement on Sunday, Qatar's Government Communications Office said the country would not stop issuing visas, adding "populations should not be involved in disputes between states". Earlier on Sunday,…
Bolton: US deploying bombers to Middle East in warning to Iran

Bolton: US deploying bombers to Middle East in warning to Iran

The United States is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East to send a clear message to Iran that any attack on US interests or its allies will be met with "unrelenting force". Amid rising tensions between Washington and Tehran, US National Security Advisor John Bolton said on…
Curfew imposed after religious tension rises in Negombo

Curfew imposed after religious tension rises in Negombo

Sri Lanka has imposed a curfew in the city of Negombo, site of one of the Easter Sunday bombings, to contain religious violence. Tensions gripped Negombo on Sunday as authorities prepared to reopen public schools after an extended Easter vacation following the suicide attacks. Sri Lanka military spokesman Brigadier Sumith Atapattu told The Associated Press news agency…
Stevo Pendarovski wins North Macedonia’s presidential election

Stevo Pendarovski wins North Macedonia’s presidential election

Stevo Pendarovski, supported by the ruling Social Democrats (SDSM), has won the North Macedonian presidency in a run-off vote. The 56-year-old garnered 51.66 percent of the vote on Sunday, beating nationalist VMRO's Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova with 44.73 percent. The remaining 3.61 percent of the votes were void. Sunday's run-off poll was called after neither candidate received enough ballots…