Netherlands: Retired doctor on trial in landmark euthanasia case

Netherlands: Retired doctor on trial in landmark euthanasia case

A landmark euthanasia trial has opened in the Netherlands seeking to pinpoint what to do with dementia patients who stated their wish to die under certain circumstances but later might have had second thoughts. The case in The Hague district court centres on a 74-year-old woman who was given fatal doses of drugs three years…
Iran’s Rouhani tells US: No talks until sanctions lifted

Iran’s Rouhani tells US: No talks until sanctions lifted

Iran will not talk to the United States until all sanctions imposed on Tehran are lifted, President Hassan Rouhani has said, a day after US President Donald Trump said he would meet his Iranian counterpart to try to end a nuclear standoff. Trump said on Monday he would meet Iran's president under the right circumstances…
Opioid epidemic: Judge holds Johnson & Johnson liable for $572m

Opioid epidemic: Judge holds Johnson & Johnson liable for $572m

A United States judge on Monday found Johnson & Johnson liable for fueling an opioid epidemic in the state of Oklahoma by deceptively marketing painkillers, and ordered the drugmaker to pay damages of $572m. Judge Thad Balkman of Cleveland County District Court in Norman, Oklahoma delivered his decision in a lawsuit alleging that Johnson & Johnson's…
Iraqi bloc calls for US troops withdrawal after Israeli air raids

Iraqi bloc calls for US troops withdrawal after Israeli air raids

A powerful bloc in Iraq's parliament has called for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, following a series of air raids targeting Iran-backed Shia militias in the country that have been blamed on Israel. The Fatah Coalition said on Monday that it holds the United States fully responsible for the alleged Israeli aggression, "which…
Yang Hengjun arrested in China for ‘espionage’: Australia

Yang Hengjun arrested in China for ‘espionage’: Australia

An Australian man of Chinese origin has been arrested in China after being accused of 'espionage', the foreign ministry in Canberra said, in the latest of a series of detentions of foreign nationals visiting the mainland. Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne said in a statement on Tuesday that Yang Hengjun, an outspoken pro-democracy activist,  has been…
Sri Lanka urged to tackle ‘hate propaganda’ against Muslims

Sri Lanka urged to tackle ‘hate propaganda’ against Muslims

A United Nations human rights expert has called on Sri Lanka to take urgent action on "hate propaganda targeting Muslim communities" following a spate of deadly attacks on churches and hotels on Easter Sunday.  Ahmed Shaheed, the UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, issued the call on Monday at the end of…
Khan urges Kashmir action; Trump says Modi ‘has it under control’

Khan urges Kashmir action; Trump says Modi ‘has it under control’

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for UN action over India's decision to revoke autonomy from Indian-administered Kashmir, saying the risk of war between the nuclear-armed neighbours made the issue a cause for global concern. The appeal on Monday came as India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi rejected third-party mediation over the disputed Himalayan territory.…
G7 pledges $20m to fight record Amazon fires

G7 pledges $20m to fight record Amazon fires

The G7 nations have agreed to spend $20m to fight record fires tearing through the Amazon rainforest, an agreement Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said treated his country like a "colony or no-man's land". The presidents of France and Chile announced the pledge at the G7 summit in the French town of Biarritz on Monday, with…
McDonald’s faces boycott threats in India for serving halal meat

McDonald’s faces boycott threats in India for serving halal meat

New Delhi, India - McDonald's has faced boycott calls in India from right-wing Hindus after the global fast food chain said its outlets served halal meat. The controversy erupted after McDonald's India in a twitter reply said all its restaurants are halal certified. "All our restaurants have HALAL certificates. You can ask the respective restaurant…
Houthis claim attack on military target in Saudi capital Riyadh

Houthis claim attack on military target in Saudi capital Riyadh

Saudi Arabia has not yet responded to the claims made by the rebels [Al Jazeera] Houthi rebels on Monday claimed to have attacked a military target in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh a day after the Yemeni rebels fired ballistic missiles at an airport. According to a spokesperson for the Houthis, the attack was carried out…