Nakba Day: Palestinians mark 71st anniversary of ‘catastrophe’

Nakba Day: Palestinians mark 71st anniversary of ‘catastrophe’

Palestinians are set to mark the 71st anniversary of Nakba Day with demonstrations and marches across the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, putting Israel on edge amid Eurovision song contest festivities.  "Nakba," or catastrophe, commemorates the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who were expelled in the war that led to the establishment of…
‘Unacceptable’: Sri Lankans share their views on face veil ban

‘Unacceptable’: Sri Lankans share their views on face veil ban

Colombo - Sri Lanka's decision to ban face coverings a week after more than 250 people were killed in a series of coordinated attacks on Easter Sunday has drawn a mixed response, with activists saying the move "violated Muslim women's right to practice their religion freely". The law that takes effect from Monday did not…
Merkel: No knowledge of nationalist song played at Croatia rally

Merkel: No knowledge of nationalist song played at Croatia rally

Following a wave of negative media reaction, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office has denied any knowledge of a controversial song played at a campaign rally by the Croatian ruling party which she attended last week in Zagreb. The song in question - Lijepa li si (How beautiful you are) - describes love for the different regions…
Ex-White House counsel Don McGahn defies congressional subpoena

Ex-White House counsel Don McGahn defies congressional subpoena

The US House Judiciary Committee convened a hearing on Tuesday with another empty chair at the witness table, as former White House counsel Don McGahn refused to testify. In a further escalation of a struggle between President Donald Trump and Congress over its power to investigate him, the White House on Monday told McGahn, who…
India elections 2019: Final round of voting under way in 59 seats

India elections 2019: Final round of voting under way in 59 seats

Indians are voting in the seventh and final phase of national elections, wrapping up a six-week-long campaign season with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seeking re-election for another five years. Nearly a 100 million people are eligible to vote on Sunday in 59 constituencies across seven states - including the…
Pompeo meets Lavrov amid hope for improved US-Russia ties

Pompeo meets Lavrov amid hope for improved US-Russia ties

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo it was time for Moscow and Washington to put aside years of mistrust and find a way to work together constructively. Pompeo is in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi for talks with his Russian counterpart, and later on Tuesday will…
Iran’s Zarif: US playing ‘dangerous game’ in Gulf showdown

Iran’s Zarif: US playing ‘dangerous game’ in Gulf showdown

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif warned the United States is "playing a dangerous game" by boosting its military might in the Gulf as the fiery rhetoric between Washington and Tehran continues. Zarif criticised the US move to deploy an aircraft carrier strike group and bomber task force earlier this month in response to an unspecified threat, cautioning…
Trump invokes executive privilege over entire Mueller report

Trump invokes executive privilege over entire Mueller report

The White House on Wednesday took the aggressive step of invoking "executive privilege" to block the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full Russia report as a Democratic-led United States congressional panel moved towards holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt for refusing to hand over the document. The move announced by the White House…
Exit polls show India’s Modi-led coalition likely to win majority

Exit polls show India’s Modi-led coalition likely to win majority

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling alliance led by right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to win a majority in parliament in the mammoth Indian general elections that ended on Sunday, exit polls show. Several early exit polls released by Indian media on Sunday predicted the BJP will lose seats but with allies would still…
Saudi Arabia ‘seeks to avert war, ready to respond with force’

Saudi Arabia ‘seeks to avert war, ready to respond with force’

Saudi Arabia wants to avert war in the region but stands ready to respond with "all strength and determination" after last week's attacks on Saudi oil assets, a senior official said, adding that the ball was now in Iran's court. Riyadh has accused Tehran of ordering Tuesday's drone attacks on two oil pumping stations in…

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