DR Congo: President Tshisekedi names new prime minister

DR Congo: President Tshisekedi names new prime minister

President Felix Tshisekedi has named Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba as the new prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The move was announced on Monday by presidential spokesman Kasongo Mwema Yambayamba, who said Ilukamba was appointed under a political agreement between Tshisekedi and his predecessor, Joseph Kabila. Ilukamba was previously the head of the DRC's national railway company. He also…
Trump threatens Iran’s ‘end’ if it seeks fight with the US

Trump threatens Iran’s ‘end’ if it seeks fight with the US

Just days after saying he was prepared for talks, United States President Donald Trump has issued a direct threat to Iran, suggesting that the Islamic republic will be destroyed if it attacks his country's interests. "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again," Trump…
‘Breaking the silence’: New report documents torture in Kashmir

‘Breaking the silence’: New report documents torture in Kashmir

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir - Prisoners in Indian-administered Kashmir have been subjected to abuse and torture, including "water-boarding, sleep deprivation and sexualised torture", according to a report by two rights bodies. The 560-page report released on Monday mentions solitary confinement, sleep deprivation, and sexualised torture including rape and sodomy, used as torture techniques against Kashmiris. Other torture…
US to reveal economic part of Palestine peace plan in Bahrain

US to reveal economic part of Palestine peace plan in Bahrain

The United States will co-host an economic "workshop" with Bahrain to encourage investment in the occupied Palestinian territories "that could be made possible by a peace agreement", the White House said on Sunday. "Peace to Prosperity will facilitate discussions on an ambitious, achievable vision and framework for a prosperous future for the Palestinian people and…
Google ‘suspends some business with Huawei’ after US blacklist

Google ‘suspends some business with Huawei’ after US blacklist

Google's parent company, Alphabet, has reportedly suspended some of its business with Huawei, in a potential big blow to the Chinese technology giant that the government of the United States has sought to blacklist around the world. The suspension involves the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source…
Australia’s conservatives set to secure majority government

Australia’s conservatives set to secure majority government

Australia's ruling centre-right coalition is poised to secure a governing majority in its shock election victory over the centre-left Labor Party, the national broadcaster ABC has projected. Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Liberal-National coalition defied forecasts to be re-elected on Saturday, in what he called a political miracle. On Monday, ABC's election analysts projected that Morrison's coalition…
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…
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…
‘No to Nationalism’: Huge rallies in Germany before EU vote

‘No to Nationalism’: Huge rallies in Germany before EU vote

Tens of thousands of people have marched in cities across Germany to protest against right-wing populism and nationalism, days ahead of a crucial European Parliament vote. The demonstrations on Sunday were held under the banner "One Europe for Everyone: Your Voice Against Nationalism" in cities including Berlin, Cologne, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Munich and Hamburg. "I am here because I…
Al Jazeera suspends two journalists over Holocaust video

Al Jazeera suspends two journalists over Holocaust video

Al Jazeera Media Network has suspended two journalists over a video that downplayed the Holocaust. The Qatar-based network announced the disciplinary action in a statement on Sunday. The video, published on Al Jazeera's online Arabic news platform, AJ+, "contravened its editorial standards", said the network, which is the parent company of aljazeera.com.  The content was…

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