Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito ascends Chrysanthemum Throne

Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito ascends Chrysanthemum Throne

Japan's new Emperor Naruhito has formally ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne, a day after his father Akihito abdicated from the world's oldest monarchy and ushered in a new imperial era. Naruhito officially became emperor at the stroke of midnight local time (1500GMT Tuesday) but the process will be formalised on Wednesday with the 10-minute ritual, which…
Two dead in shooting at North Carolina university campus

Two dead in shooting at North Carolina university campus

Two people have been killed and four others wounded - two with life-threatening injuries - in a shooting at the University of North Carolina. UNC Charlotte issued a campus lockdown late on Tuesday afternoon, saying shots had been fired. Later in the evening, the campus was declared secure after a suspect was taken into custody.…
Trump working to designate Muslim Brotherhood as ‘terror’ group

Trump working to designate Muslim Brotherhood as ‘terror’ group

The Trump administration is working to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign "terrorist" organisation, the White House said on Tuesday, which would bring sanctions against Egypt's oldest Islamist movement. "The president has consulted with his national security team and leaders in the region who share his concern, and this designation is working its way through the…
Sudan protesters defiant as army warns ‘no more chaos’

Sudan protesters defiant as army warns ‘no more chaos’

Sudanese protest leaders have called for a mass rally amid mounting tensions over the composition of a joint civilian-military council to run the country following the removal of Sudan's longtime ruler, Omar al-Bashir.  In a statement on Tuesday, the political parties and movements behind the months-long anti-government protests urged supporters to gather for a "million-strong march"…
‘Incredibly difficult’ to reach Mozambique cyclone survivors

‘Incredibly difficult’ to reach Mozambique cyclone survivors

Torrential rain continued to batter northern Mozambique on Tuesday, several days after Cyclone Kenneth, as the United Nations said aid workers faced "an incredibly difficult situation" in reaching thousands of survivors. The rains grounded aid operations for a third consecutive day leaving some of the worst-hit communities cut off with very limited supplies. A planned World…
Allegations of mass voter exclusion cast shadow on India election

Allegations of mass voter exclusion cast shadow on India election

New Delhi, India - India's general elections, the world's largest democratic exercise, is past its halfway mark. The country's election commission says nearly 900 million voters are eligible to vote in the seven-phase voting, which started on April 11 and will go on till May 19 for 543 parliamentary constituencies. But nationwide reports of voters…
Sudan army warns protesters: ‘We will not accept chaos’

Sudan army warns protesters: ‘We will not accept chaos’

Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council has said the army will not accept unrest in the country, a day after protesters said soldiers were trying to disperse a sit-in in capital Khartoum. "We will not accept chaos. We will deal with it firmly in accordance with the law," Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the Transitional Military Council's vice…
Blackwater founder’s plan for mercenaries to Venezuela: Report

Blackwater founder’s plan for mercenaries to Venezuela: Report

Erik Prince - the founder of the controversial private security firm Blackwater and a prominent supporter of US President Donald Trump - has been pushing a plan to deploy a private army to help topple Venezuela's socialist president, Nicholas Maduro, four sources with knowledge of the effort told Reuters. Over the last several months, the…
EU extends ban on arms sales to Myanmar over Rohingya crisis

EU extends ban on arms sales to Myanmar over Rohingya crisis

The European Union has extended a ban on selling arms to Myanmar and prolonged sanctions against high-ranking officials over their role in the Rohingya crisis. The measures, which include an embargo on weapons and other equipment that could be used for repression, will stay in place until at least April 30, 2020. "The sanctions includes…
Japan Emperor Akihito’s abdication: What you need to know

Japan Emperor Akihito’s abdication: What you need to know

Japan's 85-year-old Emperor Akihito has begun his abdication rituals as Japan embraces the end of his reign with reminiscence and hope for a new era. Akihito will end his three-decade reign on Tuesday when he abdicates to his son Crown Prince Naruhito. TV footage on Tuesday morning showed Akihito entering a shrine to report his…

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