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Sudanese protesters defy curfew, day after military coup

Cairo, Apr 12 (AP/UNB) — Sudanese pro-democracy protesters who spent four months on the streets rallying against the country’s autocratic president are now defying the military leaders who overthrew Omar al-Bashir the day before. Thousands kept up their sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum overnight and into Friday morning despite a curfew imposed by the army after it arrested ... Read More »

Polls open in 1st phase of India’s lengthy general election

New Delhi, Apr 11 (AP/UNB) — Polls opened Thursday in the first phase of India’s general elections, seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party. A festive spirit prevailed as men and women in colorful clothes made their way to heavily guarded voting stations in large numbers. Voters in 18 Indian states and two ... Read More »

Indian Maoist rebels kill 5 days before national election

Dantewada, Apr 9 (AP/UNB) — Maoist rebels on Tuesday attacked a convoy of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party with an improvised explosive device as it traveled through the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, killing a state party lawmaker and four others in his vehicle, police said. Police officer P. Sunder Raj said the rebels detonated an improvised explosive device in ... Read More »

Paris, Milan, C’hagen laud London’s ultra-low emission zone

Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40 Cities, Anne Hidalgo. “Bravo Sadiq Khan, for implementing one of the largest and most comprehensive Low Emission Zones of any city in the world. The ULEZ will undoubtedly bring long-lasting benefits to London, improving public health, boosting local economies and protecting all Londoners and in particular children from the effects of toxic air ... Read More »

Pakistan accuses India of plotting fresh military attack

Pakistan says it has “reliable intelligence” India is planning a military attack this month, something India dismissed as “war hysteria”. Foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi made the comments on Sunday. Already tense relations between the two deteriorated this year when Pakistan-based militants killed dozens of Indian troops in Indian-administered Kashmir. India responded with air strikes on what it said was ... Read More »

Factory bus plunges into monsoon drain in Malaysia: 10 dead

SEPANG: Ten people were killed as the factory bus they were in plunged into a monsoon drain along Jalan S8 Pekeliling, near MAS Kargo, KL International Airport here Sunday (April 7). Eight foreigners and a local bus driver were killed at the scene while another foreigner died while receiving treatment at Serdang Hospital following the 11.10pm incident. KLIA OCPD Asst ... Read More »

Israel PM vows to annex West Bank settlements if re-elected

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank if he is re-elected. Israelis go to the polls on Tuesday and Mr Netanyahu is competing for votes with right-wing parties who support annexing part of the West Bank. The settlements are illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this. Last month the US ... Read More »

Resolve Rohingya crisis respecting int’l laws: Swiss envoy

Dhaka, Apr 6 (UNB) – Switzerland has reiterated that all efforts towards resolving the Rohingya crisis must be guided by respect for obligations under international laws, particularly human rights law.  The country has also called for full implementation of the recommendations stipulated in the final report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State to resolve the Rohingya crisis. “Switzerland together ... Read More »

Myanmar military again attacking civilians in Rakhine: UN

Dhaka, Apr 5 (UNB) – The United Nations has said the Myanmar military is again carrying out attacks against its own civilians which may constitute war crimes and said they are “deeply disturbed” by the intensification of conflicts in Rakhine State in recent weeks. “The consequences of impunity will continue to be deadly,” said Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner ... Read More »

Judge orders mental health tests for accused mosque shooter

Christchurch, April 5 (AP/UNB) — A New Zealand judge on Friday ordered that the man accused of killing 50 people at two Christchurch mosques undergo two mental health assessments to determine if he’s fit to stand trial. High Court judge Cameron Mander made the order during a hearing in which 28-year-old Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant appeared via video link from ... Read More »

May: UK to seek further Brexit delay, try to break logjam

London, Apr 3 (AP/UNB) — With Britain racing toward a chaotic exit from the European Union within days, Prime Minister Theresa May veered away from the cliff-edge Tuesday, saying she would seek another Brexit delay and hold talks with the opposition to seek a compromise. May made the announcement after the EU’s chief negotiator warned that a disruptive and costly ... Read More »

2nd woman recounts unwanted touching by Biden

Washington, Apr 2 (AP/UNB) — Aides to Joe Biden are striking a more aggressive tone as the former vice president faces scrutiny over his past behavior toward women. In a statement Monday, Biden spokesman Bill Russo blasted “right wing trolls” from “the dark recesses of the internet” for conflating images of Biden embracing acquaintances, colleagues and friends in his official ... Read More »

UK Parliament rejects alternatives to May’s Brexit deal

London, Apr 2 (AP/UNB) — Britain’s Parliament has spoken — and it has said no, again. Lawmakers seeking a way out of the country’s Brexit morass on Monday rejected four alternatives to the government’s unpopular European Union divorce deal that would have softened or even halted Britain’s departure. With just 12 days until the U.K. must come up with a ... Read More »

Slovak liberals cross fingers for election of Zuzana Čaputová

Disbelief and a hint of fear flashed across Zuzana Čaputová’s face as the news broke. After explaining to the Guardian how she would bolster the rule of law in Slovakia if elected president, Čaputová, a 45-year-old lawyer and the frontrunner in Saturday’s presidential poll, suddenly stopped short as an aide read out a headline from his phone: Marian Kočner, a multi-millionaire ... Read More »

Rainstorm hits south Nepal; PM says 25 dead, hundreds hurt

Nepal, Apr 1 (AP/UNB) — Rescuers are struggling to reach villages in southern Nepal that were cut off by a rainstorm that has killed 25 people and injured hundreds more. The rainstorm swept through villages in a farming region of Bara and Parsa districts in southern Nepal on Sunday night. Nepal’s Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli said on Twitter he ... Read More »

Britain faces calls for unity govt amid Brexit impasse

London, Mar 31 (AP/UNB) — The U.K. may be forced to create a national unity government to end the impasse over Britain leaving the European Union, as Prime Minister Theresa May clings to the Brexit divorce agreement that Parliament has rejected three times, a senior Conservative suggested Saturday. Former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan’s comments came a day after the House ... Read More »

Cities around the world turn off lights to mark Earth Hour

Hong Kong, Mar 30 (AP/UNB) — Cities around the world were marking Earth Hour on Saturday night by turning off the lights in a call for global action on climate change. In Hong Kong, major buildings along Victoria Harbour turned off their non-essential lights at 8:30 p.m., and the city’s popular tourist attraction known as the Symphony of Lights was ... Read More »

First city fully ravaged by climate change tries to rebuild

MAPUTO, Mar 29 2019 (IPS) – The city of Dondo, about 30 kilometres from Beira, central Mozambique, didn’t escape the strong winds of Cyclone Idai. It is estimated that more than 17,000 families were displaced and more than a dozen schools were destroyed in the city. While the world has rallied around Mozambique and countries in Southern Africa affected by Cyclone ... Read More »

US support to Israeli control over Golan Heights tenses Dhaka

Dhaka, Mar 27 (UNB) – Bangladesh has expressed its deep concern over the recent announcement of the US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights.  “This is a clear violation of the Charter of the United Nations, principles of international law and relevant Security Council Resolutions,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement on Wednesday.  ... Read More »

India says it successfully test-fires anti-satellite weapon

New Delhi, Mar 27 (AP/UNB) — India successfully test-fired an anti-satellite weapon on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an unexpected announcement just weeks before a general election. Modi said in an address broadcast live that Indian scientists had destroyed a low earth orbit satellite with a missile, demonstrating India’s capacity as a “space power” alongside the U.S., Russia ... Read More »

UK MPs plan to consider alternatives to May’s Brexit deal

London, Mar 27 (UNB) – MPs have set out details of their plan to consider other Brexit options, as Theresa May was warned more ministers could quit unless she changes course, reports BBC. The Commons will begin voting on alternatives on Wednesday, in a process likely to continue into next week. MPs will fill out a series of ballots testing ... Read More »

China’s Xi meets European leaders on deal-filled trip

Paris, Mar 26 (AP/UNB) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is meeting with the leaders of France, Germany and the European Commission, as European countries seek to boost relations with China while also putting pressure over its trade practices. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker came to Paris to join Xi and French President Emmanuel Macron for ... Read More »

Domestic workers are the slaves of modern Asia.

Singapore case of the worker from Myanmar who was forced to eat own vomit and barred from using toilet has again laid bare Asia’s toxic reliance on cheap labour Experts say some live in slave-like conditions and all grapple with a lack of legal protection, with society unwilling to change its perception of these women Raquel Carvalho OVER 10 MONTHS, ... Read More »

New Zealand attack note left at fire at California mosque

Escondido, Mar 25 (AP/UNB) — A note referencing the recent terrorist attacks in New Zealand was found at the scene of a possible arson fire at a Southern California mosque, police said Sunday. Nobody was hurt, and members of the Islamic Center of Escondido were able to extinguish the small blaze before firefighters around 3:15 a.m., officials said. The incident ... Read More »

115 dead after ethnic militia attack central Malian village

Mali, Mar 24 (AP/UNB) — Militia fighters descended on a village in central Mali before dawn Saturday, killing at least 115 people in the latest deadly attack blamed on an ethnic militia, local authorities said. The massacre in the village of Ogossogou left the village chief and his grandchildren dead in the ethnic Peulh community, according to a local official ... Read More »

Christchurch attacks: Al-Noor mosque reopens to worshippers

Worshippers have returned to the Al-Noor mosque in Christchurch for the first time since a mass shooting there in which dozens of people were killed. The building had closed so police could investigate the attack but on Saturday small groups were allowed to return. Fifty people were killed in shootings at two mosques on 15 March. As the Al Noor ... Read More »

Indian PM Modi greets Pakistan PM Imran Khan on Pak Nat’l Day

New Delhi, March 23 (Xinhua/UNB)- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote a letter to his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan, greeting him on the occasion of Pakistan’s national day, confirmed an official source in the Indian external affairs ministry on Saturday. Pakistan’s national day is celebrated every year on March 23. Received msg from PM Modi: “I extend my greetings & ... Read More »

UN concerned at fresh fighting in Rakhine

Dhaka, Mar 19 (UNB) – UN acting Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar Knut Ostby has expressed deep concern over new reports of fighting between the “Arakan Army” and Myanmar security forces causing civilian casualties and displacement of communities in Rakhine State. Ostby urged all sides of the conflict to ensure the protection of civilians, resolve differences through peaceful means ... Read More »

After terror attack, New Zealand leader shows resolve, empathy

Christchurch, Mar 17 (AP/UNB)— The attributes that helped Jacinda Ardern rise to become New Zealand’s leader at age 37 include her optimistic outlook and bright personality. And she became an inspiration to working women around the world last year when she gave birth to a daughter, Neve. But the prime minister is now displaying other qualities to an anxious nation ... Read More »

Can Zuckerberg really make a privacy-friendly Facebook?

San Francisco, Mar 8 (AP/UNB) — After building a social network that turned into a surveillance system, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he’s shifting his company’s focus to messaging services designed to serve as fortresses of privacy. Instead of just being the network that connects everyone, Facebook wants to encourage small groups of people to carry on encrypted conversations that ... Read More »