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IRANIAN OIL TANKER FREED

19 August 2019
IRANIAN OIL TANKER FREED

  The Iranian oil tanker, Grace 1 seized in July by British Royal Marines on suspicion of breaking sanctions by delivering oil to Syria left Gibraltar yesterday, hours after the British territory rejected a U.S. request to detain the vessel fur...

U.S. USING TRADE AS WEAPON, SEEN AS DANGEROUS - ANALYST

19 August 2019
U.S. USING TRADE AS WEAPON, SEEN AS DANGEROUS - ANALYST

  The United States policy of “protectionism” has been seen by many experts, including the World Trade Organisation, as reckless and inconsistent with international rules of trade. The United States announced earlier this month that...

FORMER MALAYSIAN PM OFF THE HOOK FOR NOW

19 August 2019
FORMER MALAYSIAN PM OFF THE HOOK FOR NOW

  Former Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak remains a free man after the Kuala Lumpur High Court postponed his multi-billion-dollar trial involving misuse of state fund at 1MDB, a state owned entity. Najib has been hit with 42 criminal charg...

PROTESTERS MARCH IN KASHMIR’S SRINAGAR

19 August 2019
PROTESTERS MARCH IN KASHMIR’S SRINAGAR

Residents in Kashmir’s Srinagar took to the streets yesterday (August 18) demanding freedom. Indian authorities re-imposed restrictions on movement in major parts of the city, following violent overnight clashes between residents and police. T...

KASHMIR SCHOOLS REMAIN SHUT

19 August 2019
KASHMIR SCHOOLS REMAIN SHUT

  Schools remain shut in Kashmir’s biggest city of Srinagar. Despite promises to re-open schools and government offices by today (Aug 19) , Indian authorities re-instated restrictions on movement in parts of Srinagar on Sunday, following...

CELEBRATIONS IN SUDAN AS POWER-SHARING DEAL IS SIGNED

19 August 2019
CELEBRATIONS IN SUDAN AS POWER-SHARING DEAL IS SIGNED

Thousands took to the streets of Khartoum this past weekend to celebrate Sudan's main opposition coalition and the ruling military council signing a final power-sharing deal. The deal, signed on Saturday, paves the way for a transitional government,...

POLICE DEPLOYED IN SOWETO AFTER FOREIGN-OWNED SHOPS RANSACKED

15 August 2019
POLICE DEPLOYED IN SOWETO AFTER FOREIGN-OWNED SHOPS RANSACKED

  Police have been deployed to Soweto after several foreign-owned shops were ransacked, trashed and looted last night. The looting occurred in different parts of Soweto such as Moroka, Dlamini, Protea Glen, Dobsonville, Rockville and Zola. It i...

SEMENYA SPEAKS UP ABOUT LACK OF SUPPORT FROM COMPETITORS

15 August 2019
SEMENYA SPEAKS UP ABOUT LACK OF SUPPORT FROM COMPETITORS

  Double Olympic champion Caster Semenya, who has been locked in a battle over her testosterone levels with athletics authorities, says she did not feel supported by other women in sport. Semenya said this at a women's conference in Johannesbur...

EGYPT’S RABAA MASSACRE GETS COMMEMORATED IN SOUTH AFRICA

15 August 2019
EGYPT’S RABAA MASSACRE GETS COMMEMORATED IN SOUTH AFRICA

  Events are being held in South Africa this week to commemorate Egypt’s Rabaa Massacre which took place in Cairo. On August the 14th 2013, Egyptian police opened fire on demonstrators opposed to the military's ousting of the late former...

TEXAS APPOINTS DOMESTIC “TERRORISM TASK FORCE” AFTER EL PASO SHOOTING

15 August 2019
TEXAS APPOINTS DOMESTIC “TERRORISM TASK FORCE” AFTER EL PASO SHOOTING

  Texas Governor, Greg Abbot has announced the establishment of a domestic “terrorism task force” to deal mainly with “hate-filled extremism” following the mass shooting in El Paso on August 3, which mainly targeted Lati...

NZ MOSQUE SHOOTER’S LETTER FROM PRISON ENDED UP CIRCULATING ONLINE

15 August 2019
NZ MOSQUE SHOOTER’S LETTER FROM PRISON ENDED UP CIRCULATING ONLINE

  Lawyers for Australian suspect Brenton Tarrant who shot and killed more than 50 Muslim worshippers at two different mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15th, want his trial moved to another location. According to reports, a letter w...

STORM HITS JAPAN

15 August 2019
STORM HITS JAPAN

  Japanese authorities have warned that rainfall lashing parts of western Japan could surpass 1 000 mm in some areas over the next 24 hours, and advised more than 400 000 residents to evacuate. Tropical storm Krosa, bore down on Japan today, fo...

U.S. HALTS NEW TARIFF INCREASE ON CHINESE IMPORTS

14 August 2019
U.S. HALTS NEW TARIFF INCREASE ON CHINESE IMPORTS

  The United States’ Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, has announced that the new 10% tariff, on $300 billion worth of Chinese imports, that was due to take effect on September 1st would be delayed on certain items such as cell pho...

HONG KONG TOURISM DECLINES AS PROTESTS DRAG ON

14 August 2019
HONG KONG TOURISM DECLINES AS PROTESTS DRAG ON

  A survey released by the Hong Kong’s Tourism Board shows that the number of tourist groups heading for Hong Kong has plummeted to more than 70% since June, which resulted in a 75% drop in tourism revenue. Weeks of protests and violent i...

HONG KONG AIRPORT REOPENS AMID RECENT PROTESTS

14 August 2019
HONG KONG AIRPORT REOPENS AMID RECENT PROTESTS

  Hong Kong airport resumed operations today after flights were disrupted over the past two days. Hong Kong and China have strongly condemned Tuesday's violence at the Hong Kong International Airport and extended support to the Hong Kong police...

NEW EBOLA TREATMENT BOOSTS SURVIVAL RATES

14 August 2019
NEW EBOLA TREATMENT BOOSTS SURVIVAL RATES

  Scientists are moving closer to curing the deadly Ebola virus after new experimental medication showed survival rates of 90% in clinical trials in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). According to the U.S. National Institute for Allergy an...

HAJJ PILGRIMAGE WINDS DOWN

14 August 2019
HAJJ PILGRIMAGE WINDS DOWN

  Millions of Hajj Pilgrims in Saudi Arabia from around the world returned to Makkah for final prayers yesterday. As the world’s largest annual gathering of Muslims wound down, Saudi authorities say the logistical, security and health pla...

ANC REDEPLOY KZN MAYORS FROM ETHEKWINI AND UMSUNDUZI

14 August 2019
ANC REDEPLOY KZN MAYORS FROM ETHEKWINI AND UMSUNDUZI

  The African National Congress in KwaZulu Natal says they want to see service delivery improvement in the eThekwini and uMsunduzi municipalities. The two controversial Mayors from eThekwini, Zandile Gumede, as well as uMsunduzi Mayor Them...

MALAYSIAN POLICE PURSUE NEW LEAD FOR MISSING IRISH GIRL

13 August 2019
MALAYSIAN POLICE PURSUE NEW LEAD FOR MISSING IRISH GIRL

  Authorities in Malaysia have entered the tenth-day of their search and rescue for the missing Irish girl who disappeared from the holiday resort where she was staying with her parents. 15-year-old Nora Anne Quoirini went missing on August 4TH...

HEAVY RAIN FALLS ON HAJJ PILGRIMS DURING RITUAL STONING IN JAMARAT

13 August 2019
HEAVY RAIN FALLS ON HAJJ PILGRIMS DURING RITUAL STONING IN JAMARAT

  Heavy rain lashed down on Hajj pilgrims from around the world yesterday. Participants hurled pebbles at a giant wall in a symbolic stoning of the devil from a three-storey bridge erected to ease congestion after stampedes in previous years. S...

SAUDI HELP REHABILITATE 50 PRISONERS WITH TEMPORARY DAY RELEASE FOR HAJJ

13 August 2019
SAUDI HELP REHABILITATE 50 PRISONERS WITH TEMPORARY DAY RELEASE FOR HAJJ

  Fifty prisoners in Saudi Arabia have been let out on temporary release to take part in this year’s hajj pilgrimage. The kingdom's General Directorate of Prisons allowed 50 prisoners and around 30 of their family members to take part in...

HONG KONG AIRPORT RE-OPENS

13 August 2019
HONG KONG AIRPORT RE-OPENS

  Hong Kong’s airport reopened today with some flights being resumed after hundreds were cancelled. The airport was the latest focus of widespread protests that began two months ago. Airport administrators blamed demonstrators for halting...

SAUDI ARAMCO TO ACQUIRE 20% OF INDIA’S RELIANCE OIL REFINING UNIT

13 August 2019
SAUDI ARAMCO TO ACQUIRE 20% OF INDIA’S RELIANCE OIL REFINING UNIT

  Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest crude oil exporter, will buy a 20% stake, which is valued at 75 billion dollars, in India’s Reliance Industries, refining and petrochemicals business division which is valued at 75 billion dollars...

KASHMIR EID PRAYERS CONTINUED AMID TENSION

13 August 2019
KASHMIR EID PRAYERS CONTINUED AMID TENSION

  Kashmir worshippers joined other Muslims from around the world to offer Eid al-Adha prayers amid increasing tensions between India and Pakistan after New Delhi scrapped the region’s special status or rights. Last week the Indian governm...

CLIMATE REPORT DISCUSSIONS IN GENEVA

08 August 2019
CLIMATE REPORT DISCUSSIONS IN GENEVA

  From eating less meat to farming with fewer chemicals and protecting forests – there are many ways people can use land more wisely to address global warming and feed a growing population at the same time. A scientific report about this...

HUNDREDS RALLY AGAINST TRUMP VISIT IN EL PASO, TEXAS

08 August 2019
HUNDREDS RALLY AGAINST TRUMP VISIT IN EL PASO, TEXAS

  Hundreds of protesters gathered in El Paso, at the scene of last weekend’s shooting, to condemn U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to the city. Trump arrived to meet victims and first responders of the deadly shooting. Protesters...

HIGH COURT RULES PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA HAS COMPLIED

08 August 2019
HIGH COURT RULES PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA HAS COMPLIED

  The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has delivered judgement after an urgent application was brought by President Cyril Ramaphosa against the Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane.  Judge Lettie Sethosa ruled that the President has co...

SUSPENDED ETHEKWINI MAYOR’S CASE IS POSTPONED

08 August 2019
SUSPENDED ETHEKWINI MAYOR’S CASE IS POSTPONED

  Supporters of EThekwini mayor, Zandile Gumede are outside the Durban Magistrate Court today where Gumede appeared on corruption charges. The charges relate to a R208 million Durban Solid Waste tender. The case has been postponed for January 1...

KASHMIR CLAMPDOWN CONTINUES

08 August 2019
KASHMIR CLAMPDOWN CONTINUES

  Streets in many parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir remain deserted, with almost all shops shut, except some pharmacies and essential services. Armed federal police could be seen manning mobile checkpoints across some cities, limiting people&r...

NEW ZEALAND MASSACRE SURVIVORS ARRIVE IN MAKKAH

08 August 2019
NEW ZEALAND MASSACRE SURVIVORS ARRIVE IN MAKKAH

  The group of 200 survivors and victims of the March 15th Christchurch massacre at two separate mosques in New Zealand have arrived in Makkah to attend this year’s Hajj pilgrimage After surviving the shootings at Christchurch that killed...

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