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Melbourne car attack: James Gargasoulas guilty of six murders

Canberra, November 13, (Online): An Australian man has been found guilty of murdering six people and injuring 27 others in a vehicle attack in Melbourne. James Gargasoulas, 28, deliberately drove a stolen car into pedestrians along Bourke St in the city centre in January last year. He pleaded not guilty to the attack, but later […]

Two men burned to death over WhatsApp rumour in Mexico

Mexico, November 13, (Online): Two men were savagely beaten and set on fire after a false rumour was spread on WhatsApp about the pair being child kidnappers. According to media, the incident began when Ricardo Flores, 21, and his 43-year-old uncle Alberto Flores were taken into custody in the small town of Acatlan, in central Mexico” for […]

Taliban peace deal ‘when, not if’: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Washington, November 13, (Online): Afghan President Ashraf Ghani voiced confidence on reaching a peace deal to end the Taliban insurgency but warned Pakistan’s alleged meddling risked sparking long-term hostility. “I feel that it is now not a question of if, but when,” Ghani said of a peace agreement in a wide-ranging appearance by video at […]

Nearly 5,000 US soldiers posted near Mexico border

Washington, November 6, (Online): Around 4,800 US soldiers were deployed to the border with Mexico, the Pentagon announced, saying it could not give a price tag for the operation Democrats decry as political maneuvering from President Donald Trump.   Some 1,100 of the troops are in California, another 1,100 in Arizona and 2,600 in Texas […]

Easing tensions, US, China to hold top-level security talks

Washington, November 6, (Online): The United States and China will hold top-level security talks on Friday, the State Department announced, in a sign of easing tensions after months of escalation over trade and regional disputes.   US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will host their Chinese counterparts in Washington for […]

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un gets ‘first official portrait’

Pyongyang, November 6, (Online): North Korea has unveiled what’s thought to be the first official painting of Kim Jong-un, lifting the leader to a new level of personality cult.   While his predecessors’ portraits are all across the country, Kim Jong-un has long been styled as a successor rather than a leader in his own […]

Taylor quits as Cricket Australia director

Canberra, November 5, (Online): Former Test captain Mark Taylor quit as a Cricket Australia director Monday to give the organization a clean slate to repair the damage inflicted by the ball-tampering scandal and a damning review into the governing body. Taylor becomes the latest top figure to exit the embattled organization following chief executive James […]

Britain faces pre-Brexit budget battle

by Jean-Baptiste OUBRIER Britain’s finance minister will try to navigate a political minefield Monday when he unveils a budget that could be scuppered by the final terms of Brexit next year. Philip Hammond’s appearance in parliament was moved forward a month to give lawmakers a chance to consider it quickly and then focus on legislation […]

Tea and sympathy as royals talk mental health in N.Z.

Prince Harry and wife Meghan expressed their admiration for mental health workers at a beachside morning tea in New Zealand Monday, returning to an issue that has been a recurring theme on their jam-packed Pacific tour.   Sitting alongside pregnant wife Meghan at the Maranui Cafe in Wellington’s Lyall Bay, Harry was unstinting in his praise […]

Animals rescued from ‘hellish’ Albanian zoo

Albanian police on Sunday broke open cages at a private zoo and removed 11 animals including three lions and a bear being kept in “hellish” conditions, animal welfare workers said. After the owner of the zoo at Fier, around 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of the capital Tirana, allegedly refused to cooperate, officers forcibly entered […]

Libya’s south falls prey to foreign armed groups

by Jihad Dorgham Neglected by rival authorities in Tripoli and the country’s east, Libya’s southern desert has increasingly become a hideout for foreign rebel groups that stand accused of stoking growing insecurity. “Kidnapping, theft and banditry have multiplied” in the region, said Ali Akri Molia, commander of a unit responsible for protecting oil installations in […]

Pittsburgh unites in love after synagogue massacre

by Jennie MATTHEW Thousands of people from all faiths united behind calls that love defeat hate Sunday as Pittsburgh mourned the worst anti-Semitic attack in recent US history and the city’s “darkest hour.” From an Islamic leader who announced that Muslims had raised tens of thousands of dollars to help their Jewish brethren, to Israeli […]

Group of Jewish leaders to Trump: you are part of the problem

A group of Pittsburgh Jewish leaders wrote an open letter to President Donald Trump Sunday telling him he bears responsibility for a deadly shooting at a synagogue in the US city. A mostly elderly group of 11 people were gunned down in the bloody assault on the Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday morning by […]

Indonesian Lion Air passenger plane missing: official

An Indonesian Lion Air passenger plane went missing Monday shortly after taking off from the capital Jakarta, according to an aviation official, as police said they were trying to verify reports it had crashed into the sea.   The aircraft lost contact with air traffic control around 6.30 am (2330 GMT), about 13 minutes after it took […]

Gabon president hospitalised ‘due to exhaustion’

Gabonese President Ali Bongo, hospitalised in Saudi Arabia since Wednesday, was taken into medical care after suffering a bout of exhaustion during a trip to Riyadh, his office said Sunday. The 59-year-old leader was in the Saudi capital for a flagship economic forum when he fell ill, said spokesman Ike Ngouoni in a statement. “The doctors […]

Merkel on the spot after painful regional vote

by Tom BARFIELD German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a bitter political reality on Monday after the parties in her fragile coalition suffered heavy losses in a key regional election and a junior partner made threats to quit. Sunday’s blow for Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) in Hesse was the […]