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Government air raids pound rebel holdout in southwest Syria

Syrian army's campaign intensifies targeting Nawa, the largest urban centre still held by rebels in Deraa province.<p>Syrian government forces have unleashed an intense bombing campaign on the densely-populated southwestern town of Nawa, killing at least 14 people and wounding more than 100, according …

Middle East

What are the limits of foreign lobbying in the UK?

The United Arab Emirates is accused of helping to boost Islamophobia in Britain.<p>The British media watchdog Spinwatch says the United Arab Emirates (UAE) spent millions of dollars to influence political decision making.<p>It also says the Emiratis pressured journalists and think tanks - all aimed at …

United Arab Emirates

Turkey's emergency ends as bill seeks to keep some of its powers

State of emergency imposed in 2016 is lifted as bill seeking to retain some of its powers is brought to parliament.<p>A state of emergency imposed in Turkey after a coup attempt two years ago comes to an end on Thursday, as the government seeks to pass new legislation to keep in place some of the …

Human Rights

Dutch FM under fire after making discriminatory remarks

Foreign Minister Stef Blok calls Suriname "a failed state" and says ethnic divisions are genetically determined.<p>Politicians and refugee organisations have criticised Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok for claiming there are no peaceful multi-cultural societies.<p>Blok, a member of the liberal VVD, the …

Nelson Mandela

Hungary follows US in pulling out of UN migration pact

Deal is against 'Hungary's security interests', says right-wing government that has taken tough anti-migration stand.<p>Hungary's right-wing government is withdrawing from a United Nations pact on migration, saying the global deal encourages movements of people which are "dangerous for the …

United Nations

EU-Macedonia deal to deploy border guards to curb migration

The European Border and Coast Guard Agency will have presence in the areas of Macedonia that border the EU.<p>The European Union says it has struck a deal with Macedonia to allow border guards to be deployed if the non-EU Balkan state faces "sudden migratory challenges".<p>The announcement came on …

Coast Guard

Israeli Knesset to vote on Jewish nation-state bill

If passed, the new law will define Israel exclusively as nation for Jewish people, marginalising 1.8m Palestinians.<p>The Israeli parliament is due on Wednesday evening to vote on a controversial bill that seeks to define Israel exclusively as "the nation-state of the Jewish people", local media …

Israel

Numerous deaths as boat capsizes off Cyprus

Rescue crews were able to save 103 people but were still searching for 25 others, officials say.<p>At least 19 people have died after a boat capsized off the northern coast of Cyprus, according to the Turkish coastguard.<p>Rescue crews were able to save 103 people but were still searching for around 25 …

Coast Guard

Australian scientists develop 'world's first' melanoma blood test

Scientists from Edith Cowan University say the new test could help doctors detect the skin cancer before it spreads.<p>Researchers in Australia have developed the "world's first" blood test for melanoma in early stages, hailing it as a breakthrough that could increase survival rates from the deadly …

Cancer

Thai boys go home after 'miracle' rescue from cave

The boys and their coach are discharged from hospital after they were extracted from a cave in a daring operation.<p>Twelve Thai boys and their football coach have been discharged from hospital, a week after a daring rescue operation saw them extracted from a cave where they had been stuck for more …

TV (Australia)

Hotel group launches lawsuit against Las Vegas shooting victims

Hotel group denies liability for Las Vegas gun massacre in which 58 people were killed and hundreds wounded.<p>The owners of a Las Vegas hotel where the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history took place have filed a lawsuit against victims of the massacre.<p>MGM Resorts International is pursuing …

Las Vegas

Trump: Korea denuclearisation talks ongoing, no timeframe set

US president also says Russia has agreed to help with North Korea's pledge to dismantle its nuclear weapons programme.<p>US President Donald Trump has said there is no timeframe for North Korea to give up its nuclear programme.<p>Trump met Kim Jong-un on June 12 at a summit that was the first of its kind …

North Korea

EU hits Google with $5bn fine for breaking competition rules

US tech giant forced major phone makers to pre-install its search engine and browser, EU anti-trust chief says.<p>The European Union slapped Google with a record $5bn fine for using its Android smartphone system to illegally boost its search engine - the biggest anti-trust penalty in EU history.<p>Google …

Antitrust Laws

Iran opens new centrifuge rotor factory: nuclear chief

Tehran has vowed to boost uranium enrichment capacity to pressure remaining signatories to live up to the nuclear deal.<p>An Iranian factory has started to produce rotors for up to 60 centrifuges a day, upping the stakes in a confrontation with the United States over the Islamic Republic's nuclear …

South Asia

Explained: Who are the far-right Proud Boys?

The group describes itself as 'Western chauvinist' and often brags about physical confrontations with anti-fascists.<p>As the 2016 presidential elections agitated already sharp political divisions in the United States, a host of far-right groups began to emerge across the country.<p>With anti-fascist …

Rights & Freedoms

Tech leaders call for autonomous weapons ban

More than 2,400 technology professionals and 150 companies warn killer robots could be 'dangerously destabilising'.<p>Thousands of the world's pre-eminent technology experts called for a global ban on the development of lethal autonomous weapons, warning they could become instruments of "violence and …

Artificial Intelligence

Syria: Buses arrive to evacuate two rebel-besieged Shia towns

Some 6,000 residents from predominantly Shia towns of Foua and Kefraya will be evacuated to government-controlled areas.<p>Dozens of buses on Wednesday entered two government loyalist towns under siege from rebels in the northwest province of Idlib, as part of a deal to evacuate residents to …

Middle East

Nicaragua: Pro-Ortega forces take opposition stronghold Monimbo

Police and government-backed paramilitaries seize opposition stronghold amid international condemnation of violence.<p>Pro-government gunmen and police took control of an opposition stronghold in Nicaragua after a deadly confrontation with demonstrators demanding the resignation of President Daniel …

Middle East

First direct Ethiopia-Eritrea flight in 20 years takes off

Rapid thaw between Ethiopia and Eritrea sees their capitals re-establish air link after two decades of conflict.<p>Ethiopian Airlines conducted the first direct passenger flights between Addis Ababa and Asmara, reconnecting Eritrea and Ethiopia after a 20-year military standoff.<p>The carrier said flight …

Africa

Egypt renews detention for Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Hussein

Journalist has been held in detention in Egypt for 575 days and has yet to be formally charged.<p>An Egyptian court in Cairo renewed the detention of Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein for another 45 days, after he already spent 575 days in prison without charge.<p>Last month, Hussein's lawyer called …

Egypt

India: Two buildings collapse in Noida, several feared trapped

Many feared trapped after a residential complex falls on an under-construction building in Greater Noida.<p>At least three people have been killed and several others are feared trapped after a building collpased onto another structure in the suburb of the capital, New Delhi, police said.<p>"There were …

Natural Disasters

How diaspora influenced 2017's elections in Africa: report

Study highlights how Twitter debate was shaped by voices from outside the continent when polls were contested.<p>A new report has shed light on the role of Twitter during recent elections across Africa and how key voices from the diaspora helped shape the debate online.<p>The How Africa Tweets study was …

Africa

Lab-grown meat could be in restaurants by 2021

Aim is to achieve industrial-scale production two-three years later with a typical hamburger patty costing about $1.<p>A Dutch company that presented the world's first lab-grown beef burger five years ago said it has received funding to pursue its plans to make and sell artificially grown meat to …

Agriculture

Cameroonians fleeing unrest hide in the forest with little help

UN says people fleeing unrest in western Cameroon have received little aid as humanitarian groups struggle for access.<p>Cameroonians fleeing an increasingly bloody separatist conflict have received little aid as humanitarian agencies struggle to access the area, the United Nations said.<p>More than …

Africa

After backlash, Trump says misspoke on Russian election meddling

But US president says he accepts conclusion by intelligence agencies that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election.<p>President Donald Trump was forced into a rare admission of error after a political firestorm following his defence of Russia over claims of meddling in the 2016 US elections.<p>Republican …

Donald Trump

Libyan coastguard left refugees to die in Mediterranean: NGO

A woman and a child were found dead hours after they were left in their damaged boat by the Libyan coastguard.<p>Proactiva Open Arms, which has been rescuing refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa to Europe, says the Libyan coastguard has left at least two refugees to die after …

Coast Guard

Hong Kong: Pro-independence party faces possible ban

Police in Hong Kong have sought to ban the political party, citing it as a potential national security threat.<p>Authorities in Hong Kong told a political party which promotes independence that it might be banned on national security grounds, in one of the most severe steps against separatist voices …

Hong Kong

Astronomers find 10 new moons around Jupiter, including 'oddball'

Scientists discovered 10 new moons orbiting Jupiter, the planet now has more moons than any other planet.<p>Astronomers have announced the discovery of 10 more moons of Jupiter, including one "oddball" that appears destined to crash into other satellites sharing its orbital highway.<p>The announcement on …

Astronomy

Probe launched as one more black rhino dies after Kenya transfer

Police detectives are given one week to determine what caused the deaths of nine critically endangered black rhinos.<p>Authorities in Kenya have launched an independent investigation into the deaths of critically endangered black rhinos during their transportation from one national park to another.<p>A …

National Parks

Mali: Hundreds killed in intercommunal violence this year

Most of the civilian deaths occurred in the country's central region of Mopti, according to the UN human rights office.<p>At least 289 civilians have been killed in intercommunal violence in Mali this year, according to the United Nations human rights office.<p>More than 75 percent of the incidents …

Africa