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North Korea slams upcoming US-South military exercises

Manoeuvres are viewed by Pyongyang as a rehearsal for an invasion and akin to 'pouring gasoline on fire'.<p>North Korea has warned the United States will be "pouring gasoline on fire" by conducting annual war games with the South amid heightened tensions between Pyongyang and Washington.<p>The Ulchi …

North Korea

S Africa remains silent as Grace Mugabe leaves country

Zimbabwean president's wife was accused of attacking a model with an electric cable in a hotel in Johannesburg.<p>The wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe returned home from South Africa on Sunday despite calls that she be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting a young model at a luxury hotel in …

Africa

Dick Gregory, civil rights activist and comedian, dies

Legendary stand-up comic who used his fame to counter racism, promote feminism, and protest wars has died aged 84.<p>US comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory - who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his fame to counter racism and protested wars in Vietnam and the Middle East - has …

Black History

Researchers find wreckage of WWII-era USS Indianapolis

Warship that delivered key components for atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was torpedoed in 1945, killing 900 sailors.<p>Researchers say they have located the wreckage of a World War II-era US warship that played a critical role in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima before being struck by Japanese …

Military History

Philippine church leader urges end to drug killings

Manila Cardinal Luis Tagle challenges dozens of killings by police last week saying 'stop wasting human lives'.<p>The head of the Philippines' powerful Catholic Church called for an end to the "waste of human lives" following a brutal week in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war in which a 17-year-old …

Christianity

Venezuela 'congress in resistance' rejects new assembly

The opposition won control of congress in 2015, but the Supreme Court has tossed out every law it passed.<p>Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress rejected the self-proclaimed lawmaking authority of a new legislative body elected last month at the behest of President Nicolas Maduro, widening the …

Latin America

Indonesia in flag flap with Malaysia at Games

Southeast Asian Games organisers print Indonesia flag upside down in guidebook, sparking anger on social media.<p>Indonesia has accused the Malaysian organisers of the Southeast Asian Games of negligence after the Indonesian flag was printed upside down in a souvenir guidebook.<p>The mistake, which makes …

Indonesia

Iraq launches offensive to retake Tal Afar from ISIL

PM Haider al-Abadi announces offensive to retake the northern city, telling ISIL fighters 'surrender, or die'.<p>Iraqi forces have launched a ground offensive to retake a key ISIL-held area in the northern part of the country, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said.<p>"You either surrender, or die", Abadi …

Iraq

Qatar files complaint with ICAO over Al Arabiya report

Doha says the Saudi TV channel's video report showing a Qatar Airways plane being shot down 'terrorises' travellers.<p>Qatar has filed a complaint before the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), against what it calls attempts to "terrorise" travellers who are flying on its national flag …

Middle East

Why does Europe continue to be a 'terrorist' target?

As Spain mourns, security has been heightened as police continue their search for clues after two deadly attacks.<p>At least 14 people have been killed in the two attacks to hit Spain this week.<p>On Thursday, a speeding van ploughed through pedestrians on the famous Rambla boulevard in Barcelona, …

Terrorism

Malta 'denies' Defend Europe anti-migrant boat

Aid groups applaud Maltese government, saying snub sends 'a clear message against the politics of hate and extremism'.<p>Malta has said a vessel carrying anti-migrant and anti-refugee activists was "not welcome", allegedly denying the boat from docking on its shore.<p>Far-right members of the Defend …

Refugees

Boston crowd of anti-racists dwarfs 'free-speech' rally

Around 15,000 decry racism and neo-Nazis, forcing 'free-speech' event attended by a few conservatives to end abruptly.<p>More than 10,000 demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans forced a small group of conservatives to cut short a "free-speech rally" in Boston, in a repudiation of racism a week after …

Racism

Zimbabwe blocks flights amid Grace Mugabe scandal

Harare authorities say state-owned S African Airways planes were halted for failing to comply with civil aviation rules.<p>Zimbabwe has blocked flights by South Africa's government-owned airline amid tensions over allegations that Zimbabwe's first lady assaulted a young model in Johannesburg.<p>A South …

Africa

Train derails in Uttar Pradesh, more than 20 killed

PM Modi sends condolences as at 23 killed and scores injured after train connecting Haridwar and Puri comes off tracks.<p>At least 23 passengers were killed and 64 others injured after an express train derailed in north India, officials said, as rescuers attempted to free people trapped in the …

India

Israel kills Palestinian teen after 'stabbing attempt'

Palestinian health ministry confirms 17-year-old killed at military checkpoint in occupied West Bank.<p>Israeli border police shot and killed a Palestinian teenager who they allege wielded a knife at them at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.<p>The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed the …

West Bank

Thousands flee ahead of Tal Afar ground invasion

Refugees face harsh conditions as they are stopped by authorities while trying to flee at the height summer, NGO says.<p>Thousands of Iraqis continued to stream into the country's Kurdish region, as government forces prepare for a ground offensive in a northern area controlled by the Islamic State of …

Iraq

Yousef al-Otaiba berates Saudi in leaked emails

Series of emails reveal Yousef al-Otaiba criticised kingdom as he attempted to influence policy in Riyadh.<p>The United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States, Yousef al-Otaiba, berated Saudi Arabia's leadership, a series of emails leaked by a computer hacking group reveal.<p>In a 2008 email chain …

Middle East

'Maarik al-Tawaiha was no murderer' family say

Parents of a 39-year-old Jordanian soldier who killed three US military trainers seek to have him exonerated.<p>Relatives of a Jordanian soldier convicted of killing three American military trainers last year are vouching for his innocence, demanding that his murder conviction be overturned.<p>Members of …

Middle East

Nigeria's Buhari to return after lengthy UK treatment

President to address nation following more than three months of absence for an undisclosed ailment.<p>Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will return to the country on Saturday after more than three months in the United Kingdom for medical treatment for an undisclosed "health challenge", according to …

Nigeria

DR Congo landslide death toll climbs to 200

Dozens missing and houses destroyed in northeast Tora village after heavy rain triggered mudslide earlier this week.<p>At least 200 people have been killed in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo after a landslide swept through a fishing village on the banks of Lake Albert in Ituri province, …

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Spain attacks: 'cell dismantled' as manhunt continues

Interior minister says cell behind attacks that killed more than a dozen people in Catalonia is fully dismantled<p>The cell behind the deadly attacks in Spain that left at least 14 dead has been "completely dismantled", Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said, as police continued a manhunt for one …

Terrorism

Pakistan buries revered humanitarian Ruth Pfau

State funeral held for Pakistan's 'Mother Theresa', a German nun and doctor who helped fight against leprosy.<p>Hundreds of people have attended the state funeral of Pakistan's legendary humanitarian Ruth Pfau, a German nun who spent more than half a century helping the country's most vulnerable …

Pakistan

Police probe Turku stabbing spree as 'terror attack'

Finnish police say they are investigating knife attacks that left two dead as crimes related to 'terrorism'.<p>Finnish police say they are investigating a knife attack that left two people dead in the western city of Turku as a "terrorist killing".<p>Security forces shot and wounded the knife-wielding …

Terrorism

Liu Xiaobo's widow reappears in YouTube video

Liu Xia resurfaces for the first time since her husband Liu Xiaobo's funeral amid concerns about her fate.<p>The widow of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo has appeared for the first time since her husband's funeral in a video posted on YouTube, which is blocked in China.<p>Liu Xia's friends …

China

Luisa Ortega 'fearing for her life' flees to Colombia

Dissident ex-prosecutor leaves Venezuela saying she feared for her life after her dismissal by pro-Maduro assembly.<p>Venezuela's deposed chief prosecutor and her husband have fled the country after she was dismissed by a controversial new legislative superbody.<p>Luisa Ortega Diaz and German Ferrer …

Venezuela

Mexican theatre confronts violence through art

A theatre group in Mexico is confronting violence through art. There have been 2,000 murders recorded since January this year.<p>A theatre group in Mexico is confronting violence through art. There have been 2,000 murders recorded since January this year. These plays are aimed at waking the nation …

Mexico

Cautious welcome online for Steve Bannon's exit

Many celebrate departure of controversial far-right figure but others warn of influence he could still have on Trump.<p>Steve Bannon's career at the White House has ended seven months after his appointment as US President Donald Trump's chief strategist.<p>The former banker turned editor at far-right …

Steve Bannon

Lebanese army begins offensive against ISIL on border

Military says it is not coordinating with Syrian army regarding operations against ISIL near Ras Baalbek.<p>The Lebanese army says it has launched an offensive against an ISIL enclave straddling the northeast border with Syria.<p>The army was targeting positions of ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Kenya opposition files challenge over election results

Lawyers for the Kenyan opposition filed a petition with the Supreme Court challenging President Kenyatta's re-election.<p>Lawyers representing the Kenyan opposition coalition National Super Alliance filed a petition on Friday with the Supreme Court challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election, …

Elections

Constituent assembly assumes power to legislate

Venezuela's new constituent assembly supercedes the opposition-led congress, fuelling criticism of President Maduro.<p>Venezuela's new legislative superbody on Friday gave itself the power to pass laws, superseding the opposition-led congress and fuelling criticism by government adversaries that …

Constituent Assembly