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Mogadishu bombing death toll rises to 358

Security officials update number of victims of Saturday's attack as car bomb blast claims more lives outside Mogadishu.<p>The number of people killed in last week's devastating bombing in the Somali capital Mogadishu has risen to 358, according to the government.<p>As well as the confirmed death toll, …

Terrorism

Is there a way forward in Afghanistan?

The latest wave of Taliban attacks calls into question both US strategy and the Afghan government's capabilities.<p>The latest wave of Taliban attacks calls into question both US strategy and the Afghan government's capabilities.<p>It's two months since US President Donald Trump unveiled a new American …

Afghanistan

Egyptian police suffer casualties in raid

More than a dozen officers killed in shoot-out with suspected fighters in Giza governorate in blow to security forces.<p>More than a dozen Egyptian police officers have been killed in a shoot-out during a raid on a suspected hideout of fighters in the country's Western desert, security sources …

Terrorism

Dozens feared dead in attacks in Afghanistan

Shia mosques targeted in separate attacks, with at least 15 people killed in Kabul and up to 10 more in Ghor province.<p>Dozens of people have been killed in two separate attacks at Shia mosques in Afghanistan.<p>In one attack, an armed man opened fire on worshippers in a Shia mosque in Kabul, police …

Terrorism

Iraq army seizes town near Erbil after fierce clashes

Kurdish forces lose more territory to Iraqi forces in disputed area of northern Iraq, army says.<p>Iraqi forces have seized control of a town in the Kurdish oil-rich province of Kirkuk, capping a dramatic week of maneuvers that saw the Kurds handover territory across the north and east of the …

Iraq

'UAE on the verge of splitting Yemen in two'

South Yemen's fight for independence is being financed and politically supported by the UAE, Yemeni officials say.<p>After a tumultuous marriage of more than 27 years, South Yemen appears to be edging closer to divorcing the north in a move politically and financially sponsored by the oil-rich United …

United Arab Emirates

Expansion of Gaza fishing zone 'pointless PR stunt'

Israel's temporary expansion of Gaza fishing zone cannot compensate for years of harmful policies, fishermen say.

Gaza

Six years on: No regrets over Libya's Gaddafi demise

Six years since the overthrow of Gaddafi and despite Libya's chaotic turn, rebels say the revolution was still worth it.<p>The six years since the Libyan people's successful uprising to end Muammar Gaddafi's rule have seen the country divided between rival governments, various armed groups, ethnic …

Libya

'100,000 flee Kirkuk' since Iraqi army takeover

Thousands of families need urgent assistance, official says, as UN raises concern over reports of Kurds being displaced.<p>About 100,000 Kurds have fled the Kirkuk region fearing persecution since Iraqi armed forces retook it following a referendum on Kurdish independence that was rejected by Baghdad, …

Iraq

Tillerson blames Saudi-led group for GCC rift stalemate

US top diplomat indicates there has been little progress on the eve of trip to region in renewed bid to mediate crisis.<p>US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said he has little hope that the months-long Gulf diplomatic crisis will be resolved soon, blaming the Saudi-led group of countries for a …

Middle East

What is next for the Catalan separatists?

Spain says it will take away Catalonia's autonomy as region's leader ignores deadline to abandon secession plans.<p>The government of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is to hold a special cabinet meeting on Saturday to trigger Article 155 of the country's constitution.<p>It allows leaders in Madrid …

Catalonia

Florida: Anti-racists rally against Richard Spencer

Anticipating clashes over alt-right leader's speech, Florida's governor declares a state of emergency.<p>Chanting "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA", protesters marched on the University of Florida's (UF) Gainesville campus to rally against a speech by white supremacist Richard Spencer.<p>Some 500 police …

Richard Spencer

UK PM Theresa May calls for 'urgency' on Brexit talks

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has urged European Union leaders to set out a plan for negotiations about Britain's exit from the bloc to move forward, but her counterparts called for more tangible details.<p>May's appeal on Thursday came at a Brussels summit where the 27 other leaders were set to …

Brexit

Turkey: Religion officials to perform civil marriages

Government says new law will cut unregistered marriages but opposition calls it a step towards weakening of secularism.<p>The Turkish parliament has passed a law that permits muftis - religious civil servants - to perform civil marriages in the same capacity as other officials authorised to conduct …

Rights & Freedoms

Malta reporters unite after Caruana Galizia murder

Hundreds of news industry workers gather outside parliament to protest killing of top investigative journalist.<p>Journalists in Malta have taken to streets to insist they "will stand up to intimidation" as the sons of slain investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia called on the island nation's …

Malta

North Korea threatens 'unimaginable strike' on US ship

State news agency describes USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier as a prime 'target' as it carries out war games.<p>North Korea's official news agency described a US aircraft carrier patrolling off the Korean Peninsula as a "primary target" and said Washington should expect an "unimaginable" attack.<p>The …

North Korea

Palestinian official: Unity deal will aid peace process

After statements from US official against Hamas' role in unity deal, Fatah says deal is in line with international law.<p>The national unity deal between Hamas and Fatah is an "internal Palestinian matter" that will aid in bringing peace, a Fatah spokesman has told Al Jazeera after comments made by a …

Israel

What is Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution?

Article 155 is only two short paragraphs of the Spanish Constitution.<p>Spain says it will trigger Article 155 of the Constitution to suspend Catalan autonomy. It is often described as the "nuclear option" and has been rolled out amid a struggle between Barcelona and Madrid following the Catalan …

Spain

Spain to trigger Article 155 to block Catalan autonomy

Described as 'nuclear option', Article 155 allows Madrid to suspend Catalonia's autonomy and has never been used before.<p>Spain will enact Article 155 of the Constitution which allows Madrid to suspend Catalonia's autonomy, the prime minister's office said in a statement.<p>The measure will be sent to …

Spain

Analysis: Will the GCC's fate be decided at Camp David?

The next few weeks will be crucial for the future of the Gulf Cooperation Council as the Gulf crisis persists.<p>The next few weeks are crucial for the future of the Gulf Cooperation Council. What doesn't happen in the next couple of months could prove to be as important as what does.<p>The annual GCC …

Middle East

Pakistani anti-corruption court indicts Sharif

Sharif resigned in July after Supreme Court disqualified him from holding office over an undeclared source of income.<p>Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been indicted on corruption charges stemming from leaked documents known as the Panama Papers.<p>A Pakistani anti-corruption court on …

Corruption

Catalan leader threatens to declare independence

Puigdemont says if Spain follows up on stripping Catalonia of autonomy and blocks dialogue, secession will be declared.<p><b>Barcelona, Spain -</b> If Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy persists "in preventing dialogue" and follows up on a threat to strip Catalonia of its autonomy, the Catalan parliament …

Carles Puigdemont

Labour's Jacinda Ardern set to become prime minister

Month after election ended in a stalemate, minority party chooses two parties to form a coalition.<p>Jacinda Ardern, leader of the Labour Party, is set to become prime minister after the minority New Zealand First party chose a coalition.<p>The announcement on Thursday comes one month after the election …

Referendums

Taliban attack kills dozens of soldiers in Kandahar

Army base targeted by two suicide bombers then overrun by gunmen in hours long firefight.<p>The Taliban launched a major attack on an army base in southern Kandahar province with one lawmaker saying at least 40 Afghan soldiers were killed.<p>The brazen assault began with two suicide car bombings, setting …

Afghanistan

Cancer clinic for Palestinians at risk as funds run dry

Palestinian Authority owes Augusta Victoria Hospital in occupied East Jerusalem "$35m" for patient referrals.<p>A hospital in occupied East Jerusalem that provides treatment for Palestinians in the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip is no longer accepting new patients due to an …

Health Care

The Brief: Togo unrest, Mexico quake anniversary, Syria

There is more unrest in Togo, it's been one month since a deadly earthquake in Mexico, and a film on spy in Lebanon.<p>Here are the stories you shouldn't miss, plus the ones you should keep an eye on for Thursday:<p>Spain faces another important day with the extended deadline looming for the Catalan …

West Africa

Spain-Catalonia standoff to intensify as deadline looms

Madrid vows to impose direct rule in Catalonia unless declaration of independence is retracted.<p>Spain's political showdown with Catalonia appears set to boil over on Thursday as a deadline to clarify the region's independence intentions arrives.<p>In an unprecedented move since Spain returned to …

Mariano Rajoy

US: Myanmar's military accountable for Rohingya crisis

Forty-three US lawmakers have urged the Trump administration to re-impose US travel bans on Myanmar's military leaders.<p>The United States holds Myanmar's military leadership responsible for its harsh crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority, the US secretary of state said.<p>Rex Tillerson, however, …

Rohingya

Peter Galbraith: 'Kurdistan's independence is inevitable'

Peter Galbraith, a former US diplomat and author, who is also an adviser to the Kurdish regional government, told Al Jazeera that he believed that Kurdistan's independence was inevitable and that the Iraqi government could not prevent it from happeni<p>Iraq's military says it achieved its objectives …

Iraq

Argentina finds body thought to be Santiago Maldonado

Political parties suspend campaign for legislative elections after reported recovery of Santiago Maldonado's body.<p>Argentine political parties have suspended campaigning for legislative elections after the discovery of a body thought to be that of a missing activist who disappeared two months ago …

Argentina