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Assad may be preparing a chemical attack, says US

White House accuses Syria of preparing a chemical attack, warning Bashar al-Assad would pay a 'heavy price' for it.<p>Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may be preparing a chemical weapons attack that would result in the "mass murder" of civilians, the White House said, warning Syria's government would …

Syria

Refugee advocacy groups slam 'Muslim Ban' ruling

The US Supreme Court partially reinstates temporary travel restrictions on refugees and six Muslim-majority countries.<p><b>Washington, DC -</b> Refugee advocacy groups have raised concerns after the US Supreme Court partially reinstated the Trump administration's ban on travellers from six predominantly …

U.S. Supreme Court

Brazil's President Temer charged with corruption

Temer denies receiving a $150,000 bribe from the boss of a meatpacking company implicated in a corruption scandal.<p>Brazilian prosecutors filed corruption charges against President Michel Temer on Monday, a step toward possibly making him the country's first serving leader to face a criminal trial.<p>In …

Bribery

Colombia FARC rebels complete disarmament: UN

The disarmament by the roughly 7,000 rebels brings Latin America's oldest civil conflict close to a formal end.<p>Colombia's leftist FARC rebel force formally completed its disarmament process on Monday to end half a century of war against the state, the United Nations said.<p>UN monitors "today have the …

FARC

UK's May faces backlash after DUP deal

Leaders in Scotland and Wales complain of austerity, and the DUP's rivals in Northern Ireland say deal threatens peace.<p>British Prime Minister Theresa May's deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party on Monday drew angry criticism from opponents.<p>May's minority government agreed to a …

Brexit

Dozens feared dead after abandoned in Niger desert

Official says 24 Libya-bound people rescued but dozens are believed to have died after being left without food or water.<p>Dozens of people are feared dead after human traffickers abandoned them in Niger's northern desert without food or water, a senior local official said on Monday.<p>Fatoumi Boudou, …

Niger

Johan Gustafsson: Swede held by al-Qaeda in Mali freed

Johan Gustafsson was abducted in Timbuktu, northern Mali, in November 2011 along with a South African and a Dutch.<p>A Swede who had been held hostage by al-Qaeda in Mali since 2011 has been freed, the Swedish government has announced.<p>Johan Gustafsson returned home and was reunited with his family, …

Mali

NHRC: Gulf blockade violates Qatari students' rights

Rights Committee says 'unjust siege' impacts the right to education for Qatari students in Saudi, the UAE and Bahrain.<p>A human rights body in Qatar says it has monitored several serious violations against Qatari students in three neighbouring countries amid a major regional fallout, according to a …

Rights & Freedoms

Remains found of kidnapped journalist Salvador Adame

Salvador Adame, director of a local TV station, was abducted on May 18 in Mexico's western state of Michoacan.<p>A Mexican journalist who was kidnapped in May in the western state of Michoacan has been found dead, the sixth reporter killed this year in the country, officials announced.<p>A body …

TV Stations

US: Bob Corker to block GCC arms sales over Qatar row

Republican chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee says 'recent disputes' undermine US policy in the Middle East.<p>An influential Republican senator has announced he will withhold approval of US weapons sales to members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), until there is a clear path for …

Bob Corker

Mihai Tudose designated Romania's new prime minister

Appointment of former economy minister comes days after ruling Social Democrats ouster their own government.<p>Mihai Tudose, Romania's outgoing economy minister, has been appointed as prime minister, days after the ruling Social Democrat party ousted its own government following an internal power …

Romania

Bahrain's FM in about-turn over Turkish base in Qatar

Sheikh Khalid says presence of foreign forces in Qatar will have consequences, apparently referring to Turkish soldiers.<p>Just over two weeks after stating that Turkey's military's presence in Qatar has no relation to an ongoing Gulf crisis, Bahrain's foreign minister appears to have performed a …

Middle East

Boko Haram attacks blamed for deaths in Nigeria, Chad

Nine civilians are killed in suicide attacks in Nigeria's Maiduguri, while eight troops die in raid in next-door Chad.<p>Suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers have struck the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing at least nine civilians, as the same armed group was also blamed for the death …

Nigeria

US Supreme Court agrees to hear Trump Muslim ban case

Justices grant parts of administration's request to put order into effect immediately while legal battle continues.<p>The Supreme Court of the United States says it will allow a partial enforcement of President Donald Trump's ban on travellers from six Muslim-majority countries and all refugees until …

Judiciary

An Open Letter from Al Jazeera

Doha-based network responds to a Saudi-led bloc's attempt to shut down its global media operations.<p>Over two decades ago, Al Jazeera Arabic was launched with a simple mission: to provide reliable information to viewers across the Arab world. Ten years later, in 2006, Al Jazeera English began …

Middle East

China grants parole to Nobel Liu Xiaobo

Rights group calls for Liu's unconditional release and treatment overseas after terminal liver cancer diagnosis.<p>Liu Xiaobo, China's jailed Nobel peace prize laureate, has been granted medical parole after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer last month, his lawyer says.<p>Liu, who has about …

China

Theresa May signs agreement with Northern Ireland's DUP

Agreement to enable Theresa May's Conservative Party to govern the country despite losing its majority in parliament.<p>Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives have signed a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) that will allow them to govern Britain after losing their …

Brexit

Mongolians pick president in uncertain time

Ballots cast in presidential election dominated by allegations of corruption against backdrop of economic turmoil.<p>Voting is under way across Mongolia's cities, townships and prairies, as the country chooses a new president amid worries about corruption and economic turmoil.<p>Most voters expect a …

Democratic Party

Irish naval ship 'rescues 712 people' off Libyan coast

Hundreds, including 14 pregnant women and four infants, rescued off of Libya in 'wretched state', says Irish navy.<p>An Irish naval ship has rescued 712 people, including pregnant women and infants, off the coast of the Libyan capital of Tripoli as part of an international migrant-rescue effort, …

Migration

PNG election: O'Neill faces pressure over corruption allegations

Papua New Guinea's two-week general election has begun. Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is facing pressure over corruption allegations and a collapsing economy.Papua New Guinea's two-week general election has begun. Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is facing pressure over corruption allegations and a …

Papua New Guinea

ISIL fighters launch counterattacks in west Mosul

Iraqi officials say ISIL fighters launched surprise attacks in Tanak and Yarmuk to ease pressure on Mosul's Old City.<p>Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group launched a string of counterattacks in western Mosul, setting off clashes that continued overnight on Monday, …

Iraq

US-backed SDF forces advance in Raqqa

ISIL fighters lose western Raqqa neighbourhood of Qadisia to the SDF, a coalition of Arab and Kurdish fighters.<p>A US-backed Syrian coalition of Kurdish and Arab groups has captured a western district of Raqqa, the de-facto capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) group.<p>The Syrian …

Raqqa

US health-insurance bill faces stiff opposition

Plan can afford to lose only two Republican votes in order to pass but five senators have expressed their opposition.<p>The new Republican health-insurance bill is facing opposition from some of its own senators in the lead-up to a vote to approve it later this week.<p>The 142-page proposal, drafted …

ObamaCare

Germany's opposition SPD fights for momentum

Social Democrats attending party conference hope to increase their popularity in the run-up to September's general election.<p>Germany's Social Democrats have rallied behind their leader, endorsing policies on investment, social justice and the European Union.<p>They hope the decision will reverse a …

Martin Schulz

Fighting intensifies in Syrian Golan Heights

At least 12 people reportedly killed as Assad's forces and opposition fighters clash in Quneitra amid Israeli strikes.Fighting between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters has intensified in the Quneitra province in the country's south, situated in the roughly 30 percent of the Golan …

Syria

Japan's airbag firm Takata files for bankruptcy

Tokyo-based car-components manufacturer is facing lawsuits and costs over airbag defect linked to at least 16 deaths.<p>Takata, the Japanese car-parts manufacturer, says it has filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan and the US after faults in its airbags prompted the industry's biggest ever safety …

Airbags

Hong Kong activists hold China protest before Xi trip

Protesters drape black flag over a symbolic statue days before visit by Xi Jinping marking 20 years since the handover.<p>Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters have draped a black flag over a statue symbolising the city's return to China by Britain, just days before a visit by President Xi Jinping to …

Hong Kong

Six dead after tourist boat sinks in Colombia

Officials say 31 people also missing after a boat with about 160 people on board sank in Guatape reservoir.A tourist boat packed with about 160 passengers for the holiday weekend has capsized in northwestern Colombia, leaving at least six people dead and 31 missing, according to officials.Rescuers …

Juan Manuel Santos

Detentions as police break up Istanbul Pride parade

Police fire rubber bullets and tear gas on LGBT activists who attempted to hold march in defiance of ban by authorities.<p>Turkish police have prevented LGBT activists from holding a parade in downtown Istanbul, organisers said, as small groups attempted to defy a ban by the local authorities.<p>The …

Pride

Sombre Eid al-Fitr for Qatar as Gulf blockade continues

Qatari citizens express sadness as the regional diplomatic crisis casts a shadow over Islam's most important holiday.<p>Qataris observed the end of Ramadan on a sombre note, as the blockade imposed against the country by neighbouring Saudi Arabia and other Gulf allies, enters its fourth week.<p>On the …

Eid