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By Daniel Sadjadian | All the latest news from around the world

PNG police enter Australia's Manus Island asylum camp

Police try to persuade asylum-seekers to leave prison camp for alternative accommodation in nearby town of Lorengau.<p>Police in Papua New Guinea have entered a decommissioned prison camp on Manus Island, trying to evict refugees who are refusing to leave.<p>About 50 of the camp's inhabitants left in …

Refugees

Arab nations blockading Qatar expand blacklist

Two Islamic entities, 11 individuals added 'terror list', as nations blockading Qatar claim they are backed by Doha.<p>Two Islamic organisations and 11 individuals have been added to an existing "terror list" drawn up by four Arab nations that are blockading Qatar, claiming the entities and …

Middle East

EU agrees to end geoblocking to boost single digital market

Member states believe the move will encourage European business but there is small print to consider.<p>The European Parliament has agreed to end …

Brexit

China Busts a $3 Billion Underground Bank as It Tightens Its Grip on Money

BEIJING — The money came from all over China — its wealthy southern and eastern coasts as well as the arid northwest — as thousands of people scrambled to circumvent the country’s strict controls on wealth.<p>In the end, more than 10,000 people had used an underground bank to effectively funnel $3 …

China

Outrage after Indian journalist Sudip Bhowmik shot dead

Killing of Sudip Datta Bhowmik in Tripura state raises concerns about safety of media persons in remote areas.<p><b>New Delhi, India -</b> The killing of an investigative journalist in India's north-eastern state of Tripura on Tuesday has sparked outrage, with concerns about safety of media persons reporting …

India

Palestinian factions agree on elections in 2018

Preparations to start for presidential, legislative elections by the end of next year, groups decide during Cairo talks.<p>Palestinian factions led by Fatah and Hamas have agreed to hold general elections no later than at the end of 2018, as part of the latest round of reconciliation talks held in …

Gaza

Harare streets erupt in joy after Mugabe's resignation

As news of Robert Mugabe's resignation spread, people in Zimbabwe's capital Harare took to the streets to celebrate.<p><b>Harare, Zimbabwe</b> - Honking cars, loud music and dancing crowds.<p>These were the jubilant scenes in Zimbabwe's capital on Tuesday, as the news of President Robert Mugabe's resignation …

Robert Mugabe

U.S. warns citizens against risks of travel to Saudi Arabia

DUBAI (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Tuesday warned citizens to "consider the risks" when traveling to Saudi Arabia due to militant threats and the threat of ballistic missile attacks on civilians by rebels in Yemen.<p>The warning comes two weeks after U.S.-allied Saudi Arabia said it had …

Middle East

Rare shooting incident in China kills 3, police hunting for suspects

A rare shooting incident in China kills three people and injures six others in the southern city of Chaozhou.

China

US-Turkey relations ‘like marriage’ – State Department spokeswoman Nauert

Relations between Turkey and the US are “like marriage,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told journalists, adding that sometimes these …

India beat Britain at the world court—but only due to politics

For the first time in the court’s history, the UK will not have a judge sitting at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Christopher Greenwood, who was seeking a second nine-year term, pulled out of the race on Nov. 20, allowing India’s candidate to take the contested seat. This follows weeks …

António Guterres

Zimbabwe: What's happening now that Mugabe has quit?

Zimbabweans pour out into the streets to celebrate the downfall of President Mugabe, who served as leader for 37 years.<p>Thousands poured out into the streets of the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, after Robert Mugabe stood down following days of political turmoil.<p>The former president ruled the country …

Africa

The FCC is about to kill net neutrality. We’re protesting nationwide on Dec 7th to stop them.

<b>tldr: The FCC is about to kill net neutrality. We’re protesting nationwide on Dec 7th to stop them. Head over to http://www.verizonprotests.com/ for</b> …

Internet

Impeachment hearing to begin as Mugabe remains defiant

Parliament motion accuses 93-year-old leader of being 'source of instability' in government and hits out at First Lady.<p><b>Harare, Zimbabwe</b> <b>-</b> Defiant President Robert Mugabe could lose his 37-year grip on Zimbabwe within days, with a motion to impeach him on Tuesday's parliament agenda.<p>The motion - …

Africa

Bosnia war victims on why Mladic verdict means little

A bone collector, a man whose childhood was cut short and a former war prisoner on why Mladic's verdict means little.<p><b>Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina -</b> Ratko Mladic, known as the "Butcher of Bosnia", is accused of heading one of the worst massacres in recent history.<p>Between 100,000 and 200,000 …

European History

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar Assad at meeting with Russian military command https://t.co/zJQOHJMCyG

At least 12 people killed in fresh Saudi airstrikes in war-torn Yemen

At least twelve people are killed in Saudi Arabia’s latest series of airstrikes on its impoverished neighbor Yemen.

Middle East

Sebastian Pinera to face Alejandro Guiller in run-off

Conservative Sebastian Pinera will face socialist Alejandro Guiller after neither candidate wins 50 percent of the vote.<p>Chile's presidential election will go to a December run-off vote after conservative Sebastian Pinera won the first round but fell short of an outright victory.<p>Pinera, a …

Elections

Rafah border crossing to close after three-day opening

Egypt opened the Gaza border on Saturday after Hamas handed control of the crossing over to the Palestinian Authority.<p>Gaza's Rafah border crossing with Egypt will close later on Monday after temporarily opening as part of the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas.<p>Egypt opened its largely …

Palestinian Authority

The U.S. army is building a fleet of Star Trek-inspired "shadow" bombers

The Pentagon is developing a new fleet of shadow bombers that possibly disappear on radar like those featured in Star Trek movies.<p>The unit of B-21 …

War

Germany bans smartwatches for kids and asks parents to destroy them

‘prohibitive listening devices’<p>Germany’s telecommunication agency, the Bundesnetzagentur, has banned smartwatches for kids, and is asking parents to destroy them. According to <i>Bleeping Computer</i>, (via <i>Gizmodo</i>) the regulators have deemed smartwatches targeted at kids “prohibitive listening devices” and …

Wearable Tech

Hundreds of rights violations documented in Yemen

Watchdog group finds that attacks by Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels killed more than 100 civilians in October.<p>At least 716 cases of rights violations were committed against civilians in Yemen last month, a rights watchdog has said.<p>The Geneva-based SAM organisation said in a statement on …

Middle East

Turkey, Russia and Iran meet to discuss Syria

Summit aims to review political progress and humanitarian aid access, Turkish source says.<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to host his Iranian and Turkish counterparts at his official residence in the coastal city of Sochi to discuss the Syrian conflict.<p>The event on Monday will be preceded …

Syria

Samurai Japan southpaw Shota Imanaga baffles Taiwan batters in dazzling 12-strikeout performance

The way Shota Imanaga was pitching with a one-run lead took almost all the mystery out of Samurai Japan’s game against Taiwan. Well, all of ...

Taiwan

A U.S. Warship Just Collided With a Tug Boat in Japanese Waters

In the latest of a string of marine mishaps, a U.S. warship crashed into a Japanese tug boat in Japan’s Sagami Bay on Saturday.<p>The tug boat lost …

Military

Mossad used Bosnian passports to kill drone expert: Hamas

A senior Hamas figure says Mossad agents operated in Tunisia for several months, pretending to be foreign journalists in order to get close to …

Terrorism

UN divided on Syrian chemical-weapons-use probe

US and Russia at odds over UN Security Council vote on renewing an inquiry into chemical weapons use in Syria.<p>The future of a UN inquiry into chemical-weapons use in the war in Syria remains uncertain, with opposing Security Council resolutions backed by the US and Russia being proposed.<p>The mandate …

UN Security Council

Zimbabwe's opposition leader demands civilian rule

Despite violent past with Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirai says he doesn't find comfort in the president's current predicament.<p><b>Harare, Zimbabwe -</b> The leader Zimbabwe's largest opposition alliance has called on the world's oldest sitting president to voluntarily step aside as the country entered its second …

Africa

US House passes Trump tax reform

The United States House of Representatives has passed President Donald Trump's flagship tax reform bill. The legislation could be Trump's first major …

Donald Trump