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Ahmed Kathrada: Humble and fearless

The man known affectionately as “Uncle Kathy” is no more. Ahmed Kathrada, anti-apartheid activist, politician, and community leader best known for his close relationship with former South African president Nelson Mandela, passed away in Johannesburg in the early hours of Tuesday. The 87-year-old, who spent 26 years as a political prisoner on Robben Island and […]

Syria: 40,000 displaced as fighting rages near Hama

Nearly 40,000 people, mostly women and children, have been displaced over the past week by fighting northwest of Syria’s Hama city, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Since the rebel offensive began in the area a week ago, people have fled south and west to Hama city and neighbouring districts in Homs, Latakia and Tartous, […]

Five men arrested in India over attacks on Africans

Indian police arrested five men after hundreds of people went on a violent rampage targeting Africans outside of New Delhi where a teenage boy died of a suspected drug overdose. Senior police officer Sujata Singh told AFP news agency on Tuesday that four other suspects were on the run, adding about 300 people were involved in […]

US veteran charged with terrorism for killing black man

A white US army veteran accused of fatally stabbing a 66-year-old black man has been charged with murder as an act of terrorism after telling police he was planning a race-based killing spree. James Jackson, 28, “prowled the streets of New York for three days in search of a black person to assassinate in order to […]

Cyclone Debbie makes landfall with destructive winds

Cyclone Debbie has made landfall in northeast Australia, with lashing rain and howling winds battering the area and towns going into lockdown. The category four storm – on a scale of five – began crossing the Queensland state coast on Tuesday, packing destructive wind gusts of up to 270 kilometre per hour near its wide […]

Jared Kushner to be questioned over ties to Russia

The White House has confirmed that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, also one his most senior advisers, will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee. The committee is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, and also looking into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. On Monday, White House […]

US-backed Syria forces pause operations near Tabqa dam

US-backed Syrian fighters on Monday paused their offensive for a key dam held by ISIL to allow a technical team to enter the complex, a spokeswoman said. There have been fears about the integrity of the dam after fighting in the area forced it out of service on Sunday, following earlier United Nations warnings that […]

Greece: Asylum seeking man found hanged at Piraeus port

Greek authorities are investigating the apparent suicide of a man, believed to be a refugee, in the port of Piraeus. The man, who was carrying asylum application papers, was found hanged early on Monday close to  a passenger ferry terminal at Greece’s biggest port near the capital, Athens, the coastguard said. A coastguard spokesman told […]

Q&A: The man running to be US’ first Muslim governor

Egyptian American doctor Abdul El-Sayed could become the first-ever Muslim governor in the United States in 2018. El-Sayed, 32, was appointed as the chief of the health department of Michigan’s city of Detroit in 2015, and – after making a serious turn to politics – is now running to be the next governor of the […]

Bulgaria election: Boyjo Borisov’s GERB ‘leading’ race

Bulgaria’s centre-right GERB party is projected to win Sunday’s snap parliamentary election, according to a pair of exit polls.  GERB, led by ex-Prime Minister Boyjo Borisov, won between 32.2 percent and 32.8 percent of the vote, while the Socialists trailed behind with 28 percent to 28.4 percent, exit polls by Alpha Research and Gallup International Balkan (GIB) […]

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