The Shepherd

One dead as 1,000 refugees rescued in the Mediterranean

One woman was found dead while more than 1,000 refugees were rescued off the Libyan coast, aid groups said on Sunday.  Around 400 people were crammed onto a single wooden boat, while others were picked up from huge inflatable dinghies, which had set sail from the coast of Libya, according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and […]

Prosecutors seek arrest of ex-president Park Geun-hye

South Korean prosecutors have sought an arrest warrant for ousted president Park Geun-hye, they said, days after questioning her over the corruption and abuse of power scandal that brought her down. Park, 65, had her removal from office confirmed by the country’s top court earlier this month, ending her executive immunity, and her prosecution has […]

Gaza-Israel border shut after Mazen Faqha killing

Hamas authorities have shut the Gaza border with Israel after the killing of a senior commander, which Hamas blamed on “Israel and its collaborators”. The rare measure reflected Hamas’ shock after the killing of Mazen Faqha , who was found shot dead at the entrance of his Gaza City home late on Friday. Hamas Interior […]

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny detained in Moscow rally

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and dozens others have been detained as thousands of people across Russia defied bans on rallies to protest against government corruption. The demonstrations on Sunday were organised by Navalny, a Kremlin critic and anti-corruption campaigner, who urged people to take to the streets to demand the resignation of Prime Minister […]

In west Mosul, ‘nowhere is safe for civilians’

The Iraqi army on Sunday resumed operations against ISIL in Mosul after a one-day pause, amid growing concerns over an escalating civilian death toll as fierce fighting reaches the city’s most densely populated areas. The offensive was briefly put on hold after local officials and residents in west Mosul said suspected US-led coalition air raids last week […]

Scores detained after defying Belarus protest ban

Authorities in Belarus have detained scores of people, including journalists, as protesters attempted to hold a banned rally in the capital, Minsk, amid rising public anger over falling living standards and an unpopular tax on the unemployed. The planned demonstration was the latest in a wave of protests since February that pose the biggest challenge […]

Has the rule of engagement changed in Iraq?

There has been a dramatic rise in the number of civilians killed in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in Syria and Iraq. Rights groups who monitor deaths of civilians in both countries have said dozens of people have been killed in recent weeks in […]

Erdogan: Turkey may hold EU accession referendum

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey may hold a referendum on whether to carry on with negotiations about joining the European Union. Turkey, which applied for EU membership in 1987, began accession talks in 2005. Yet, negotiations have moved very slowly due to disagreements over Cyprus, human rights and other issues.  Speaking on Saturday at […]

Frustration as cabin electronics ban comes into force

The US and British ban on laptops and tablets in carry-on luggage on some flights from the Middle East and North Africa has come into force, immediately drawing complaints from passengers at several airports. The ban requires that personal devices larger than a mobile phone – such as tablets, laptops and cameras – be placed […]

Hamas blames Israel after Mazen Faqha assassination

Unknown assailants in the Gaza Strip have shot dead a senior Hamas member, officials in Gaza said, blaming Israel for the killing. Iyad al-Bozum, an interior ministry spokesman in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, said that gunmen opened fire on Mazen Faqha in the Tell al-Hama neighbourhood, adding that an investigation into the incident has been launched.  […]

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