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Mexico murder rate reaches record high

Mexico registered more than 2,000 murders in May, a record high for any month since 1997, underlining the country’s struggles to deal with the trade in narcotics. There were 2,186 murder investigations in May, according to the latest government statistics released on Wednesday, surpassing the previous monthly high of 2,131 in May 2011. Some cases may […]

Deadly car bomb hits Afghanistan’s Lashkar Gah

A car bomb exploded outside a bank in Lashkar Gah, capital of the southern Afghan province of Helmand, killing at least 26 people and wounding dozens, officials said. Omar Zwak, spokesman for the provincial governor, said at least 50 people were wounded, including members of the police and army, civilians and staff of the New […]

Ex-Saudi crown prince pledges allegiance to successor

Former Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has pledged allegiance to his successor Mohammed bin Salman, the son of King Salman bin Abdulaziz. A royal decree on Wednesday removed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a 57-year-old nephew of the king, as next in line to the throne and replaced him with Mohammed bin Salman, 31, who was previously the […]

Iconic Grand al-Nuri mosque in Iraq’s Mosul ‘blown up’

The landmark Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its leaning minaret have been blown up, according to reports, with the Iraqi army blaming ISIL for its destruction and the armed group accusing a US-led coalition air raid. In recent days, US-backed Iraqi forces have been pushing deeper into the last remaining areas held by ISIL […]

Will war of words hamper efforts to end Gulf crisis?

More than two weeks have passed since Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed a travel blockade. But their grievances are still limited to little more than rumours and whispers. US state department says the prolonged dispute is becoming increasingly confusing. There has been a steady […]

Philando Castile killing: Police video sparks outrage

Police car video of a Minnesota officer shooting a black motorist, whose dying moments were livestreamed on Facebook, has been made public for the first time, just days after the officer was acquitted at trial. The footage captures the fateful exchange between Philando Castile, a 32-year-old black motorist, and police officer Jeronimo Yanez in an […]

Mohammed bin Salman named Saudi Arabia’s crown prince

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has appointed his son, Mohammed bin Salman, as heir, in a major reshuffle announced early on Wednesday. A royal decree removed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a 57-year-old nephew of the king, as next-in-line to the throne and replaced him with Mohammed bin Salman, 31, who was previously the deputy crown prince. According to […]

Uber’s CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick steps down

Uber’s troubled CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick has resigned after a shareholder revolt, the company said in a statement. Wednesday’s announcement came after a shareholder revolt as the company launched a new campaign to change its image amid a number of sexual harassment claims in the workplace, among other concerns. The company’s board confirmed the move, saying […]

US ‘mystified’ by Gulf states’ position towards Qatar

The US state department says it is “mystified” that Gulf states have not released details about their grievances towards Qatar more than two weeks after they imposed a blockade on the country. Heather Nauert, the state department spokesperson, said in Tuesday’s press briefing that the more time goes by, “the more doubt is raised” about […]

NHRC chairman: Qatar’s blockade is a new Berlin Wall

Qatar’s Chairman of National Human Rights Committee Ali bin Samikh al-Marri has said that the blockade imposed on his country is like a “new Berlin Wall”. Speaking at a European Parliament meeting in Brussels, Marri urged the body to visit the NHRC headquarters to see what he referred to as the suffering of Qatari citizens […]

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