Monday, March 25, 2019

Zimbabwe: Hard-hit town reels from cyclone as Mnangagwa vows aid

Chimanimani, Zimbabwe - President Emmerson Mnangagwa has flown into a mountainous town on Zimbabwe's eastern border with Mozambique to visit the survivors of a devastating cyclone that has killed scores of people and caused widespread damage. Since Cyclone Idai hit on Friday evening, the farming town of Chimanimani has been largely cut off from the rest of…

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev announces resignation

Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev has abruptly announced his resignation 29 years after taking office.  In a televised address on Tuesday, the 78-year-old said he has made the "difficult" decision to terminate his authority as president, but did not give a specific reason for the shocking decision. "I have decided to end my duties as president,"…

Student vigil for NZ mosque victims brings thousands together

Christchurch, New Zealand – When classes ended at Cashmere High School early on Monday afternoon, there was only one place Okirano Tilaia was headed to. The 17-year-old student had a date to keep. In fact, he had thousands. Looking out over a massive crowd of teenagers gathered at a park near Christchurch's Al Noor mosque,…

New Zealand mosque attacks: Who is Brenton Tarrant?

Melbourne, Australia - The Australian man allegedly responsible for livestreaming a massacre of Muslims as they prayed in New Zealand mosques was previously not known to security agencies in Australia or New Zealand, authorities have said. Brenton Tarrant, 28, accused of carrying out attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday that resulted in the deaths…

‘Yellow-vest’ rioting in Paris as anti-Macron protests persist

French "yellow vest" protesters have clashed with police in Paris, in the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron and his government's policies. Large plumes of smoke on Saturday rose above the rioting on the landmark Champs-Elysees avenue in the French capital, as the demonstrators set fires and smashed up luxury stores. Police tried to…

Fresh protests in Algeria as allies turn on Bouteflika

A huge crowd has gathered in the Algerian capital to protest for a fourth consecutive Friday demanding urgent change and an end to the rule of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has been in power for 20 years.  Demonstrators crammed streets and squares in central Algiers after Friday prayers, many draped in Algeria's red, green and white…

Civilians killed as government air strikes hit Syria’s Idlib

The death toll in Syria's northwestern Idlib province has risen to 15 following Syrian government forces launched air strikes in the rebel-held area, the Syria Civil Defence said on Thursday. Along with artillery barrages, Russian warplanes attacked central Idlib and its rural outskirts with four air raids on Wednesday, resulting in the casualties that included…

Syria: SDF militia predicts ISIL’s last fight to end imminently

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) say the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in Baghouz is as good as over, with the armed group facing imminent defeat. Thick black smoke rose from the ISIL-held encampment on Wednesday, as air strikes and mortar fire pounded Baghouz for a third…

Trump’s ex-campaign manager Manafort handed another prison term

Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort has been sentenced to 73 months in prison for two conspiracy charges arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 US presidential election. On Wednesday, US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said 30 of the months would run concurrently with Manafort's sentence last week…
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Europa League: Chelsea & Arsenal in action

Europa League: Dynamo Kiev v Chelsea & Arsenal v Rennes - Live - BBC Sport Summary Giroud double & Alonso put Chelsea 6-0 up on aggregate Blues make seven changes from weekend - Hudson-Odoi among starters Arsenal must overturn 3-1 deficit against Rennes (20:00 GMT) Quarter-final draw takes place on Friday Live Reporting Match Stats…

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