Thursday, July 18, 2019

Israel elections: Netanyahu set to win as rival concedes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to win re-election after his main rival conceded defeat. With more than 99 percent of votes counted, Netanyahu's Likud party was set to lead a right-wing bloc with 65 of the 120 seats in parliament. His main challenger, Benny Gantz, accepted the result on Wednesday, acknowledging that he…

Zelensky to face Poroshenko in Ukraine run-off: exit poll

Kiev, Ukraine - Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky will face incumbent President Petro Poroshenko in a runoff vote for Ukraine's presidency, official preliminary results have shown. With more than 70 percent of votes counted, Ukraine's Central Election Commission showed Zelensky, a political novice who is better known for playing a president in a TV sitcom, had secured 30.4 percent of the votes…

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…

Armed men crossing from Libya alleged to be French spies

A group of armed French nationals intercepted along the Tunisia-Libya border last week are members of France's intelligence services, according to an unnamed source in Tunisia's presidency who was quoted by Radio France International (RFI). Tunisia's government denied the story, which came amid reports suggesting French citizens may have assisted renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar…

Turkey local elections: Voters go to polls in key municipal vote

Istanbul, Turkey - Millions of Turkish voters on Sunday are casting their ballots in critical local elections, after a heated campaign dominated by discussions over the country's economy and security. The polls pose a major challenge for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development (AK) Party given a backdrop of high inflation…

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…

Algeria: Joyous scenes of celebrations after Bouteflika resigns

Algiers, Algeria - "I am super happy and excited. We have won a battle. This will be a sleepless night", Bilal, a 27-year-old carpenter, told Al Jazeera in downtown Algiers as he and thousands of other Algerians celebrated President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's resignation.  The ailing, 82-year-old leader announced he was stepping down with immediate effect in…

UN chief ‘deeply concerned’ by military escalation in Libya

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed worry about a potential armed showdown in Libya, where eastern military forces have moved west and skirmished with rival forces south of the capital, Tripoli. "I am deeply concerned by the military movement taking place in Libya and the risk of confrontation," Guterres said in a Twitter post…

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…

Turkish elections: Much at stake in Kurdish-majority southeast

Ankara, Turkey - As local election day approaches, voting for mayors and municipal councils has an added significance for one corner of Turkey. The Kurdish-majority southeast has seen nearly 100 mayors removed from office in recent years and replaced with government-appointed trustees known as "kayyum". While this move has widely been decried as an affront…
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Sophie Jones: Sheffield United Women forward banned for racial abuse

Sophie Jones joined Sheffield United from local rivals Sheffield FCSheffield United Women forward Sophie Jones has been banned for five games after being found guilty of racially abusing Tottenham player Renee Hector. Hector claimed she "received some monkey noises" from an opponent during a Championship match on 6 January. Jones' contract with United was terminated…

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