Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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…

Saudi Arabia temporarily frees three women’s rights activists

Saudi Arabia has temporarily released three of the women's rights activists held in custody for almost a year, state media has said, following a court hearing in which the detainees alleged torture and sexual harassment during interrogation. The announcement by the SPA news agency on Thursday did not identify the three women but several reports named them as…

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…

Thailand parties manoeuvre for position amid election confusion

Bangkok, Thailand - Thailand's main political parties were jostling for position on Monday amid confusion about the winner of a weekend poll that was fought under a complicated new voting system including elements of proportional representation. The Elections Commission delayed its announcement on the results from late on Sunday to Monday morning. It was then…

Israel-Hamas ceasefire holds amid tense calm in Gaza Strip

Gaza City - A fraught quiet has settled over the Gaza Strip after a night of Israeli air raids on the besieged coastal enclave following a rocket strike on a home in central Israel.  An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, announced around 19:00 GMT on Monday, was confirmed by a Hamas spokesperson, but the exchange of fire between armed…

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,…

Trump lashes out at London mayor as he arrives for UK state visit

Minutes before landing in the capital of the United Kingdom, where he is due to be treated to full state honours as a guest of royalty, US President Donald Trump lashed out at the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, branding him "a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me". The…

‘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…

Brazil’s former president Michel Temer arrested: reports

Brazil's former President Michel Temer was reportedly arrested on Thursday as part of the sweeping anti-corruption investigation known as "Car Wash". Local media reported the former president was arrested in his house in Sao Paulo and flown to the Federal Police office in Rio de Janeiro. A spokeswoman for the Prosecutors Office in Rio told…
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Wallows Grew Up Going To Coachella — Now They’re Playing It

By Kat Bein Imagine growing up in southern California and heading to your first Coachella as a high-school freshman. You're a snot-nosed kid with indie-rock dreams jamming with your best friends, and at the malleable age of 13, you see The Strokes, Kanye West, Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead, and more. You fantasize for the next seven…

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