Wednesday, June 26, 2019

US House Speaker Pelosi says Trump is engaged in a ‘cover up’

Democrats in the United States's House of Representatives believe President Donald Trump is engaged in a "cover up”, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday. Pelosi spoke to reporters following a meeting of House Democrats as politicians contend with how to handle multiple investigations into Trump, a Republican, and his administration, including whether to launch…

‘Climate apartheid’: World’s poor to suffer most from disasters

The world is on course for "climate apartheid", where the rich buy their way out of the worst effects of global warming while the poor bear the brunt, according to a United Nations human rights expert.  Philip Alston, the special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, issued the warning in a new report submitted to…

Saudi buying new ballistic missile technology from China: report

Saudi Arabia has significantly escalated its ballistic missile programme by purchasing technology from China, according to a US media report. In a story published on Wednesday, broadcaster CNN said the United States government had obtained intelligence on the technology transfers, but the administration of US President Donald Trump did not initially share its knowledge with key members of Congress Jeff Stacey, a…

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…

Sudan probes al-Bashir after ‘large sums of cash found at home’

Sudan's public prosecutor has begun investigating deposed President Omar al-Bashir on charges of money laundering, the Reuters news agency said, citing a judicial source.  The source said on Saturday that military intelligence had searched al-Bashir's home and found suitcases loaded with more than $351,000 and six million euros ($6.75m), as well as five million Sudanese…

India elections 2019: All the latest updates

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won a second term in office following the country's marathon seven-phase general elections, the world's largest democratic exercise ever. Modi is the first non-Congress prime minister in India to return to power after a full five-year term.  Official data from the Election Commission showed Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) winning 303 of…

Mueller ends Trump-Russia probe: All the latest updates

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his nearly two-year investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election, any possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow and whether President Donald Trump unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe.  On Friday, Mueller handed over his report to Attorney General William Barr, who has said he will…

Sudan army, protesters to resume talks on transitional council

Protest leaders in Sudan have agreed to suspend a civil disobedience campaign launched after a bloody crackdown on demonstrators and resume negotiations with the country's ruling generals on the formation of a transitional sovereign council, an Ethiopian envoy has said. Speaking to reporters in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, Mahmoud Drir said the Transitional Military Council (TMC) had also…

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…

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…
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US-led coalition ‘killed 1,600 civilians’ in Syria’s Raqqa

The US-backed assault to drive the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from its Syrian capital Raqqa in 2017 killed more than 1,600 civilians, a figure 10 times what the coalition has acknowledged, according to a new report.  The investigation, published by Amnesty International and the monitoring group Airwars on Thursday, urged top coalition…

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