Iraq vows ‘severe’ response after attack on Iran consulate

Iraq vows ‘severe’ response after attack on Iran consulate

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered an investigation into deadly violence in the southern city of Basra after protesters stormed the Iranian consulate there. Al-Abadi said late on Friday that he had instructed security forces to act decisively against the "acts of vandalism" that accompanied the demonstrations. The order came after protesters set fire…
Obama lashes out at Trump and ‘radical’ Republicans

Obama lashes out at Trump and ‘radical’ Republicans

Former US President Barack Obama has launched an unprecedented attack on his successor Donald Trump and his Republican party, condemning the use of fearmongering and bigotry as electoral devices. In a rallying cry ahead of November's midterm elections, Obama told an audience at the University of Illinois that the US was going through a period…

Can there be equality in post-apartheid South Africa?

For the first time in South Africa's history, thousands of white union workers have staged a strike. They are furious their employer - one of the country's leading energy companies - has introduced a new share scheme which is only available to black workers. White workers say that is discriminatory and racially divisive. But their…
Poor maternal care leads to hysterectomies, antibiotic resistance

Poor maternal care leads to hysterectomies, antibiotic resistance

Thyolo, Malawi - In a hospital room in Thyolo, a southern Malawian town nestled in tea plantations, Ngellina Chikopa unwraps her sarong to reveal a long wound filled with pus.  The cut stretches from her lower abdomen through her belly button and up past her stomach. The 18-year-old gave birth by caesarean section in April 2018, but…
Iraqi protesters set fire to Iranian consulate in Basra

Iraqi protesters set fire to Iranian consulate in Basra

Angry protesters have stormed the Iranian consulate in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, setting a fire inside as part of ongoing demonstrations against lack of services and jobs that have turned deadly in recent days. Demonstrators on Friday attacked the building, which is located in the southern part of Basra, prompting security forces to open…
As Idlib offensive looms, residents fear chemical attacks

As Idlib offensive looms, residents fear chemical attacks

Antakya, Turkey - For Ahmad, a father of two in Idlib, the last rebel stronghold in Syria, there is not much he can do to protect his young family. Like many others across the northwestern province, the 29-year-old is fearful of a chemical weapons attack in the event of a large-scale Syrian government offensive. "The people…
The six biggest Trump leaks

The six biggest Trump leaks

Washington, DC - It is becoming a near-daily occurence. Leaks from inside US President Donald Trump's White House have both riled and undermined its current occupant and his administration. But a Wednesday opinion piece in The New York Times, penned anonymously by a senior administration official who is highly critical of Trump, has taken leaking…

Is North Korea’s timeline to denuclearise for real?

There is renewed hope of a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and a restart of discussions that have stalled over the last few weeks since June's landmark summit between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader. Trump has welcomed Kim Jong-un's remarks saying his faith in the US president remains unchanged. Kim is meeting the…
Brazilian presidential candidate stabbed during campaign stop

Brazilian presidential candidate stabbed during campaign stop

Brazilian far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro has been stabbed while he was campaigning in the city of Juiz de Fora, about 200km north of Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian police on Thursday said the 63-year-old politician was stabbed in the abdomen at a philanthropic cancer hospital by an unidentified attacker, who has been arrested. Videos shared…
China vows response if US slaps new $200bn in tariffs

China vows response if US slaps new $200bn in tariffs

China is ready to retaliate if US President Donald Trump goes ahead with a tariff hike on $200bn worth of Chinese goods and is confident it can maintain "steady and healthy" economic growth. The Trump administration is poised to impose 25 percent penalties on Chinese goods in a new escalation of their trade war over…

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