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Venezuela crisis Helicopter launches attack on Supreme Court

Posted On: 2017-06-28

Venezuela’s Supreme Court has been attacked by grenades dropped from a helicopter in what President Nicolás Maduro called a “terrorist attack”.

Footage on social media shows a police helicopter circling over the city before shots and a loud bang are heard.

The police officer said to have piloted the stolen aircraft issued a statement denouncing the “criminal government”. His whereabouts are unknown.

It comes after mass Continue Reading »

US warns Syria over potential plan for chemical attack

Posted On: 2017-06-27

The US says it has identified “potential preparations” for another chemical attack in Syria, and issued a stark warning to the Syrian government.

The White House said the activities were similar to those made before a suspected chemical attack in April.

Dozens died in that attack and prompted President Donald Trump to order a strike against a Syrian air base.

The US statement warned President Bashar al-Assad of “a heavy price” if Continue Reading »

Trump travel ban injunction partly lifted by top US court

Posted On: 2017-06-27

US President Donald Trump has welcomed a Supreme Court ruling allowing his travel ban to be partly reinstated as a “victory for our national security”.

America’s highest court also granted a White House request allowing part of its refugee ban to go into effect.

The justices said they would consider in October whether the president’s policy should be upheld or struck down.
Mr Trump seeks to place a 90-day ban on people from six mainly Continue Reading »

Half Nigeria food aid for Boko Haram victims not delivered

Posted On: 2017-06-19

Up to half the food aid meant for people who have fled Nigeria’s Islamist insurgency has reportedly not been delivered, the government says.

It described it as a “diversion of relief materials”, which correspondents say is a euphemism for theft.

A statement from the acting president’s office added that security was being beefed up to protect the deliveries.

As a result of Boko Haram violence some 8.5 million Nigerians in the Continue Reading »

ICC calls for arrest of Gaddafis son

Posted On: 2017-06-15

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has called for the arrest and surrender of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who was released by a militia in Libya last week after six years in jail.

The son of late leader Col Muammar Gaddafi is wanted for alleged crimes against humanity during the rebellion that ousted his father in 2011.

His location is unclear. The UN-backed government has condemned the release.

It is feared that the move could fuel further Continue Reading »

Nairobi building collapse 15 missing as residents join search

Posted On: 2017-06-13

Fifteen people are reported missing after a seven-storey building collapsed on Monday night in an eastern suburb of the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

The Kenya Red Cross tweeted that response teams were at the scene, in the Kware Pipeline Embakasi area.

The Star newspaper said dozens of people had been evacuated moments before the collapse.

Witnesses told the paper that the building had been condemned after cracks appeared in its walls.

The Continue Reading »

France election Macron party set for big parliamentary win

Posted On: 2017-06-12

The centrist party of French President Emmanuel Macron looks on course to win a landslide victory following the first round of parliamentary elections.

Projections show La Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move) and its MoDem ally set to win up to 445 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly.

The final outcome will be decided at a run-off next Sunday.

Mr Macron’s party was established just over a year ago and many candidates have little or no Continue Reading »

UK election 2017 Conservatives lose majority

Posted On: 2017-06-09

Britain’s Conservatives have lost their majority in a snap general that has resulted in a hung parliament.

With just a handful of seats left to declare, Thursday’s poll shows gains for the opposition Labour Party.

This is seen as a humiliation for PM Minister Theresa May, who chose to call the election to try to strengthen her hand in talks with the EU on Brexit.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urged her to resign, but she said her party would Continue Reading »

US travel ban goes to Supreme Court

Posted On: 2017-06-02

The White House has asked the US Supreme Court to reinstate a travel ban on people from majority Muslim countries.

The ban has been blocked by lower courts which have said that it is discriminatory.

Two emergency applications have now been filed by the government with the court’s nine justices that seek to overturn those lower court rulings.

The controversial ban has prompted protests and debate across the US.

“We have asked the Continue Reading »

Over 40 people die of thirst in Sahara Desert

Posted On: 2017-06-01

Survivors say 44 people have died of thirst after their truck broke down in the Sahara Desert in northern Niger, the Red Cross has told the BBC.

The six survivors, all women, walked to a remote village and are being looked after in Dirkou, Niger, Red Cross official Lawal Taher said.

They say several children among the dead.

The Ghanaians and Nigerians were trying to get to Libya, reports Nigerien news site Sahelien.

So far no-one has visited the Continue Reading »

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