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Trump threatens crackdown on high visa overstay countries

The Trump administration is considering suspending or limiting entry to the U.S. for individuals from countries with high rates of short-term visa overstays — a proposal vaguely reminiscent of the controversial travel bans President Donald Trump pursued during his first year in office. In a memo signed Monday, Trump directs officials to examine new ways […]

Late coming to church saves family from deadly bomb blast

When Dilip Fernando arrived at St Sebastian’s church in Sri Lanka’s Negombo on Easter Sunday, it was so crowded he went elsewhere for mass. The decision probably saved his life. Shortly after he left, a massive bomb ripped through the church as worshippers observed the Christian holiday. Dozens died there on a day of carnage […]

‘Where is God?’: Sri Lankans stunned after deadly blasts

As Shantha Prasad carried children wounded in Sri Lanka’s deadly attacks into a Colombo hospital, memories of the country’s deadly civil war flooded back. “I carried about eight wounded children yesterday,” he told AFP on Monday, a day after a string of blasts hit hotels and churches, killing nearly 300 people. “There were two girls […]

Sudan army rulers order protesters to remove blockades

Sudan’s army rulers on Monday demanded protesters remove blockades on roads leading to the military headquarters where thousands of demonstrators have camped for days calling on them to step down. The order came a day after protest leaders suspended talks with the ruling military council about transferring power to a civilian administration — the key […]

Earth Day 2019 looks at human effect on planet

On April 22, more than 1 billion people in 192 countries are expected to take part in a global day of political and civic action for the Earth. People will march, plant trees, clean up their cities, parks, beaches and waterways, politicians will announce policies, and corporations will pledge to work toward sustainability — all […]

Iran’s supreme leader picks new revolutionary guard chief

Iran’s supreme leader has appointed a new head to the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guard, just after the U.S. designated the paramilitary force a terrorist group. State-run Iranian media gave no reason for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s decision to replace the Guard’s commander. Taking over will be Gen. Hossein Salami, a 59-year-old who had been serving as […]

Mexico breaks violence record in first quarter of 2019

Violence in Mexico hit new heights in the first quarter of 2019, with 8,493 murders recorded from January to March, according to official figures. According to the Executive Secretariat of the Public Security National System, that number represents a 9.6 percent rise on the same period in 2018. Last year was considered the most violent […]

‘World’s smallest baby boy’ set to go home in Japan

The world’s smallest baby boy, who was born in October in Japan weighing as much as an apple, is now ready for the outside world, his doctor said Friday. Ryusuke Sekiya was delivered via emergency Caesarean section, after 24 weeks and five days of pregnancy as his mother Toshiko experienced hypertension. At 258 grams (9.1 […]

Burundi police chief to Opposition: We will kill you, your wives, your children

A senior Burundian police official has publicly threatened the lives of members of the main opposition party and their families, if they organise “clandestine meetings”, according to an audio recording heard by AFP Friday. The threats were made by a provincial commissioner as the opposition National Congress for Freedom (CNL) party — the country’s second […]

Sudan’s Bashir moved to prison as protesters rally

Sudan’s military rulers have transferred ousted president Omar al-Bashir to prison, a family source said Wednesday, as demonstrators keep up their sit-in outside the army complex calling for a swift transfer to civilian government. Following the dramatic end to Bashir’s rule of three decades last week, he was moved late Tuesday “to Kober prison in […]

Jailed Reuters reporters, US border photographers win Pulitzer Prizes

Reuters won two Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, one for an investigative report that revealed the massacre of 10 Muslim Rohingya men by Buddhist villagers and Myanmar security forces, and one for photographs of migrants on the U.S. border, the Pulitzer administrator announced. The Pulitzers, the most prestigious prizes in American journalism, have been awarded since […]

Jailed Reuters reporters, US border photographers win Pulitzer Prizes

Reuters won two Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, one for an investigative report that revealed the massacre of 10 Muslim Rohingya men by Buddhist villagers and Myanmar security forces, and one for photographs of migrants on the U.S. border, the Pulitzer administrator announced. The Pulitzers, the most prestigious prizes in American journalism, have been awarded since […]

Heritage landmarks devastated by fires

Before Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, engulfed in flames on Monday, several heritage sites around the world have been either completely or partially destroyed by fires. Here are some examples. Brazil’s National Museum Overnight Sept. 2-3, 2018, Brazil’s National Museum, north of Rio de Janeiro, was ravaged by a massive fire. Latin America’s largest natural […]

5 things to look for in Mueller’s Trump-Russia report

Attorney General William Barr has provided only a glimpse of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the inquiry into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election, with many details expected to emerge when the document is finally released. Barr on March 24 sent a four-page letter to lawmakers detailing Mueller’s “principal conclusions” including that the […]

Notre-Dame fire: Cathedral’s main structure and towers saved

The main structure of Paris’ Notre-Dame cathedral has been saved by firefighters who spent hours heroically battling a blaze that destroyed most of the roof and toppled the spire of the iconic building. President Emmanuel Macron said the cathedral will be rebuilt. The colossal fire swept through the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on […]

Ivanka Trump honours Ethiopian Airlines crash victims

Ivanka Trump met with religious leaders Monday in Addis Ababa at Holy Trinity Cathedral, an Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo church. The U.S. president’s daughter also laid a wreath at the cathedral to honor the victims of last month’s Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 people on board. Trump arrived in Addis Ababa, the capital of […]

Son sues parents for throwing away his porn movies, wants Shs 320 million in demages

A Grand Haven man is suing his parents for throwing out his pornography collection. He says it was no ordinary collection and was worth tens of thousands of dollars. His parents say they threw it out for a good reason. Since it’s a civil case with no criminal charges, the names and identities of the […]

Doctor inseminated women with his own sperm instead of respective partners’

A Dutch doctor at the centre of an IVF scandal fathered at least 49 children, an organisation representing parents and children born through his now-closed clinic said Friday. Jan Karbaat, who died in 2017, is the father of 49 children born after women visited his Rotterdam clinic where he used his own sperm instead of […]

Bashir detained in secure place- Army

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been removed from power and detained by the army, Defence Minister Awad Ibnouf announced on state television on Thursday. “I announce as minister of defence the toppling of the regime and detaining its chief in a secure place,” Ibnouf said. Bashir, who ruled with an iron fist since he took […]

Sudan security agency frees all political detainees: state media

Sudan’s powerful intelligence service announced Thursday it was freeing all the country’s political detainees, state media said. “The National Intelligence and Security Service has announced it is releasing all political detainees across the country,” the official SUNA news agency said. The announcement came as huge crowds of people thronged central Khartoum after the state television […]

Wikileaks co-founder, Julian Assange, arrested in London

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, the BBC has reported. Mr Assange took refuge in the embassy seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped. The Met Police said he was arrested for failing to surrender to the […]

China’s spreading influence in Eastern Europe worries the West

Coal-powered plants, mobile networks, major bridges, roads and railways: Chinese investments have been booming throughout Central and Eastern Europe’s cash-strapped developing countries, even as European Union officials scramble to counter Beijing’s mounting economic and political influence on the continent. EU member Croatia is hosting a summit Thursday between China and 16 regional countries – the […]

Gunfire heard in Khartoum as anti-government protests outside military headquarters enters third day

Gunfire was heard outside the Sudanese military headquarters in the capital of Khartoum Tuesday as demonstrations seeking the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir continued for a third consecutive day. Large groups of protesters have been gathered outside the compound since Saturday calling for the end of al-Bashir’s 30-year autocratic rule. Interior minister Bushara Juma said […]

Accused test taker in US college scandal plans to plead guilty

A Florida prep school administrator accused of taking college admissions tests for students as part of a nationwide scheme in which wealthy parents bribed school officials for college entrance or arranged rigged entrance exams will change his plea to guilty, according to documents filed in federal court in Boston. Mark Riddell, 36, plans to plead […]

African billionaire puts African migration to Europe in perspective, less than Asian flood

The migration of Africans to Europe and North America should be viewed as a positive phenomenon, not a threat, Sudan-born billionaire Mo Ibrahim said Sunday. Experts said at a weekend conference hosted by Ibrahim’s foundation in Abidjan, Ivory Coast that Africans make up about 14% of the global migrant population, a much smaller share than […]