Gaza conflict: Reports of ceasefire after days of violence

BBC There has been a lull in hostilities in the Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants said that a ceasefire with Israel had been agreed. It comes after a weekend during which Palestinian militants launched hundreds of rockets into Israel prompting retaliatory air and artillery strikes. At least four Israelis and 23 Palestinians were killed. Israel

Pakistan police arrest doctor after 90 infected by HIV syringe

AFP At least 90 people, including 65 children, are believed to have been infected with the HIV virus in Pakistan by a doctor using a contaminated syringe, officials said Friday. “We have arrested a doctor after receiving complaints from the health authorities,” said Kamran Nawaz, the local police chief heading the case in the southern

Unicef: Cases of measles have trebled

BBC The UN children’s agency, Unicef, is warning that cases of measles around the world have nearly trebled compared with the same period last year. Unicef says this has created the environment for major outbreaks of the disease, including in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar. Measles is highly contagious and can be fatal.

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Attacks in ‘retaliation for Christchurch’: dep. defence minister

By Aljezeera AN initial probe into deadly suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka shows it was “retaliation for Christchurch,” the country’s deputy defense minister said. “The preliminary investigations have revealed that what happened in Sri Lanka was in retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch,” state minister of defense Ruwan Wijewardene told parliament. Fifty

UK’s May under fire as Parliament returns from Brexit break

Associated Press British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing new pressure from her restive Conservative Party to resign as lawmakers return to Parliament  and to Brexit wrangling  after an 11-day Easter break. Britain’s EU exit, due to take place last month, has been delayed as the government tries to win Parliament’s backing for a divorce

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Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg dies aged 98

BBC Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg has died at the age of 98, his son Henri has said in a statement. He had recently been admitted to hospital suffering from a pulmonary infection, and passed away surrounded by his family, the statement said. Grand Duke Jean abdicated in favour of his son Henri in 2000,

Sri Lanka falls silent for victims of Islamist attack

AFP Sri Lanka fell silent for three minutes Tuesday on a day of national mourning to honour more than 300 people killed in suicide bomb blasts that have been blamed on a local Islamist group. Flags were lowered to half mast on government buildings, and people bowed their heads and reflected silently on the violence

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Former Peru leader commits suicide to avoid arrest

NEW YORK POST Disgraced Peruvian President Alan García blew his brains out Wednesday as cops rushed to arrest him in connection with a huge corruption probe. Current President Martinez Vizcarra said the 69-year-old head of state died after undergoing emergency surgery for a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at the José Casimiro Ulloa Hospital

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Ecuador spread lies about WikiLeaks founder – Julian Assange’s lawyer

AP London – A lawyer representing jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says the Ecuadorian government has been spreading lies about his behaviour inside its embassy in London. Jennifer Robinson told Sky News on Sunday that Ecuador is making “pretty outrageous allegations” to justify allowing British police into its embassy on Thursday in order to take

Netanyahu looks to form rightwing government after victory

AFP Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to form a right-wing governing coalition on Thursday after securing victory in a high-stakes Israeli election despite a strong challenge from a centrist alliance. The results from Tuesday’s vote came despite corruption allegations against the 69-year-old premier and kept him on course to become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister

Israel election: Netanyahu set for record fifth term

BBC PM Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to secure a record fifth term after almost complete results from Israel’s election suggest a new right-wing coalition. His Likud party is expected to finish with a similar number of seats as ex-military chief Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White alliance. But Likud and right-wing allies are set to

Trump to pressure Iran by branding its Guard a terror group

Associated Press In an unprecedented step to ramp up pressure on Tehran, the Trump administration is planning to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a “foreign terrorist organization.” The move is expected to further isolate Iran and could have widespread implications for U.S. personnel and policy in the Middle East and elsewhere. The Trump administration has escalated

May to meet Merkel, Macron ahead of crucial Brexit summit

AFP British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet with German and French leaders Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron as she scrambles to find a Brexit breakthrough ahead of Wednesday’s crucial EU summit. May will meet the two leaders on Tuesday, their offices announced on Monday, the day before the summit where she is expected to

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Trump called out of border wall and other issues

WASHINGTON (AP) PRESIDENT Donald Trump beat a retreat on two fronts this past week, the border and health care, and offered tortured explanations both times. He got his family history wrong in a speech that also drew a link between wind power and cancer that has not been proved. A look at some of the