August 26, 2019

ETA says armed campaign for Basque independence is over

The Basque separatist group ETA says it has called a "definitive cessation" to its campaign of bombings and shootings that have terrorised Spain for more than 40 years. In a statement ETA called on the Spanish and French governments to respond with "a process of direct dialogue". The … [Read more...]

Colonel Gaddafi killed in Sirte fighting

Libya's former leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has been killed after his convoy tried to fight its way out of his birth city of Sirte. The circumstances of his death are not yet clear. Fighters loyal to the National Transitional Council (NTC) said they found him hiding in a hole, and shot him … [Read more...]

Hamas to free Gilad Shalit in prisoner swap with Israel

Israel and Hamas have agreed a deal for the release of Sgt Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier held hostage by Palestinian militants for five years. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the deal had been reached after arduous talks, and that Sgt Shalit would be back with his family "within … [Read more...]

UN says 2900 people killed in Syrian protests

The United Nations human rights office says the death toll in Syria since the pro-democracy demonstrations began in March is at more than 2,900 people. This is up 200 on their previous estimate. On Tuesday, the UN Security Council failed to agree a resolution on taking action against … [Read more...]

Massive suicide truck bomb kills 70 in Somalia

At least 70 people have been killed by a huge suicide blast near a government compound in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Eyewitnesses said a truck carrying explosives was driven up to a checkpoint at the entrance to a government ministry and detonated. A spokesman for the Islamist militant … [Read more...]

Israel approves 1100 new settler homes in West Bank

Israel has approved a plan to build 1100 new homes in the southern Jerusalem settlement of Gilo. "The Israeli interior ministry announced on Tuesday that the plan for 1100 new housing units in Gilo had passed its district planning committee, and will now be available for public objections for 60 … [Read more...]

Bomb blast kills children in Afghanistan

A roadside bomb in Western Afghanistan has exploded as a bus drove killing at least 16 people, including 11 children. The bus was carrying a group back from an engagement party in Herat province. Four women and the driver were also killed, a spokesman for the provincial governor told the … [Read more...]

Mutant bird flu strain hits China and Vietnam

A deadly strain of avian ifluenza is on the march again. The United Nations, World Health Organization says the mutant strain - able to sidestep vaccines - could be spreading in Asia. The variant appeared in Vietnam and China and its risk to humans cannot be predicted, veterinary officials … [Read more...]

Angelina Jolie to visit Syrian refugees

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, is heading to Turkey this week to visit Syrian refugees who have fled from the Assad governments crackdown on civil unrest. The Turkish Foreign Ministry has announced that Jolie wil be visiting in her capacity as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations' … [Read more...]

Ratko Mladic in Serbian court for extradition proceedings

Former Bosian Serb army chief, Ratko Mladic has appeared in a Serbian court only hours after being arrested following 16 years in hiding. Authorities are wanting to extradite Mladic to stand trial at the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague. The hearing process is expected to take a week. … [Read more...]

Rwandan general gets 30 years for genocide

Former Rwandan army chief Augustin Bizimungu has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for his part in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. The United Nations war crimes tribunal for Rwanda also convicted ex-paramilitary police chief Augustin Ndindiliyimana but released him for time already served. Two … [Read more...]

Libya rebels push Gaddafi forces back in Misrata

Rebels in the Libyan port city of Misrata claim to have pushed pro-Gaddafi forces out of the outskirts of the besieged city. For two months the city has been under siege from forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. It has been the only outpost in Western Libya still in Rebel hands. Misrata … [Read more...]

Thailand tourist deaths – toxin found in hotel

A toxin used in an insecticide spray at a Chiang Mai Hotel may be behind the deaths of six tourists and a tour guide in Thailand in recent months. A 60 Minutes investigation into the death of New Zealander Sarah Carter has found the Downtown Inn hotel was using a spray with a potentially lethal … [Read more...]

Syrian tanks storm Baniyas

Syrian troops and tanks loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have swept into the port city of Baniyas to crush anti-government protests. Government forces have been massing outside the city for days, while Assad's ruthless crackdown was unleashed upon his own people in the southern city of … [Read more...]

United Nations pulling out of Tripoli after mob attack

The United Nations is withdrawing all its international staff from Tripoli following a mob attack on its offices in the Libyan capital. There appeared to be spontaneous demonstrations against foreigners following reports that Colonel Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Arab Gaddafi and three of his children … [Read more...]