Somali army kills 142 al-Shabab militants during operation

Somali National Army said on Sunday that 142 al-Shabab militants had been killed, 29 injured and 18 arrested during an on-going operation in Janale town in southern Somalia, Trend reports citing Xinhua. Osman Shabel, a commander from Somalia National Army, said that troops recaptured Janale town from the al-Qaeda linked militants in two weeks ago. […]

Coronavirus: China sends medical supplies, personnel to Pakistan – National

China has sent a plane loaded with medical personnel and supplies to aid Pakistan in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus in one of the world’s most populous nations, the Pakistani foreign ministry said Saturday. Across the Middle East, the outbreak has raised concerns that health systems strapped by multiple wars, refugee crises […]

EU helps to avoid almost empty ‘ghost flights’, reduce CO2 emissions

In order to ease the economic and environmental impact of the COVID-19 outbreak outbreak, the European Commission decided on 10 March to put forward very rapidly targeted legislation to temporarily alleviate airlines from their airport slot usage obligations under EU law. A so-called “use-it-or-lose-it” rule has forced European airlines to run near-empty flights in order […]

Super Tuesday: Surging Biden has strong showing but Sanders captures biggest prize of California

WASHINGTON — A resurgent Joe Biden rode a wave of momentum to win at least eight large states on Super Tuesday, but Bernie Sanders won the biggest prize of California to set up a long one-on-one battle for the Democratic presidential nomination. Biden rolled to wins across the South, Midwest and New England on the […]

‘A signal to all predators’: Weinstein accusers watch trial unfold from afar – National

Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault trial has unfolded this month in a 15th-floor courtroom in New York, but its reverberations are being felt far beyond, as his many accusers anxiously await the outcome. They wonder how the disgraced mogul’s wealth and power might affect the verdict. They wince at the way fellow accusers have been treated […]

You didn’t bring virus from China, I hope’ – Chinese citizen Sylvia Wu – Channel 4 News

3 Feb 2020 One unpleasant repercussion of the global fear of the coronavirus has been a growing number of racist incidents experienced by Chinese and other Asian people, including here in the UK. One unpleasant repercussion of the global fear of the coronavirus has been a growing number of racist incidents experienced by Chinese and […]

Hong Kong medical workers vote to strike as outbreak worsens

Thousands of Hong Kong medical professionals voted to begin a five-day strike Monday after the government refused their demand to shut all entry points from China amid a deadly virus outbreak on the mainland. The Hospital Authority Employees Alliance said there were about 99 per cent of “Yes” votes cast by its members on Saturday. […]

Firefighters save world’s last remaining stand of ‘dinosaur trees’ in Australia

SYDNEY — Australia’s Wollemi Pines survived the dinosaurs, and now firefighters have nursed them through the country’s worst bushfires in generations to live another day. The giant prehistoric trees were thought to be extinct until 1994, when authorities found 200 of them in a national park near the Blue Mountains north-west of Sydney. Their location […]

Iran’s president confirms human error in Ukrainian jet unintentionally shot down

OTTAWA — The president of Iran says a military investigation has concluded that missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of a Ukrainian plane and the deaths of 176 innocent people. “The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake,” Hassan Rouhani said late Friday in a post on Twitter. “My […]

Chevron pulls staff from northern Iraq over security concerns

Following the killing of Iranian Quds Force leader , US oil giant Chevron said on 6 January the company removed its expatriate staff operating in northern Iraq for the time being as a precautionary measure, Reuters reported. US officials last week called for American citizens to leave Iraq hours after a drone strike killed Soleimani. […]