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Israel kills top Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant in Gaza

Israel kills top Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant in Gaza

An Israeli air strike has killed a senior commander of the militant group Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza. Baha Abu al-Ata died along with his wife when a missile hit their home, the group said. Four of their children and a neighbour were reportedly injured. Israel’s prime minister said Abu al-Ata was a “ticking bomb” […]

Recalled US ambassador felt ‘threatened’ by Trump

Recalled US ambassador felt ‘threatened’ by Trump

A recalled US ambassador at the centre of the Trump impeachment inquiry said she felt threatened by a cryptic remark the president made about her on a call. Ex-envoy to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told Congress she was “very concerned” by President Donald Trump’s comment in the phone call with Ukraine’s leader. Mr Trump told his […]

Iraq protests: Two dead as police fire tear gas amid fresh unrest

Iraq protests: Two dead as police fire tear gas amid fresh unrest

At least two people were killed as protests escalated in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, with police firing tear gas to repel demonstrators. The dead were reportedly hit by tear gas canisters. Scores were injured, including security forces. Protests have erupted nationwide, with demonstrators marching on government buildings. They are demanding more jobs, better public services […]

Nusrat Jahan Rafi: Death penalty for 16 who set student on fire

Nusrat Jahan Rafi: Death penalty for 16 who set student on fire

A Bangladesh court has sentenced 16 people to death for the murder of a student set on fire after accusing her teacher of sexual harassment. Nusrat Jahan Rafi, 19, died in April in Feni, a small town some 160km (100 miles) outside the capital Dhaka. Those convicted of murder included the headteacher Nusrat had accused […]

Canada election: Trudeau’s Liberals win but lose majority

Canada election: Trudeau’s Liberals win but lose majority

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party has retained power in a narrow Canadian election win but he will now be prime minister of a minority government. The Liberals are projected to win 157 seats, 13 short of a majority, and will find it harder to pass legislation in Mr Trudeau’s second term. The opposition Conservatives are expected […]

Thai king strips consort of titles for ‘disloyalty’

Thai king strips consort of titles for ‘disloyalty’

Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn has stripped his royal consort of her rank and titles over “misbehaviour and disloyalty against the monarch”. She was appointed in July, just two months after the king’s marriage to Queen Suthida, his fourth wife. An official announcement said Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi was “ambitious” and had tried to “elevate herself to the same […]

Afghanistan mosque bombing kills 62 worshippers

Afghanistan mosque bombing kills 62 worshippers

At least 62 people have been killed and dozens injured by a bomb during Friday prayers at a mosque in Afghanistan, according to a provincial spokesman. The force of the blast, in eastern Nangarhar province, destroyed the building’s roof, eyewitnesses said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. The blast came the day after […]

Turkey-Syria offensive: Russia vows to prevent clashes with Assad forces

Turkey-Syria offensive: Russia vows to prevent clashes with Assad forces

Russia has said it will not allow clashes between Turkish and Syrian forces, as Turkey’s military offensive in northern Syria continues. “This would simply be unacceptable… and therefore we will not allow it, of course,” said Moscow’s special envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentyev. The withdrawal of US troops from the region, announced last week, gave […]

Trump’s pullback of US troops reshapes Syrian war

Trump’s pullback of US troops reshapes Syrian war

It has taken a week to reshape the map of the Syrian war, in the seven days since President Donald Trump used what he called his “great and unmatched wisdom” to order the withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria. He set off a chain of events that betrayed America’s ally, the Syrian Kurds, and […]

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