Escalating trade dispute looms: What do Trump and Xi want?

US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are set to meet on Saturday for some dinner diplomacy on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Argentina. The US-China trade war tops their agenda, but the two leaders also have other topics they hope to tackle, including Taiwan, the South China Sea…

Malaysia detains Hassan Al Kontar after removing him from airport

Syrian refugee Hassan Al Kontar was arrested on Monday by Malaysian police for remaining in a "forbidden area" of Kuala Lumpur International Airport's terminal two. Al Kontar, 37, had been living inside KLIA's domestic transfer lounge since March, after being denied entry to Cambodia and sent back to Malaysia. The Syrian refused to seek asylum…

Egypt arrests British student over military helicopter video

Egyptian authorities have arrested a 19-year-old British tourist over a cellphone video that showed a military helicopter in the background, according to his family. Muhammed Fathi Abulkasem's arrest took place shortly after he arrived in Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria on November 21, his cousin Shareen Nawaz told the Associated Press news agency on Friday.…

Death of Apple executive Vivek Tiwari causes uproar in Lucknow

New Delhi, India - Activists are calling for police reforms following a shooting in which a police officer killed an Apple executive in the state of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. Vivek Tiwari, a sales manager at Apple, was travelling in a car with a colleague on Saturday in the northern city of Lucknow when two…

The EU-Sisi deal shows Egyptian lives don’t matter

Eight years ago, a photo of the brutalised body of Khaled Said, a young man from the Egyptian port city of Alexandria, went viral on social media. Said had been beaten to death by local police, who alleged that he had died from asphyxiation, after stuffing a bag of hashish down his own throat. Public…

Conflicting Saudi, Turkish claims on Jamal Khashoggi whereabouts

Saudi and Turkish officials have made conflicting statements on the whereabouts of a prominent journalist who has reportedly gone missing while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident critical of the country's crown prince, entered the consulate's premises at around 1pm (10:00 GMT) on Tuesday in what seemed to be a routine visit to…

Iraq: Adel Abdul Mahdi named prime minister

Newly elected Iraqi President Barham Salih has named independent Shia candidate Adel Abdul Mahdi as prime minister-designate, ending months of deadlock after an inconclusive national election in May. The presidency, traditionally occupied by a Kurd, is a largely ceremonial position, but the vote for Salih in parliament on Tuesday was a key step towards forming…

The Reformist project in Iran is dead

Iran is facing growing domestic and international pressure as US sanctions on oil exports are about to take effect amid increasingly visible public discontent with the ruling elite. Since last December, waves of strikes and protests have hit the country, while the Iranian government has struggled to contain the economic and political fallout of the…

Nigeria’s Buhari rattled by Boko Haram attacks as polls loom

Abuja, Nigeria – As Nigeria prepares for general elections in February, a series of attacks by Boko Haram has focused attention on the security situation in the country. The armed group appears to have regained ground in the country's northeast in 2018, pushing into towns and villages it had previously lost to the Nigerian military.…

How did US Senators vote on Kavanaugh?

The US Supreme Court voted 50-48 on Saturday to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, pushing the court further to the right.  The vote ended a brutal and divisive battle after sexual assault allegations against the judge were made. Kavanaugh has denied the accusations.  Here's a look at how each senator voted.…

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