Super typhoon Mangkhut barrels closer to the Philippines

A monster typhoon expected to affect at least five million people is set to hit the northeastern tip of the Philippines in a few hours. Typhoon Mangkhut retained its ferocious strength on Friday, gaining speed and shifting towards a number of densely populated provinces, where a large evacuation was under way. The Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon…

In Jharkhand, a tribal assertion met with fierce police crackdown

Jharkhand, India: It was dusk in Uduburu, the time that farmers usually return home after working in the paddy fields, but the hamlet in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand was deserted.  The village square was empty and the mud huts were locked. After darkness fell, a few women cautiously approached a hand pump at the…

South Sudan president signs peace deal with rebel leader

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir signed a peace deal with main rebel leader Riek Machar on Wednesday, formally ending a five-year war that killed tens of thousands. The deal, mediated by Sudan and signed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, reinstated Machar in his former role as vice-president and comes two weeks after a peace deal was officially…

A Palestinian-Syrian love story crushed by Israeli air strike

Gaza Strip - When Palestinians ventured out of their homes on Tuesday, following Israel's latest round of air raids on Gaza, they noticed an extraordinary scene near the bombed-out remains of the al-Rahma building. Hanging in the bedroom of a partially destroyed apartment was a wedding dress, covered in dirt and punctured with shrapnel. As crowds grew and looked…

Report: More than 40 killed in Zimbabwe bus accident

At least 42 passengers have been confirmed dead, Zimbabwe police said Friday, after a suspected gas tank exploded on a bus, with pictures showing the burnt-out wreckage of the vehicle. The accident happened late on Thursday in Gwanda district, about 550km south of Harare, Zimbabwe's capital. "At the moment we know that more than 42…

Honduran migrant caravan advances despite fortified borders

Esquipulas, Guatemala - Dilmer Vigil was not carrying a suitcase. When he saw a Honduran caravan of migrants and refugees was leaving his home city of San Pedro Sula last weekend, he decided to join the group with the clothes on his back and little else. "It was a mass joining of many people who…

Trump administration moves to restrict asylum seekers at border

The Trump administration took a major step on Thursday to restrict asylum claims, putting forward a regulation that would make individuals ineligible for asylum if they cross the US southern border between official ports of entry. Once the plan goes into full effect, which is expected to happen in coming days, migrants entering at the…

‘Fake news’ rattles Taiwan ahead of elections

Taipei, Taiwan - China is spreading "fake news" via social media to swing Taiwanese voters away from President Tsai Ing-wen's party and behind candidates more sympathetic to Beijing ahead of elections, Taiwanese officials said. Beijing is test-driving its techniques in Taiwan, where it has a big stake in the politics and understands the language and…

Hurricane Michael tears apart Florida towns, kills 7

Hurricane Michael's violence was visible on Thursday in shattered Florida coastal towns, where rows of homes were ripped from foundations and roofs were peeled off schools by the near-record-force storm blamed for seven deaths. Michael, a Category-4 storm at the time, smashed into Florida's northwest coast near the small town of Mexico Beach on Wednesday…

Pakistan summons US envoy over Trump’s comments

Pakistan has summoned a high-ranking diplomat from the United States to lodge a strong protest against President Donald Trump's "unwarranted and unsubstantiated" criticism of Islamabad's role in the Washington-led "war on terror". Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua called in the US Chargé d'Affaires (US CdA)  Paul Jones to the foreign office in the capital, Islamabad, on…

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