Logistical ‘nightmare’ for aid efforts in tsunami-hit Indonesia

Damaged roads, bridges and airports are creating a logistical nightmare for the Indonesian government and relief agencies as they try to get vital supplies to Palu, four days after the city and its surrounding areas were devastated by an earthquake and tsunami. At least 844 people have been confirmed dead, but officials expect that number…

Maldives president ‘received $1.5m in hard cash’ ahead of vote

An anti-money laundering body in the Maldives has informed police that President Abdulla Yameen received $1.5m in hard currency days ahead of a contentious presidential election in the Indian Ocean island nation. Yameen, long dogged by allegations of corruption and rights abuses, suffered a decisive defeat in the September 23 vote in an outcome hailed…

Political polarisation intensifies ahead of Brazil’s elections

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Political party canvassers were busy on Sunday at Rio de Janeiro's Gloria market in a last-ditch effort to persuade passersby to vote for their candidate, ahead of next weekend's elections. A canvasser for a local leftist politician lambasted one man after he declined a leaflet and pledged support for far-right candidate Jair…

US indicts Russian agents over alleged hacking of doping agency

The US Justice Department is charging seven Russian military intelligence officials over the alleged hacking of doping agencies and other organisations. The officers were indicted for conspiring to hack computers and steal data in a bid to delegitimise international anti-doping organisations and expose officials who revealed a Russian state-sponsored athlete doping programme. The charges of…

Cristiano Ronaldo denies rape accusations on social media

Cristiano Ronaldo has denied the accusations of rape against him, saying Wednesday that he had a "clear conscience" as he awaits the conclusions of an investigation. The 33-year-old has been accused of rape by Kathryn Mayorga, a former model from the US. She has said the star football player raped her in a hotel in…

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…

Indonesia quake, tsunami toll jumps to 1,234: Disaster agency

The confirmed death toll from an earthquake and tsunami on Indonesia's Sulawesi island has risen to 1,234, from 844, the national disaster agency said on Tuesday. A 7.5 magnitude earthquake on Friday triggered tsunami waves as high as six metres (20 feet), which ravaged the small city of Palu, on the west coast of Sulawesi.…

NAFTA out, USMCA in: What’s in the Canada, Mexico, US trade deal?

Toronto - Canada, Mexico, and the United States ushered in NAFTA 2.0 late on Sunday, just before an end-of-weekend deadline set by the US to salvage the 24-year-old trilateral deal. Renamed the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the deal updates the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, promising to lead "to freer, fairer markets, and to robust economic…

Senate confirms Brett Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court

The US Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, ending a bitter battle between Republicans and Democrats during a confirmation process that has transfixed the nation following allegations of sexual misconduct against the nominee, which he has strongly denied.  Senators voted 50-48 in favour of Kavanaugh on Saturday. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Montana was…

China tight-lipped on Interpol chief Meng Hongwei’s disappearance

The Chinese government has remained tight-lipped on the disappearance of International Criminal Political Investigation (Interpol) Chief Meng Hongwei on a trip to China. His disappearance was made public on Friday, when French authorities said they were opening an investigation to find out what happened to Meng, a Chinese national who served a lengthy term as the…

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