Jakarta clashes rage in second night of unrest over poll result

Jakarta clashes rage in second night of unrest over poll result

Demonstrations against the result of Indonesia's presidential election have turned violent for a second consecutive night, with protesters opposing the re-election of President Joko Widodo clashing with security forces in the capital, Jakarta. On Wednesday, protesters threw fireworks and rocks at the police, who responded by firing tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons. Medical workers…
Refugee suicide attempts spike on Manus after Australia election

Refugee suicide attempts spike on Manus after Australia election

Melbourne, Australia - Refugees on Papua New Guinea's (PNG) Manus Island say there is increasing desperation on the Pacific island and at least 10 people have attempted suicide or committed self-harm following the re-election of Australia's conservative government at the weekend. For years, the Australian government has been sending asylum seekers who attempt to reach…
Turkey-backed fighters join forces with HTS rebels in Idlib

Turkey-backed fighters join forces with HTS rebels in Idlib

Turkey-backed rebels poured fighters onto the front line in northeastern Syria, joining forces with a rival armed group to beat back government troops from a town they had recaptured earlier this month. Hay'et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) seized the town of Kfar Nabuda in Idlib province on Tuesday with the help of the National Liberation Front (NLF),…
FIFA: Qatar 2022 World Cup to see 32 teams only

FIFA: Qatar 2022 World Cup to see 32 teams only

FIFA scrapped plans to expand the 2022 Qatar World Cup to 48 nations, deciding on Wednesday to stick with 32 countries because of the political and logistical complexities of using another Gulf nation. FIFA President Gianni Infantino's hopes of expanding the Middle East's first World Cup in the region were stymied by the regional diplomatic…
India set to count votes after marathon general elections

India set to count votes after marathon general elections

New Delhi, India - India will count votes on Thursday after its seven-phase elections drew to a close on May 19, with incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi tipped to win a second term in office. More than 67 percent of 900 million eligible voters cast their ballot in the mammoth elections - spread over six…
Russia condemns ‘US ultimatum’ to Turkey over S-400 missile deal

Russia condemns ‘US ultimatum’ to Turkey over S-400 missile deal

Russia has condemned an alleged US ultimatum to Turkey designed to force it to cancel a deal to buy Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems and purchase American Patriot batteries instead, calling it "unacceptable". Moscow on Wednesday was responding to a report by CNBC that said Washington had given Turkey two weeks to scrap the Russian arms deal and do…
Deadly protests continue in Indonesia after Jokowi’s election win

Deadly protests continue in Indonesia after Jokowi’s election win

Jakarta, Indonesia - At least six people were killed as protests continued on Wednesday after the official results of last month's election confirmed incumbent Joko "Jokowi" Widodo as president with 55 percent of the vote. The demonstrators were largely supporters of presidential candidate and former military general Prabowo Subianto and they claimed widespread fraud took place before, during…
British Steel collapse: 25,000 jobs at risk as assets liquidated

British Steel collapse: 25,000 jobs at risk as assets liquidated

British Steel has been ordered into compulsory liquidation after talks with the government failed to secure a bailout, threatening the jobs of about 5,000 employees, with another 20,000 jobs in the supply chain. The steelmaker had requested an emergency $38m bailout loan from the British government following dwindling European sales amid Brexit uncertainty, and an…
US House Speaker Pelosi says Trump is engaged in a ‘cover up’

US House Speaker Pelosi says Trump is engaged in a ‘cover up’

Democrats in the United States House of Representatives believe President Donald Trump is engaged in a "cover up”, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday. Pelosi spoke to reporters following a meeting of House Democrats as politicians contend with how to handle multiple investigations into Trump, a Republican, and his administration, including whether to launch…
Theresa May under pressure to resign over new Brexit plan

Theresa May under pressure to resign over new Brexit plan

Theresa May is under pressure to scrap her much-derided Brexit plan and resign. The British prime minister spoke about the latest iteration of her European withdrawal deal in the House of Commons on Wednesday, as voices of dissent within her own party grew increasingly loud. Not a full day has passed since May offered concessions…

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