Hundreds feared drowned in Tanzania ferry disaster

Hundreds feared drowned in Tanzania ferry disaster

Tanzanian rescue workers have resumed search for survivors feared drowned after a passenger ferry capsized in the south of Lake Victoria killing at least 79 people. Twenty-seven bodies were recovered on Friday morning when the rescue operation resumed at the crack of dawn, Mwanza's regional commissioner John Mongella told Al Jazeera. Thirty-seven people were rescued after…
Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang dies after ‘serious illness’

Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang dies after ‘serious illness’

Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang has died aged 61 after prolonged serious illness, according to state media. Quang died in a military hospital in Hanoi on Friday from a "serious illness despite efforts by domestic and international doctors and professors", Vietnam Television reported.  Quang, one of the country's top three leaders but with mostly ceremonial…
Yom Kippur and Ashoura: Are Muslims observing a Jewish holiday?

Yom Kippur and Ashoura: Are Muslims observing a Jewish holiday?

On the Gregorian calendar (so named after Pope Gregory XIII) this September, two of the holiest Jewish and Islamic high holidays coincide. On September 10, Jews around the world began their high holidays by commemorating Rosh Hashana which continues for 10 days until September 19, Yom Kippur. It is on that day that Muslims in…
‘This is my land’: Cambodian villagers slam Chinese mega-project

‘This is my land’: Cambodian villagers slam Chinese mega-project

Koh Kong, Cambodia - "I'm Cambodian, I'm not illegal here," said Se Say Hieng, one of the last remaining villagers who refuses to leave land that now belongs to China's Union Development Group. Construction on a port and resort city in Koh Kong, southwest Cambodia, began in 2008, and while it appears to have stalled, villagers claim that authorities have continued threatening and…
Tanzania ferry capsize: Dozens killed as rescue effort under way

Tanzania ferry capsize: Dozens killed as rescue effort under way

Dozens of people have died in Tanzania when a passenger ferry capsized in the south of Lake Victoria, an official said on Thursday. While it wasn't confirmed, it is believed more than 200 passengers were on board the vessel with a capactiy of about 100 people. "According to reports that President John Magufuli has just…
Hezbollah: ‘Highly accurate’ missiles will stay in Syria

Hezbollah: ‘Highly accurate’ missiles will stay in Syria

The leader of Lebanese armed group Hezbollah said it has attained precision-guided missiles in spite of Israeli attempts to keep hi-tech weapons out of its hands.  Hassan Nasrallah made the comments on Thursday during his traditional televised speech commemorating Ashoura, an important commemoration for Shia Muslims. Nasrallah's comments were broadcast on a large screen to…
The mixed tale of women’s empowerment in Rwanda

The mixed tale of women’s empowerment in Rwanda

Kigali, Rwanda - In this old building in the colourful Nyarugenge district, one of the oldest areas in Rwanda's capital, Kigali, women sit at wooden tables, dutifully tending to a collection of colourful textiles. Ripples of occasional laughter rupture the looping drone of a dozen sewing machines as the women cut, sew and stitch anything from…
European leaders pour scorn on British PM’s Brexit plan

European leaders pour scorn on British PM’s Brexit plan

The chance of Britain exiting from the European Union without an agreement on future relations appeared to rise on Thursday as European leaders attacked key demands in UK Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan. At an informal EU summit in Salzburg, Austria, European Council President Donald Tusk said important aspects of May's so-called Chequers plan were unacceptable.…

Exclusive interview: Bobi Wine: Defiant after ‘torture’

Barely a year after his entry into politics, Robert Kyagulanyi - a pop star-turned-politician who also goes by the stage name Bobi Wine - is being hailed as the new face of Uganda's opposition. Kyagulanyi has built a large youth following through his criticism of Uganda's long-time leader President Yoweri Museveni - who has been…
South Korea’s leader: Pyongyang seeks second Trump-Kim summit

South Korea’s leader: Pyongyang seeks second Trump-Kim summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has requested a second summit with US President Donald Trump and also wants US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit Pyongyang soon, according to South Korea's president. Speaking at a news conference upon his return to Seoul on Thursday, Moon Jae-in said Kim told him during his three-day summit…

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