What’s next for Ukraine under comic turned president?

What’s next for Ukraine under comic turned president?

Kiev, Ukraine - Ukraine's President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky is inheriting a corrupt, war-torn country with the majority of the population pinning unrealistic expectations on the comic-turned-leader, according to a national survey. In the first 100 days in office, the new president must first lower utility rates, scrap immunity from prosecution for parliamentarians, judges and the presidency,…
UN raises Libya aid alarm as Tripoli clashes intensify

UN raises Libya aid alarm as Tripoli clashes intensify

The United Nations needs to ramp up its humanitarian response in Libya as fighting around the capital, Tripoli, is unlikely to stop soon, the UN's deputy envoy to the country has said. The clashes, which have raised fears of a worsening conflict in Libya, began after the renegade commander of the self-styled Libyan National Army…
Five things you need to know about Sri Lanka’s bombings

Five things you need to know about Sri Lanka’s bombings

A series of eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through several high-end hotels and three churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday, killing nearly 300 people and wounding 500 others. It was the first major attack on the Indian Ocean island since the end of a civil war 10 years ago.  There were no…
Nigeria’s Shia protesters: A minority at odds with the government

Nigeria’s Shia protesters: A minority at odds with the government

Abuja, Nigeria - Four years ago, several members of Abdullahi Muhammad's family were killed, setting off a series of events that led him to become an outspoken critic of the government. Now 32, Muhammad, a member of the country's Shia Muslim minority, says he would give his life "to fight tyranny".  In 2015, he had…
Record number of people murdered in Mexico this year

Record number of people murdered in Mexico this year

Violence in Mexico has hit new heights in the first quarter of 2019, with 8,493 murders recorded from January to March, according to official figures. The Executive Secretariat of the Public Security National System revealed that the number represents a 9.6 percent rise on the same period in 2018. Last year was considered the most…
Abe’s ruling bloc suffers rare losses in Japan’s by-election

Abe’s ruling bloc suffers rare losses in Japan’s by-election

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc has suffered two rare losses in by-elections, an apparent warning from voters ahead of a national election for parliament's upper house later this year. Sunday's defeats in a lower house by-election in Osaka, western Japan, and another on the southern island of Okinawa - host to the bulk…
What do refugees think of their Italian hosts?

What do refugees think of their Italian hosts?

Rome, Italy - In June 2018, two Italian populist parties formed a new government with an anti-immigration agenda. Italy started turning away NGO rescue boats at sea, evicted refugees from a camp and an abandoned building in Rome, and introduced a decree that scrapped a whole category of humanitarian protection. But the government's far-right platform…
Sudan’s military leader vows to hand ‘power to people’

Sudan’s military leader vows to hand ‘power to people’

Khartoum, Sudan - Sudan's interim leader said the transitional military council that has run the country since the overthrow of longtime leader Omar al-Bashir is committed to handing power to a civilian authority. But opposition leaders said on Sunday they suspended talking with the military rulers because they didn't believe their pledge to transfer control…
Four killed in ‘foiled’ attack on Saudi police station: Reports

Four killed in ‘foiled’ attack on Saudi police station: Reports

Four people have been killed in a foiled attack on a police station in Saudi Arabia's central Riyadh province, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said on Sunday, citing sources. The four casualties had helped carry out the attack at the police station in Zulfi, a small city around 250km northwest of the capital Riyadh, Al Arabiya…
Explosions in Tripoli suburb after air strike as death toll rises

Explosions in Tripoli suburb after air strike as death toll rises

Explosions have shaken Libya's capital Tripoli following an air raid, residents said, in an escalation of a two-week offensive by eastern forces on the city held by the internationally-recognised government. Powerful explosions, believed to be caused by aerial bombing, were reported early on Sunday across Tripoli's southern districts, with residents saying they saw an aircraft…

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