Venezuela’s Maduro: Blackout due to cyber-attack, infiltrators

Venezuela’s Maduro: Blackout due to cyber-attack, infiltrators

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro says the country's complete electrical failure has been caused by "an international cyber-attack" but that his administration has "defeated their coup". Power and communication outages continue to hit Venezuela on Sunday, intensifying the hardship of a country paralysed by economic and political crises. The blackout heightened tensions between the opposition and…
‘Resilience’: Afghan wrestling club reopens after suicide attack

‘Resilience’: Afghan wrestling club reopens after suicide attack

Kabul, Afghanistan - The Maiwand Wrestling club was attacked by suicide bombers from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) group last September. At least 20 people were killed and 70 wounded in the assault at the club in Dash-e-Barchi, a neighbourhood in Kabul's west, home to a sizeable Hazara community.  Coach Ghulam…

Flash floods, mudslides kill at least 50 in Indonesia’s Papua

Flash flood and mudslides triggered by days of torrential downpours tore through mountainside villages in Indonesia's easternmost province, killing at least 50 people and wounding 59 others. The disaster in Papua province's Jayapura district submerged hundreds of houses in neck-high water and mud, National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on Sunday. The…
Erik Prince acknowledges 2016 Trump Tower meeting for first time

Erik Prince acknowledges 2016 Trump Tower meeting for first time

Erik Prince, founder of the private American security company Blackwater, has admitted to meeting with members of the Trump campaign in August 2016 after, according to a public transcript, apparently failing to disclose the gathering during his testimony in front of the House Intelligence Committee last year. When asked by Mehdi Hasan on Al Jazeera's…
UK parliament blocks May’s Brexit deal for second time

UK parliament blocks May’s Brexit deal for second time

London, United Kingdom - With the clock counting down to Britain's scheduled departure from the European Union, UK legislators have voted down embattled Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal for a second time this year. A second so-called "meaningful vote" on Tuesday ended with another heavy defeat for the prime minister, with 391 MPs voting against and 242 supporting…
US bars entry to ICC members probing ‘war crimes’ in Afghanistan

US bars entry to ICC members probing ‘war crimes’ in Afghanistan

The United States will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court (ICC) personnel seeking to investigate possible war crimes by US forces or allies in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. "The ICC is attacking America's rule of law," Pompeo told a news conference on Friday. "I'm announcing a policy of US visa restrictions…
Algeria awaits ‘Bouteflika’s return’ as govt plane reaches Geneva

Algeria awaits ‘Bouteflika’s return’ as govt plane reaches Geneva

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is expected to land in Algeria on Sunday after spending two weeks in a Swiss hospital, Ennahar television reported. An Algerian government plane which took Bouteflika to Geneva on February 24 for medical treatment landed at Geneva's Cointrin airport on Sunday. It was not expected to depart in time to fly…
Syrian refugees in Lebanon: Can any of them return home?

Syrian refugees in Lebanon: Can any of them return home?

Lebanon is home to the highest number of refugees per capita in the world. Among them are at least one million Syrians - a fraction of those displaced by eight years of war. Lebanon has long complained of the burden it carries; officials say the refugee crisis has cost the country more than $20bn. As…
Pakistani women hold ‘aurat march’ for equality, gender justice

Pakistani women hold ‘aurat march’ for equality, gender justice

Karachi, Pakistan – Thousands of women from a cross-section of society are rallying in cities across Pakistan as part of the "aurat march" (women's march) to mark the International Women's Day. "I am here to march for the person I used to be, the person who was victimised by patriarchy," said Ghousia Ahmed who attended the Karachi march,…
Amid mass protests, politics loom over the derby of Algiers

Amid mass protests, politics loom over the derby of Algiers

Algiers, Algeria - Derby days in Algeria's capital are typically festive occasions. From the working class neighbourhoods of Bab El Oued and the Casbah to central Algiers, public spaces are brimming with jersey-wearing supporters of MC Alger (MCA) and USM Alger (USMA). But on Thursday, as the two rival clubs prepared to battle for the local bragging…

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