Environment emerges as major issue for Australian voters

Melbourne, Apr 21: The environment has emerged as a major issue for Australian voters, a poll showed on Sunday, but healthcare and the cost of living are the top concerns ahead of next month’s elections. For 32 percent of Australians, access to affordable health services is the biggest worry, followed by the cost of living […]

Pak puts on display documents of Jallianwala Bagh massacre

Lahore, Apr 21: For the first time in its history, Pakistan has put on display rare documents of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre to mark its 100th anniversary. The six-day exhibition showcasing about 70 historical documents related to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and Martial Law in Punjab in April 1919 opened at the Lahore Heritage Museum […]

UN begins evacuating refugees from Libya to Niger

  Geneva, Apr 19: The UN said Friday it had evacuated 163 refugees from war-ravaged Libya to neighbouring Niger, but more than 3,000 others were still trapped in detention centres affected by clashes. The move marked the first evacuation of refugees and migrants out of Libya since fighting escalated in Tripoli two weeks ago, the […]

China invites North Korea to Belt and Road summit

Beijing, Apr 19: China said leaders from 37 nations and North Korean representatives will attend a summit for its Belt and Road Initiative next week as it hit back at criticism of the massive trade infrastructure project. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s pet project is a $1 trillion programme that includes maritime, rail and road projects […]

Mali’s PM, government resign over Ogossagou massacre

Mali, Apr 19: Mali’s prime minister and his government have resigned four weeks after a massacre of almost 160 Fulani herders by an ethnic vigilante group shocked the nation. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita accepted the resignation without giving a reason for the departure of Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga. “A prime minister will be named […]

13 killed as church roof collapses in South Africa

Johannesburg, Apr 19: The roof of a church collapsed during mass near the eastern South African city of Durban, killing 13 people and injuring at least 16, officials said Friday. The accident happened in the town of Dlangubo, north of Durban, after heavy rains. “The roof of the building collapsed because of heavy rains last […]

Journalist Lyra McKee shot dead during Northern Ireland riot

Journalist Lyra McKee shot dead during Northern Ireland riot

Londonderry, Apr 19: A female journalist was shot dead during a riot in the Northern Irish city of Londonderry, also known as Derry, late on Thursday in what police called a terrorist act. Lyra McKee, 29, was standing near police officers when a gunman began shooting at them at around 11pm in the suburb of […]

Sudan protest leaders to unveil civilian ruling body

Khartoum, Apr 19: Protestleaders Friday announced plans tounveil a civilianbodyto take over from Sudan’s ruling military council as crowds of demonstrators kept up the pressure outside army headquarters and Washington said it will send an envoy to encourage the transition. The military council, which took power after ousting Sudan’s longtime leader Omar al-Bashir on April […]

Tripoli suburb hit by mortars as West divided on Libya truce

  Tripoli, Apr 19: A suburb of Tripoli was hit by mortar bombs that narrowly missed a clinic, bringing the death toll to over 200 in the two weeks since renegade Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar’s troops launched a westwards offensive to take the Libyan capital. Shelling could also be heard from a battle raging in […]

US ‘encouraged’ in Sudan, sends envoy

  Washington, Apr 19: The United States has praised orders by Sudan’s new military leader to free political prisoners and end a night curfew as it dispatched an envoy to Khartoum to encourage a transition to democracy. Makila James, the deputy assistant secretary of state who is in charge of eastern Africa, will head to […]