Monday, 21 Sep 2020

World News

Nigerians take to streets to protest against sexual violence

Demonstrators in Abuja demand ‘justice’ after a series of high-profile rape cases sparked outrage in the country. Human rights campaigners have rallied in Nigeria’s capital to raise awareness about violence against women after a series of high-profile rape cases sparked an outcry in the country. More than 200 protesters marched around police headquarters in Abuja, chanting slogans […]

French ex-PM Fillon and wife jailed over ‘fake jobs’

French ex-Prime Minister François Fillon and his Welsh wife have received jail sentences in a “fake jobs” case. The conservative politician was found guilty of paying Penelope Fillon €831,400 (£760,000) for work she never did when employed as his assistant. He was sentenced to five years in prison, three of them suspended. She was given […]

Seven die as 'separatist' gunmen attack Pakistan Stock Exchange

KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) – Gunmen armed with grenades attacked the Pakistan Stock Exchange in the city of Karachi on Monday in a bid to take hostages, killing two guards and a policeman before security forces killed all four of the attackers, security officials said. Separatist insurgents from the troubled southwestern province of Balochistan claimed responsibility, […]

Civilians killed in rocket attack on Afghanistan cattle market

At least 23 killed, dozens wounded after four rockets hit the market in Sangin district in Helmand province. At least 23 civilians were killed and dozens injured after rockets hit a cattle market in Afghanistan‘s southern Helmand province, the Afghan government and Taliban officials said. The warring sides blamed each other for Monday’s attack on the […]

What’s going on between Russia, US and Afghanistan?

What are we to make of the reports that have surfaced in the past few days that Russian military intelligence agents were offering money to Taliban fighters to kill US and possibly other Western service personnel? How true are these reports? Can they be substantiated? And what is their real significance? For a start, we […]

Seven die as 'separatist' gunmen attack Pakistan Stock Exchange

KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) – Gunmen armed with grenades attacked the Pakistan Stock Exchange in the city of Karachi on Monday in a bid to take hostages, killing two guards and a policeman before security forces killed all four of the attackers, security officials said. Separatist insurgents from the troubled southwestern province of Balochistan claimed responsibility, […]

Blast kills at least 23 at cattle market in southern Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) – At least 23 civilians were killed in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province and dozens were wounded when rockets hit a cattle market on Monday, Afghan government and Taliban officials said. The warring sides blamed each other for the attack on the open-air weekly cattle market in Sangin district, where hundreds of villagers from […]

China forcing birth control on Uighurs to suppress population: AP

Beijing accused of forced sterilisation, abortions, and pregnancy checks on hundreds of thousands of minority women. China is imposing draconian measures to slash birth rates among ethnic Uighurs as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, according to a new investigation. China’s foreign ministry spokesman responded on Monday by calling the news […]

Francois Fillon: Ex-French prime minister and his wife found guilty over $1m fraud

French former prime minister Francois Fillon has been found guilty of using public funds to pay his wife and children for work they never performed. His wife, Penelope Fillon, has also been convicted as an accomplice. The Paris court that returned the verdict has not yet detailed the sentence. The family had received more than $1m […]