Erik Prince, the 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…
Turkey's economy fell into its first recession in a decade at the end of last year, official data has shown, as the country heads towards key local elections at the end of the month. Gross domestic product (GDP) in the fourth quarter fell by a seasonally adjusted 2.4 percent compared with the previous three months,…
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…
Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir - Major English- and Urdu-language newspapers in Indian-administered Kashmir have printed blank front pages to protest against the central government's decision to block advertisements to two dailies. In place of regular news, the papers' front pages, on Sunday featured a message denouncing the "unexplained denial of government advertisements to Greater Kashmir and Kashmir…
A suspect is in custody in the Netherlands after a shooting on a tram in the central Dutch city of Utrecht killed three people and wounded five, says the city's police chief Rob van Bree. Dutch authorities had raised the threat level to its highest after the shooting. It was reduced once the hours-long manhunt came…
Turkey and Russia have launched joint patrols in Idlib province, the Syrian opposition's last major bastion in the country.  Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar told reporters on Friday that the operation followed an agreement made in September last year that was aimed at preventing the Syrian government from launching an attack on Idlib - home to nearly three million people.…
Tecun Uman, Guatemala & Tapachula, Mexico - The first time Jose de Eugenio Lopez fled El Salvador, he was a teenager. It was the outset of a brutal 12-year civil war and US-backed military forces were forcibly recruiting youth and massacring civilians. The second time he left his country, he travelled up through Mexico on…
Noura Bendali was leaving her workplace one evening when she saw the Danish People's Party's new campaign.  The leader of the far-right party had been putting up placards around Copenhagen, reading: "Take off your veil. Join Danish society." A Muslim woman who chooses to wear the veil, Bendali decided to express her outrage online in…
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said she wants to discuss the live-streaming facility available on Facebook after the attacker broadcast the Christchurch massacre live on the platform. Ardern on Sunday said she would be looking for answers from social media firms about how the mosque attack, that killed 50 people on Friday, was livestreamed…
Two European climbers who went missing nearly two weeks ago while scaling Nanga Parbat - the world's ninth-highest peak in the Gilgit Baltistan region of Pakistan - have been confirmed dead.  Italy's ambassador to Pakistan, Stefano Pontecorvo, tweeted on Saturday that the search for Italian Daniele Nardi and Briton Tom Ballard ended after their bodies were found at a height…
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