Golda Meir, Israel's only female prime minister, once commented on her fairly advanced years upon securing the country's top job, saying "Being 70 is no sin, but it's not a joke either." But Meir, who was confirmed by the Knesset as prime minister 50 years ago on Sunday, was also renowned for her more xenophobic…
Christchurch, New Zealand – When classes ended at Cashmere High School early on Monday afternoon, there was only one place Okirano Tilaia was headed to. The 17-year-old student had a date to keep. In fact, he had thousands. Looking out over a massive crowd of teenagers gathered at a park near Christchurch's Al Noor mosque,…
The death toll has risen to at least 215 after Cyclone Idai tore into central Mozambique last week before continuing on to Zimbabwe and Malawi, bringing flash floods and ferocious winds. At least 126 people were killed in Mozambique and Malawi, according to the Red Cross, and Zimbabwe's information ministry on Monday put the number…
The Philippines has officially withdrawn from the International Criminal Court (ICC), though the beleaguered tribunal has pledged to pursue its examination of alleged illegal killings in the government's drug war. Manila's withdrawal on Sunday came a year after it told the United Nations it was quitting the world's only permanent war crimes tribunal, becoming the second nation to do…
Preliminary data retrieved from the flight data recorder of the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed shows "a clear similarity" with an earlier crash in Indonesia, Ethiopia's transport minister has said. "The black box has been found in a good condition that enabled us to extract almost all the data inside," Dagmawit Moges told reporters on Sunday…
Chipinge, Zimbabwe - The death toll from cyclone Idai continues to rise as southern African countries struggle to deal with the devastating aftermath of the torrential downpours. The powerful storm has killed at least 64 people in Zimbabwe in recent days, government officials say, while in neighbouring Mozambique the death toll has jumped to 48. Idai made landfall…
A Pakistani man, who died trying to tackle the New Zealand mosques attacker, will be honoured posthumously with a national award, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said. Naeem Rashid, 49, was among nine Pakistanis killed in the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday. "Pakistan is proud of Mian Naeem Rashid who was martyred…
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…
The turmoil of post-Soviet Russia in the 1990s saw a handful of business people grow rich, while the country itself grew poor. Into the mix of chaotic capitalism and Wild West opportunity stepped a young Stanford business graduate ready to make his fortune: Bill Browder founded what would become the largest foreign investment fund in…
Glasgow, Scotland - Often dubbed an open-air prison on account of Israel's and Egypt's ongoing air, land and sea blockade of the coastal enclave, Gaza is, according to Amnesty International and several other rights groups, on the brink of a humanitarian disaster. In February, Antonio Guterres, the UN secretary-general, highlighted the crisis, saying that the…
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