Pakistan earthquake kills at least 25

At least 25 people have been killed and over 450 injured in an earthquake that struck Pakistani Kashmir on Tuesday, reported Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). Reuters reports that the earthquake leveled homes and shops and tore open roads in areas between the towns of Jhelum and Mirpur to the north part of which is in Pakistan’s portion of the disputed territory of Kashmir. Rescue operations occurred throughout the night, with engineers starting repairs on a key roadway that was severely damaged. Sardar Gulfaraz Khan, police deputy inspector general, reported that; “...

Over 400 Egyptian protesters arrested

Egyptians security officials have arrested over 400 people, as hundreds gathered in Cairo and other cities to protest government corruption. The protesters, defying a government ban on protests, called on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to step down. Reuters notes that witnesses saw plainclothes security officials were seen stopping people in central Cairo and checking social media content on their mobiles phones. Economists have noted that the political instability in Egypt has contributed to sharp losses in the stock market. The EGX 30 and EGX 100 both fell by more than 5%, their biggest...

Bombing outside of Karbala, Iraq kills at least a dozen 

Police officials report that at least a dozen people have been killed and many more wounded in a blast near the Iraqi city of Karbala, south of Baghdad. The bomb was planted on a bus and detonated near a northern entrance to the city as it passed through an army checkpoint between Karbala and the town of al-Hilla. No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Officials reported that those killed in the explosion and subsequent bus fire were all civilians. The bombing occurred during a holy period marked by Shias between two important religious events, Ashoura and Arbaeen...

Thousands demand justice for protesters in Sudan

Outside of the presidential palace in Khartoum, Sudan, thousands of Sudanese gathered, demanding the appointment of senior judicial officials to investigate the killing of protesters since December. Reuters reports that this was the first major protest since a power-sharing arrangement was agreed upon between the military and civilian groups last month. The agreement maintains a three-year transition leading to elections. This follows the overthrow of former president Omar al-Bashir in April. In June, the military council dismissed public prosecutor Awaleed Sayed Ahmed Mahmoud and named an...

Ten people killed in Mozambique election rally

At least 10 people have been killed and a further 98 injured during a stampede at an election rally for Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi. Health authorities state that the deaths occurred when a large crowd tried to move through a single gate of a stadium in the city Nampula, northern Mozambique, where the rally was being held on Wednesday. Mozambique’s Interior Minister, Basilio Monteiro, stated that the government would create a commission of inquiry to investigate the cause of the incident. This is Mozambique’s second week of election campaigning with the general election being held in...

Venezuela’s Opposition Leader warns government plans to dissolve opposition-run legislature

Venezuela’s pro-government Constituent Assembly held an unscheduled session on Monday which opposition leader, Juan Guaido, has claimed was assembled to plan for the dissolution of the opposition-run legislature and call new legislative elections. Reuters warns that such a move would exacerbate the crisis in Venezuela and may halt Norway-brokered talks between the government and Guaido allies. The Constituent Assembly was established in 2017 and was widely panned as a move by Maduro to replace the National Assembly, the country's parliament. The National Assembly at that point had been...

Separatist rebels seize ports of Aden

The conflict in Yemen has escalated, with an estimated 40 people killed and hundreds wounded, as southern separatists, trained by the UAE, seized key ports in the city of Aden, triggering “devastating” humanitarian consequences. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reported that large parts of the city were also left without electricity and water during the fighting after services were targeted. They warn that escalated conflict would have a devastating impact. The human right think-tank, Crisis Group, has reported that this development will complicate the world’s worst...

Man opens fire in Norway Mosque

A man was arrested in the Al-Noor Islamic Centre, on the outskirts of Norway’s capital Oslo, after he opened fire and injured one person on Saturday. Investigating the individual, police found a dead woman at man’s house. The police have claimed that this person is related to the suspect. Rune Skjold, assistant chief of police, reported that the suspect "is around 20 years old, a Norwegian citizen from the area”. The mosque director reported that the injured individual was a 75-year-old member of the congregation. This attack follows the mass murder of 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch...

Four Palestinians killed in Gaza boundary area

Israel’s army has stated that its forces killed four heavily armed Palestinian men near the boundary area between Gaza and Israel on Saturday morning. The army claims that they began open fire when one of the four men crossed into Israel. They further state that the men were carrying assault rifles, anti-tank missiles, and hand grenades. According to their statement, one of the armed men had hurled a grenade at an Israeli soldier. There have been no casualties reported on Israel’s side. Thus far, no Palestinian group has claimed responsibility. Hamas has denied responsibility, stating that...

India security forces crackdown on Kashmir protesters

In Indian-administrated Kashmir’s main city, Srinagar, Indian security forces have cracked down on protesters, firing live ammunition and tear gas to dispel the mass crowds. This follows the recent decision by the Indian government to revoke Article 370 of India's constitution, stripping backing regional decision-making powers and eliminating its right to its own constitution. In addition to repealing Article 370, India has downgraded Kashmir from statehood to two federally administrated territories - Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh which will be controlled by New Delhi. The protest is reported to...

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