US military labelled as "terrorist" in bill approved by Iranian parliament

Iranian legislators have approved a bill labelling the US military as “terrorist”. The move comes after the Trump administration announced that no country would no longer be exempt from sanctions if it continues to buy Iranian oil. Once the bill receives its final approval by Iran’s constitutional watchdog, it will become law. Last week, Iran’s Parliament approved a bill which initially labelled the US military operating in the Middle East as “terrorist”. This was in response to Trump’s designation of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organisation. The US...

Police say 'New IRA' is responsible for murder of journalist in Northern Ireland

Police in Northern Ireland are blaming an offshoot of the IRA, being called the “New IRA”, for the murder of a journalist and rioting in Derry on Thursday night.

India suspends cross-border trade in Kashmir in new crackdown

India has suspended cross-border trade with Pakistan administered Kashmir after probe agencies found that the route was being used to transport weapons, drugs and fake Indian currency, in a further crackdown in the region.

Egypt opposition urges voters to reject an extension of the president's term

A coalition of opposition parties in Egypt has called on voters to reject a proposed constitutional amendment which could allow President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to extend his term until 2030. The proposed amendment would extend a president’s term from four years to six and allow for a maximum of two terms. There is also an article specific to Sisi that would extend his current second four-year term to six years and allow him to run for another six years, extending his rule to 2030.

Gunman kills 14 in Balochistan

At least 14 people have been killed as gunmen stormed buses in Balochistan, a province in the south west of Pakistan that borders Afghanistan and Iran.

Trump vetoes bill to end US involvement in Yemen

President Donald Trump has vetoed a bill passed in Congress to invoke the “War Powers Resolution” to try and end US assistance to Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. This move came on Wednesday with Congress lacking the power to override his decision. The US House approved the resolution earlier this month on a 247-175 vote and lost in the Senate last month with votes tallying 54-46. Rosiland Jordan, Al Jazeera journalist, reports that at least two Democratic congressmen were calling to override Trump’s veto. She further states: "Members of the Congress are also angry that the Trump administration...

Peru’s former President shoots himself as police attempt to arrest him

Peru’s former President, Alan Garcia shot himself in the neck after police arrived at his home in the capital Lima to arrest him in connection to an investigation into the largest public scam in Latin America. Garcia was immediately taken to the Casimiro Ulloa hospital where he was said to be undertaking emergency surgery and in a critical condition. His lawyer, Erasmo Reyna, described his position as “delicate” and told journalists, “Right now he’s being operated on. Let’s pray to God to give him strength”. Garcia was the leader of Peru’s Apra party which had governed the nation from 1985 to...

Israel court orders deportation of Human Rights Watch official

The Jerusalem District Court upheld the Israeli government’s order to deport Omar Shakir, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) Israel and Palestine director. The court’s ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by HRW and Shakir in May 2018 to challenge the Israeli government’s decision to revoke Shakir’s work permit. The court cited that Shakir has continuously called for boycotts of Israel as well as citing his student activism from 2006 before he joined HRW. HRW has stated that neither the organisation nor Shakir promotes boycotting Israel. HRW’s advocacy has focused on the Israelis occupied West...

Germany commits to the largest repatriation of its indigenous Aboriginal Australians

Germany is returning the remains of 53 Aboriginals ancestors to Australia this month in what has been described by Australian officials as the “largest” repatriation of indigenous people. The skulls and bones of Aboriginal Australians were taken from Australia in the late 19th century and early 20th centuries and placed in museums across the world. These remains were displayed in museums to promote the idea of eugenics and continued for over 150 years. The native aboriginals were initially displaced by European settlers over two centuries ago with thousands being massacred. Last Tuesday the...

Over 120 arrests made at London climate change protests

More than 120 climate change activists have been arrested for blocking roads in central London since yesterday. Thousands joined the protests across London where campaigners blocked roads and vandalised Shell’s headquarters in London. Photograph: Extinction Rebellion Most of those arrested have been detained on suspicion of public order offences while some have been held on suspicion of criminal damage at Shell’s headquarters. Campaigners parked a pink boat at Oxford Circus to represent the threat of rising sea levels and blocked Marble Arch, Piccadilly Circus, Waterloo Bridge and roads...