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At least five die as reform protests spread across Nicaragua

At least five people have been killed as violent protests against reforms to Nicaragua’s social security system spread across the country. Over 100 have also been injured riots in the capital Managua and other major cities, with the government reportedly responding to demonstrations with the organisation of counter-marches. The legislation, which went into effect on […]     Read More

China continues military exercises near Taiwan

China has carried out more military drills in the western Pacific, ramping up tension with Taiwan. Chinese naval forces passed through waters south of the self-ruled island, which has described the exercises as “intimidation”. Fighter jets undertook training runs in the area east of the Bashi Channel, which runs in between Taiwan and the Philippines, […]     Read More

Madagascar police fire teargas on electoral law demonstrators

Police in Madagascar have fire teargas at opposition supporters protesting against new electoral laws. Demonstrators claim the legislation is designed to prevent their candidate from taking part in the next presidential election, which is due to take place later this year. The laws were enacted by the country’s parliament earlier this month. Hundreds of people […]     Read More

Syrian rebels agree to surrender enclave near Damascus

Rebels in Syria have agreed to leave an enclave northeast of Damascus and go to opposition areas near the country’s border with Turkey. That’s according to Syrian state media, which says that 3,200 fighters are expected to surrender eastern Qalamoun, located around 40 kilometres from the capital. Their withdrawal would mark another victory for the […]     Read More

Fifty year jail sentence for fajita thief

A man who stole AED 4.4 million worth of fajitas has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. Gilberto Escamilla had the meals delivered to the juvenile detention centre he worked at in the US state of Texas, before taking them to sell on himself. The 53-year-old was caught out when a 400 kilogram order […]     Read More

US Democrats file lawsuit over alleged Trump-Russia collusion

The Russia government and Donald Trump’s campaign team are being sued by the Democratic Party in the United States for allegedly conspiring to swing the US presidential election. The lawsuit claims that senior officials in Trump’s successful 2016 campaign colluded with the Russian government to smear his rival, Hillary Clinton. US intelligence agencies have previously […]     Read More

Engine inspections ordered following fatal flight

Aviation authorities in the United States and Europe have ordered for emergency inspections to be carried out on Boeing 737 engines. It’s after a jet engine exploded during a flight from New York to Dallas on April 17, with debris breaking one of the aircraft’s windows, causing one passenger to almost be sucked out of […]     Read More

North Korea to stop nuclear and missile tests

Kim-Jong-un says that all missile tests in North Korea will be suspended and that a nuclear test site is to be shut down. The surprise announcement from the country’s leader comes ahead of historic talks with his counterparts in South Korea and the United States. According to North Korean state media, the move is part […]     Read More

Swedish DJ Avicii dies aged 28

Swedish-born music producer and DJ known as Avicii has been found dead in Oman at the age of 28. The musician, whose real name is Tim Bergling, was known as a pioneer of the Electronic Dance Movement. He won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned two Grammy nominations. Avicii’s death comes […]     Read More
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