More than 100,000 protesters rally in Hong Kong despite warnings from Beijing

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 06:55:25 GMT

Turnout was massive for a rally that organisers said mobilised more than 1 million people in Hong Kong on Sunday despite warnings from Beijing. Police estimated there were 128,000 in the city's Victoria Park at the height of the protest.

Open Arms rejects offer to dock in Spain, citing 'extreme humanitarian emergency'

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 13:12:55 GMT

The Open Arms rescue ship carrying more than 130 migrants on Sunday rejected an offer from Spain to dock in Algeciras, a six days' journey away, citing an "extreme" emergency on board.

Suicide attack targeting Kabul wedding kills at least 60

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 05:24:49 GMT

More than 60 people were killed in a suicide bomb blast at a wedding in western Kabul late on Saturday. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack in a propaganda statement on Sunday.

At least 4,000 detained in Kashmir since region stripped of autonomy

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 14:33:35 GMT

Thousands of people have been detained in Indian Kashmir over fears of outbreaks of unrest after New Delhi stripped the restive region of its autonomy two weeks ago, government sources told AFP.

US commemorates 400 years since the birth of slavery in August 1619

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 13:41:35 GMT

In August 1619, a British ship landed on the shores of Virginia with some 20 African captives aboard. Four hundred years later, the date is being commemorated as the beginning of the age of slavery in North America.

Israeli troops kill three Palestinians at Gaza border after rocket fire

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 10:00:51 GMT

Israel said it opened fire on armed Palestinians on Gaza’s border overnight and Hamas’s health ministry reported three dead Sunday, the latest in a series of incidents along the tense barrier.

Arrests made as hundreds of far-right and counter-demonstrators face off in Portland

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 10:13:06 GMT

At least 13 people were arrested on Saturday after hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators faced off in Portland, Oregon.

Italy's fishermen battle the scourge of plastic in the Mediterranean

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 12:18:41 GMT

Italy's fishermen often catch as much plastic as fish in their nets. Until recently it was illegal for them to bring the plastic to shore. But a recent change in law means it can now be brought back to port to be recycled.

Measles has killed more people in DR Congo this year than Ebola epidemic, MSF says

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 19:29:08 GMT

Measles has killed 2,758 people in the DR Congo since January, more than the Ebola epidemic in a year, medical NGO Doctors Without Borders said, and called Saturday for a “massive mobilisation of funds.”

Khartoum crowds celebrate Sudan's transition to civilian rule

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 15:15:01 GMT

Rapturous crowds filled the streets of Khartoum Saturday as Sudan’s generals and protest leaders signed a historic deal paving the way to civilian rule.

France trounce Scotland in Rugby World Cup warm-up

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 21:27:47 GMT

Veteran full-back Maxime Medard scored twice as France hammered Scotland 32-3 in their first Rugby World Cup warm-up Test.

UN convenes CITES summit to tackle threat of mass extinction

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 11:55:49 GMT

Envoys gathered in Geneva Saturday for a meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). A UN report released in May warned that 1 million species are now at risk of extinction due to human activities.

'Easy Rider' star and counterculture icon Peter Fonda dies at 79

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 07:41:11 GMT

Actor Peter Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right after both writing and starring in the counter-culture classic “Easy Rider,” died Friday at his home of complications from lung cancer. He was 79.

Iranian tanker in limbo off Gibraltar as US issues warrant for its seizure

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 08:13:30 GMT

The US Justice Department issued a warrant Friday for the seizure of the Iranian oil supertanker Grace 1, one day after a Gibraltar judge allowed the release of the detained vessel.

Medical examiner confirms Epstein death was suicide by hanging

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 21:00:59 GMT

Jeffrey Epstein’s prison death has been confirmed a suicide by hanging, the medical examiner’s office said Friday.

'One birthday, one tree' campaign brings together Conakry residents to rebuild forests

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 09:20:59 GMT

Concerns mount for abducted Libyan lawmaker, Amnesty says

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 17:44:07 GMT

Amnesty International voiced growing concern Friday for the safety of a Libyan lawmaker after her “horrific” night-time abduction in the city of Benghazi.

US lawmaker Tlaib rejects Israeli offer to visit West Bank, cites 'oppressive' conditions set

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 16:14:03 GMT

U.S. congresswoman Rashida Tlaib on Friday rejected Israel’s offer to let her travel to the West Bank, saying she would not visit her family after the Israeli government lifted a ban on her entry but imposed “oppressive conditions” to humiliate her.

Norway to halt €30 million Amazon subsidy, saying Brazil 'broke agreement' on deforestation

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 08:55:51 GMT

Norway said Thursday it would halt Amazon protection subsidies worth 30 million euros ($33 million) to Brazil, which it accused of turning its back on the fight against deforestation.

French 'Spiderman' climbs Hong Kong tower, hoists reconciliation flag

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 07:47:06 GMT

French "spiderman" climber Alain Robert scaled a 68-storey skyscraper in Hong Kong on Friday to hoist a flag symbolising reconciliation between China and the territory as weeks of escalating pro-democracy protests show no signs of abating.