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U.S. House rejects bid to launch Trump impeachment proceedings

Jul 18, 2019 - 7:17 AM

The US House of Representatives votes 332 to 95 to table, or effectively kill, a resolution brought by Democrat Al Green that raised whether to begin procedures to remove Trump from office

Rep. Al Green (D-TX) speaks to reporters on the way to House Floor on July 17, 2019 in Washington, DC. The House voted to block an effort to impeach President Trump, in the first test of the divisive issue since Democrats took control of the chamber and the House voted to hold Attorney General Barr, Commerce Secretary Ross in contempt for failing to comply with subpoena on 2020 Census. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/AFP  TASOS KATOPODIS / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

At least 7 dead in Somalia hotel attack

Jul 13, 2019 - 9:29 AM

The attack is claimed by Al-Shabaab militants, an Al-Qaeda-linked group

Al Horford signs with 76ers as Tobias Harris rejoins

Jul 11, 2019 - 1:42 PM

Former Celtics star Al Horford beefs up an already formidable Sixers roster bannered by Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Tobias Harris

Al Horford. Photo by AFP

Top Oman diplomat meets Assad in rare Syria visit

Jul 07, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with Oman's state minister for foreign affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah to discuss bilateral relations and regional security

Libya strongman Haftar has U.S. backing, experts say

Jul 05, 2019 - 12:43 PM

By refusing to condemn an airstrike on a detention center that killed dozens of migrants blamed on Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar by his rivals, Washington is showing whose side it is on

A picture taken in Tripoli on June 29, 2019, shows fighters loyal to the internationally-recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) displaying precision guided munition, which were reportedly confiscated from forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar in Gharyan. The United States said it was looking into a report that American anti-tank missiles were found by forces loyal to Libya's unity government at a captured rebel base. The missiles were apparently discovered earlier this week when forces loyal to the Government of National Accord recaptured the strategic town of Gharyan in a surprise attack, seizing the main supply base for Haftar's Tripoli offensive. AFP

Suspected Al Qaeda member arrested in Zambales

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:32 PM

A police report links the Kenyan national to the Al Shabaab terror group affiliated with Al Qaeda, and which operates mainly in East Africa

SUSPECTED TERRORIST. Kenyan national Cholo Abdi Abdullah was arrested on July 1, 2019 in Iba, Zambales, for illegal possession of firearms and explosives. Photo from PNP-CIDG

Indonesia arrests leader of Al Qaeda-linked extremist network

Jul 02, 2019 - 11:06 AM

Indonesian police say Para Wijayanto, a long-time leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, is involved in the 2002 Bali bombings

ARRESTED. Indonesian police show photographs of leader Para Wijayanto and various seized items, at a press conference in Jakarta on July 1, 2019. AFP Photo

7 killed as mass demonstrations hit Sudan

Jul 01, 2019 - 11:11 AM

'For decades this country has been ruled by the military. It didn't work and it will not work,' says one protester

'MILLION-MAN MARCH'. A Sudanese protester with a covered face flashes the victory sign while marching with others in a mass demonstration against the country's ruling generals in the capital Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman on June 30, 2019. Photo by Ahmed Mustafa / AFP

Israel arrests Palestinian minister in Jerusalem

Jun 30, 2019 - 5:32 PM

Palestinian minister for Jerusalem affairs Fadi al-Hadami was detained questioned for 'activities in Jerusalem,' according to Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld

SENSITIVE SITE. In his file photo, Israeli flags fly near the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on December 5, 2017. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Tear gas fired as Sudan students protest near palace

Jun 28, 2019 - 11:13 AM

Protesters chant 'freedom, peace, justice,' the catchcry of the protest movement that brought down Omar al-Bashir

MARCH. Tear gas fumes rise at a mass demonstration of Sudanese protesters against the country's ruling generals in the capital Khartoum's central 'Khartoum 2' district on June 30, 2019. Photo by Ebrahim Hamid / AFP

Sudan army ruler seeks to resume talks with protest leaders

Jun 20, 2019 - 9:43 AM

Sudan's army ruler General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan says the ruling military council was ready to hold talks with the umbrella protest movement and other political groups without any pre-conditions

Sudanese General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, also known as Himediti, deputy head of Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) and commander of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitaries, reacts during a meeting with his supporters in the capital Khartoum on June 18, 2019.  Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP

Sudan protesters urge return to night-time rallies over 'massacre'

Jun 18, 2019 - 10:14 AM

The Alliance for Freedom and Change calls night-time demonstrations in residential areas of Khartoum and other regions to 'ask for our main demands, which are transitional civilian rule and condemning the massacre of June 3'

Sudanese protesters are wawing flags during a sit-in outside military headquarters after clashing with security forces in Khartoum on May 15, 2019. - Sudan's military rulers May 15, 2019 suspended crucial talks with protesters on installing civilian rule, insisting more time was needed to finalise the deal as Khartoum's security situation deteriorated. (Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP)

Neymar in question as PSG chief blasts club's 'celebrity behavior'

Jun 17, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says Neymar and his other highly-paid stars should 'assume their responsibilities even more than before'

OUT. Neymar remains sidelined with an injured foot. File photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Sudan's Bashir to appear in court on graft charge – prosecutor

Jun 15, 2019 - 10:44 PM

Sudan's acting prosecutor general says ousted Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir faces charges of corruption and possessing foreign currency

IN PRISON. Ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir has been transferred to a Khartoum prison. File photo from Shutterstock

Shops reopen as Sudan generals, protesters agree to talk

Jun 12, 2019 - 11:24 PM

But the main gold market in central Khartoum remains shut, and many residents still prefer to remain indoors given the heavy deployment of security forces across the capital

BREAKTHROUGH. Residents of Khartoum queue outside a bank to withdraw money in the Sudanese capital on June 12, 2019. Photo by AFP

UAE paid businessman to spy on Trump admin – report

Jun 11, 2019 - 3:32 PM

The Intercept reports Rashid al-Malik received tens of thousands of dollars a month for gleaning information on Trump administration policy toward the Middle East in 2017. The report cites a former US official and documents.

Palestinian minister hits back at Israeli annexation talk

Jun 11, 2019 - 12:47 PM

'We cannot accept the annexation of territories by any country because this is (a) violation of international law,' says Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki speaks with Palestinian representatives before the 8th Ministerial Meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 10, 2018. China will provide Arab states with 20 billion USD in loans for economic development, President Xi Jinping told top Arab officials on July 10, as Beijing seeks to build its influence in the Middle East and Africa. WANG ZHAO / AFP

Sudan police try to quell civil disobedience campaign

Jun 09, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The campaign is underway nearly a week after the assault on demonstrators at a sit-in outside army headquarters, which followed talks breaking down between protest leaders and military rulers

CRACKDOWN. Sudanese police fired tear gas June 9, 2019 at protesters taking part in the first day of a civil disobedience campaign, called in the wake of a deadly crackdown on demonstrators. Photo by AFP

FAST FACTS: What you should know about Eid al-Fitr, end of Ramadan

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:45 AM

(4th UPDATE) As our Muslim countrymen celebrate this solemn feast, get to learn a few facts about Eid al-Fitr

EID MUBARAK. Muslims worldwide are expected to celebrate the end of Ramadan once the new moon is sighted in the first week of August. Graphic by Ivy Pangilinan/Rappler

Sudan military scraps transition deal after deadly crackdown

Jun 04, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan announces in a televised statement the plan has been ditched and an election will take place under 'regional and international supervision'

SUDAN MILITARY. A grab from a broadcast on Sudan TV on April 13, 2019 shows Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan Abdulrahman, new chief of Sudan's ruling military council, in the capital Khartoum. AFP PHOTO / HO / SUDAN TV

13 dead as Sudan military rulers break up sit-in

Jun 03, 2019 - 10:16 PM

The military council has denied multiple reports of their forces violently dispersing the sit-in in front of army headquarters

Clashes erupt at flashpoint Jerusalem holy site

Jun 02, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The incident between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli police took place as Israel marked Jerusalem Day, which this year coincided with the final days of Ramadan

AL-ASQA MOSQUE. Clashes erupt between Muslim worshipers and Jewish visitors who visted the Al-Asqa Mosque for the end of Ramadan and Jerusalem day, respectively. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Egypt unfreezes assets of Mubarak-era interior minister

May 26, 2019 - 6:54 PM

Habib al-Adly was sentenced in April 2017 to 7 years in prison for embezzling about $122 million

Top militant linked to Al-Qaeda killed in Indian Kashmir

May 24, 2019 - 3:54 PM

As the news of Zakir Musa's death spread on Thursday night, hundreds of protestors spill out on the streets and clash with government forces in many areas, including in the main city of Srinagar

ZAKIR MUSA. Kashmiri villagers carry a body of top militant commander Zakir Musa of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind group during a funeral procession at Dadsar village in Tral, south of Srinagar, on May 24, 2019. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Saudi Arabia downs explosive-laden drone from Yemen – coalition

May 23, 2019 - 11:41 PM

The Yemeni rebels' Al-Masirah TV says the attack has targeted a Patriot air defense system

Spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition Colonel Turki Al-Maliki talks during an interview with AFP in the capital Riyadh, on May 21, 2019. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Deadly new air strikes as Syria army battles jihadists

May 23, 2019 - 8:08 PM

The United Nations has warned that an all-out offensive on the Idlib region would lead to a humanitarian catastrophe for its nearly 3 million residents

AIR STRIKES. This picture taken on May 23, 2019, shows smoke plumes rising following reported Syrian government forces' bombardment on the town of Khan Sheikhun in the southern countryside of the rebel-held Idlib province. Photo by Anas Al-dyab/AFP

Saudi Arabia calls urgent Gulf, Arab League meetings over tensions

May 19, 2019 - 3:15 PM

The Saudi Press Agency says King Salman had invited Gulf leaders and Arab states to two emergency summits in Mecca on May 30

HIS HIGHNESS. File photo of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz speaking during a meeting of the Saudi-Iraqi Bilateral Coordination Council in the capital Riyadh on October 22, 2017. Photo by Alex Brandon/POOL/AFP

Libya's Haftar tours Rome and Paris amid military stalemate

May 17, 2019 - 11:56 AM

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says he urged Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar to halt his attack on the government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj

A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency on May 9, 2019 shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meeting with Libyan military rebel commander Khalifa Haftar (L) at the Ittihadia presidential Palace in the capital Cairo. - Haftar was in Cairo for the second time since he launched a military offensive on his country's capital, the Egyptian presidency said. Haftar has gained the ardent support of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for his assault on Tripoli, where Libya's UN-recognised government sits. (Photo by HO / EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY / AFP) / === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==

Sudan protesters vow to press on after talks suspended

May 16, 2019 - 7:36 PM

The chief of Sudan's ruling military council, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, announces the talks have been suspended for 72 hours as security in Khartoum has deteriorated

SUDAN PROTESTS. Sudanese protesters are waving flags during a sit-in outside military headquarters after clashing with security forces in Khartoum on May 15, 2019. Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP

Libya's Haftar urges troops to 'wipe out' military opposition

May 06, 2019 - 9:43 PM

Khalifa Haftar's message also urges his men that 'in the event of retreat by the enemy, troops should pursue it with speed and force, prevent it from fleeing and wipe it out'

CRISIS. Libyans gather during the funeral of fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord in the capital Tripoli, on April 24, 2019. File photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Sudan mediators propose 2 transition councils – protest leader

May 05, 2019 - 8:21 PM

The mediators' apparent proposal comes as talks over forming an overall governing council remain deadlocked

DEMANDS. Sudanese protest organizers have presented demands to the country's new military rulers, urging the creation of a civilian government, the group spearheading demonstrations said. Photo by Ahmed Mustafa/AFP

Tensions flare between Sudan military rulers, protesters

Apr 30, 2019 - 8:48 PM

Demonstrators reinforce their barricades outside the army headquarters in Khartoum after the two sides differed in talks Monday, April 29

TENSION. Sudanese protesters wave a national flag as they sit atop a makeshift barricade during a sit-in outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 30, 2019. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

ISIS chief refers to Syria defeat in first video in 5 years

Apr 30, 2019 - 12:40 AM

(UPDATED) In the video released by ISIS' Al-Furqan media arm, the man said to be Baghdadi refers to the monthslong fight for ISIS' final redoubt Baghouz, which ended in March

ISIS CHIEF. In this undated and unlocated tv grab taken from a video released by Al-Furqan media, the chief of the Islamic State group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appears for the first time in 5 years in a propaganda video. AFP PHOTO / SOURCE / AL-FURQAN

Sudan protesters hail breakthrough in talks with army rulers

Apr 28, 2019 - 8:55 PM

Both camps agree to form a joint civilian-military council, paving the way for the civilian administration demanded by demonstrators

SIT-INS. Sudanese protesters from the city of Kassala, sitting atop a bus, arrive to join the sit-in outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 27, 2019. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Sudan opposition leader says Bashir ouster 'not military coup'

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:13 PM

Former prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi says Sudan should immediately join the International Criminal Court

DEMANDS. Sudanese protest organizers have presented demands to the country's new military rulers, urging the creation of a civilian government, the group spearheading demonstrations said. Photo by Ahmed Mustafa/AFP

Jihadist attacks kill 17 Syria pro-regime fighters

Apr 27, 2019 - 3:29 PM

The assaults are done by Al-Qaeda's former Syria branch, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, and its ally Hurras al-Deen, which remains affiliated to the global jihadist network

Former U.N. rights chief calls out 'dangerous silence' of world leaders

Apr 26, 2019 - 8:07 PM

'When...Duterte says to his soldiers in Mindanao you are to shoot women in the vagina, did anyone say anything?' asks former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

RIGHTS ADVOCATE. Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein was known for his strong remarks against governments' rights violations. File photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

African summit urges Sudan 'democratic transition' within 3 months – Egypt

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:56 PM

African leaders at an emergency summit in Cairo agree on 'the need for more time' for Sudanese authorities and political actors 'to implement peaceful, organized and democratic transition measures'

AFRICAN SUMMIT. A handout picture provided by the Egyptian Presidency on April 23, 2019 shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) hosting African leaders for summit talks on the upheavals in Sudan and Libya, in the Egyptian capital Cairo. AFP PHOTO / HO / EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY

Egyptians vote in referendum to extend Sisi's rule

Apr 20, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Despite protests from human rights groups, the 3-day plebiscite is expected to approve sweeping constitutional changes that will extend President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's rule until at least 2024

EGYPT REFERENDUM. Elderly Egyptian women cast their ballots in a box as they vote at a polling station in a referendum on constitutional amendments, at a school in the capital Cairo's northern neighborhood of Shubra, on the first day of a three-day poll, on April 20, 2019. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Fleeing Saudi sisters issue plea for help and a message for Apple and Google

Apr 20, 2019 - 12:05 PM

After escaping a lifetime of abuse at the hands of their families, the two women have called for the removal of a controversial Western-backed app which restricts the lives of many Saudi women

Sudan's Bashir moved to prison as protesters rally

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:39 PM

(3rd UPDATED) Witnesses near the prison in north Khartoum say there is a heavy deployment of soldiers and members of a paramilitary group outside

IN PRISON. Ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir has been transferred to a Khartoum prison. File photo from Shutterstock

Bahrain jails 138 for planning Iran-linked 'terror' group

Apr 17, 2019 - 8:23 AM

Bahraini opposition swiftly condemns the verdict, while human rights group Amnesty International decries the 'mockery of justice' and 'mass arbitrary denaturalization'

(FILES) A photo taken on March 31, 2012 shows a Bahraini demonstrator drapped the Bahrain flag as smoke rises from tear gas fired by riot police during a protest on the southern outskirts of Manama.  The Gulf state of Bahrain, on April 16, 2019, jailed 138 people and revoked their citizenship for plotting to form a "terror" group with links to Iran's Revolutionary Guards, the public prosecutor said. AFP

Egypt MPs back constitution changes to extend Sisi rule – state media

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:28 PM

(UPDATED) 'The president's current term shall expire at the end of 6 years from the date of his election as president in 2018,' state media reports

Sudan leaders face pressure for transfer to civilian rule

Apr 15, 2019 - 7:28 PM

Thousands remain camped outside the army headquarters in Khartoum after protest leaders issued demands to the military council set up following the ouster of veteran president Omar al-Bashir

SUDAN PROTESTS. Sudanese demonstrators gather near the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 15, 2019. Photo by Ahmed Mustafa/AFP

Sudan protesters present demands to military in talks

Apr 14, 2019 - 8:18 PM

The group insists on civilian representatives joining the military council and on the creation of a fully civilian government to run day-to-day affairs

Sudan's new military ruler vows to 'uproot' Bashir regime

Apr 14, 2019 - 12:58 PM

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan makes the promise to placate demonstrators demanding Sudan's return to civilian rule

NEW LEADER. A handout picture released by the Twitter account of the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) on April 12, 2019 shows Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the new chief of the military council taking over in Sudan following the ouster of president Omar al-Bashir, speaking with demonstrators outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum. Photo by Sudan News Agency/AFP

Sudan's new ruler under pressure for swift handover to civilian rule

Apr 13, 2019 - 8:45 PM

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan now has the tough task of persuading protesters that he is not just another general from the Omar al-Bashir regime

NEW LEADER. A grab from a broadcast on Sudan TV shows Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan Abdulrahman taking oath on April 12, 2019 as chief of the new military council, in the capital Khartoum. Photo from Sudan TV/AFP

Khartoum erupts with joy as Bashir successor steps down

Apr 13, 2019 - 11:41 AM

Car horns sound on the streets as jubilant crowds stream out of their homes to cheer the departure of Ibn Ouf, considered a regime insider and close aide of Bashir.

PROTEST. A Sudanese anti-regime protester kisses a soldier on the head during protests on April 11, 2019 in the area around the army headquarters in Sudan's capital Khartoum. Photo by AFP

Sudan new military rulers offer dialogue as protests rage

Apr 12, 2019 - 10:25 PM

Analysts say that Omar al-Bashir's overthrow in a palace coup has made the transition to democracy in Sudan a more distant prospect

PROTESTS CONTINUE. Sudanese protesters gather near the military headquarters in Khartoum as they continue to rally demanding a civilian body to lead the transition to democracy one day after a military council took control of the country, on April 12, 2019. Photo by AFP

Joy turns to anger for 'hoodwinked' Sudan protesters

Apr 12, 2019 - 7:25 AM

Excitement and jubilation turns to anger and defiance only hours after Defence Minister Awad Ibnouf announces that Bashir had been ousted by the army and a military council was being put in his place for two years

A Sudanese anti-regime protester kisses a soldier on the head during protests on April 11, 2019 in the area around the army headquarters in Sudan's capital Khartoum. The Sudanese army is planning to make "an important announcement", state media said today, after months of protests demanding the resignation of longtime leader President Omar al-Bashir. Thousands of Khartoum residents chanted "the regime has fallen" as they flooded the area around the military headquarters, where protesters have held an unprecedented sit-in now in its sixth day. AFP