Afghanistan: Suicide bomber kills 63, injures 182 at a wedding in Kabul

A suicide bomber killed at least 63 people and wounded 182 in an explosion at a packed wedding hall Saturday night in Kabul, Afghanistan, according to the country’s interior ministry. An Afghan government spokesperson said the bomber detonated inside the wedding reception, where more than 1,000 guests had gathered to celebrate a marriage. “Everybody was […]

Ex Sen. Lieberman: Israel made a serious mistake in barring Omar and Tlaib from entering country

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman, the first and only Jewish candidate on a major party’s presidential ticket in US history, called it a “serious mistake” for Israel to bar the first two Muslim women elected to Congress from visiting the country. “It’s a serious mistake because it’s contrary to the values of the state of Israel, […]

Israeli warplanes hit several targets in Gaza, as weekly protests along border continue

  Israeli warplanes struck at least three targets in the Gaza Strip early on Saturday (Aug 17) but caused no apparent casualties, a Palestinian security source said. The strikes, which came after Palestinians fired a rocket from the territory at southern Israel late Friday, hit a Hamas observation post in Beit Hanoun, in the northern […]

Venezuela threatens early elections to pressure opposition

Threatening to bring forward parliamentary elections is the latest card played by Venezuela’s regime to put pressure on the US-backed opposition at the negotiating table, analysts say. The National Assembly is the only branch of government under opposition control, and elections are not scheduled until December 2020. But Diosdado Cabello, the most powerful regime figure […]

Hong Kong teachers join students to launch fresh weekend of protests

Several thousand Hong Kong school teachers and supporters braved thunderstorms on Saturday to start a weekend of anti-government protests, despite fears that police could adopt tougher tactics to drive activists off the streets. Following the escalation in violence during the past few days, the demonstrations this weekend will provide a litmus test as to whether […]

Sudanese celebrate transition to civilian rule

Sudan was poised Saturday to celebrate a historic deal between generals and protest leaders for a transition to civilian rule, which many hope will bring increased freedom and prosperity. During a ceremony to be held at a hall by the Nile in the capital Khartoum, members of the Transitional Military Council and protest leaders are […]