Iran is facing the worst locust attack in 40 years

A locust outbreak in the Arabian peninsula has been spreading to Iran, threatening crops and food security in large areas of the coastal province of Hormozgan, an official said. Director of a department at Horkozgan’s agricultural organization told Tasnim that Iran is facing the worst locust attack in the past 40 years. He said several […]

Notre Dame Cathedral fire spurs Islamophobic conspiracy theories

By Ben Collins As firefighters worked to contain the fire that ravaged the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday, Twitter and YouTube struggled to take down conspiracy theories being pushed by both anonymous accounts and verified white nationalists who spread Islamophobic theories about the disaster. French officials investigating the fire have ruled out arson […]

UN draft resolution demands immediate Libya ceasefire

A British-drafted resolution presented to the UN Security Council demands an immediate ceasefire in Libya after forces loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive on Tripoli, according to the text obtained by AFP on Tuesday. The proposed measure said the offensive by Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) “threatens the stability of Libya and prospects […]

Egypt’s president meets Libyan commander Haftar in Cairo

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday met in Cairo with Khalifa Haftar, the commander of eastern-based Libyan forces, who is under international pressure to halt an advance on the capital Tripoli. Egypt has close ties with Haftar, whose Libyan National Army (LNA) controls the east and swept through the mainly desert south earlier this […]

“Holocaust can be forgiven”, says Brazilian president asserts Nazis had been “leftists”

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro drew veiled rebukes from Israel on Saturday after saying the Nazi genocide of the Jews during World War Two could be forgiven. The far-right Bolsonaro made a solidarity visit to Israel last month during which he raised eyebrows by asserting, after a tour of the Holocaust memorial Yad Vadshem, that the […]

Why Ecuador ended asylum for ‘spoiled brat’ Julian Assange

QUITO, Ecuador — The dramatic end to Julian Assange’s asylum has sparked curiosity about his seven-year stay inside Ecuador’s Embassy in London that was marked by his late-night skateboarding, the physical harassment of his caretakers and even the smearing of his own fecal matter on the walls of the diplomatic mission. It would’ve tested the […]

Japan Supreme Court Rejects Carlos Ghosn Appeal: Report

Japan’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by lawyers for Carlos Ghosn against his detention, local media said on Saturday, dashing the former Nissan boss’s hopes for an early release. The 65-year-old former auto tycoon had appealed to Japan’s highest court after lower court judges ruled he could be questioned for a 10-day period until […]