The rise and fall of Grace Mugabe

The spectacular rise and fall of Zimbabwe’s uncompromising First Lady, Grace Mugabe, had an unusual beginning: an office affair. It was the early 1990s when President Robert Mugabe’s eye fell upon one of his shy young typists. She would become his wife, a ferociously ambitious politician and, more than two decades later, a contributor to […]

Fatal mass shooting at northern California elementary school

Four people were killed and several were wounded, including children, when a gunman went on a shooting rampage in Northern California  on Tuesday, an incident that ended when police shot and killed the gunman inside a car, authorities said. The shooting started around  8 a.m. after a domestic dispute turned violent, but then ranged from the house to […]

On brink of bankruptcy, Venezuela faces day of reckoning

Locked in a deep economic crisis, Venezuela’s beleaguered government has summoned creditors for crisis talks on Monday as it lurches dangerously close to defaulting on its debt. The country with the world’s largest known oil reserves is on the brink of bankruptcy, and its embattled President Nicolas Maduro is fast running out of options. With […]

Satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo gets new death threats over Islam cartoon

The Paris prosecutor’s office opened an investigation on Monday of death threats against the satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo, over a cartoon of the Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, who faces rape allegations. The investigation was opened against “written death threats” and “public praise for a terrorist act”, a judicial source told AFP. The provocative magazine, […]

Over 180,000 civilians, mostly Kurds, displaced by Iraqi-Kurdish conflict

More than 180,000 civilians, mostly Kurds, have been displaced by the conflict between the Iraqi central government and the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, humanitarian organizations said on Thursday. Last month Iraqi forces captured Kirkuk and other territories from Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, in retaliation for a referendum on independence held by the Kurdistan Regional Government […]