Mali coup leaders, ECOWAS fail to reach agreement on transition

Talks between a delegation of West African envoys and the military officers who overthrew Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita have ended without a deal on how the country should return to civilian rule following last week’s coup. The mediation team from the regional bloc Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) would report to heads of state on […]

Covid-19 Live Updates: Researchers Document First Case of Virus Reinfection

Researchers in Hong Kong are reporting the first confirmed case of reinfection with the coronavirus. “An apparently young and healthy patient had a second case of Covid-19 infection which was diagnosed 4.5 months after the first episode,” University of Hong Kong researchers said Monday in a statement. The report is of concern because it suggests […]

Russian-backed organisations amplify QAnon conspiracy theories

Russian government-supported organisations are playing a small but increasing role amplifying conspiracy theories promoted by QAnon, raising concerns of interference in the November US election. Academics who study QAnon said there were no signs Russia had a hand in the early days of the movement, which launched in 2017 with anonymous web postings amplified by […]

Answering the Many Questions About ‘The One and Only Ivan’

Can a gorilla ape Banksy? That’s the setup of Disney’s new animal rights flick, “The One and Only Ivan,” inspired by the true story of a silverback gorilla who spent 27 years intimidating children at a shopping mall in Tacoma, Wash. In the film, he becomes politicized over his imprisonment and expresses his outrage through […]

‘Teach American exceptionalism’: Trump unveils second-term agenda

The campaign for President Donald Trump, who will face off against Democratic challenger Joe Biden in the United States presidential election, has released his second-term agenda. The bullet-point list, which centres around 10 policy areas, comes on the first day of the Republican National Convention, which will culminate in Trump accepting the party’s nomination from […]

The making of a Hindu India

On August 5, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for a Hindu temple in the northern city of Ayodhya. This fulfilled the orders of India’s Supreme Court, which last November awarded a victory to those who have long been campaigning to build a temple there, in place of a Mughal-era mosque that was […]

Latest batch of Republicans disavow Trump on first day of RNC

More than two dozen former Republican United States legislators, including former Senator Jeff Flake, have endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for president on the first day of the Republican National Convention, in the latest rebuke of President Donald Trump by members of his own party. The 27 former members of Congress joined a “Republicans for Biden” […]

Hundreds of thousands displaced by Yemen floods

Torrential rains and flash floods have battered parts of western Yemen in recent weeks, displacing 350,000 families from their homes. At least 130 people have died. The crisis has put more pressure on aid organisations that were already struggling to help millions of Yemenis facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Al Jazeera’s Mohammed al-Attab reports from […]

Syrians should not be forced to return to an unsafe Syria

Syrian refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) are facing increasingly difficult circumstances in camps inside Syria and a number of host countries. With many countries looking to cut funds for humanitarian aid due to economic difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, displaced Syrians are likely to face even worse prospects in the following months.  At […]

More than 1,100 villagers killed in Nigeria this year: Amnesty

More than 1,100 people have been killed in rural areas across several states of northern Nigeria amid an alarming escalation in attacks and abductions during the first half of the year, according to Amnesty International. “The Nigerian authorities have left rural communities at the mercy of rampaging gunmen who have killed at least 1,126 people in the […]

Zimbabwe court denies bail to Hopewell Chin’ono for third time

Prominent Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono has been denied bail for the third time since his arrest last month on charges of inciting violence over anti-government protests. The 49-year-old has been charged for his role in promoting opposition-organised demonstrations against corruption and a worsening economic crisis under President Emmerson Mnangagwa. A government critic, Chin’ono in June had also helped […]

Roaming Through Lanzarote’s Otherworldly Vineyards

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions in place worldwide, we launched a series — The World Through a Lens — in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, Mónica R. Goya shares a collection of images from the Spanish island […]

Tikhanovskaya pins hopes on dialogue with Belarusian authorities

Belarusian opposition presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who has led the biggest challenge to President Alexander Lukashenko’s 26-year rule, expressed her hopes to start a dialogue with the authorities, she told Polish Gazeta Wyborcza daily. Belarus is facing its biggest political crisis since the breakup of the Soviet Union, with tens of thousands of demonstrators rejecting […]

US vows to ensure Israel’s ‘qualitative military advantage’

The United States will ensure Israel retains a military advantage in the Middle East under any future US arms deals with the United Arab Emirates, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday. “The United States has a legal requirement with respect to qualitative military edge. We will continue to honour that,” Pompeo told […]

Protests after Black man shot in the back by police in Wisconsin

Protests erupted in Kenosha in the US state of Wisconsin after police shot an apparently unarmed Black man multiple times in the back, prompting authorities to impose a curfew. The shooting occurred at about 5pm (22:00 GMT) as officers were responding to what they called a “domestic incident”. The victim was immediately taken to a […]

Belarus protests: Can Lukashenko survive?

On Tuesday, August 25 at 19:30 GMT:Demonstrations against Belarus’s president show little sign of abating as people across the country dispute a recent election result and urge him to resign. Aleksandr Lukashenko is now facing the most intense popular opposition to his rule since he came to power in 1994. Lukashenko claimed 80 percent of votes cast […]

German government says ‘fairly likely’ Navalny was poisoned

The German government has said it is “fairly likely” that Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who is being treated in a Berlin hospital, was poisoned. The 44-year-old was brought to the German capital Berlin on Saturday from Siberia, where he fell ill on a flight with what Russian doctors have blamed on a metabolic disorder. […]

Syria blackout after suspected pipeline attack

A suspected attack on a pipeline in Syria has caused a nationwide blackout overnight, the state news agency quoted authorities as saying on Monday. According to SANA, Electricity Minister Zuhair Kharbotli said a pipeline blast in the Damascus area late Sunday “led to an electricity blackout across Syria”. The oil minister, Ali Ghanem, said the […]

Austria expels Russian diplomat, Moscow calls move ‘damaging’

Austria is expelling a Russian diplomat for breaching the Vienna Convention governing diplomats’ privileges and immunities, according to an Austrian foreign ministry spokesman. “His behaviour is not in accordance with the Vienna Convention,” the foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday, declining to elaborate. According to the Austrian Kronen Zeitung newspaper, the diplomat’s covert activities came […]

Exclusive: Cyprus sold passports to ‘politically exposed persons’

A huge leak of confidential Cypriot government documents obtained by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit called The Cyprus Papers reveals that dozens of high-level officials and their families bought so-called “golden passports” from Cyprus between late 2017 and late 2019. Among those who bought the passports, worth a minimum investment of $2.5m each, were elected politicians of several countries, board […]

Russian doctors claim to have saved Kremlin critic Navalny’s life

Doctors at the Siberian hospital that first treated Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny said on Monday that they had saved his life but that they had not found traces of poison in his system. Navalny, a longtime opponent of President Vladimir Putin, fell gravely ill on Thursday after what his allies believe was a poisoning […]

Israeli warplanes carry out more attacks on Gaza

Israeli warplanes carried out more air raids on Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip early on Monday, according to the Israeli army. The Israeli army has carried out attacks on Gaza almost daily since August 6, along with tightening a blockade under which it has banned the entry of fuel for Gaza’s sole power plant, […]

20 inmates killed in Madagascar prison breakout

Twenty inmates have been killed in a shoot-out with police during a prison breakout in Madagascar on Sunday. Madagascar’s justice ministry said tens of prisoners attacked guards with rocks and grabbed a gun as they tried to flee the Farafangana prison in the southeast of the Indian Ocean island. Thirty-seven of the 88 who managed […]