Belarus detains journalists ahead of anti-gov’t protest in Minsk

Belarusian police detained about 20 journalists planning to cover a protest in central Minsk on Thursday and confiscated their telephones and identity documents, Reuters news agency said. The interior ministry later on Thursday said the journalists had been driven to a police station for officers to check they had valid accreditation allowing them to work […]

A review of Trump’s foreign policy records

US President Donald Trump is set to formally accept the Republican Party’s nomination for a second term in office on Thursday. In the lead-up to this, foreign policy experts have been looking at his record in international affairs. Al Jazeera’s Rosiland Jordan reports. Source link

Mali economy could fall further after ECOWAS sanctions: Experts

Mali’s economy will worsen because of sanctions imposed by regional bloc ECOWAS following the August 18 coup, economists say. The sanctions have cut off trade and travel with the landlocked country already suffering from violence amid COVID-19. As Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris reports from Abuja, millions of people are struggling to find money and food. […]

Calm in Kenosha, violence in Minneapolis as protests continue

Relative calm returned to Kenosha, Wisconsin, overnight Wednesday into Thursday after two people were shot dead during protests the night before, while unrest in Minneapolis prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency, as the United States continues to grapple with racial injustice. Kenosha authorities had on Wednesday identified the officer who fired seven […]

Fossil Reveals ‘One of the Cutest Dinosaurs’ Ever Found

Some 20 years ago, someone smuggled dinosaur eggs from Argentina to the United States illegally. The smuggler probably had little clue that inside one of the eggs was one of the best-preserved skulls of a dinosaur embryo ever found, which is now giving us new insights into the facial appearance of one line of our […]

UN Syria talks resume after coronavirus cases forced suspension

The United Nations has said talks aimed at rewriting the Syrian constitution have resumed after a three-day pause caused by positive cases of coronavirus among four participants. The discussions between the representatives of President Bashar al-Assad’s government, the opposition and civil society resumed in Geneva on Thursday after Swiss health authorities gave the green light. UN envoy for […]

Mali coup leaders say ex-president Keita released from detention

Coup leaders in Mali have released former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from detention, a military official said on Thursday. A group of military officers, who call themselves the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), has controlled the West African country since August 18, when the mutineers detained Keita at gunpoint and forced […]

Putin: Russian forces ready to enter Belarus to end protests

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that he stands ready to send police to Belarus if protests there turn violent. Speaking in an interview broadcast on Thursday, Putin said currently there was no such need and voiced hope for stabilising the situation in the neighbouring country. Belarus’s president for 26 years, Alexander Lukashenko, is facing […]

EU justice chief mulls legal action over Cyprus ‘golden passports’

European Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders says he will consider legal action to stop Cyprus from selling citizenship. This comes after a week of reports from Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit. The Cyprus Papers, obtained by Al Jazeera, show that convicted criminals and fugitives are using the Cypriot citizenship-by-investment scheme – or the “golden passports” – to […]

UK’s Liberal Democrats party elects Ed Davey as new leader

The United Kingdom’s Liberal Democrats have announced former cabinet Minister Ed Davey as the party’s new leader, in hopes he could turn its fortunes around after a series of poor election results.  Davey, the left-of-centre party’s acting leader, said in a brief speech on Thursday he wanted to rebuild the party “to national relevance”. The […]

India’s students concerned over entrance exams amid COVID-19

More than two million Indian students will sit for admissions tests to medical and engineering schools next week, the government said on Wednesday, despite growing concerns that the move could fuel a jump in coronavirus infections. Many students, parents and opposition leaders have opposed the government’s move to hold the tests in the middle of […]

Eli Cohen: Mossad Agent 88

In one of the most audacious individual espionage operations ever, Eli Cohen, an Egyptian-born Jewish accounting clerk, was recruited by Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, trained intensively as a field agent for six months and given a new identity as an Arab businessman in South America. In 1962, he was deployed as a spy to Damascus […]

Eli Cohen: Mossad Agent 88

In one of the most audacious individual espionage operations ever, Eli Cohen, an Egyptian-born Jewish accounting clerk, was recruited by Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, trained intensively as a field agent for six months and given a new identity as an Arab businessman in South America. In 1962, he was deployed as a spy to Damascus […]

How Kenya’s ‘Second Republic’ failed to materialise

Today, Kenya marks the 10th anniversary of the promulgation of its current constitution and what some at the time termed “the birth of the Second Republic” – a phrase one almost never hears today. And understandably so. For in the last decade, the constitution has been more honoured in breach than observance. Just a few […]

UN council runs the clock on Lebanon peacekeeping renewal

Beirut, Lebanon – Tough negotiations on the scope and scale of a 42-year-old UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon are set to run all the way up to a Friday United Nations Security Council (UNSC) session to renew its mandate. The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has been stationed at Lebanon’s southern border since 1978, […]

Lightning, fire and burning forests: Climate change in California

You would think that nothing could survive the devastation wrought by the all-engulfing infernos in California this month. But something has. While it will mean little to those who have tragically lost their homes, or to the tens of thousands of fire evacuees, an inspiring story of nature’s resilience can perhaps provide solace in times […]

Covid-19 Live Updates: Pandemic Has Had Dire Effects on Learning, Report Finds

Education systems are failing to reach many children, resulting in a ‘global education emergency.’ Over the past six months, about 1.5 billion children around the world have been told to stay home from school to help minimize transmission of the coronavirus. More than 30 percent of these students — around 463 million — were unable […]

Croatia virus surge: Infections increase as tourists arrive

Healthcare workers in Croatia are trying to contain a surge in coronavirus infections linked to foreign tourists arriving for their summer holidays. The tourist-dependent economy in nearby Montenegro is suffering too. Al Jazeera’s Charlotte Bellis reports. Source link

Why are some Republican leaders urging voters to vote Democrat?

Hedge fund manager Anthony Scaramucci – aka “The Mooch” – campaigned vigorously for candidate Donald Trump during the last US election, and was hired as White House communications director in 2017. A few days later, he was fired. He remained loyal to his ex-boss after his departure, but says that Trump’s tweet last year demeaning […]

Russia launches ‘pre-investigation check’ into Navalny’s illness

Russian transport police in Siberia has launched a preliminary examination into opposition leader Alexey Navalny’s illness, after the Kremlin dismissed German doctors’ findings that he was likely poisoned. The police said on Thursday it had begun “a pre-investigation check” into what led to Navalny’s hospitalisation in the city of Omsk, in order to establish “all […]

Amnesty calls for release of abducted Libyan protesters

Amnesty International pressed for the release of at least six protesters abducted when armed men, allegedly allied with Libya’s UN-recognised government, fired live ammunition to disperse a demonstration in the capital. The incident took place on Sunday when protesters rallied in Tripoli and elsewhere in western Libya against deteriorating economic conditions and corruption. The rights […]

Russia arrests serviceman accused of spying for Ukraine

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has arrested a serviceman in Siberia for having allegedly passed state secrets to Ukraine. The serviceman, from Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces, was arrested in the Siberian city of Barnaul, about 2,900km (1,800 miles) east of Moscow, as he was walking out of a grocery store, FSB footage carried by Russian […]

Facebook executive who shared anti-Muslim post apologises: Report

A Facebook India executive has apologised to Muslim staff for sharing a post that dubbed Muslims in India a “degenerate community”, according to a report by BuzzFeed News. The post, originally written by a police officer last year in response to nationwide protests against a new citizenship law, said for Muslims, “nothing except purity of […]

Tanzania approves 15 candidates for presidential election

Tanzanian President John Magufuli will face 14 challengers in elections scheduled for this October, the elections board announced, with analysts saying a divided opposition is likely to ensure he wins a second term. His main challengers are likely to be Tundu Lissu, who returned to Tanzania last month after spending nearly three years in Belgium […]