Italy’s busy summer lights fuse on coronavirus resurgence fears

Palermo, Italy – It is a warm summer night and crowds of young people flood into Vucciria, an old market in the centre of Palermo. There is excitement in the air, filled with the smell of grilled veal guts and sweet wine – but there is hardly any mask in sight. “Here in Sicily, we […]

ABS-CBN closure: 4,000 jobs cut at Filipino broadcaster

At least 4,000 employees of the Philippines’ biggest media network have lost their jobs. ABS-CBN is shutting down many of its operations and regional news bureaus. The network was forced off-air in May after Congress refused to renew its licence. Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan reports. Source link

Pompeo Middle East trip: Push to improve relations with Israel

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on his way home after a quick trip to the Middle East. He had hoped to make progress in getting more countries to normalise their relationships with Israel after securing an agreement with the UAE. Al Jazeera’s Patty Culhane reports. Source link

Teen charged in Kenosha killings delays extradition hearing

A judge has agreed on Friday to delay for a month a decision on whether a 17-year-old from Illinois should be returned to Wisconsin to face charges accusing him of fatally shooting two protesters and wounding a third during a night of unrest following the weekend police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. The Illinois […]

US protests: More troops in Kenosha following violence

Thousands of protesters are expected to turn out on Friday for a so-called March on Washington, DC to protest against the police’s treatment of Black people. It follows days of often violent rallies in the city of Kenosha in Wisconsin state after police shot unarmed Black man Jacob Blake. But things were quiet on Thursday […]

‘World came crashing down’: Delhi violence victims await justice

New Delhi, India – Brothers Amir and Hashem were on their way home from their grandparents’ house in India’s capital, New Delhi, when they were stopped by a group of Hindus, and beaten to death because they were Muslims, their family said.  The two men were among the 53 people killed in February in the worst religious […]

‘That same fight’: DC civil rights march commemorates MLK’s dream

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Washington, DC on Friday to denounce racism, protest against police brutality and commemorate the anniversary of the 1963 civil rights march when Martin Luther King Jr made his famous, “I Have a Dream” speech. In his iconic address, King lamented “the unspeakable horrors of police brutality” and envisioned […]

UN ‘very concerned’ after Madagascar jailbreak shootings kill 22

The United Nations human rights office has said it is “very concerned” by the fatal shooting of 22 inmates in a mass prison breakout in Madagascar and pressed for a thorough investigation. Dozens of prisoners attacked guards with rocks and a stolen gun on Sunday as they tried to escape from Farafangana prison in the […]

Two P.R. Experts at F.D.A. Have Been Ousted After Blood Plasma Fiasco

Two senior public relations experts advising the Food and Drug Administration have been ousted from their positions after fumbled communications about a blood plasma treatment for Covid-19. President Trump and the head of the F.D.A. had erroneously boasted on the eve of the Republican National Convention that the treatment sharply lowered mortality from the disease. […]

Louisiana in ruins, 6 dead in wake of Laura as storm moves east

The remnants of Hurricane Laura unleashed heavy rain and twisters hundreds of miles inland from a path of death and mangled buildings along the US Gulf Coast, and forecasters warn of new dangers as the tropical weather blows towards the Eastern Seaboard and the open water of the Atlantic Ocean. Flooding and more tornadoes were […]

Iran: Musician faces jail for working with women dancers, singers

Iranian musician Mehdi Rajabian has said he is under house arrest as he awaits trial for working with female dancers and singers, in the country’s latest move to stop female artists from performing. Rajabian, 30, said he was arrested on August 10 following media reports that his latest project will include women singing and the […]

‘Disease’ of Mali coup needs stamping out, says West African bloc

Mali’s West African neighbours have said the sanctions they imposed over a coup there were needed to stamp out the “disease” of military takeovers, and that the officers who engineered the power grab should return to barracks. The 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) suspended Mali from its institutions, shut borders and halted […]

Lukashenko accuses NATO of hatching aggressive plans on Belarus

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has accused NATO of hatching aggressive plans and threatened neighbours Lithuania and Poland with counter-sanctions. Lukashenko, who has ruled the 9.5-million nation in Eastern Europe with an iron fist since 1994, blamed the West for fomenting demonstrations in Belarus in hopes of turning it into a “bridgehead against Russia”. “They want […]

‘Some improvement’ in Navalny’s condition: Berlin hospital

German doctors treating Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny for a suspected poisoning said on Friday the 44-year-old is still in an induced coma but his condition is stable and his symptoms are improving. Navalny, a politician and corruption investigator who is one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critics, fell ill on a flight back […]

Amid surge in COVID-19, Iraq’s Shia mourn Imam Hussein

Baghdad, Iraq – Ahead of a solemn mourning period for Shia Muslims, the message from the old man came through loud and clear: Coronavirus will not stop us from observing our ceremonies. “Listen to me!” the white-bearded man said in a video that went viral on social media as he addressed a crowd of worshippers […]

Japan’s Abe leaves office with legacy of longevity, security

Shinzo Abe, the man who promised to restore Japan’s dignity and revive its economy with his signature policy of “Abenomics”, has resigned after nearly eight years as prime minister, blaming his health. Abe, who will turn 66 next month, has suffered from ulcerative colitis since he was a teenager. The chronic condition is thought to be […]

Egypt arrests top Muslim Brotherhood leader

Egypt on Friday arrested a top leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, the latest swept up by Cairo’s long-running crackdown against the outlawed Islamist group. Mahmoud Ezzat, the group’s acting leader, has already been handed two death sentences in absentia, as well as life imprisonment. Egypt has jailed thousands of members and supporters of the group […]

Covid-19 Live Updates: As the U.S. School Year Begins, So Do Lawsuits

For many schools in the U.S., returning to the classroom means a stop in the courtroom. The fight over whether to reopen classrooms in person in the United States is increasingly moving into the country’s courtrooms as the pandemic disrupts the nascent fall semester. The legal actions reflect the competing views over brick-and-mortar versus remote […]

Is India’s government putting students’ lives at risk?

In just under a week, millions of students in India will be expected to sit for university entrance exams. That despite the country reaching new heights in the spread of the coronavirus. Many students say that is not good enough and they are fighting back. So-called “black protests” are being held online and across the […]

Severe storms tear through Melbourne in Australia

A man, a woman and a four-year-old boy have been killed by falling trees in separate incidents, after wild winds swept across parts of Victoria state in eastern Australia. The deaths came during a night of intense storms that moved in from the southwest over Melbourne and into Victoria from Thursday afternoon into the evening. […]

Hamas, Israel trade fire as Gaza flareup shows no sign of abating

Israeli tanks and warplanes bombed Hamas positions in Gaza on Friday and the group retaliated with rockets as a three-week flareup showed no sign of ending despite international mediation efforts. Warning sirens sounded before dawn in Israeli communities near Gaza’s buffer zone as the pre-dawn air attacks and shelling prompted Hamas to launch a salvo […]

‘Why was I targetted?’: Asks Afghan activist after gun attack

Fawzia Koofi, an Afghan politician who fights for women’s rights, has been recuperating in a Kabul hospital, where doctors told her the wound she sustained in an assassination attempt two weeks ago will take some more time to heal. Koofi, a member of the negotiation team representing the Afghan government and leader of the Movement for Change political […]

‘Overwhelmed’: No end to flooding woes as rains lash Karachi

Islamabad, Pakistan – At least 13 people have been killed by urban flooding in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, the country’s largest city and its commercial hub, as torrential monsoon rains have left large parts of the metropolis inundated and without electricity, officials said. Those killed include people who have drowned in their homes, been […]

What is behind the assassinations in Basra?

On August 17, Iraqi activists Lodia Remon, Abbas Subhi and Fahd al-Zubaidi were heading to the funeral of fellow activist Tahseen Oussama, who was assassinated in the southern city of Basra three days earlier, when armed men attacked them. Remon was shot in the leg and Subhi in the chest. “I survived by a miracle. […]