Category: International News

Ghanaians casting ballots in presidential, parliamentary elections.

Ghanaians casting ballots in presidential, parliamentary elections.

Voters in Ghana are casting their ballots in presidential and parliamentary elections amid an economic downturn in the West African country. Polling stations opened at 0700 GMT and will close at 1700 GMT, with some 15 million people eligible to vote for president and parliament members for the next four years. In the presidential election, [&hellip

Trump: Cancel Boeing’s contract for Air Force One.

Trump: Cancel Boeing’s contract for Air Force One.

President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday ripped Boeing for the cost of a new Air Force One plane, calling for the contract to be canceled. “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!” Trump tweeted. Speaking to reporters in [&hellip

Indonesia: Rescuers search rubble after earthquake kills dozens.

Indonesia: Rescuers search rubble after earthquake kills dozens.

Rescuers are still combing the rubble for survivors after an earthquake in Indonesia’s Aceh province on Wednesday morning. At least 52 people were killed, including young children, and 73 seriously injured, according to Indonesia’s National Board for Disaster Management. The shallow 6.5-magnitude quake damaged many homes, shops and mosques, in the district of Pidie Jaya, [&hellip

Uganda’s LRA Senior Commander Goes on Trial at ICC.

Uganda’s LRA Senior Commander Goes on Trial at ICC.

The International Criminal Court has begun its first trial against a senior member of the Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army, and its first against a former child soldier. The procedures raise complex ethical questions as defendant Dominic Ongwen, who has pled not guilty, was both a victim and an alleged perpetrator of the rebel group’s brutality. [&hellip

Doctors’ strike leads to 87 patients escaping Kenya’s only psychiatric hospital.

Doctors’ strike leads to 87 patients escaping Kenya’s only psychiatric hospital.

NAIROBI, Kenya – At least 87 patients escaped from Kenya’s only psychiatric hospital after they were left unattended when medical workers at public hospitals went on strike nationwide, officials said Monday. “They scaled up the walls surrounding the wards and … they just wandered away,” said Dr. Julius Odago, medical superintendent at Mathari National Teaching [&hellip

25 terrorist groups busted during Arba’een rituals: Iran minister

25 terrorist groups busted during Arba’een rituals: Iran minister

Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli says 25 terrorist groups were disbanded during the religious rituals of Arba’een last month. The terrorist groups were broken up through an extensive intelligence and security operation, he said on Tuesday. The Iranian minister said 20 terrorist groups, which sought to conduct acts of sabotage, were identified and neutralized, [&hellip

Kofi Annan urges Myanmar army to act within rule of law

Kofi Annan urges Myanmar army to act within rule of law

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has called on Myanmar’s army to act within the rule of law amid a heavy crackdown on the Rohingya Muslims in the northwestern state of Rakhine. Annan, who is the head of a panel tasked with finding a solution to the ongoing violence in the Muslim-majority state of Rakhine, [&hellip

U.S. seeks to reassure Beijing after Trump call with Taiwan leader.

U.S. seeks to reassure Beijing after Trump call with Taiwan leader.

The White House said on Monday it had sought to reassure China after President-elect Donald Trump’s phone call with Taiwan’s leader last week, which the Obama administration warned could undermine progress in relations with Beijing. The statement from a spokesman for U.S. President Barack Obama highlighted concerns about the potential fallout from Trump’s unusual call [&hellip

UN names 41 peacekeepers in sex abuse in Central African Republic.

UN names 41 peacekeepers in sex abuse in Central African Republic.

The UN has named and referred for punishment 41 of its peacekeepers accused of a slew of “abhorrent” sexual abuse of refugees in the Central African Republic (CAR). The announcement came after a four-month probe into disturbing reports of sexual assaults and exploitation of women and children by the UN peacekeeping mission in the CAR [&hellip

Iran’s Zarif urges cultural war on terror.

Iran’s Zarif urges cultural war on terror.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says there is a need to wage a cultural war on terror instead of merely taking a military approach to the scourge. Speaking at the Peking University in the Chinese capital on Tuesday, the top Iranian diplomat said the military approach was not the perfect means of fighting terrorism. [&hellip