Category: International News

‘16 million without clean water in Yemen’

‘16 million without clean water in Yemen’

The charity organization Oxfam says almost two-thirds of the war-hit population in Yemen have no access to clean water as Saudi Arabia continues its deadly airstrikes against the impoverished country. The aid agency said in a statement on Tuesday that the constant Saudi bombardments have increased the number of Yemenis without clean water to at [&hellip

NATO begins aerial wargames over Arctic

NATO begins aerial wargames over Arctic

NATO members and allies are taking part in large scale aerial wargames, dubbed the Arctic Challenge Exercise 2015 (ACE 2015), over northern Europe. The two-week long exercise, which kicked off on Monday, is headed by NATO member Norway and involves over 100 aircraft and 4,000 personnel. “The aim is to exercise and train units in [&hellip

Israeli ex-PM Olmert gets jail term

Israeli ex-PM Olmert gets jail term

​Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to jail over corruption.   The al-Quds (Jerusalem) District Court on Monday ordered Olmert to also pay a fine of $150,000.   Right after the court sentenced him, his lawyers requested a time frame to appeal the decision,which was approved by authorities.   Olmert’s legal team now [&hellip

UN worried for people trapped in Palmyra

UN worried for people trapped in Palmyra

The UN Security Council has expressed grave concern for thousands of people trapped inside Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra after it was captured by ISIL Takfiri militants. The 15-member council on Friday issued a statement, expressing “deep concern for the thousands of Palmyra residents inside the city, as well as for those displaced” after ISIL Takfiri [&hellip

Sudanese protest Morsi death sentence

Sudanese protest Morsi death sentence

Hundreds of Sudanese have rallied outside the office of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in the capital, Khartoum, to denounce a death sentence handed down to Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi. The protest was organized by several groups and political parties in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, on Friday, AFP reported. On May 16, an Egyptian [&hellip

UN slams rights abuses in South Sudan

UN slams rights abuses in South Sudan

The United Nations (UN) has harshly criticized the deteriorating humanitarian situation in South Sudan, saying that escalated fighting in the country has led to a series of “shameful” rights abuses. United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein denounced on Friday the abuses of rights and lack of justice and [&hellip

Myanmar conducts first rescue of migrant boat

Myanmar conducts first rescue of migrant boat

​Myanmar’s navy has rescued a migrant boat after increased pressure from its neighbors to tackle the issue. But questions remain whether the state can aid the Rohingya, which have been the target of attacks in the past. Myanmar’s navy carried out the country’s first rescue of a migrant boat, saving 208 people in the process, [&hellip

Migrants to receive temporary shelter

Migrants to receive temporary shelter

​Indonesia and Malaysia have said they will provide temporary shelter for some 7,000 migrants stranded at sea. The agreement is the first breakthrough in the humanitarian crisis confronting Southeast Asia. Following a meeting with his Indonesian counterpart on Wednesday, Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said the two countries would scrap a policy of turning away [&hellip

German train drivers go on strike

German train drivers go on strike

​The union representing German train drivers has announced the commencement of an open-ended industrial action as attempts to settleongoing disputes with rail operator Deutsche Bahn fail. The German Train Drivers’ Union, GDL, which represents 20,000 drivers, announced that freight trains were due to stop working at 3 p.m. local time (1300 GMT) on Tuesday, and passenger [&hellip

7k Somali refugees flee home from Yemen

7k Somali refugees flee home from Yemen

A United Nations official says some 7,000 Somali refugees in war-torn Yemen have fled back to their country since Saudi Arabia started pounding the impoverished Arab country in late March. The refugees have joined the 10-million-plus Somali population, of whom, according to the UN, a large number are in grave need of their basic necessities [&hellip