Deadly diarrhea outbreak kills dozens of Congolese refugees

KAMPALA – Twenty-six refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo have died in a camp in Uganda from acute diarrhea, and hundreds more cases have been registered, an official from the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Thursday. The East African country’s refugee population has risen sharply recently

11 ridiculous claims made about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Ever since Jeremy Corbyn became the surprising winner of the Labour leadership contest in September 2015 he's had to battle attacks from the right wing press. The veteran MP's tendency to speak his mind avoiding soundbites and cliches often grants him no favours with a media waiting for him

Boris Johnson ‘doubts Aung San Suu Kyi grasps Rohingya suffering’

Boris Johnson has said he doubts Aung San Suu Kyi understands the "full horror" of the Rohingya refugee crisis after speaking to the Myanmar leader. The foreign secretary has spoken of witnessing "sheer devastation" during a visit to northern Rakhine state in Burma - where minority Rohingya Muslims have

Syrian rescue workers claim 19 civilians killed in government strikes

Syrian rescue workers and activists say at least 19 civilians, including a medic and children, have been killed in relentless government strikes on the opposition-held region near the capital Damascus. The Syrian Civil Defense, known as White Helmets, has recorded at least 19 civilians killed Thursday in at least

Airstrikes near Damascus kill at least 19 civilians

BEIRUT — Russian and Syrian government forces launched a new wave of strikes on Tuesday, killing at least 19 civilians in a besieged area just outside Syria’s capital, Damascus, according to activists and a war monitoring group. The onslaught came a day after a rash of airstrikes battered Syrian

Rebel-held Syrian town pummeled by airstrikes

BEIRUT — A Syrian monitoring group and the media arm of al-Qaeda-linked militants are reporting intense airstrikes on a rebel-held stronghold in Syria’s northwest. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported more than 35 airstrikes on Saraqeb since late Friday, adding that many of its residents are fleeing. The

UN experts: North Korea scoffs at sanctions while earning millions

UNITED NATIONS — North Korea is flouting U.N. sanctions on oil and gas, engaging in prohibited ballistic missile cooperation with Syria and Myanmar, and illegally exporting commodities that brought in nearly $200 million in just nine months last year, according to U.N. experts. The experts said Pyongyang is still

Sanctions seem to be taking a toll on North Korea’s economy

North Korea’s military is cutting back on winter drills this year, a sign that punishing global sanctions over its nuclear weapons program may be having an affect on the country’s economy, according to a report on Monday. The military exercises, which usually run from December through March, got started

Haley calls rumors of affair with Trump ‘disgusting’

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley called a tawdry rumor fueled by a damning White House exposé that she was having an affair with President Trump “disgusting” and “highly offensive,” a report said Friday. The 46-year-old Haley, married for 22 years and the mother of two children, lashed out in an

World leaders, diplomats slam Trump’s ‘shithole’ slur

The s–t has hit the fan. President Trump’s remarks in the White House that African nations and Haiti are “shithole countries” from where the US should not accept immigrants are being met by fierce global condemnation on Friday. The United Nations human rights office said his reported use of the

Nephew of former UN diplomat pleads guilty to bribery scheme

The nephew of former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pleaded guilty for his involvement in a bribery scheme in Manhattan federal court on Friday. Joo Hyun “Dennis” Bahn, 39, and his father — Ki-moon’s brother — thought they were paying $500,000 in bribes to get a Qatari official to

Palestinians accuse Trump of ‘blackmail’ after threat to withhold aid

Palestinians on Wednesday condemned as blackmail President Trump’s threat to withhold aid payments to the Palestinian Authority over what he called its unwillingness to talk peace with Israel. The president on Tuesday tweeted that the US gives Palestinians “HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation

Russia denies report that it supplied fuel to North Korea tankers

Russia’s foreign ministry pushed back Saturday against reports that its oil tankers violate UN sanctions by sneakily supplying fuel to North Korea by means of at-sea cargo transfers. “Russia observes fully the sanctions regime” against Pyongyang, its foreign ministry said. At least three Russian oil tankers delivered fuel to North

Pope Francis rebukes Trump’s Jerusalem decision

Pope Francis called for a two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during his traditional Christmas Day speech in a stinging rebuke to President Trump who inflamed tensions in the region by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “Let us pray that the will to resume dialogue may

Nikki Haley negotiates $285M cut in ‘bloated’ UN budget

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced Sunday that the United States negotiated a $285 million cut in the United Nations’ “bloated” budget for next year. “The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known,” Haley said in a statement from the US Mission. “We will no longer let the

Another country will move embassy to Jerusalem

GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemala’s president announced on Christmas Eve that the Central American country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, becoming the first nation to follow the lead of U.S. President Donald Trump in ordering the change. Guatemala was one of nine nations that voted with the

North Korea calls UN sanctions an ‘act of war’

North Korea ripped the latest round of United Nations sanctions over its nuclear weapons program as an “act of war” and vowed the countries that voted to approve the penalties will “pay a heavy price,” according to a report on Saturday. “We define this ‘sanctions resolution’ rigged up by