International

Richard III’s coffin leaves Leicester University for reburial

The remains of King Richard III left the University of Leicester on Sunday (March 22) to make their final journey to Leicester Cathedral. Richard, the medieval English monarch whose remains were found under a car park three years ago, will be reburied on Thursday (March 26) nearly 530 years after he was slain in battle and dumped in a humble grave. He was the last English king to die in battle when he was killed […]

‘Our country needs us now ‘ say Syrian female army soldiers fighting on front line

A battalion of female soldiers are fighting on the front line of the Syrian war, saying they were tempted to join their male counterparts to support their country during a time of need. The women are stationed in the capital Damascus and are fighting in the district of Jobar, an area of heavy fighting where most buildings have been reduced to a shells. After they have their morning breakfast to the soft tunes of Arabic […]

Tunisian president says third museum gunman on the run

Tunisia‘s President Beji Caid Essebsi said on Sunday (March 22) in Tunis that a third gunman involved in an attack that killed 23 people, mostly foreign tourists, at a Tunis museum last week was on the run. Confirming reports that there had been a third attacker along with the two shot dead by security forces, Essebsi also said that a monument would be built to commemorate the dead. “For sure there were three because they […]

Yemeni president vows to “plant Yemen’s flag” in north

Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Saturday (March 21) accused the Iranian-allied Houthi militia that controls the capital Sanaa of staging a coup against him, and said he would “raise Yemen’s flag” in the Houthis‘ northern stronghold. He said Yemen must return to the political situation in place before the Houthis took control ofSanaa, restoring its constitution and implementing the results of a national dialogue process and Gulf-sponsored political transition. In his speech, he denounced […]

Category 2 cyclone hits the far north east of Australia

Cyclone Nathan lashed the far north east of Australia’s Northern Territories on Sunday (Mar 22) with high winds and heavy rain, as it passed over the town of Nhulunbuy. The Category 2 storm recorded winds speeds of more than 65 mph (110kph) and gusts of more than 95 mph (155kph). On Elcho Island, about 110 kilometres (65 miles) south-west of Nhulunbuy, people sheltered in each others houses in a community still recovering from last month’s […]

Afghan leader warns of Islamic State threat

President Ashraf Ghani publicly acknowledged for the first time on Saturday (March 21) that Islamic State was gaining influence in Afghanistan, as he prepared to leave for the United States to seek to slow the withdrawal of American troops. Reports have been growing that some commanders of the Islamist Taliban forces fighting theAfghan government are swearing allegiance to the radical Islamist network that controls swathes of Syria and Iraq, sometimes called “Daesh”. “Daesh’s characteristic is […]

Islamic State calls on backers to kill 100 U.S. military personnel

Islamic State has posted online what it says are the names, U.S. addresses and photos of 100 American military service members, and called upon its “brothers residing in America” to kill them. The Pentagon said after the information was posted on the Internet that it was investigating the matter. “I can’t confirm the validity of the information, but we are looking into it,” a U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Saturday. […]

Deadlocked Iran nuclear talks break off, set to resume next week

Iran and six world powers suspended negotiations on a historic nuclear deal and were set to convene again later next week to break a deadlock over sensitive atomic research and lifting of sanctions, Western officials said on Friday (March 20). While the negotiations have made progress over the past year and both sides appear determined to push for a deal, differences on major sticking points are still wide enough to potentially prevent an agreement in […]

Picasso’s ex-electrician gets two-year suspended sentence for illegal possession of paintings

Nearly 300 works by Pablo Picasso must be returned to the family of the late artist, aFrench court ruled on Friday (March 20), rejecting testimony from a retired Picasso employee who said the Spaniard’s last wife gifted them to him over 50 years ago. Pierre Le Guennec, 75, a retired electrician, and his wife Danielle, 71, were given a suspended sentence of two years in prison. They were also ordered to hand over the 271 […]

Japan PM attends 20th memorial of sarin attack

Members of the Tokyo Metro bowed their heads for a minute of silence on Friday (March 20) in remembrance of the sarin poison gas attack on the the city’s subway system which killed 13 and sickened more than 6000 twenty years ago. At an altar at the Kasumigaseki station offices, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe turned up with white lilies to pray for those that died and those that continue to suffer the lingering effects of […]

Satellite captures solar eclipse from space

As those on Earth watched out for a solar eclipse on Friday (March 20), a European Space Agency mini satellite was capturing the phenomenon from space. The ESA’s Sun-watching Proba-2 mini satellite captured the footage which shows the shadow of the moon sweeping down across the brightly burning sun. The mini satellite uses ultraviolet wavelengths to monitor turbulence on the star’s surface. Friday’s mostly partial eclipse was visible mainly from Europe, Russia, and parts of […]

Islamic State claims responsibility for Yemen mosque bombings – Twitter statement

Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that has seized large areas of Iraq and Syria, has claimed responsibility for suicide bomb attacks on two mosques used mainly by Shi’ite Muslims in Yemen on Friday, a statement on Twitter showed. At least 87 people were killed and 260 people were wounded in the blasts in the capital Sanaa. Both mosques are known to be used mainly by supporters of the Shi’ite Muslim Houthi group which has […]