Explosion hits tourist bus near Egypt’s Giza pyramids

Explosion hits tourist bus near Egypt’s Giza pyramids

At least 12 people have been wounded after an explosion rocked a tourist bus near Egypt's Giza Pyramids, according to officials. The wounded included tourists, security officials told Reuters news agency on Sunday. There were no reports of deaths.  Pictures on social media showed at least one person covered in blood and a bus with…
Key oil producers meet to discuss output amid Iran tension

Key oil producers meet to discuss output amid Iran tension

Major crude producers are set to meet on Sunday to discuss how to stabilise a volatile oil market amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran in the Gulf, which threaten to disrupt supply. Key OPEC members and other major suppliers, including Russia, will assess the oil market and examine compliance to production cuts agreed…
Erdogan: Turkey to produce S-500s with Russia after S-400 deal

Erdogan: Turkey to produce S-500s with Russia after S-400 deal

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey and Russia would jointly produce S-500 defence systems after Ankara's controversial purchase of the S-400 missile defence system from Moscow. Turkey's push to buy the S-400s has further strained the already tense relations with the United States, which has repeatedly warned Ankara of the risks, including sanctions, if it…
Boeing admits flaws in 737 MAX simulator software after crashes

Boeing admits flaws in 737 MAX simulator software after crashes

Boeing has acknowledged it had to correct flaws in its 737 MAX flight simulator software used to train pilots, after two deadly crashes involving the aircraft that killed 346 people within six months. The US-based aerospace company said its simulators were incapable of replicating certain flight conditions that contributed to the Ethiopian Airlines crash in…
Austria’s Kurz calls for snap elections amid video scandal

Austria’s Kurz calls for snap elections amid video scandal

Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has called for fresh elections after his ruling coalition collapsed following an apparent video sting that forced his deputy to step down. In a statement on Saturday, Kurz said he would ask the country's President Alexander Van der Bellen to hold a new vote "as soon as possible". The call came…
India elections 2019: Final round of voting under way in 59 seats

India elections 2019: Final round of voting under way in 59 seats

Indians are voting in the seventh and final phase of national elections, wrapping up a six-week-long campaign season with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seeking re-election for another five years. Nearly a 100 million people are eligible to vote on Sunday in 59 constituencies across seven states - including the…
Eurovision under way in Israel despite pro-Palestinian protests

Eurovision under way in Israel despite pro-Palestinian protests

The Eurovision  Song Contest finals got under way in Tel Aviv, as Israeli police threw a high-security cordon around the venue, amid pro-Palestinian protests urging fans to shun the event. Armed police stood at elevated positions around the Expo Tel Aviv complex on Saturday night, with patrol cars and police motorcyclists at junctions as fans passed…
Presidential hopeful Joe Biden calls for unity in inaugural rally

Presidential hopeful Joe Biden calls for unity in inaugural rally

Former Vice President Joe Biden has officially launched his bid for the US presidency in a ceremony in his home state of Pennsylvania, embracing a message of unity that he said would ultimately help defeat President Donald Trump.   Speaking to a crowd in Philadelphia to kick off his 2020 campaign, the 76-year-old - who served as…
FM Javad Zarif: We don’t want war, and no one can confront Iran

FM Javad Zarif: We don’t want war, and no one can confront Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says he does not believe a war will break out in the region as Tehran does not want a conflict and no country has the "illusion it could confront Iran", state news agency IRNA reports. Concerns about a possible conflict have flared since the White House ordered warships and…
Egypt blackface sketch about Sudanese spotlights racism in region

Egypt blackface sketch about Sudanese spotlights racism in region

An Egyptian comedian has sparked anger by using blackface in a sketch and mocking Sudanese people, drawing attention to what experts say is a deeper racism problem in the region. Speaking what she thought would pass as Sudanese Arabic, Shaimaa Seif, wearing blackface, chatted to Egyptian commuters on a bus as part of a sketch…

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Some Republicans unsettled by Trump’s sweeping claims of immunity

Some Republicans unsettled by Trump’s sweeping claims of immunity

The handling of Robert Mueller's conclusions motivated one Republican lawmaker, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, to call for the president's impeachment over the weekend. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo Senior House Republicans are breaking with Donald Trump over the president’s legal claims that Congress can’t investigate whether a commander-in-chief violated the law. That view, advanced…
DR Congo: President Tshisekedi names new prime minister

DR Congo: President Tshisekedi names new prime minister

President Felix Tshisekedi has named Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba as the new prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The move was announced on Monday by presidential spokesman Kasongo Mwema Yambayamba, who said Ilukamba was appointed under a political agreement between Tshisekedi and his predecessor, Joseph Kabila. Ilukamba was previously the head of the DRC's national railway company. He also…
Andrew Yang’s Very Big Idea

Andrew Yang’s Very Big Idea

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