Philippines: Bomb blasts at cathedral kill 20, injure dozens

Two bombs at a Roman Catholic cathedral in southern Philippines have killed 20 people and injured dozens more, local officials say. The first blast happened as Sunday Mass was being celebrated at the church on Jolo island, where Islamist militants…

Red Scarves denounce Yellow Vests in Paris “Republican march”

The Red Scarves counter movement stages its first march in the streets of Paris on Sunday to condemn the violence and “extremist tendencies” of the Yellow Vests, who held their eleventh weekend of nationwide protests a day earlier. Police are…

Holocaust commemorations call for zero tolerance of anti-Semitism, xenophobia

Survivors of the Holocaust have commemorated those who died before and during World War II on Remembrance Day, marking the occasion to warn against the rise of hatred worldwide. “I feel great pain and regret very much that in many…

Priyanka Gandhi takes on key post in opposition challenge to Modi

India’s main opposition party, the Indian National Congress, has appointed Priyanka Gandhi to a crucial role in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, ahead of general elections which are due by May. The post of party secretary general is the…

Imminent risk of rupture as hundreds feared dead in Brazil dam disaster

An alarm warning of an imminent mining dam rupture has been activated in the Brazil in the community of Brumadinho at the same mining complex where a dam collapsed on Friday, killing 34 people with hundreds more feared dead. The…

Banksy work stolen from Paris terror attack venue

A painting in homage to terror victims by famous street artist Banksy has been stolen from the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, where 90 people were killed in 2015 in a jihadist attack. The white stencilled oeuvre showing a sad-faced…

Two bomb blasts kill scores at Philippine church

At least 18 people have been killed in two bombs at a church on a southern Philippine island that is a stronghold of Islamist militants. The first blast occurred inside the Catholic church on war-torn Jolo on Sunday morning as…

Trudeau fires Canada’s ambassador to China amid Huawei controversy

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has fired Canada’s ambassador to China, John McCallum. It follows controversial comments Mr McCallum made about an extradition case involving a senior executive from the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei. Mr Trudeau said in a statement he…

Trump announces deal to lift shutdown

President Donald Trump has endorsed a deal to reopen the US government for three weeks, after a record-breaking shutdown of federal agencies. Congressional sources say the pact does not include any money that Mr Trump has demanded a US-Mexico border…

Zimbabwe’s violent crackdown continues with reports of rapes

A violent crackdown continued Friday in Zimbabwe as rights groups alleged that women had been raped during house-to-house searches, while the government criticized a report by its own rights commission that said security forces had used “systematic torture.” Zimbabweans say…