U.S. President Donald Trump threatens government shutdown over border wall, immigration laws

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would allow the federal government to shut down if Democrats refuse to back his demand for a wall at the Mexican border and other major changes to immigration laws his administration wants. “I would be willing to ‘shut down’ government if the Democrats do not give us… Read More U.S. President Donald Trump threatens government shutdown over border wall, immigration laws

Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi suspends electricity minister following protests over poor services

​Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi suspended his electricity minister on Sunday amid continuing protests over poor public services especially power cuts and rampant corruption, the premier’s office said. It said in a statement that Abadi had also ordered an internal government investigation into Electricity Minister Qassim al-Fahdawi’s role in the deterioration of utility services. There… Read More Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi suspends electricity minister following protests over poor services

Fourteen killed as earthquake rocks Indonesian island of Lombok

A powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the popular tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia on Sunday killing 14 people and sending villagers fleeing from their beds into open fields to avoid collapsing buildings. The quake, which rocked the island early in the morning when many people were still asleep, injured 162 people and damaged thousands… Read More Fourteen killed as earthquake rocks Indonesian island of Lombok

Three dead, seven injured as gunmen fire into crowd in New Orleans

Three people were killed and at least seven others were injured in a mass shooting in New Orleans late Saturday night, officials said. Police said two gunman shot indiscriminately into a crowd at about 10:30 p.m. local time, about three miles from the city’s famed French quarter. Three of the wounded were pronounced dead at… Read More Three dead, seven injured as gunmen fire into crowd in New Orleans

U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick resigns following sexual abuse allegations

​Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, one of the U.S. Catholic Church’s most prominent figures, who has been at the center of a widening sexual abuse scandal. 88-year-old McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, D.C., is the first cardinal in living memory to lose his red hat and title. Other… Read More U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick resigns following sexual abuse allegations

Super Eagles, Wolverhampton FC goalkeeper Carl Ikeme announces retirement

​Super Eagles and Wolverhampton goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has announced his retirement from the professional game on Friday. The 32-year-old goalie announced the news to his Wolverhampton teammates before a training session. His retirement comes after consultations with medical experts. Ikeme was diagnosed with acute leukemia when he returned abnormal blood results during pre-season in July… Read More Super Eagles, Wolverhampton FC goalkeeper Carl Ikeme announces retirement

Explosions, gunshots reported in eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad

A number of explosions were reported in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad and gunshots could be heard in the area of a dormitory for trainee midwives, local officials said on Saturday. Attaullah Khogyani, the provincial government spokesman, said at least some of the students, most of them from Nuristan province in eastern Afghanistan, had… Read More Explosions, gunshots reported in eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad