Pope Francis urges inter-religious dialogue during visit to Morocco

Pope Francis told the tiny Catholic community in predominantly Muslim Morocco on Sunday that their mission was not to covert their neighbors but to live in brotherhood with other faiths. Francis has used his two-day trip to stress inter-faith dialogue. He has also backed Moroccan King Mohammed VI’s efforts to spread a form of Islam… Read More Pope Francis urges inter-religious dialogue during visit to Morocco

Villages evacuated as flooding kill dozens in southwestern Iran

Authorities in Iran worked on Saturday to evacuate villages threatened by flooding in southwestern areas as forecasters predicted more of the heavy rains that have killed at least 45 people this week, state media reported. State television said at least 11 villages lying near the Dez and Karkheh rivers in the oil-rich southwestern province of… Read More Villages evacuated as flooding kill dozens in southwestern Iran

Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum escapes death as gunmen attack his convoy

Afghanistan’s vice president, Abdul Rashid Dostum, escaped unhurt from an attack that killed one of his bodyguards on Saturday, dodging death for the second time since returning from exile last year. Attackers ambushed Dostum’s convoy on the way from Mazar-i-Sharif, a city in Balkh province, to Jawzjan province in northern Afghanistan, said Bashir Ahmad Tayenj,… Read More Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum escapes death as gunmen attack his convoy

Palestinian killed as Israeli forces barricade Gaza border ahead of anniversary rally

Israeli fire killed a Palestinian man near the Gaza border on Saturday, Palestinian Health officials said, as Israel’s forces massed at the frontier ahead of a rally to mark the first anniversary of a surge of Gaza border protests. The Israeli military said it had not heard of any such incident. Palestinian medics said the… Read More Palestinian killed as Israeli forces barricade Gaza border ahead of anniversary rally

Seventeen dead, houses destroyed as heavy rains trigger flash floods in western Afghanistan

Heavy rains caused flash floods in western Afghanistan that killed at least 17 people, destroying homes and sweeping through makeshift shelters that housed displaced families, a government official said on Saturday. Two days of flooding that started on Thursday killed 12 people in Jawzjan and two in Badghis, provinces that border Turkmenistan, said Hasibullah Shir… Read More Seventeen dead, houses destroyed as heavy rains trigger flash floods in western Afghanistan

Facebook set to place restrictions on who can go live following New Zealand massacre

Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said on Friday the company was looking to place restrictions on who can go live on its platform based on certain criteria in the aftermath of the Christchurch massacre. The company will monitor who can go ‘Live’ on Facebook depending on factors such as prior community standard violations,… Read More Facebook set to place restrictions on who can go live following New Zealand massacre

U.S. President Donald Trump threatens to close border with Mexico due to immigration surge

President Donald Trump threatened on Friday to close the U.S. border with Mexico next week, potentially disrupting millions of legal border crossings and billions of dollars in trade if Mexico does not stop immigrants from reaching the United States. “We’ll keep it closed for a long time. I’m not playing games. Mexico has to stop… Read More U.S. President Donald Trump threatens to close border with Mexico due to immigration surge

Gunshots heard in Moroni following formation of parallel body to unseat Comoros President Azali Assoumani

Gunfire was heard near the main military base in the Comoros capital on Thursday, hours after opposition candidates announced plans to unseat the president whose re-election this week they reject as fraudulent. The gunfire prompted the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security to order all its personnel to leave the country. President Azali Assoumani… Read More Gunshots heard in Moroni following formation of parallel body to unseat Comoros President Azali Assoumani