Ugandan court orders detention of pop star and lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi over tax protests

A Ugandan court ordered on Monday the detention of a pop star and lawmaker who wants to unseat veteran leader Yoweri Musaveni at the next election on charges of having organized a demonstration last year against a new tax on social media users. The ruling is the latest in a series of moves against Bobi… Read More Ugandan court orders detention of pop star and lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi over tax protests

Death toll rises to 38 as rains ground aid flights in northern Mozambique

Rains grounded aid flights in northern Mozambique for a second day on Monday, hampering efforts to reach survivors of Cyclone Kenneth as the death toll there jumped to 38. Rescuers managed to use a brief break in the downpours to send one helicopter packed with aid to the island of Ibo, where hundreds of homes… Read More Death toll rises to 38 as rains ground aid flights in northern Mozambique

Two U.S. naval warships sail through Taiwan Strait

The U.S. military said it sent two Navy warships through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday as the Pentagon increases the frequency of movement through the strategic waterway despite opposition from China. The voyage risks further raising tensions with China but will likely be viewed by self-ruled Taiwan as a sign of support from the Trump… Read More Two U.S. naval warships sail through Taiwan Strait

Bangladesh forces kill two militants linked to 2016 Dhaka cafe attack

Bangladesh security forces on Monday killed at least two people suspected of belonging to an Islamist militant group behind a deadly cafe attack in Dhaka in 2016, police said after a raid at a tin-shed hideout in the capital. Police cordoned off the area after receiving information about the presence of suspected members of Jama’atul… Read More Bangladesh forces kill two militants linked to 2016 Dhaka cafe attack

Twenty-nine dead as torrential rain triggers floods, landslides in Indonesia

Landslides and floods triggered by torrential rain have killed at least 29 people in Indonesia, the disaster agency said on Monday, with thousands taking shelter in evacuation centers amid fears of disease. More than a dozen people were missing after the rain hit the province of Bengkulu, on the southwest side of Sumatra, on Friday… Read More Twenty-nine dead as torrential rain triggers floods, landslides in Indonesia

Algeria’s finance minister, former police chief appear in court over alleged misuse of public funds

Algeria’s finance minister and ex police chief appeared in court on Monday, joining a list of powerful figures to face judicial investigations since mass protests forced the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika this month. Finance Minister Mohamed Loukal, a former central bank governor who only got the job from Bouteflika last month, appeared in Algiers… Read More Algeria’s finance minister, former police chief appear in court over alleged misuse of public funds

Sri Lanka bans face veils following Easter Day attacks

Authorities in Sri Lanka on Monday banned women from wearing face veils under an emergency law put in place after deadly Easter Sunday attacks by Islamist militants. The measures would help security forces to identify people as a hunt for any remaining attackers and their support network continues across the Indian Ocean island, authorities said.… Read More Sri Lanka bans face veils following Easter Day attacks