French military forces kill al-Qaeda North Africa leader Abdelmalek Droukdel in Mali

France said on Friday its military forces had killed al Qaeda’s North Africa chief Abdelmalek Droukdel, a key Islamist fighter that its forces had been hunting for more than seven years, during an operation in Mali. “On June 3, French army forces, with the support of their local partners, killed the emir of al Qaeda… Read More French military forces kill al-Qaeda North Africa leader Abdelmalek Droukdel in Mali

Twenty-nine dead as armed men in military fatigues attack village in central Mali

Armed men dressed in military fatigues attacked a village of Fulani herders in central Mali, killing at least 20 people, a local government official and a Fulani association said on Saturday. The attackers on Friday targeted the village of Binedama in the Mopti region, which has seen dozens of tit-for-tat ethnic massacres over the past… Read More Twenty-nine dead as armed men in military fatigues attack village in central Mali

Thousands of Israelis protest against West Bank annexation plan

Several thousand Israelis demonstrated on Saturday against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to extend sovereignty over parts of the occupied West Bank, de-facto annexation of land that the Palestinians seek for a state. Protesting in face masks and keeping their distance from each other under coronavirus restrictions, they gathered under the banner “No to annexation,… Read More Thousands of Israelis protest against West Bank annexation plan

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promises review of content policies following criticism

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday said he would consider changes to the policy that led the company to leave up controversial posts by President Donald Trump during recent demonstrations protesting the death of an unarmed black man while in police custody, a partial concession to critics. Zuckerberg did not promise specific policy changes in… Read More Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promises review of content policies following criticism

UK halts usage of hydroxychloroquine in treatment of COVID-19 patients

British scientists halted a major drug trial on Friday after it found that the anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine, touted by U.S. President Donald Trump as a potential “game changer” in the pandemic, was “useless” at treating COVID-19 patients. “This is not a treatment for COVID-19. It doesn’t work,” Martin Landray, an Oxford University professor who is co-leading… Read More UK halts usage of hydroxychloroquine in treatment of COVID-19 patients

U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden secures enough delegates to clinch Democratic nomination

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden secured enough delegates to formally clinch the Democratic presidential nomination on Friday, setting the stage for a challenge to President Donald Trump in the November election. A candidate needs at least 1,991 delegates to secure the nomination. Biden crossed the threshold when results came late on Friday after seven… Read More U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden secures enough delegates to clinch Democratic nomination

U.S. Democratic politicians urge police reform as protests continue in various cities

Prominent Democratic politicians on Friday embraced the cause of U.S. protesters angered by the death of a black man in Minneapolis police custody, adopting their slogans and announcing reforms as tensions remained high in major cities. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, who has sparred with U.S. President Donald Trump over his sometimes heavy-handed response to the… Read More U.S. Democratic politicians urge police reform as protests continue in various cities

Police arrest cyclist for confrontation of youngsters posting racial injustice flyers

A cyclist whose videotaped confrontation with three youngsters posting flyers protesting racial injustice on a nature trail outside Washington drew widespread attention has been arrested and charged, police said late Friday. The Maryland-National Capital Park Police said Anthony Brennan III, 60, was charged with three counts of second degree assault over the incident in which… Read More Police arrest cyclist for confrontation of youngsters posting racial injustice flyers