Venezuela issues pardon to dozens of opposition politicians

Venezuela said on Monday it had pardoned more than 100 opposition politicians, including more than 20 legislators who had been accused of conspiring against President Nicolas Maduro, as the country heads toward parliamentary elections in December. The effort signals that the ruling Socialist Party is seeking to boost participation in the upcoming vote, which part… Read More Venezuela issues pardon to dozens of opposition politicians

Guinea’s President Alpha Conde accepts nomination to run for third term

Guinea President Alpha Conde has accepted his party’s nomination to run for a third term in October’s election, the party said in a statement on Monday. Conde, who was first elected in 2010, pushed through a change to the constitution earlier this year that he says allows him to circumvent a previous two-term limit on… Read More Guinea’s President Alpha Conde accepts nomination to run for third term

U.S. appeals court denies bid to halt criminal case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn

A U.S. appeals court on Monday denied a bid by Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, to immediately end the criminal case against him for lying to the FBI about his talks with a Russian official before Trump took office in 2017. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia… Read More U.S. appeals court denies bid to halt criminal case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn

Lebanese leaders announce Mustapha Adib as new prime minister

Lebanese leaders named diplomat Mustapha Adib as the new prime minister on Monday, under pressure from French President Emmanuel Macron who will visit Beirut to press for reforms aimed at dragging the Middle East nation out of a financial abyss. With its economy devastated by a financial crisis, a swathe of Beirut in tatters following… Read More Lebanese leaders announce Mustapha Adib as new prime minister

Russian police launches criminal investigation following assault of opposition blogger Yegor Zhukov

Moscow police opened a criminal inquiry on Monday after anti-Kremlin opposition activist and political blogger Yegor Zhukov was beaten and left bloodied outside his home at the weekend. The 22-year-old student, who was a leading figure in large anti-government protests last year, was taken to hospital late on Sunday after being assaulted by two people… Read More Russian police launches criminal investigation following assault of opposition blogger Yegor Zhukov

Several injured as gas explosion hits two restaurants in Abu Dhabi

Several people were injured on Monday in an explosion that was likely caused by gas lines in a restaurant in the United Arab Emirates’ capital Abu Dhabi, the police said in a statement. The blast hit KFC and Hardees restaurants on the city’s Rashid bin Saeed Street, Abu Dhabi-owned the National daily said, adding that… Read More Several injured as gas explosion hits two restaurants in Abu Dhabi

Sudan signs peace agreement with key rebel groups

Sudan’s power-sharing government signed a peace agreement with key rebel groups on Monday, a significant step toward resolving deep-rooted conflicts from the long rule of ousted leader Omar al-Bashir. The leaders of five groups signed the deal, including four from Darfur, where more than 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed and 2.5 million… Read More Sudan signs peace agreement with key rebel groups

Belarusian police arrest dozens of protesters at rally in Minsk

Tens of thousands of Belarusians chanting “Happy Birthday, you rat” and flying red-and-white opposition flags gathered near President Alexander Lukashenko’s residence on Sunday as protesters kept up pressure on the veteran leader to resign. Lukashenko, who turned 66 on Sunday, is struggling to contain weeks of protests and strikes since winning an August 9 election… Read More Belarusian police arrest dozens of protesters at rally in Minsk