Six dead, injured following prison uprising in Somalia

At least six prisoners were killed and another six injured when Somali security forces beat back an uprising in Mogadishu’s central prison on Monday, state radio reported. A senior police officer who did not wish to be named said that mutinous prisoners snatched guns from guards who were on duty on Monday evening, then killed… Read More Six dead, injured following prison uprising in Somalia

Lebanon government resigns over Beirut explosion

Lebanon’s prime minister announced his government’s resignation on Monday, saying a huge explosion that devastated the capital and stirred public outrage was the result of endemic corruption. The August 4 detonation at a port warehouse of more than 2,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate killed at least 163 people, injured more than 6,000 and destroyed swathes… Read More Lebanon government resigns over Beirut explosion

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani signs decree to free Taliban prisoners

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday signed a decree to release a final batch of “hardcore” Taliban prisoners demanded by the militants, sources said, paving the way for long-awaited peace talks to begin in Qatar. “It is signed,” a presidential palace source said. Afghanistan’s grand assembly, or Loya Jirga, on Sunday approved the release, under… Read More Afghan President Ashraf Ghani signs decree to free Taliban prisoners

One dead, three injured as gas explosion rocks Baltimore

A major gas explosion leveled three houses as it tore through a Baltimore neighborhood on Monday, killing at least one person and critically injuring three while at least five others including children were trapped, firefighters and media said. The Baltimore Sun reported it was a natural gas explosion, citing fire officials, but said the exact… Read More One dead, three injured as gas explosion rocks Baltimore

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko wins re-election

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko won a landslide re-election victory, the central election commission said on Monday, after late night clashes between police and thousands of protesters who said the vote was rigged. Figures released by the election commission on Monday gave Lukashenko 80% of the vote. Svetlana Tikhanouskaya, a former English teacher who emerged from… Read More Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko wins re-election

Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai arrested under new national security law

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai became the highest-profile arrest under a new national security law on Monday, detained over suspected collusion with foreign forces as around 200 police searched the offices of his Apple Daily newspaper. Lai, 71, has been one of the most prominent democracy activists in the Chinese-ruled city and an ardent… Read More Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai arrested under new national security law