Police fire tear gas at protests against Ivory Coast president’s third term bid

Police in Ivory Coast fired tear gas on Monday to break up demonstrations against President Alassane Ouattara’s decision to run for a third term in office that opponents say jeopardises the West Afrian country’s democracy. Protesters set up barricades and shut down down traffic in several towns including the commercial capital Abidjan, where a burning… Read More Police fire tear gas at protests against Ivory Coast president’s third term bid

Scientists detect potential signs of alien life on Venus

Scientists said on Monday they have detected in the harshly acidic clouds of Venus a gas called phosphine that indicates microbes may inhabit Earth’s inhospitable neighbor, a tantalizing sign of potential life beyond Earth. The researchers did not discover actual life forms, but noted that on Earth phosphine is produced by bacteria thriving in oxygen-starved… Read More Scientists detect potential signs of alien life on Venus

Fifty feared dead following collapse of gold mine in Congo

Pink painted coffins lined a hillside in eastern Congo on Monday as rescuers filled them with the bodies of victims of a gold mine cave-in, in which 50 people are feared dead. Alexandre Ngandu Kamundala, deputy mayor of Kamituga, one of Democratic Republic of Congo’s oldest gold-mining communities close to where the unofficial mine collapsed… Read More Fifty feared dead following collapse of gold mine in Congo

U.S. appeals court rules in favor of President Donald Trump to phase out immigrant humanitarian protections

A U.S. appeals court on Monday sided with President Donald Trump over his administration’s decision to end humanitarian protections for hundreds of thousands of immigrants, many of whom have lived in the United States for decades. In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of three judges in the California-based U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed… Read More U.S. appeals court rules in favor of President Donald Trump to phase out immigrant humanitarian protections

Russian President Vladimir Putin lends $1.5billion to embattled Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko

Russian President Vladimir Putin bestowed a $1.5 billion loan on Belarus on Monday in a gesture of support for its leader Alexander Lukashenko, who flew to entreat his patron for help after five weeks of mass protests demanding his resignation. A day after more than 100,000 protesters took to the streets of Minsk with chants… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin lends $1.5billion to embattled Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko

U.S. Gulf Coast states prepare for landfall of Hurricane Sally

Louisiana and Mississippi residents were under evacuation orders on Monday as Hurricane Sally churned across the Gulf of Mexico, strengthening to a hurricane ahead of expected landfall on Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The second storm in less than a month to threaten the region, Sally was headed toward a slow-motion landfall on… Read More U.S. Gulf Coast states prepare for landfall of Hurricane Sally

New Delhi lawmakers summon Facebook India chief over February riots

A panel of local lawmakers in New Delhi have summoned Facebook’s top executive in India to answer allegations that it did not properly apply hate speech rules and policies, which had contributed to riots that rocked the city in February. The Delhi assembly committee, which is looking into the communal riots in Delhi that left… Read More New Delhi lawmakers summon Facebook India chief over February riots

Dominic Thiem defeats Alexander Zverev to clinch Grand Slam title

Austria’s Dominic Thiem finally claimed his maiden Grand Slam title with a stunning comeback to beat Germany’s Alexander Zverev 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6(6) in a nerve-jangling battle of wills in the U.S. Open final on Sunday. The 27-year-old world number three appeared to have blown his golden chance as he fell two sets behind… Read More Dominic Thiem defeats Alexander Zverev to clinch Grand Slam title