Dozens dead as boat carrying 200 people capsizes in northwestern Nigeria

A boat ferrying about 200 people capsized in the northwestern Nigerian state of Kebbi on Wednesday, a state spokesman said. Authorities have recovered the bodies of more than 70 people. “Seventy-six corpses have so far been recovered, while 22 (people) were rescued, divers are still looking for more bodies,” Abubakar Dakingari, spokesman for the Kebbi… Read More Dozens dead as boat carrying 200 people capsizes in northwestern Nigeria

Morocco escalates row with Spain over Western Sahara territory

Morocco’s ambassador to Madrid on Thursday said press comments by the Spanish foreign minister undermined Moroccan territorial integrity and Rabat “would act accordingly”, escalating a row that contributed to a migrant crisis in Spain’s North African enclave. Morocco withdrew ambassador Karima Benyaich from Madrid last week for consultations over Spain’s decision to host Brahim Ghali,… Read More Morocco escalates row with Spain over Western Sahara territory

UN launches investigation into crimes committed during Israel, Hamas conflict

The United Nations Human Rights Council agreed on Thursday to launch an international investigation into alleged crimes committed during the 11-day conflict between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas in Gaza. The independent investigation will have a broad mandate to look into all alleged violations, not just in Gaza and the occupied West Bank, but… Read More UN launches investigation into crimes committed during Israel, Hamas conflict

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad wins fourth term in office

Syria‚Äôs President Bashar al-Assad won a fourth term in office with 95.1% of votes in an election that will extend his rule over a country ruined by war but which opponents and the West say was marked by fraud. Assad’s government says the election shows Syria is functioning normally despite the decade-old conflict, which has… Read More Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad wins fourth term in office

Malian president and prime minister released following resignation

Mali’s ousted interim president and prime minister have been freed after they were detained by the military and resigned, an aide to the vice president said on Thursday. Interim president Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane were arrested and taken to a military base outside the capital on Monday, triggering a crisis in the… Read More Malian president and prime minister released following resignation

Azeri forces capture six Armenian soldiers amid border dispute

Azerbaijan captured six Armenian servicemen in the early hours of Thursday morning, the defence ministries of both countries said, the latest twist in a simmering border dispute. The Azeri defence ministry accused the Armenian soldiers of trying to cross into Azeri territory. Armenia’s defence ministry said its soldiers had been carrying out engineering work in… Read More Azeri forces capture six Armenian soldiers amid border dispute

Nine dead following shooting at rail yard in California

Police and federal investigators on Thursday sought to determine why a Northern California transit employee opened fire on his co-workers a day earlier, killing nine people, in the latest mass shooting in the United States. Local authorities have declined to speculate on a motive for the shooting rampage, saying their work at the scene could… Read More Nine dead following shooting at rail yard in California