Low turnout recorded as Algerians vote in parliamentary elections

Algeria held parliamentary elections on Saturday that the ruling establishment hopes will turn a page on political unrest amid a crackdown on dissent, but even by mid afternoon few people had voted. Two years after mass demonstrations forced a veteran president to step down in Algeria’s biggest political crisis for decades, the authorities are still… Read More Low turnout recorded as Algerians vote in parliamentary elections

Former Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani demands explanation for vote disqualification

The former speaker of the Iranian parliament Ali Larijani demanded on Saturday an explanation from an election watchdog on why he was barred from running in next week’s presidential vote. Last month, the hardline Guardian Council approved just seven hopefuls to stand in Friday’s poll and disqualified several prominent candidates, including Larijani and former president… Read More Former Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani demands explanation for vote disqualification

Azerbaijan hands over fifteen Armenian prisoners in exchange for map showing landmines

Azerbaijan said on Saturday it had handed over 15 Armenian prisoners in exchange for a map detailing the location of landmines in Agdam, a region relinquished by ethnic Armenian forces as a part of a deal to end a six-week war last year. A Russian-brokered ceasefire halted fighting that saw the Azeri army drive ethnic… Read More Azerbaijan hands over fifteen Armenian prisoners in exchange for map showing landmines

Greek court jails four Afghan migrants over Moria refugee camp blaze

Four Afghan asylum-seekers were sentenced to 10 years in prison in Greece on Saturday for their part in a fire that destroyed the Moria migrant camp last year, in a case that highlighted the chronic refugee problem on Europe’s borders. The men, charged with arson with risk to human life over the fire on the… Read More Greek court jails four Afghan migrants over Moria refugee camp blaze

At least thirteen dead, several injured as artillery attacks hit hospital in northern Syria

At least 13 people were killed and several wounded in two separate artillery attacks on the northern Syrian town of Afrin on Saturday, local medical sources and Turkey’s government said. The first attack struck a residential area, while the second hit a hospital shortly afterwards, civil defence sources said. Video footage on social media showed… Read More At least thirteen dead, several injured as artillery attacks hit hospital in northern Syria

At least seven dead following blasts on buses in Afghanistan

Blasts hit two buses in western Kabul on Saturday, killing at least seven people, according to police. The explosions took place in a neighbourhood dominated by the minority Hazara community where similar attacks on buses earlier this month killed 12 civilians. read more Basir Mujahid, Kabul’s police spokesman, added that six people had also been… Read More At least seven dead following blasts on buses in Afghanistan

Hong Kong democracy activist Agnes Chow released following almost seven months in detention

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow was released from prison on Saturday after serving nearly seven months for her role in an unauthorised assembly during anti-government protests in the city in 2019. The 24-year-old activist had been convicted together with her long-time activist colleague, Joshua Wong, for their involvement in an illegal rally near police… Read More Hong Kong democracy activist Agnes Chow released following almost seven months in detention