Iraqi opposition leader Hadi al-Amiri rejects parliamentary election results

Hadi al-Amiri, one of the most powerful pro-Iranian figures in Iraq, has rejected the results of Iraq’s elections as “fabricated”, according to the Baghdad-based pro-Iranian TV channel al-Aahd. “We will not accept these fabricated results, whatever the cost,” the channel cited him as saying on Tuesday on its Telegram messaging account. Iran-backed parties with links… Read More Iraqi opposition leader Hadi al-Amiri rejects parliamentary election results

Magnitude-6.3 earthquake shakes Greek island of Crete

A powerful earthquake rattled Crete on Tuesday, causing minor damage on the Greek island in the Mediterranean, and the tremor was felt as far away as Cyprus. There were no immediate reports of casualties after the magnitude 6.3 tremor, which the Athens Geodynamic Institute said was centred at sea about 23 km (14 miles) east… Read More Magnitude-6.3 earthquake shakes Greek island of Crete

Murder trial of former Burkina Faso president Thomas Sankara begins

The trial of 14 people accused of plotting the assassination of Burkina Faso’s former president Thomas Sankara started on Monday, 34 years after he was gunned down in one of the most infamous killings in modern African history. Sankara – a charismatic Marxist revolutionary widely known as “Africa’s Che Guevara” – was killed in 1987… Read More Murder trial of former Burkina Faso president Thomas Sankara begins

Party of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr wins Iraqi parliamentary election

Shi’ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s party was the biggest winner in an Iraqi election on Monday, increasing the number of seats he holds in parliament, according to initial results, officials and a spokesperson for the Sadrist Movement. Former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki looked set to have the next largest win among Shi’ite parties, initial results… Read More Party of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr wins Iraqi parliamentary election

South Korea to donate AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines to Vietnam and Thailand

South Korea will donate 1.1 mln doses of AstraZeneca‚Äôs COVID-19 vaccine to Vietnam and 470,000 doses to Thailand, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said on Tuesday. The donations come as South Korea has administered nearly 80% of its 52 million population with at least one dose of a vaccine, KDCA said in… Read More South Korea to donate AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines to Vietnam and Thailand

Samsung leader Jay Y. Lee pleads guilty to unlawful use of sedative

Samsung conglomerate leader Jay Y. Lee plead guilty in court on Tuesday to a charge of unlawful use of a controlled substance, as legal woes continue to haunt the executive even after his release on parole in August following a bribery conviction. Lee’s release had raised market watchers’ expectations of a flurry of major decisions… Read More Samsung leader Jay Y. Lee pleads guilty to unlawful use of sedative

Nine dead, several missing as Cyclone Kompasu slams Philippines

Nine people have been killed in the Philippines and 11 were missing on Tuesday due to floods and landslides caused by heavy rain from tropical cyclone Kompasu, the national disaster agency said. Kompasu, with maximum sustained winds of 100 kilometres (62 miles) per hour, had absorbed remnants of an earlier cyclone before making landfall in… Read More Nine dead, several missing as Cyclone Kompasu slams Philippines