U.S. court convicts Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

The world’s most infamous cartel boss Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, who rose from poverty in rural Mexico to amass billions of dollars, was found guilty in a U.S. court on Tuesday of smuggling tons of drugs to the United States over a violent, colorful, decades-long career. Jurors in federal court in Brooklyn convicted Guzman, head… Read More U.S. court convicts Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

Spain puts Catalan politicians on trial over failed independence bid

Twelve Catalan politicians go on trial on Tuesday for their role in Catalonia’s failed 2017 independence bid, putting the spotlight back on Spain’s biggest political crisis in decades which could make it flare once again. To the dismay of much of the rest of Spain, Catalonia defied a judicial ban by carrying out a referendum… Read More Spain puts Catalan politicians on trial over failed independence bid

Seventeen killed as fire sweeps through hotel in New Delhi

A fire swept through a hotel in New Delhi early on Tuesday, killing 17 people, authorities in the Indian capital said, raising fresh questions about safety standards in poorly regulated budget hotels. Frequent raids by civic authorities to enforce building codes, fire safety measures and evacuation procedures have failed to curb violations in a rapidly… Read More Seventeen killed as fire sweeps through hotel in New Delhi

Four soldiers dead following military helicopter crash in Istanbul

Four soldiers were killed when a military helicopter crashed in a residential neighborhood on the Asian side of Istanbul on Monday, the governor of Turkey’s biggest city said. The helicopter went down in an area of apartment buildings, Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said. Television images showed smoke rising from the area and ambulances rushing to… Read More Four soldiers dead following military helicopter crash in Istanbul

Sudanese security forces fire teargas at protesting women in Omdurman

Sudanese security forces used tear gas on Sunday to break up a crowd of hundreds of people, mostly young women, demonstrating against the detention of women arrested at previous protests, witnesses said. The protesters chanted: ‘Long live the struggle of Sudanese women’, and ‘Down, that’s it’, one of the main slogans calling for the fall… Read More Sudanese security forces fire teargas at protesting women in Omdurman

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika set to contest for fifth term

Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said on Sunday he would seek a fifth term in a presidential election set for April 18, the state news agency APS reported on Sunday, putting an end to months of uncertainty caused by his poor health. 81-year-old Bouteflika who has been in office since 1999 but has been seen in… Read More Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika set to contest for fifth term

Taliban rejects President Ashraf Ghani’s offer of office in Afghanistan

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday offered the Taliban the possibility of opening an office in Afghanistan but the proposal was swiftly spurned by the group that is determined to keep his government out of accelerating peace talks. Ghani has expressed alarm at the Taliban shutting his administration out of negotiations with the United States… Read More Taliban rejects President Ashraf Ghani’s offer of office in Afghanistan