Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev resigns after three decades in power

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev unexpectedly resigned on Tuesday after three decades in power, in what appeared to be the first step in a choreographed political transition that will see him retain considerable sway. Known as Papa to many Kazakhs, the 78-year-old former steel worker and Communist party apparatchik has ruled the vast oil and gas-rich… Read More Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev resigns after three decades in power

Israel conducts reprisal airstrikes in Gaza Strip following rocket attacks on Tel Aviv

Israeli military aircraft bombed Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early on Friday, hours after two rockets were launched at Tel Aviv in the first such attack since a 2014 war. Following the overnight exchanges, sirens sounded again in Israeli border towns after dawn broke. The Israeli military said its Iron Dome defense system intercepted… Read More Israel conducts reprisal airstrikes in Gaza Strip following rocket attacks on Tel Aviv

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes kill 22 civilians in northern Yemen

Air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition killed at least 22 civilians, including women and children, this week in a village in northern Yemen, the United Nations said. Medical sources quoted by the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen said late on Monday that the attacks in Kushar district, in Hajja Province, killed 10 women and 12… Read More Saudi-led coalition airstrikes kill 22 civilians in northern Yemen

Hundreds of Islamic State fighters surrender as imminent defeat looms

Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave on Tuesday as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the battle was as good as over. The besieged enclave of Baghouz is the last shred of territory held by the jihadists who have been driven from roughly… Read More Hundreds of Islamic State fighters surrender as imminent defeat looms

Malaysian court drops charges against Indonesian woman in Kim Jong Nam’s assassination case

An Indonesian woman accused in the 2017 chemical poison murder of the North Korean leader’s half-brother was freed on Monday after a Malaysian court dropped the charge in a case that drew suspicions of being a political assassination. As the court announced its decision, Siti Aisyah, turned to her Vietnamese co-defendant, Doan Thi Huong, in… Read More Malaysian court drops charges against Indonesian woman in Kim Jong Nam’s assassination case

Thousands protest against tighter internet restrictions in Russia

Thousands of people took to the streets of Moscow and two other cities on Sunday to rally against tighter internet restrictions, in some of the biggest protests in the Russian capital in years. Lawmakers last month backed tighter internet controls contained in legislation they say is necessary to prevent foreign meddling in Russia’s affairs. But… Read More Thousands protest against tighter internet restrictions in Russia

Malaysian court sentences man to over ten years in jail for insulting Islam, Prophet Muhammad on social media

A Malaysian was sentenced to more than 10 years’ jail and three others were charged over insults against Islam and the Prophet Muhammad on social media, police said on Saturday. The sentence is believed to be the harshest such penalty on record in the Muslim-majority country, where concerns over racial and religious tensions have grown… Read More Malaysian court sentences man to over ten years in jail for insulting Islam, Prophet Muhammad on social media

Three dead, dozens injured following Islamic State attack on Shi’ite Muslim gathering in Afghan capital of Kabul

Rockets fired at a gathering of the Shi’ite Muslim Hazara minority in the Afghan capital Kabul killed three people and wounded dozens on Thursday in an attack claimed by Islamic State. It was the first major attack in Kabul since January when a bomb-laden car exploded near a fortified compound and ended a period of… Read More Three dead, dozens injured following Islamic State attack on Shi’ite Muslim gathering in Afghan capital of Kabul