Two arrested over murder of Northern Ireland journalist Lyra McKee

Two men have been arrested in Northern Ireland over the killing of a journalist during a riot, police said, with politicians calling for calm after the shooting added to concerns about the stability of the region’s 21-year-old peace deal. Lyra McKee, 29, an award-winning journalist who was writing a book on the disappearance of young… Read More Two arrested over murder of Northern Ireland journalist Lyra McKee

Sudan prosecutor launches money laundering investigations against ousted President Omar al-Bashir

Sudan’s public prosecutor has begun investigating ousted President Omar al-Bashir on charges of money laundering and possession of large sums of foreign currency without legal grounds, a judicial source said on Saturday. The source said that military intelligence had searched Bashir’s home and found suitcases loaded with more than $351,000 and six million euros, as… Read More Sudan prosecutor launches money laundering investigations against ousted President Omar al-Bashir

Gunmen attack communications ministry in Afghanistan

Gunmen attacked the communications ministry in the center of Kabul on Saturday, interrupting months of relative calm in the Afghan capital and underlining security threats that have continued despite efforts to open peace talks with the Taliban. Saturday’s attack began shortly before midday with an explosion at the entrance to the multi-storey building housing the… Read More Gunmen attack communications ministry in Afghanistan

Mali’s PM Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, government resigns over insecurity

Mali’s prime minister and his whole government resigned on Thursday, four weeks after a massacre of some 160 Fulani herders by an ethnic vigilante group shocked the nation. “The President accepts the resignation of the prime minister and that of the members of government,” a statement from President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s office said. It gave… Read More Mali’s PM Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, government resigns over insecurity

Gunman shoots dead Northern Irish journalist Lyra McKee during riot

A 29-year-old Northern Irish journalist was shot dead during rioting in Londonderry overnight, an attack that shocked the region and police said was likely the work of Irish nationalist militants opposed to the 1998 Good Friday peace deal. Rioting hit the Irish nationalist Creggan area of the city in Northern Ireland late on Thursday after… Read More Gunman shoots dead Northern Irish journalist Lyra McKee during riot

Myanmar releases over 9,000 prisoners to mark New Year amnesty

Myanmar began releasing more than 9,000 prisoners on Wednesday, with many drug offenders among the first to walk free, but just two political detainees, after the president declared an amnesty on the first day of the traditional New Year. President Win Myint said 9,535 local prisoners, and 16 foreigners, had been pardoned in a gesture… Read More Myanmar releases over 9,000 prisoners to mark New Year amnesty

Former Peru president Alan Garcia dies after shooting self as police attempts to arrest him

Peru’s former president Alan Garcia died in a hospital in Lima on Wednesday, hours after shooting himself in the head to avoid arrest in connection with a bribery probe, authorities said on Wednesday. Garcia, who had six adult children, was 69. A skilled orator elected president twice, first as a firebrand leftist and then as… Read More Former Peru president Alan Garcia dies after shooting self as police attempts to arrest him

Ousted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir moved to high-security prison

Deposed ex-Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been moved to Khartoum’s grim high-security Kobar prison from the presidential residence, family sources said on Wednesday, and transitional military rulers announced steps to crack down on corruption. Sudan’s military ousted Bashir after weeks of mass protests that climaxed in a sit-in outside the Defense Ministry compound. Protests are… Read More Ousted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir moved to high-security prison