Somalia presidential vote goes into 2nd round

Cheering soldiers fired into the air. The four candidates who garnered most of the votes progressed into the second round. A Somali lawmaker casts her ballot during the presidential vote at the airport in Mogadishu. Farmajo faces the task of eliminating al-Shabab and stabilizing a country that has seen nearly continuous conflict since the early 1990s. While the worldwide community has pushed Somalia to hold this election as a symbol of strength, including the United States pouring in ... Read More

Blast rocks Afghan capital Kabul

Blast rocks Afghan capital Kabul

President Ashraf Ghani condemned the horrific attack and called it "inhumane and unforgiveable". Army ambulances near the site where a suicide bomber blew himself up next to the gate of Afghan Supreme Court. Last year was the deadliest year on record for civilian casualties since 2001, with 3,498 recorded deaths, the United Nations says. The lot is adjacent to a residential area. Read More

Australian senator to launch new conservative party as shift to right grows

Australian senator to launch new conservative party as shift to right grows

Senator Nick Xenophon, leader of the minor party Nick Xenophon Team, marked the day by bringing a doormat with US President Donald Trump's face and with the message: "Australia: not your doormat". The upheaval has left large sections of both major parties with more in common with each other than the extremists within their own parties - and left voters more confused and suspicious than ever. Read More

Russian Federation to remain suspended for World Athletics Championships

Russian Federation to remain suspended for World Athletics Championships

More than 60 Russian athletes have been added to the IAAF's worldwide testing pool which, although not guaranteeing those athletes reinstatement, Coe said it does mean the world governing body has a greater "guarantee they have undergone a long term recognised, independent and fully WADA Code-compliant drug-testing programme". Read More

'Responsible' countries should impose new sanctions on Iran, Netanyahu tells PM

Theresa May resisted pressure to re-examine the viability of the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran from her Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, who urged her to follow Donald Trump's example by imposing fresh sanctions against Iran. Before departing for London, Netanyahu said he wants to boosts relations with both the United States and the UK. "They discussed their shared belief in free trade and agreed to establish a new UK-Israel trade working group to continue the progress we have ... Read More

United Nations records highest number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan for any year

United Nations records highest number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan for any year

While ground engagements were the main cause of injuries and deaths (38% of casualties), airstrikes conducted by Afghan and worldwide forces led to 590 civilian casualties - double the number recorded in 2015. The report held Taliban militants responsible for 61 percent of the casualties, government forces 24 percent and foreign forces two percent. The report also documents that the Taliban caused nearly two-thirds of the casualties and pro-government forces caused nearly one-quarter. Read More

U.S. officials delay interviews with asylum seekers in Australian camps, report says

Bishop told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that vetting is still taking place, adding "we remain in contact with the Trump administration and our embassy in Washington is also working with USA officials and we expect that vetting process would be as tough as Australia's vetting process in terms of health and security checks". Read More

Gang Rapes And Murders: Horrific Abuses Against Myanmar's Rohingya

Rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva that "the kind of systematic and widespread violations that we have documented could be described as ethnic cleansing ", but noted that was not a legally defined offence provable in court. Read More

Ford F-150 Raptors Go to China

Ford F-150 Raptors Go to China

Now the Raptor is headed for China. "Ford is one of America's top exporters, and F-150 Raptor's appeal and unmatched off-road performance has earned the truck a loyal following around the globe", said Joe Hinrichs, Ford Americas president, in a statement. Read More

Baylor sued by former football official as Briles drops his suit

The former coach was seeking an amount in excess of $1 million. Briles' attorney Ernest Cannon said the suit was about his clearing his client's "good name". Briles was sacked last May once an investigation determined Baylor, the nation's largest Baptist university, mishandled reports of sexual misconduct by their football players. Read More

Trump's United Kingdom visit should be downgraded to spare Queen: ex

Equality officer for British generaal trade union GMB, Kamaljeet Jandu slammed Johnson's "waffling response" to the travel ban as "inadequate and insulting" saying it will "lead to more racial violence and abuse of Muslims and people of colour in Britain". Read More

Portland woman gets snake stuck in her earlobe

Turns out Bart was hanging out on her shoulders when Glawe thought he started attacking her head. Thankfully, doctors managed to get him out of the tight spot with the help of a little cut to her ear and some vaseline. She called the fire department, who also had no luck in removing the snake. There, they numbed her ear and applied lubrication before pulling out the snake. Read More

French police search Fillon office as fraud affair rocks campaign

French police search Fillon office as fraud affair rocks campaign

The biggest fear in the party, he said, was that Fillon would be damaged enough to lose the election, but not enough to pull out. She is said to have been paid €500,000 ($535,000; £425,000). It claims that she had been paid more than 900,000 euros as her husband parliamentary assistant and after for his successor Marc Joulaud and for her work in a magazine owned by a rich close friend of the Fillons. Read More

Trump gives Bannon permanent seat in National Security Council reshuffle

Priebus, the former GOP national chairman, is a longtime Wisconsin ally of House Speaker Paul Ryan. On Saturday, as Donald Trump's executive order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees reaped confusion and disarray across the world, the White House announced that Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strategist and former executive director of the ultra far-right Breitbart News, had been elevated to the U.S. Read More

Mexican consulate general in LA says country won't pay for border wall

Mexican consulate general in LA says country won't pay for border wall

Later Thursday, Trump said Mexico will pay for the wall one way or another . On Thursday, the White House said Trump has a " buffet of options " on how to get Mexico to pay for the wall. TheAmerican and Mexican presidents talked by phone - after the Mexican president canceled a summit meeting in the dispute over who will pay for the wall. Read More

Palestinian envoy urges UNSC to uphold resolutions on illegal Israeli settlements

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was defended against corruption charges this week by former NY mayor and Donald Trump's unofficial cyber security adviser Rudy Giuliani. The life of the Palestinian people has been miserable and thanks to President Trump's one-sided instigation of the Israeli government, the hell-bent policies of Netanyahu will continue its ethnic cleansing of Palestinian Muslims and lead to the escalation of violence. Read More

The Netherlands 'counters' Trump with worldwide abortion fund

The Netherlands 'counters' Trump with worldwide abortion fund

Despite what the policy's supporters claim, the global gag rule reportedly increases global abortion rates by more than double in countries where organizations who must abide by the agreement are working. Bush's global gag rule had spared PEPFAR, Goldberg noted, "because it was widely understood that the program couldn't meet its prevention and treatment targets otherwise ... Read More

Russia-led Syria peace talks end with truce pledge amid Iran tensions

The accord, which committed the countries to fighting the Islamic State and al-Qaida operatives in Syria, brought Iran into an alliance with Russian Federation and Turkey in an effort to bring about a settlement. The first day of the global meeting on Syrian Settlement ended on Monday with a "limited satisfaction" concerning a draft statement that participants started to discuss awaiting the announcement of the final agreement on Tuesday. Read More

Pope takes control of ancient Catholic order amid condom scandal

Pope takes control of ancient Catholic order amid condom scandal

The order said it had been an attempt to discredit members of the commission, but the Vatican ordered and ordered the leaders of the Knights of Malta to cooperate with the inquiry. When the German refused, he was sacked two days later. One charge used against von Boeteslager concerned a program that the order's aid group participated in several years ago to help sex slaves in Myanmar, including giving them condoms to protect against HIV infection. Read More

Manager at Top Russian Cybersecurity Firm Arrested

Kaspersky, Russia's biggest cybersecurity firm, confirmed Wednesday its manager in charge of investigating hacking attacks, Ruslan Stoyanov , was arrested in December. "This case is not related to Kaspersky Lab", the company said. "For instance, furnishing the Federal Bureau of Investigation with information on a botnet may amount to treason". Read More

Astana sponsors say no military solution to Syria crisis

Astana sponsors say no military solution to Syria crisis

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov has also praised the gathering in the Kazakh capital. "Turkey will discuss the outcomes of Astana talks on Syria with the new USA administration", Erdogan said at a press conference in Madagascar's capital Antananarivo, as quoted by the Anadolu news agency. Read More

Why Was Melania Trump Frowning on Inauguration Day?

Why Was Melania Trump Frowning on Inauguration Day?

Barron Trump will now be escorted by the Secret Service and NYPD, along with his mother, first lady Melania Trump, on his way to and from his private school. He was caught yawning in front of cameras during Donald's acceptance speech in November a year ago. It was a strikingly attractive choice that bodes well for White House styling in the coming four years. Read More

Trump executive order reinstates 'Mexico City Policy' on abortion

Trump executive order reinstates 'Mexico City Policy' on abortion

Since then it has been successively adopted by Republicans and then rescinded by Democrats, including Barack Obama in 2009, who attacked it as "unwarranted". [Marie Stopes International] estimates there will be an additional 2.2 million abortions globally each year - 2.1 million of which will be unsafe, Newman-Williams said. Read More

Magnitude 8 quake hits Solomon Islands; no tsunami reported

The Warning Center said tsunami waves of 1-3 feet high were possible for the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Chris McKee, assistant director at PNG's Geophysical Observatory Office in Port Moresby, said there were no initial reports of damage from near the epicentre of the quake, which is sparsely populated. Read More

White House accuses media of playing down inauguration crowds

In response, Conway called the falsehoods "alternative facts". On Saturday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer opened an update on the president's activities with a lecture on the "proper use of Twitter" for the media, and an extended rant about attendance numbers for yesterday's inauguration ceremony. Read More