Foreign

Donald Trump

U.S. to send 1,500 troops to Middle East

President Trump warned on Monday that Iran would be met with “great force” if it attacked U.S. interests in the Middle East.

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China airlines estimate $579 million losses from Boeing 737 Max grounding

China was the first country to ground the 737 MAX two months ago after a crash in Ethiopia killed 157 people in March.

Labour opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn reacts to Theresa May’s resignation as British PM

Ms May announced on Friday that she would leave office as leader of the ruling Conservative Party on June 7.

British Prime Minister, Theresa May

Theresa May resigns as British Prime Minister

Theresa May announced on Friday that she will quit as the leader of the ruling Conservative Party and Prime Minister on June 7.

Donald Trump

U.S. announces $16bn in aid for farmers hit by trade war

The U.S. and China have been in a tit-for-tat tariff escalation for a year.

Egypt on map

Court orders release of detained Al Jazeera reporter

Hussein, an Egyptian national, was arrested in December 2016 when he was on a holiday in Egypt.

Oil rig

Oil set for worst week in six months as crude stockpiles surge

Brent crude futures, the international benchmark for oil prices, were at $69.77 per barrel at 1016 GMT, down $1.22 from their last close.

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WHO certifies Algeria, Argentina malaria-free

A malaria-free certification proves a nation has interrupted ”indigenous transmission of the disease for at least three consecutive years.”

Syrian rebels

Syrian rebels retake key area from govt. forces

Government jets mounted retaliatory strikes at the rebel city of Maaret al-Nouman in Idlib province, killing no fewer than nine people and injuring 20 others.

British Prime Minister, Theresa May

Brexit: Theresa May to ask UK Parliament to vote on another referendum

A new Brexit document prepared by the prime minister includes a provision for another referendum on whether to leave or remain in Europe.

Indonesian President, Joko Widodo

Hundreds protest as Indonesia confirms president’s re-election

A relaxed-looking Mr Widodo pledged on Tuesday to be a leader for all Indonesians.

US postal service truck

Self-driving trucks begin mail delivery test for U.S. Postal Service

The trucks will travel on major interstates and pass through Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

Rice

Kenya to embrace technology to boost rice production

Kenya’s agriculture minister said the introduction of hybrid seeds would address rice productivity gap in Kenya and Africa at large.

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17 football players, fans feared dead in Uganda boat accident

Two bodies have been recovered, while no fewer than 15 passengers are still missing.

Jacob Zuma

South Africa’s former President Zuma back in court over alleged corruption

In 2007, Mr Zuma was charged with 16 counts of racketeering, corruption, money laundering and fraud.

Julian Assange

Sweden requests detention order for WikliLeaks founder over rape allegation

The request was made the same day as British police dragged Mr Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy in London after Ecuador withdrew his political asylum.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia imposes more tax on e-cigarettes, soft drinks

Saudi Arabia, the Arab world’s largest economy, already had a 100 per cent tax on cigarettes and tobacco products.

Zimbabwe on map

Zimbabwe secures $500m loan to ease dollar shortages

“This amount shall go a long way to stabilise the exchange rates and prices of goods and services in the economy.’’

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran optimistic there won’t be war

Tensions have escalated in recent days, with growing concerns about a potential U.S.-Iran conflict.

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U.S. issues security alert on Indonesia ahead of election results

The embassy advises U.S. citizens to avoid areas where large demonstrations may occur in Jakarta, other cities.

Austrian Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache has been called to resign after footage surfaced of him purportedly discussing state contracts with a potential Russian backer in return for political support. PHOTO: Reuters (Photo Source: Strait Times)

Austrian vice-chancellor resigns after release of secret video

Although the official insists he did not break any law, he admits to the “extremely embarrassing, drunken affair”.

Nigeria's ministry of finance building

Nigeria pledges to support Gambia on TSA

A Gambian delegation were in Nigeria to understudy the workings of the TSA.

Theresa May during the Tory conference [Photo: The Week UK]

British PM to set departure date after lawmakers vote on Brexit

Mrs May’s Brexit deal has been rejected three times by parliament.

Bob Hawke [Photo: dw.com]

Australia’s former PM, Bob Hawke, is dead

Mr Hawke’s death comes ahead of a Saturday general election. His opposition Labour Party, is narrowly ahead in the polls.

Thailand on dengue fever alert as number of cases rises

In 2018 over 87,000 people were infected by the virus, which caused 114 deaths.