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.
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 resigns after release of secret video
Although the official insists he did not break any law, he admits to the “extremely embarrassing, drunken affair”.
British PM to set departure date after lawmakers vote on Brexit
Mrs May’s Brexit deal has been rejected three times by parliament.
Sudan military, opposition agree to three-year transition period
Protesters say the new military rulers are a continuation of Omar al-Bashir’s former regime and have clamoured for a transition to a civilian government.
Trump denies U.S. plan to send 120,000 troops to counter Iran threat
New York Times reported the plan was discussed recently in a meeting of top national security aides.
46 million Australian $50 notes circulated with spelling error
The spelling errors appeared in the small microscopic text printed on one side of the note.
Three dead, about 70 hurt in bus-truck collision in Philippines
Fatal road accidents are common in the Philippines, mainly due to driver negligence, defective public vehicles or unsafe road conditions.
Two Reuters reporters freed in Myanmar after over 500 days in jail
They were released under a presidential amnesty for 6,520 prisoners.
Gaza laments deadly start to Ramadan, amid funerals, debris
This incident is taking place after two sleepless days and nights of Israeli shelling and Palestinian rocket fire.
Two U.S. warships sail in disputed South China Sea
The sailing of the warships could anger Beijing at a time of tense relations between the world’s two biggest economies.
North Korea faces food crisis after poor harvest – UN
The country has for years relied on regular supplies of UN food aid.
Malaysia frees Vietnamese woman accused of killing North Korean leader’s half-brother
Kim Jong Nam died in February 2017 following alleged smearing of his face with liquid VX, a banned chemical weapon, at Kuala Lumpur airport.
German woman who converted to Islam, backed ISIS goes on trial
Sabine S lived under Islamic State in the Middle East before returning to Germany.
Scientists find ‘oldest human’ footprint in Americas
The 26 cm-long, bean-shaped footprint was first uncovered by the end of 2010 at the Pilauco archaeological site in Chile.
EXPLAINER: How India, the world’s largest democracy casts its ballots
The first version of the Indian electronic voting machine debuted in the state election in Kerala in 1982. Now they’re used in elections throughout the country, which happen on different days in different areas.
Coup fears in Venezuela as opposition leader claims imminent removal of Maduro
A heavy exchange of gunfire has been reported amongst military factions in the capital, Caracas.
Putin canvasses common passport for Russians, Ukrainians
The Russian president says having a common passport would bring the kindred nations closer.