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.

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.

Indonesia on map used to illustrate the story

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”.

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.

Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan. [PHOTO CREDIT: Al Jazeera]

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.

Nuclear Weapons[ PHOTO CREDIT: World Atlas]

Iran halts nuclear deal commitments

Iran has warned that unless the world powers protect its economy from U.S. sanctions within 60 days, it would start enriching uranium at higher level.

Trump in the Oval Office

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.

Australian fifty-dollar-note[PHOTO CAPTION: Australian Geographic]

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.

Bus-Truck collision

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.

Picture of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe as they finally walk free from Myanmar prison[PHOTO CREDIT:BBCnews]

Two Reuters reporters freed in Myanmar after over 500 days in jail

They were released under a presidential amnesty for 6,520 prisoners.

UN headquarters [Photo:]

UN honours 115 fallen personnel

More than 3,600 staff of the organisation have lost their lives in line of duty since it was founded.

Gaza on map used to illustrate the story. [Photo credit: Wikipedia]

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.

US Warships[ photo credit: Sputnik International]

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.

Kim Jong-Un

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.

Map of Ukraine (enchanted Learning)

57 Ukraine soldiers suffer food poisoning

Over 300 people consumed food at the canteen of the military facility.

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.

Researchers say the pictured ancient footprint dates back at least 15,600 years, which they say makes it the oldest human footprint ever found in the Americas. (Universidad Austral de Chile, Laboratorio de Sitio Pilauco/Karen Moreno, Juan Enrique Bostelma (Photo Credit: VOA News)

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.

Nicolas Maduro

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.

Russian President, Vladimir Putin

Putin canvasses common passport for Russians, Ukrainians

The Russian president says having a common passport would bring the kindred nations closer.

Bomb takes of in Sri Lanka Church. [PHOTO CREDIT: Euronews]

Easter Bombings: Sri Lanka bans face coverings

Most of those killed in the Easter Sunday attacks were Sri Lankans.

Part of a crane lies on top of cars in Mercer Street, Seattle. Photograph: Lindsey Wasson/Reuters

Fallen crane kills four in U.S.

Two crane operators and two other persons in separate cars died.


Trump rejects UN arms trade treaty

Former President Barack Obama sent the treaty to the Senate before leaving office.