Clashes erupt near Damascus despite Syria truce

Clashes erupt  near Damascus despite Syria truce

Syrian government forces and their allies clashed with rebels near Damascus on Friday, disrupting a nationwide ceasefire that otherwise appeared to hold, monitors and a rebel official said. The clashes took place in a rebel-held valley northwest of the Syrian capital, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which has been monitoring the country’s […]

Nicaragua’s Ortega headed for re-election, despite autocracy fears

Nicaragua’s Ortega headed for re-election, despite autocracy fears

Former Marxist guerrilla leader Daniel Ortega is expected to easily clinch a third consecutive term as president of Nicaragua on Sunday, buoyed by steady economic growth that has trumped fears he is trying to install autocratic family rule. Ortega and his running mate, his wife Rosario Murillo, have nearly 70 percent support, according to a […]

Israel passes controversial ‘NGO law’ despite global condemnation

Israel passes controversial ‘NGO law’ despite global condemnation

Israel’s parliament adopted a law late Monday that critics say disproportionately targets human rights and leftist groups campaigning for Palestinian rights. Supporters say it’s a blow against foreign interference in Israeli affairs. The law requires organisations to state that they rely on foreign funding in all communication with public officials and on TV, newspapers, billboards […]

UN looks to extend Mali mission despite deadly attacks on peacekeepers

UN looks to extend Mali mission despite deadly attacks on peacekeepers

As the UN prepares to vote on extending its Mali mission for another year, officials blame equipment shortages and intelligence failures for a surge in Islamist attacks that has made MINUSMA the UN’s most dangerous active operation. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked the Security Council to approve 2,500 extra troops and police for the […]

Amir Khan wants to represent Pakistan at Rio Olympics – despite winning medal for Great Britain in 2004

Amir Khan wants to represent Pakistan at Rio Olympics – despite winning medal for Great Britain in 2004

The AIBA announced on Wednesday that pro boxers would be allowed to compete in Brazil and Khan has confirmed he wants to serve Pakistan. Amir Khan wants to fight for Pakistan at the Rio Olympics . The Bolton-born boxer shot to fame as a 17-year-old when he won the lightweight silver medal for Great Britain […]

France’s Valls stands firm on labour reforms despite fuel blockade

France’s Valls stands firm on labour reforms despite fuel blockade

  The stand-off between France’s government and a hardline union over labour reforms stiffened on Wednesday as the country mobilised strategic oil stocks for the first time in 6 years and employers warned the protests were starting to hurt the economy. Police broke up a fuel depot blockade with water cannons while the CGT union […]