In war with media, Trump administration rolls out ‘alternative facts’

In war with media, Trump administration rolls out ‘alternative facts’

The White House vowed on Sunday to fight the news media “tooth and nail” over what it sees as unfair attacks, with a top adviser saying the Trump administration had presented “alternative facts” to counter low inauguration crowd estimates. On his first full day as president, Trump said he had a “running war” with the […]

UN agrees to set up panel for Syria war crimes cases

UN agrees to set up panel for Syria war crimes cases

The UN General Assembly on Wednesday agreed to set up a panel to gather evidence on war crimes in Syria, taking a first step toward prosecuting those responsible for atrocities in the nearly six-year war. A resolution on establishing the investigative mechanism was adopted in the 193-nation assembly by a vote of 105 to 15, […]

US may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan, says ICC

US may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan, says ICC

US forces may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan through the “cruel or violent” interrogation of detainees, mostly between 2003-2004, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Monday. Unveiling the results of a lengthy initial probe into atrocities committed in Afghanistan, prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said the Taliban militia, Afghan government forces and US […]

Crisis looms as Kenya forces refugees to return to war-torn Somalia

Crisis looms as Kenya forces refugees to return to war-torn Somalia

With the closure of the world’s largest migrant camp in Kenya, thousands of Somali refugees could be forced to return to their war-ravaged homeland. The move has been branded a violation of international law. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said Monday that what was supposed to be a voluntary returns process, involving mostly Somalis, did […]

Mass rally in war-torn Yemen in support of rebels, former president

Mass rally in war-torn Yemen in support of rebels, former president

Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis marched on Saturday in support of Shiite Houthi rebels and their ally, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The march in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, was in support of a new combined governing council the rebels and Saleh announced late last month, but which was immediately rejected by the internationally recognized […]

Lebanese arts festival rocks on despite Syria war

Lebanese arts festival rocks on despite Syria war

The Baalbeck arts festival in eastern Lebanon is welcoming revellers for its 60th edition this year, despite the venue’s relative proximity to war-ravaged Syria. The summer festival – which has been headlined by Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Joan Baez and other music giants – has historically been hosted in the ancient Roman ruins in the […]

Pope Francis laments a ‘world at war’, says religion not to blame

Pope Francis laments a ‘world at war’, says religion not to blame

Pope Francis said on Wednesday the world was at war but argued that religion was not the cause, as he arrived in Poland for an international gathering of Catholic youth a day after jihadists murdered a priest in France. The brutal killing of Father Jacques Hamel during Mass in France on Tuesday by two assailants […]

‘We cannot conquer Kashmir through war’

‘We cannot conquer Kashmir through war’

ISLAMABAD: Former foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Sunday said Pakistan cannot “conquer Kashmir through war” and progress on the issue can only me made in an environment of mutual trust with India. “I believe that Pakistan cannot conquer Kashmir through war and if we cannot do that, the option we are left with is […]

Muhammad Ali, boxing’s ‘greatest’, dies at 74

Muhammad Ali, boxing’s ‘greatest’, dies at 74

Former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, one of the world’s most celebrated and voluble sports figures, who famously described himself as “The Greatest”, died Friday night in Phoenix, Arizona, at age 74. For legions of his fans across the world, Ali was the living embodiment of the American Dream – even as he blasted the […]

Chad’s ex-dictator Habré sentenced to life in prison for war crimes

Chad’s ex-dictator Habré sentenced to life in prison for war crimes

A Senegalese court on Monday sentenced former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré to life in prison for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed during his brutal 1982-1990 rule. In a historic ruling marking an end to a decades-long quest for justice, a court in Senegal found Habré guilty of rape, torture, summary executions, abductions and […]

Chatillon Car Graveyard in Belgium

Chatillon Car Graveyard in Belgium

Right in the middle of a small forest near Chatillon, a little village in Southern Belgium, is a graveyard of abandoned and beautiful rusty cars. These cars once belonged to US soldiers who were stationed in this region. It’s not known how they managed to acquire these beauties in the middle of the war. When […]