Lebanon: British radio DJ Gavin Ford murdered in Beit Mery home

Beirut, Lebanon - Gavin Ford, one of Lebanon's most popular radio presenters, was found dead in his home in the hills of Beit Mery near the capital, Beirut. Ford, a British citizen, was found reportedly covered in blood in his bedroom on Tuesday, with police confirming it was a murder without putting forward a motive.…

Afghan president announces team to hold peace talks with Taliban

Afghan government has formed a 12-member team to hold peace talks with the Taliban, President Ashraf Ghani announced in Swiss city of Geneva. "I'm pleased to announce today that after several months of intensive consultation with our citizens across the country, we have formulated a roadmap for peace negotiations," he said at the two-day UN…

Harry Leslie Smith: ‘World’s oldest rebel’ dies aged 95

Harry Leslie Smith, a second world war veteran and anti-poverty activist who described himself as "the world's oldest rebel", has died at the age of 95. His son John confirmed his death at the Belleville General Hospital in Ontario, Canada. In a message posted to Harry's Twitter account on Wednesday, John wrote to more than…

Ukraine’s first-ever martial law comes into effect

Kiev, Ukraine - Thirty days of martial law has taken effect in 10 of Ukraine's 27 regions on Wednesday with President Petro Poroshenko saying it aims to prevent an all-out Russian invasion. The measure that affects regions closest to Russia's military bases - the first ever martial law in the country’s history - was approved by…

G20 Summit 2018: All the latest updates

Nineteen leaders of the world's biggest economies and a representative of the European Union are set to meet on Friday and Saturday in Buenos Aries, Argentina as part of the G20 summit.  This year, all eyes will be on a range of issues including a high-stakes meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese…

Ukraine’s first ever martial law to come into effect

Kiev, Ukraine - Thirty days of martial law will take effect in 10 of Ukraine's 27 regions on Wednesday with President Petro Poroshenko saying it aims to prevent an all-out Russian invasion. The measure that affects regions closest to Russia's military bases - the first ever martial law during the four-year conflict - was approved…

Pilots struggled with flight systems in Indonesia crash

Lion Air pilots struggled to maintain control of their Boeing jet as an automatic safety system in the plane repeatedly pushed the plane's nose down, according to a draft of a preliminary report by Indonesian officials looking into last month's deadly crash. Investigators are focusing on whether faulty information from sensors led the plane's system…

NASA’s Insight lands on Mars – What’s next?

After a six-month space cruise, NASA's latest Mars mission has landed in Mars with a single goal: explore its deep insides. InSight Lander - the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport - is the US space agency's first craft dedicated to peer beneath Mars' surface and study its interior. It landed, at…

What happens to the bodies of those who die in the Mediterranean?

Catania, Sicily - On All Soul's Day, around three kilometres from the port in the Sicilian city of Catania, the pauper's grave at the Monumental Cemetery is unusually well-tended, with fresh flowers and beads wrapped around cross-shaped headstones. Many belong to refugees and migrants who died at sea while trying to reach Europe. Sicilian cemeteries…

The rise of hipster colonialism

Last week, Germany's Africa Commissioner Gunter Nooke said that European countries should be allowed to lease land and to build and run cities in Africa as a means of stemming what he views as the unchecked expansion of migration from Africa to Europe. For Nooke, allowing the "free development" of these areas would stimulate African…

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