South Africa's ANC seen winning election but support sliding

Mfuneko Toyana, Wendell Roelf JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – The African National Congress faced its toughest electoral test on Wednesday as it sought to reverse a slide in support from voters frustrated by graft and racial inequalities a generation after it won power in South Africa’s first all-race poll. South Africa is holding parliamentary and provincial […]

Haftar's forces shoot down Tripoli government warplane south of capital

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Forces loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar shot down a Tripoli government warplane south of the Libyan capital on Tuesday, witnesses and the Libyan National Army (LNA) said. The LNA media unit released pictures of what it said was the pilot with blood on his face receiving medical treatment while seated […]

Syria war: UN alarm at escalation of hostilities in Idlib

The UN has called for an urgent de-escalation in north-western Syria, after fighting between government and opposition forces reportedly left dozens of civilians dead or injured. Secretary General António Guterres urged all parties to recommit to a truce covering opposition-held parts of Idlib, Aleppo and Hama provinces. Activists said 43 combatants and five civilians were […]

Aeroflot plane crash: Pilot error theory probed

Russian investigators are considering pilot error as a possible cause of the crash which killed 41 people on board an Aeroflot airliner at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. Crew members and passengers say the Sukhoi Superjet-100 was struck by lightning in the air, which knocked out communications with ground control. But the high-speed landing of a fuel-laden […]

ISIS, defeated on the ground, returns to its roots with bombs and bloodshed

James Kitfield When the little known Islamist group National Thowfeek Jamaath launched a series of suicide-bombing attacks targeting churches and hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, triggering one of the deadliest terror attacks since 9/11, many counter-terrorism experts suspected the guidance of an unseen hand. The level of coordination and bomb-making sophistication seemed out […]

Congo Ebola death toll nears 1,000, expected to spread: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization said on Friday it feared continued “intense transmission” of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where deaths from a nine-month-old epidemic is 994 and expected to exceed 1,000 within hours. The WHO plans to introduce an unlicensed new Ebola vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson, in […]

German arrests as police attack dark web drugs market

Police in western Germany have arrested three men suspected of running the world’s second-largest dark net marketplace for illegal drugs, stolen data and malicious software. The FBI took part in the investigation and arrested two alleged drug-dealers in Los Angeles, the German DPA news agency reported. The site – now taken down – was named […]

India calls for Pakistan's blacklisting by terror finance watchdog

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India will ask the global money laundering and terror finance watchdog to put Pakistan on a blacklist of countries that fail to meet international standards in stopping financial crime, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) already has Pakistan on its “grey list” of countries […]

Strike by Tunisian fuel workers leads to queues and empty pumps

Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) – Fuel distribution workers in Tunisia began a three-day strike on Thursday to demand higher wages, leading to long queues and empty pumps at petrol stations across the North African nation. The government is facing rising public demands for more pay as price rise, with inflation at about 7 percent. It […]

Venezuela crisis: Dozens injured in clashes in Caracas

A woman was shot dead and dozens injured in the Venezuelan capital Caracas on Wednesday, in clashes between opposition supporters and pro-government forces. The military fired tear gas and water cannon amid rival demonstrations. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó called for those responsible for the death of a 27-year-old woman to be found. He also urged […]