India elections 2019: Final round of voting under way in 59 seats

India elections 2019: Final round of voting under way in 59 seats

Indians are voting in the seventh and final phase of national elections, wrapping up a six-week-long campaign season with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seeking re-election for another five years. Nearly a 100 million people are eligible to vote on Sunday in 59 constituencies across seven states - including the…
Presidential hopeful Joe Biden calls for unity in inaugural rally

Presidential hopeful Joe Biden calls for unity in inaugural rally

Former Vice President Joe Biden has officially launched his bid for the US presidency in a ceremony in his home state of Pennsylvania, embracing a message of unity that he said would ultimately help defeat President Donald Trump.   Speaking to a crowd in Philadelphia to kick off his 2020 campaign, the 76-year-old - who served as…
Eurovision under way in Israel despite pro-Palestinian protests

Eurovision under way in Israel despite pro-Palestinian protests

The Eurovision Song Contest finals got under way in Tel Aviv, as Israeli police threw a high-security cordon around the venue, amid pro-Palestinian protests urging fans to shun the event. Armed police stood at elevated positions around the Expo Tel Aviv complex on Saturday night, with patrol cars and police motorcyclists at junctions as fans passed through…
FM Javad Zarif: We don’t want war, and no one can confront Iran

FM Javad Zarif: We don’t want war, and no one can confront Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says he does not believe a war will break out in the region as Tehran does not want a conflict and no country has the "illusion it could confront Iran", state news agency IRNA reports. Concerns about a possible conflict have flared since the White House ordered warships and…
Australia election: Scott Morrison hails ‘miracle’ victory

Australia election: Scott Morrison hails ‘miracle’ victory

Melbourne, Australia - The ruling Liberal-led conservative coalition appeared to secure a surprise win in the Australian federal election on Saturday after outperforming exit polls that predicted a victory for the opposition Labor Party. While the Liberal-National Coalition won more seats in the House of Representatives than Labor, it was unclear whether they won an outright…
Syria says missiles fired from Israeli-held territory at Damascus

Syria says missiles fired from Israeli-held territory at Damascus

Syrian air defences have targeted projectiles coming from "occupied territory", a reference to Israel and the Palestinian territories, and brought some of them down, Syrian state television reported. Loud blasts echoed across Damascus late on Friday, residents said, shortly before the television news bulletin that reported the incident. SANA, Syria's state news agency, quoted a…
Australian election: Voting under way in key contest

Australian election: Voting under way in key contest

Melbourne, Australia - Australians are heading to the polls to select their next parliament and prime minister, in what has been widely referred to as the climate-change election. Some 16.5 million Australians are enrolled to vote on Saturday, with more than 4.7 million having already cast ballots in early voting by Friday. Polling stations will…
Gotabaya Rajapaksa confirms presidential run in anxious Sri Lanka

Gotabaya Rajapaksa confirms presidential run in anxious Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, accused by rights groups of war crimes during the final months of Sri Lanka's long-running civil war a decade ago, has confirmed he plans to run for the presidency in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks that have shattered the country's uneasy peace. Rajapaksa, the…
Palestine’s al-Maliki: US peace plan a ‘surrender act’

Palestine’s al-Maliki: US peace plan a ‘surrender act’

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki has described the anticipated US Israel-Palestine peace plan as a "consecration" of Palestinian suffering. "The US 'deal of the century' is the consecration of our century-old ordeal: no independence, no sovereignty, no freedom, no justice," al-Maliki said on Friday at the London-based Chatham House think-tank. "And if they do not think…
Syria bombings: UN says ‘worst fears are coming true’ in Idlib

Syria bombings: UN says ‘worst fears are coming true’ in Idlib

The United Nations has warned of a humanitarian crisis unfolding in Syria's northwest province of Idlib, as Western powers challenged Syria and its ally Russia to provide assurances that attacks on hospitals and schools would stop. Speaking at a UN Security Council meeting on Friday, UN humanitarian affairs coordinator Mark Lowcock said there had been concern about the escalating situation…

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