Thousands of street loiterers arrested in The Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte directed police to arrest “idlers” to avoid “potential trouble for the public.” [JC Gotinga/Al Jazeera] Manila, Philippines – Police have arrested more than 10,000 people for loitering in the streets in the last two weeks, after President Rodrigo Duterte issued a directive to round up “idlers” in order to avoid “potential trouble […]

Malaysia to withdraw troops stationed in Saudi Arabia

Timing of troops’ return to be determined following talks with foreign ministry, Sabu said [File: Yong Teck Lim/The Associated Press] Malaysia’s defence minister has said that his country’s new government will withdraw its troops from Saudi Arabia. In a statement made to local media, Mohammed Sabu said on Wednesday that maintaining a military presence in […]

What’s the future of protests in Hungary?

Policemen stand guard during a protest against the Hungarian government [File: Lisi Niesner/Reuters] Rights groups have sounded the alarm over recent moves to limit the legal parameters of holding protests in Hungary. Sponsored by Justice Minister Laszlo Trocsanyi, legislation introduced on Tuesday could ban participation in rallies or assemblies that have not been granted a […]

Putin: New Russian weapons decades ahead of foreign rivals

Putin says Russian nuclear programme was only for defensive purposes [File: Reuters] Russian President Vladimir Putin has boasted about his country’s prospective nuclear weapons, saying they are years and even decades ahead of foreign designs. The new weapons represent a quantum leap in the nation’s military capability, Putin told graduates of Russian military academies in […]

Report: UK involved in torture and rendition of terror suspects

London, England – The decision by the British government to release two reports pertaining to detainee mistreatment and rendition overseas: one on information collated between 2001-20110 at the height of the so-called “war on terror” and a second recommending a tightened framework for Consolidated Guidance regarding the treatment of detainees has met sharp criticism after […]

India preparing for ‘cut in oil imports from Iran’

Industry sources said India, the biggest buyer of Iranian oil after China, will be forced to take action to protect its exposure to the US financial system [File: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters] India’s oil ministry has asked refiners to prepare for a “drastic reduction or zero” of imports of Iranian oil starting in November, two industry […]

Mexico’s election marred by deadly violence

As Mexico heads to the polls on July 1st for presidential elections, the country has seen a wave of unprecedented violence against politicians and the media. According to Etellekt, a risk analysis and crisis management firm, 534 politicians have been attacked since campaigning began in September and 130 politicians have been killed. Government statistics show […]

UK’s Prince William visits occupied East Jerusalem

Britain’s Prince William has visited holy sites in occupied East Jerusalem on the final day of his Middle East tour. He started the day paying respects at his great-grandmother Princess Alice’s grave. She helped rescue Jews during the Holocaust. Prince William drew criticism for not meeting Israeli’s mayor of Jerusalem while visiting the Western Wall, […]

Iraq to execute ISIL fighters on death row: PM

Most of the women convicted by Iraqi authorities are from former Soviet republics [AFP] Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday ordered the immediate execution of all convicted “terrorists” of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group, on death row, in swift retaliation for the group’s execution of […]