At least 80 people have died, and hundreds more are unaccounted for, in Germany after some of the worst flooding in decades. Belgium has also reported at least 11 dead after the extreme weather, which political leaders have blamed on climate change. Record rainfall in western Europe caused rivers to burst their banks, devastating the […]

Israeli forces have shot a Palestinian woman dead allegedly for attempting to carry out a car-ramming attack northeast of Jerusalem, according to the Israeli army. Palestinian media, which identified the victim as doctoral student Mai Afanah, 29, from Abu Dis, said she was shot and left bleeding at the scene of the incident on Wednesday. […]

Israel launched air raids on the Gaza Strip after Palestinian groups in the besieged enclave sent incendiary balloons into southern Israel. The overnight airstrikes gave way to calm by morning, and there were no reports of casualties on either side. The raids early this morning come less than a month after Israel’s 11-day bombardment of […]

Two parents of kidnapped school children in Tegina in Nigeria’s central Niger state have died of trauma, according to reports from local media. The parents had been in shock after armed gangs kidnapped the students from their school on Sunday, which led to their sudden sickness and unconsciousness. The kidnappers are also said to be […]

Sicilian Mafia boss Giovanni Brusca, whose grisly crimes include having a child’s body dissolved in acid, has been released from prison. Dubbed the “people slayer”, Brusca has confessed to his role in over 100 killings, including the assassination of Italy’s top anti-Mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone. But Brusca became an informant, helping prosecutors hunt down fellow […]

The Chad government on Monday accused the Central African Republic (CAR) of killing six of its soldiers in an attack on an outpost in the south of the country. “The Central African armed forces attacked the outpost of Sourou in Chad on Sunday morning … killed a Chad soldier, injured five and kidnapped five others […]

Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that a proposed unity government aimed at replacing him would be a danger to the country’s security. He urged fellow right-wingers not to back a deal after ultra-nationalist Naftali Bennett said he would form a coalition with a centrist party. Mr Netanyahu’s opponents have until Wednesday to form a […]

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has been re-elected with 95.1 percent of the votes cast, the parliamentary speaker announced Thursday, following an election criticised by the opposition and Western nations. The two other presidential candidates, former state minister Abdallah Salloum Abdallah and Mahmud Merhi, a member of the so-called ‘tolerated opposition’, received 1.5 percent and 3.3 […]

Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from the city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo over fears of another volcanic eruption.   Local authorities have said Mount Nyiragongo could erupt once again with little warning.   The volcano, 10km (six miles) from Goma, spewed lava over the weekend, killing 32 people […]

Mali’s former junta leader Col Assimi Goïta has declared himself the country’s transitional president. He made the announcement after stripping interim President Bah Ndaw and PM Moctar Ouane of their powers. The two ousted leaders were freed from military detention, where they had been held since Monday in what was seen as Mali’s second coup […]

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