Austria’s Kurz calls for snap elections amid video scandal

Austria’s Kurz calls for snap elections amid video scandal

Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has called for fresh elections after his ruling coalition collapsed following an apparent video sting that forced his deputy to step down. In a statement on Saturday, Kurz said he would ask the country's President Alexander Van der Bellen to hold a new vote "as soon as possible". The call came…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Egypt blackface sketch about Sudanese spotlights racism in region

Egypt blackface sketch about Sudanese spotlights racism in region

An Egyptian comedian has sparked anger by using blackface in a sketch and mocking Sudanese people, drawing attention to what experts say is a deeper racism problem in the region. Speaking what she thought would pass as Sudanese Arabic, Shaimaa Seif, wearing blackface, chatted to Egyptian commuters on a bus as part of a sketch…
Australia election: Scott Morrison hails ‘miracle’ victory

Australia election: Scott Morrison hails ‘miracle’ victory

Melbourne, Australia - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declared victory in the country's federal elections after his Liberal-National coalition defied the opinion polls and secured a surprise win over the opposition Labor Party.  Morrison, who had campaigned on providing tax cuts and the enduring resilience of Australia's economy, claimed the win shortly after Labor's Bill…
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…

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