UN chief Antonio Guterres again calls for end to military operations in south Syria

Guterres is "deeply alarmed by the military offensive in southwestern Syria and its devastating toll on civilians," said a statement from his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said yesterday.

Malaysia arrests former aide to ex-premier over 1MDB scandal

Najib, his family and cronies were alleged to have stolen billions of dollars from the investment vehicle in an eye-watering fraud that stretched around the globe.

Spain: Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy admits defeat ahead of no-confidence vote

Mariano Rajoy is set to become the first Spanish premier to lose a no-confidence vote since the country transitioned to democracy after the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975.

Israel targets Hamas position after army post torched

Israel says its actions are necessary to defend the border and stop mass infiltrations from the territory. It accuses Hamas, with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, of seeking to use the protests as cover to carry out violence.

Donald Trump urges China to clamp down on North Korea border

North Korea's sudden shift in attitude followed a weeks-long charm offensive that saw Kim Jong Un hold a historic summit in the Demilitarized Zone with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and meet twice with China's President Xi Jinping.

France vows to seek stronger Iran deal, with or without US

US President Donald Trump is widely expected to announce on May 8 that he is pulling out of what he has called a "very badly negotiated" deal with Tehran and possibly reimpose economic sanctions.

Saudi Arabia to lift driving ban on women from June 24

The decision to allow women to drive could give them the much-needed mobility to join the workforce. Saudi women now no longer need male permission to start business.

Security increased in northeast Nigeria after deadly bombings

Security is expected to dominate the run-up to the next election in February 2019, at which Buhari will stand for a second term. He promised to defeat Boko Haram but is now facing a series of security challenges elsewhere.

Afghanistan attacks on media shows jihadists are weak: Pentagon chief

In a further attack, 11 children were killed and 16 people wounded, including Romanian and Afghan security force members, when a suicide attacker exploded his car near a NATO convoy in the southern province of Kandahar, officials said.

UN Security Council meet Myanmar’s Suu Kyi over Rohingya

The Rohingya have been persecuted for decades in Myanmar, where they are widely regarded as illegal immigrants and denied citizenship. Myanmar's military has kept Rakhine in a lock down since August, blocking access to independent observers, journalists and many aid groups.

Putin, Macron urge ‘strict’ observance of Iran nuclear accord: Kremlin

Russia has said that there was "no alternative" to the agreement and that Iran's position was on the issue was paramount. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani rejected any hopes of rewriting the nuclear deal.

Trump can have Nobel Peace Prize: South Korea president Moon Jae-in

Trump's war of words with Kim last year sparked global fears of another conflict on the peninsula. Trump warned of "fire and fury" against the nuclear-armed North and traded insults with Kim, branding him "Rocket Man" while Kim called Trump a "dotard".

UK’s top diplomat meets Myanmar’s Suu Kyi on Rohingya crisis

A statement from Myanmar's Foreign Affairs Ministry said Johnson and Suu Kyi discussed repatriation and developments in Rakhine, the western Myanmar state from where the Rohingya have fled over the past few months.

Macron tells Trump it’s important to respect Iran nuclear deal

On Friday, Trump is expected to announce that he continues to regard remaining in the Iran nuclear deal not to be in US interests.

Trump cryptic about contacts with North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un

Trump has repeatedly insulted the North Korean leader, describing him as mad and a "rocket man."

US Republicans unveil immigration bill, Trump demands wall funds

Trump scrapped DACA last September, but left a six-month window for Congress to craft a solution by March, when thousands of immigrants would face deportation.

Just off Israeli highway, 500,000-year-old site found

Archaeologists envision the site at Jaljulia, northeast of Tel Aviv, as a sort of 'paradise" for prehistoric hunter-gatherers, with a stream, vegetation and an abundance of animals.

Russian Patriarch Kirill calls on Russians to vote in March election

The Patriarch also warned Russians of "the possibility of malicious people or forces to use digital technology to render irreparable damage to our country and society."