India's President Ram Nath Kovind takes oath

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 03:02 Written by

Ram Nath Kovind has been sworn in as president of India, becoming only the second leader from the oppressed Dalit community to be elected head of state.

A former lawyer and state governor, Kovind was elected to the largely ceremonial position last week with more than 65 percent of the vote by members of India's parliament and state assemblies.

Maldivian troops blockaded parliament and clashed with opposition leaders for a second day, witnesses said Tuesday, as political turmoil escalated in the troubled honeymoon islands.

The White House said on Sunday that U.S. President Donald Trump was open to signing legislation toughening sanctions on Russia after Senate and House leaders reached agreement on a bill late last week.

Hundreds of people have marched in New York City to express solidarity with the people of Palestine, amid escalated violence over the Tel Aviv regime’s siege of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam's third holiest site.

Seventeen journalists and managers at Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet went on trial on Monday on charges of aiding a terrorist organisation.

The United Nations refugee agency slams Australia for keeping thousands of refugees “unacceptable” conditions, saying the Canberra government has backtracked on an agreement to relax its tough stance on asylum seekers.

The top US military officer has raised the possibility of a military confrontation with North Korea over its nuclear program, which he described as “our No. 1 challenge.”

100 British tenants a day lose homes: Study

Monday, 24 July 2017 03:07 Written by

A record number of British renters are facing eviction from their homes, a new analysis of the country’s housing crisis shows.

More than 100 tenants are losing their homes a day, with analysts blaming the spiraling costs of renting a property and a long-running freeze to housing benefit for the rising number of evictions, The Guardian reports.

New ceasefire deal agreed in Syria's Ghouta

Monday, 24 July 2017 03:06 Written by

A new deal designating a de-escalation zone in the Syrian province of Eastern Ghouta has been signed with Syrian rebels, the Russian Ministry of Defence said on Saturday.

Israel has installed new security cameras at the entrance to a contested Jerusalem holy site, as officials began indicating it was considering "alternatives" to the metal detectors at the shrine that set off a weekend of violence and raised tensions in the region.