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Mosul assault: Iraq troops make headway against IS

KALAHAN DENG Iraqi government forces have seized several villages as they move towards an assault on the last area held by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul. Hundreds of military vehicles, backed by air power, rolled across the desert towards IS positions early on Sunday. The progress on Sunday in the south of the city, the second biggest in ...

Analysis: With assassins on the Philippines police payroll, the world must wake up to the horror of Duterte’s war on drugs

KALAHAN DENG The Philippines’ firebrand President Rodrigo Duterte swept to power last year vowing to rid his country of drugs-related crime. Instead the streets he pledged to clean have run with the blood of over 7000 citizens murdered in an outbreak of vigilante violence. A report released on Tuesday by human rights group Amnesty International appears to confirm what many ...

Hero neighbour catches baby ‘like a football’ after mother forced to drop her from burning building in Australia

KALAHAN DENG Amother in a burning apartment building in Australia was forced to drop her baby from a second-floor balcony to her neighbours, who caught the seven-month-old “like a football”. Kristy Morton and Luke Hayes woke on Tuesday to discover that the apartment below them was on fire and realised their only escape was via the balcony. Fortunately, two residents of neighbouring ...

Fears rise in Australia over future of country’s most important alliance after Donald Trump’s outburst at Malcolm Turnbull

KALAHAN DENG In Australia, Donald Trump’s fiery outburst at its prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has caused  fears about the future of its most important alliance and left the nation wondering  whether it has been demoted to the likes of “Mexico, China and Iran”. The revelation about the extraordinary phone call between the two  leaders dominated headlines in Australia and led ...

Australian vet nurse spends 30 minutes massaging tennis ball out of snake that mistook it for food and swallowed it

KALAHAN DENG Asnake that had swallowed a tennis ball had to have the item massaged out of its gut by a vet, after it was found by a snake catcher in Townsville, Australia. The 1.5m carpet python was taken to a local vet surgery on Monday by local snake handler, Brian West. “Maybe everyone six months we’ll find ones with ...

Donald Trump declares legal system ‘broken’ as his team set out to ‘mend’ the travel ban

KALAHAN DENG President Donald Trump declared the legal system “broken” on Saturday, as he promised to forge ahead with the battle over a travel ban which has come to define his fledgling presidency. “So dangerous!” Mr Trump tweeted as he claimed that the majority of refugees allowed into the US since the court was halted by a legal challenge hailed ...

Islamic State recruiting child refugees as they head to Europe

KALAHAN DENG Hundreds of asylum-seeking young people are going missing from care once they arrive in Britain, amid concerns they have been targeted for radicalisation by extremist groups during their journey to the UK, a think tank report has warned. Militant groups such as Islamic State are deliberately preying on vulnerable young people for recruitment, as they make the perilous ...

Paris riots: Violence erupts on fifth night of unrest after young black man ‘beaten and raped by police officers’

KALAHAN DENG Rioters burned dozens of cars and set fire to a nursery school in the poor northern suburbs of Paris in the latest night of unrest sparked by the arrest of a young black man by officers who have since been charged with  beating and raping him. Police arrested 17 people in the disturbances that hit several different areas ...

Brawl in South African parliament interrupts President Jacob Zuma speech

KALAHAN DENG Asession of South Africa’s parliament convened for a keynote address by President Jacob Zuma descended into chaos on Thursday as far-left lawmakers brawled with orderlies after interrupting the speech and the main opposition party walked out. Deputies from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party fired questions at Zuma for more than an hour, forcing the president – whose authority has been tarnished ...

Newly-elected president of Somalia was until recently a city employee in Buffalo, New York

KALAHAN DENG Adual US-Somali citizen who until recently worked for the department of transportation in Buffalo, New York was declared president of Somalia on Wednesday. Mohamed A Mohamed, known as Farmajo, was elected by parliament in what observers say were the most democratic proceedings Somalia had seen in decades, leading to celebrations in the streets from his supporters. Mr Farmajo is ...