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As Israel drills for war, PM warns Iran not to test their resolve

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday warned the country’s enemies to “not test” Israel amid concerns that escalating tensions between the United States and Iran could result in an attack on the Jewish state. The prime minister made his remarks during a visit to a large-scale Israel Defense Forces exercise in northern Israel, reports Times…

Tory leadership race: Rivals clash over Brexit

Tory leadership rivals have clashed in a live BBC TV debate on whether the UK can leave the EU, no matter what, by the 31 October deadline. Asked for a guarantee he would do this, Boris Johnson described the deadline as “eminently feasible”. Sajid Javid said it “focused minds”, but Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt…

Trump threatens to deport millions more immigrants, kicks off campaign

On the day of his self-declared presidential campaign kickoff, President Trump is threatening to deport “millions” of immigrants in the United States illegally beginning “next week.” But what’s known is far less definitive, states a report in NPR. The administration is predicting that with increased help from Mexico, it will have more bed space at…

BBC international audience soars to record high of 426m

. Kenya and BBC World News TV both reach all-time record highs More people around the world are tuning into the BBC than ever before, reaching a new high of 426m a week – an increase of 50m (13%) over the year, according to new figures released today. The Global Audience Measure (GAM) shows BBC…

  Gulf of Oman: US sends more troops as tensions with Iran rise

The US military will send an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East as tensions build with Iran. Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the deployment was in response to what he described as “hostile behaviour” by Iranian forces. The US Navy also shared new images it says link Iran to recent oil tanker attacks…

Deposed Egyptian President Muhammed Morsi dies in court

Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has died, Egypt State Television reports. He fainted during a Cairo court session. As Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Morsi led the country for one polarizing year. He was ousted by the military in 2013 following mass protests. Since then, he has been in custody and has faced a series…

Abuse in Senegal’s Koranic schools

Severe abuse, exploitation, and neglect of children known as talibés continue at alarming rates in many of Senegal’s Quranic schools, Human Rights Watch and the Platform for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (PPDH), a Senegalese coalition of rights groups, said in a report released today. The 71-page report, “‘There Is Enormous Suffering’: Serious…

Tory leadership contest: 10 rivals face first ballot of MPs

Conservative MPs will begin the process of choosing their new leader and the next prime minister later when a first round of voting is held in Parliament. Voting will take place by secret ballot in the Commons, with a result expected some time after 13:00 BST. Any of the 10 candidates who fails to secure…

More cases of Ebola outbreak confirmed in Uganda

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Uganda’s Ministry of Health have confirmed two more cases of Ebola in Uganda after the virus claimed the life of a five-year-old boy. The two patients whose blood samples tested positive for Ebola are relatives of the boy. The confirmation now brings the number of those who have been…

Russia frees detained journalist

These have been a remarkable few days in Russia and, as Russians mark a national holiday, many will feel the freeing of journalist Ivan Golunov has given them something extra to celebrate. From the moment the news broke on Friday that the investigative reporter for the Latvia-based Meduza news agency had been arrested on drugs…

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