Japan enacts controversial anti-terror law

TOKYO: Japan enacted a controversial anti–terror lawon Thursday that sparked street protests and warnings from critics that it would stomp on citizens’ privacy rights. The upper house of parliament passed the conspiracy bill early on Thursday after political wrangling through the night, overcoming the weak opposition’s no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet and … More Japan enacts controversial anti-terror law

New Lesotho Prime Minister’s wife shot dead

File: Tom Thabane won the June 3 elections, called three years ahead of schedule. The early poll followed a vote of no confidence against Pakalitha Mosisili. Photo: AFP / Alexander Joe The wife of Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane was shot dead late on Wednesday, just hours after her husband’s inauguration, raising fears of another wave … More New Lesotho Prime Minister’s wife shot dead

Helmut Kohl, chancellor who reunited Germany, dies at 87

Helmut Kohl, the physically imposing German chancellor whose reunification of a nation divided by the Cold War put Germany at the heart of a united Europe, has died at 87. Kohl’s Christian Democratic Union Party posted on Twitter: “We are in sorrow. #RIP #HelmutKohl.” The German newspaper Bild reported that Kohl died Friday at his … More Helmut Kohl, chancellor who reunited Germany, dies at 87

Uncertainty over Islamic State leader’s fate after airstrike

Uncertainty and confusion surrounded the fate of the head of the Islamic State group Friday as Russia announced it may have killed him in an airstrike targeting a meeting of IS leaders just outside the group’s self-declared capital in Syria, but U.S. officials said there was no definitive proof of his death. The demise of … More Uncertainty over Islamic State leader’s fate after airstrike

Trump ‘cancels’ Obama Cuba deal, unveiling new policies

After nearly three years of warming relations between the United States and Cuba, President Donald Trump has announced that his administration will unravel many of his predecessor’s policies on the communist state. Speaking from Miami, Florida, Trump announced changes to President Obama’s historic rapprochement with Cuba — fulfilling a promise to the anti-Castro voting bloc … More Trump ‘cancels’ Obama Cuba deal, unveiling new policies

Djibouti says Eritrean soldiers occupy disputed area

Djibouti has lodged a formal complaint with the African Union after accusing soldiers from neighboring Eritrea of occupying a contested mountainous area after Qatari peacekeepers left the region this week, an official said. The moves threatened to renew a territorial dispute between the two East African nations that Qatar, now caught up in a diplomatic … More Djibouti says Eritrean soldiers occupy disputed area