International articles


S. Africa leader curtails Britain trip over unrest at home

JOHANNESBURG – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has cut short his participation in the Commonwealth summit in Britain to tackle violent demonstrations at home, his office said, in one of the first major challenges of his new presidency, reports BSS. Ramaphosa, who took office in February with promises to jump-start the economy and stamp out […]


UN in talks with Syria, Russia on security for chemical weapons experts

UNITED NATIONS, United States – A UN team is discussing security arrangements with Syrian and Russian authorities in Douma to allow experts to deploy soon to investigate an alleged chemical weapons attack, UN security officials said Wednesday, reports BSS. The fact-finding mission from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to the Syrian […]


France, Britain, US want to regain ‘prestige’ with Syria strikes: dissident

MADRID – Far from “saving Syrians from brutality”, the United States, France and Britain were likely only trying to regain international “prestige” when they attacked Bashar al-Assad’s regime, prominent Syrian dissident Yassin al Haj Saleh told AFP, reports BSS. The three countries launched missile strikes against suspected chemical weapons development and storage sites in Syria […]


Cuba: six decades of Castro power

HAVANA – The departure of Cuba’s President Raul Castro brings to an end his family’s six-decade grip on power, which began with his late brother and revolutionary hero Fidel, reports BSS. Here are some highlights. – Revolution – On New Year’s Day in 1959, dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba, defeated by 26 months of guerrilla […]


Storm claims 8 lives in eastern India

NEW DELHI – Eight people were killed and many injured as a deadly storm with winds up to 104 km per hour hit India’s eastern state West Bengal in the past 24 hours, official sources confirmed on Wednesday, reports BSS. The storm hit the state capital Kolkata and its adjoining areas. A large number of […]


Arab ire at US Jerusalem move looks unlikely to spark action

DUBAI – Arab leaders at a summit in Saudi Arabia have slammed Washington’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move its embassy there, but analysts say their words are unlikely to lead to action, reports BSS. The shift by US President Donald Trump has sparked deep anger across the Arab world, particularly among […]


Myanmar pardons 8,500 prisoners in holiday amnesty

YANGON – Myanmar’s president on Tuesday announced pardons for more than 8,500 prisoners, including three dozen jailed in political cases, as part of an annual amnesty marking the country’s traditional new year, reports BSS. President Win Myint, who took office last month after his predecessor suddenly resigned, said the pardons would be granted on humanitarian […]


Chemical arms experts due in Douma Wednesday, Russians say

THE HAGUE – Chemical weapons experts are due to arrive in Douma on Wednesday to probe an alleged poison gas attack, Russian officials said, as the US voiced fears Moscow may already have “tampered with” evidence at the site, reports BSS. Following weekend missile strikes on Syria by the US, France and Britain, Russia traded […]


Syria, Iran dominate Arab League summit

DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia – Arab leaders — minus Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — meet in Saudi Arabia for a summit on Sunday as world powers face off over Syria and tensions rise between Riyadh and Tehran, reports BSS. Saudi Arabia is pushing for a tough, unified stance against its regional arch-rival Iran at the annual […]


No decision yet from Trump on Syria response

WASHINGTON, United States – President Donald Trump put off a final decision on strikes against Syria following a crunch meeting with national security advisors Thursday, as Moscow warned against any US move that could trigger a conflict between the nuclear-armed rivals, reports BSS. Minutes after Pentagon brass and cabinet members jumped in black armored SUVs […]


Montenegro holds presidential vote in shadow of crime

PODGORICA, Montenegro- Gangland killings and organised crime have loomed over Montenegro’s presidential campaign, handing ammunition to the opposition in their attacks on six-time former prime minister Milo Djukanovic, who is the favourite to win Sunday’s first round vote, reports BSS. Having dominated politics in the tiny Balkan nation for nearly a quarter of a century, […]