Thai drug lord sentenced to life, son to death
A Thai Criminal Court on Wednesday sentenced a local drug lord to life imprisonment and his son to death for selling 20 kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine, a court official said. His wife, Asama Saenlee, 67, was also got life jail term for same offence. Laota Saenlee, 77, long considered... Read more
Liberia holds run-off vote on Dec. 26: electoral commission
Liberia will hold a delayed presidential run-off vote on Dec. 26, the electoral commission chief said. Former soccer star George Weah faces Vice-President Joseph Boakai in the poll that was held up for several weeks by a court challenge by the candidate who came third in round one. The... Read more
Saudi Arabia lifts 35-year ban on cinemas
Saudi Arabia on Monday announced a lifting of the kingdom’s decades-long ban on cinemas, a landmark decision part of a series of social reforms ushered in by the powerful crown prince. The culture and information ministry announced in a statement that “commercial cinemas will be allowed to operate in... Read more
Liberia’s Supreme Court lifts suspension on presidential run-off election
The Supreme Court of Liberia has lifted its stay order on the country’s presidential run-off election earlier billed for Nov. 7. Ruling on an appeal for a re-run of the first round of elections held on Oct. 10, the apex court said evidence provided by the appellants was insufficient... Read more
No change to status quo at Jerusalem holy sites – Netanyahu
  Netanyahu pledges no change to status quo at Jerusalem holy sites Read more
Five things to know about Jerusalem
Jerusalem is once again stirring powerful emotions around the world with US President Donald Trump set to recognise the city as Israel’s capital. Here are five things to know about the divided city: – Current status – Israel seized control of Palestinian east Jerusalem from Jordan during a 1967... Read more
Trump recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
  President Donald Trump has announced the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Details later… Read more
Putin declares intention for next year Presidential election
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said he would seek a new six-year term in the country’s March elections in a move that would extend his rule to 2024. “I will offer my candidacy for the post of president of the Russian Federation,” he said at the GAZ factory... Read more
Nestle to close its DR Congo factory
Swiss food giant Nestle announced Sunday that it would close its factory in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a potential market of 80 million people but one beset by poverty and political instability. “We will close our factory and offices by the end of January and... Read more
AU says 3,800 migrants in Libya need urgent repatriation
The head of the African Union’s executive commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Thursday said around 3,800 migrants needed to be repatriated urgently from Libya. “They want to get out of this mess as swiftly as possible,” he said at a summit of the AU and the European Union in... Read more