Flood death toll rises in Jakarta, tens of thousands evacuated

JAKARTA: Tens of thousands of people were evacuated in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta on Thursday after flash floods and landslides in the area killed up to 21 people, with more heavy…

ISRAEL: Benjamin Netanyahu asks for immunity from prosecution

By Staff Reporter THE Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has decided to seek parliamentary immunity from prosecution over corruption charges. The move would likely delay a trial until after fresh…

Pope defends women’s rights in new year message

By Staff Reporter Pope Francis, in his first message of the new year, denounced on Wednesday the use and abuse of women in modern society and called for an end…

North Korea promises to unveil a ‘new strategic weapon’

By ALJAZEERA NORTH Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday said his country would continue developing nuclear programmes and introduce a “new strategic weapon” in the near future, state media…

Angola hits ‘Princess’ dos Santos with asset freeze

By Staff Reporter ANGOLA has frozen the assets of Isabel dos Santos, the billionaire daughter of the country’s previous leader, in a sign that President João Lourenço is taking a…

Greta Thunberg’s father: ‘She is happy, but I worry’

Greta Thunberg’s father has said he thought it was “a bad idea” for his daughter to take to the “front line” of the battle against climate change. Millions of people…

Australia: Fires worsen as every Australian state hits 40C

SCORES of fires are burning out of control across Australia amid a heatwave which has seen temperatures exceed 40C (104F) in every state. On Monday, the most dangerous fires were…

Japan Airlines is giving away 50,000 free plane tickets

By Michelle Lim JAPAN Airlines is giving away 50 000 free round-trip domestic air tickets to international tourists next summer, but there’s a catch. The giveaway aims to encourage tourists…

Judges dismiss opposition challenges to Botswana elections

By Associated Press GABORONE: Judges in Botswana have dismissed more than a dozen opposition challenges to the recent parliamentary elections, saying they failed to prove allegations of fraud. Just one…

Rush-hour car bomb kills dozens in Somali capital

At least 76 people are reported to have been killed by a car bomb during morning rush hour in Somalia’s capital. The blast took place at a checkpoint at a…