Senegal's President welcomes Dr Mahathir for conference on the emergence of Africa

DAKAR, Senegal, Jan 17 -- Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad being welcomed by Senegal's President Macky Sall ahead of their talks at the Presidential Palace here on Wednesday. Tun Dr Mahathir is in town for the Third International Conference on the Emergence of Africa from January 17 to 19. Photo courtesy of BERNAMA ... Read More

Women throng Saudi stadium for Italian Super Cup

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Jan 17 - Women fans are pictured in the stands during Wednesday's match. Chaperoned by men, thousands of women thronged a Saudi stadium for the Italian Supercup final between Juventus and AC Milan, brushing off a controversy over entry restrictions. With painted faces and banners, female football fans entered the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in western Jeddah city throug... Read More

Sumo Grand champion Kisenosato announces retirement

Tokyo, Japan, Jan 17 - Sumo grand champion Kisenosato wipes his tears as he attends his retirement news conference in Tokyo. Grand champion Kisenosato announced his retirement Wednesday, sending shockwaves throughout the sumo world and once again leaving the sport without a Japan-born grand champion. With tears streaming down his face, the 32-year-old Ibaraki native lamented that he was unable ... Read More

Madurai celebrates bull-taming festival Jallikattu

Madurai, India, Jan 17 - Indian participants try to control a bull at the annual bull taming event 'Jallikattu' in Palamedu village which is part of south India's harvest festival of Pongal, on the outskirts of Madurai, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Photo courtesy of PTI ... Read More

Thailand shrouded in haze

Bangkok, Thailand, Jan 17 - Bangkok firefighters on Wednesday 'soaked the sky' with high-pressure fire cannons in front of City Hall - a short-term measure to address the hazardous air pollution in the city. Thailand government is stepping up efforts to fight the worsening, detrimental effects of air pollution caused by the fine dust that has blighted Bangkok and surrounding areas since late last ... Read More

Ex-Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo acquitted at ICC

Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Jan 17 - Supporters of the former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo celebrate on the announcement of his being acquitted of war crimes, in the yopougon district of Abidjan. The International Criminal Court acquitted former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo over a wave of post-electoral violence, in a stunning blow to the war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Judges ordered ... Read More

Australia Toby Price moved into the lead of the Bike Category

Lima, Peru, Jan 17 - Australian Toby Price compete in stage eight of the Dakar Rally as he takes the overall lead in the bike category. One more day to go, That is what is on the minds of Dakar Rally riders as they overnight in Pisco after completing the penultimate stage of Dakar 2019. Thursday will see competitors negotiate the final 359 kilometre Stage Ten to the finish line at the Peruvian ca... Read More

Kenya police arrest two terror suspects over Dusit attack

Nairobi, Kenya, Jan 16 - Police have sealed off Guango estate in Ruaka and ransacked a house where one of the terrorists is believed to have been living. Detectives investigating the Dusit 2 Hotel complex attack have intensified the search for the conspirators of the crime arresting two suspects believed to have played a role in the terror attack. At least 21 people were killed when Somali militan... Read More

Russia President Vladimir Putin meets his Zimbabwean counterpart

Moscow, Russia, Jan 16 - Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) in a meeting with Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagvaya at the Kremlin on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Kremlin/dpa - ... Read More

Jordan and Iraq strengthen their regional ties

Baghdad, Iraq, Jan 16 -- Iraqi President, Barham Salih (right) has described his talks with Jordan's King Abdullah II here on Monday as historic and extremely important, reflecting the deep relations between the two countries. Barham Salih is seen here receiving King Abdullah II on Monday prior to their meeting. Photo courtesy of Royal Hashemite Court/dpa. ... Read More

Theresa May Now Faces No Confidence Vote

London, United Kingdom, Jan 16 - People wave European Union flags while they watch British Prime Minister Theresa May's speech in the House of Commons on a giant screen in London. British Prime Minister Theresa May who suffered a crushing defeat on her Brexit divorce deal now faces a no-confidence motion set by Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn. Parliament voted 432-202 against her deal, the wors... Read More

Indian Harvest Festivals

Mumbai, India, Jan 16 - A man, right, brings a decorated cow to attract alms as Tamil women cook special food to celebrate the harvest festival of Pongal at Dharavi, one of the world's largest slums, in Mumbai. Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated in the southern region of India. It is a three- day long festival celebrated as per the Hindu solar calendar. Photo courtesy of Rafiq Maqbool ... Read More

Kenya DusitD2 hotel attacked by suspected militants

Nairobi, Kenya, Jan 16 - Police officers help people to escape after a bomb blast at DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi that was attacked by suspected terrorists, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i has said that all buildings at the Dusit complex have secured. Suspected militants have attacked a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi, killing at least six people. Gunfire and blasts were heard at the com... Read More

China sentences Canadian man to death for drug smuggling

Beijing, China, Jan 15 - Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg (C) during his retrial on drug charges. A court in China has sentenced a Canadian to death for drug smuggling in a ruling. Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was originally given a 15-year jail term in 2018 but after an appeal the court said the sentence was too lenient. Monday's ruling comes weeks after Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, a top officia... Read More

Iran cargo plane crash leaves 15 dead

Karaj, Iran, Jan 15 - A reporter took a photo of the crash site of a Boeing 707 plane in Karaj. At least 16 people were killed on Monday in the crash. The Boeing 707 came off the runway and hit a residential area while trying to land at Fath airport in Karaj, 40km (25 miles) west of Tehran, in poor weather. Only a flight engineer of the 16 people on board was found alive, with no-one reportedly ... Read More

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ASIA
EU IMPOSES TARIFFS ON RICE IMPORTED FROM CAMBODIA, MYANMAR

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Jan 17 (NNN-AKP) - The European Commission has imposed tariffs on rice imported from Cambodia and Myanmar, in a bid to curb a surge in rice imports from the two Southeast Asian countries.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the European Union (EU) said, a significant ...

MIDDLE EAST
LEBANON'S HEZBOLLAH SAYS ISRAEL BEHIND MANY REGIONAL CRISES

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan 17 (NNN-NNA) - The deputy leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah, said on Wednesday, that, Israel is behind a lot of crises in the region.

"This region will ...

AFRICA
MALI: GUNMEN KILL MORE THAN 30 TUAREGS IN ONGOING VIOLENCE

BAMAKO, Jan 17 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- Gunmen on motorbikes have killed more than 30 Tuareg civilians this week in northern Mali, where clashes over land and scarce water are common, an ...

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
PRES OBRADOR: MEXICO GUARANTEES PROTECTION FOR NEW MIGRANT CARAVANS

MEXICO CITY, Jan 17 (NNN-EFE) -- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador guaranteed that the country will protect and respect the human rights of members of new migrant caravans that ...

EUROPE
GREEK PM WINS CONFIDENCE VOTE OVER MACEDONIA NAME ROW

ATHENS, Jan 17 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras survived a confidence vote after a row over a landmark name deal with Macedonia sunk his four-year coalition. A ...