Filipino Muslims vote in referendum on autonomous region

Muslims in the southern Philippines voted Monday in a referendum on a new autonomous region that seeks to end nearly half a century of unrest, in what their leaders are touting as the best alternative to a new wave of Islamic State group-inspired militants. The vote caps a tumultuous peace effort by the government in

Polish PM calls for respect in public life after mayor slain

Poland’s conservative Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called on politicians and public figures Sunday to make the public debate more respectful after the slaying of Gdansk city mayor which raised calls for national reconciliation. Morawiecki said that the death of Pawel Adamowicz was a “great evil” that should be turned into something positive. Events were held

Afghanistan braces for rematch between political rivals

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday registered to run for president later this year, setting up a rematch after a bitterly disputed 2014 vote led to a power-sharing agreement brokered by the United States. They are the front-runners among at least 14 candidates who registered to run in the July

Death toll reaches 73 in Mexico fuel pipeline fire horror

They were warned to stay away from the geyser of gasoline gushing from the illegally tapped pipeline in central Mexico, but Gerardo Perez says he and his son joined others in bypassing the soldiers. As they neared the spurting fuel he was overcome with foreboding. Perez recalls telling his son: “Let’s go … this thing

Polish, European officials attend burial of slain mayor

Polish and European officials joined thousands of people from across Poland Saturday for the funeral of Pawel Adamowicz, the slain mayor of the northern city of Gdansk. Adamowicz, 53, died Monday after being stabbed the night before at a charity event. The arrested suspect is an ex-convict with a grudge against an opposition party that

Canada says it won’t be deterred by Chinese pressure

Canada’s public safety minister said Friday that the country won’t be deterred by Chinese pressure after China threatened reprisals if Huawei was banned from supplying equipment for 5G networks, highlighting the growing rift between America’s neighbor and the emerging superpower. There are accusations that the telecom giant is controlled by China’s ruling Communist Party or

Lebanon calls for readmitting Syria to Arab League

Lebanon used an Arab economic meeting Friday to urge the Arab League to restore Syria‘s membership, calling it a “historic shame” to keep the Arab country out of the forum. The Lebanese Foreign Minister, Gebran Bassil, spoke before Arab ministers meeting in Beirut ahead of a regional summit that has been overshadowed by divisions and

Zimbabwe again forces ‘total internet shutdown’ amid unrest

Zimbabwe’s government has again forced a “total internet shutdown,” a media group says, after a days-long violent crackdown on people protesting dramatic fuel price increases. MISA-Zimbabwe shares a text message from the country’s largest telecom company, Econet, calling the government order “beyond our reasonable control.” The shutdown faces a court challenge from the group and

Brazil’s Bolsonaro makes stumbling start as president

A few days after being inaugurated, new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced a tax increase, only to have his chief-of-staff say hours later that the boss “had been wrong.” The former army captain also said he would be open to putting a U.S. base in his country, but military leaders quickly squashed the idea. And

Gdansk city official meets with family of mayor’s attacker

A deputy of Gdansk’s slain mayor says he has met with the attacker’s mother and that the family needs protection against hate messages. Mayor Pawel Adamowicz’s coffin will lie in state on Thursday and Friday at the Solidarity movement center in Gdansk to allow residents to bid farewell to the official, who was very popular.

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