International  September 25, 2016
Bosnian Serbs vote on disputed 'Republic Day'
Some 1.2 million Bosnian voters are entitled to cast a ballot on whether they want to continue celebrating their "Republic Day" on January 9Serbs in Bosnia voted Sunday to keep celebrating a statehood day in January, a date tied to the divided nation's brutal 1990s war and a sensitive issue for other ethnic groups. The poll is the brainchild of Milorad Dodik, nationalist leader of the Bosnian Serb-run entity Republika Srpska (RS), which partners the Muslim-Croat Federation in the fragi...  Full Story
Acting PM's party boosted in regional elections in Spain
In the Basque country in northern Spain, the PP came in fifth with nine seats in the 75-seat assembly, down one seat, according to results after 99 percent of the ballots had been countedActing Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservatives maintained their absolute majority in Galicia and limited their losses in the Basque country in regional elections on Sunday, according to partial official results.The results boost Rajoy's bid to form a new government at national level and end lasting political paralysis following inconclusive el...  Full Story
Embattled Boko Haram leader Shekau resurfaces in video
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, seen here in a previous video released by the Islamist group, had been wounded in a an air strike last month, according to the Nigerian armyThe embattled leader of jihadist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, resurfaced in a video posted online Sunday, rejecting assertions by the Nigerian army that he had been seriously wounded.The Nigerian military played down the video and added it had wiped out 22 Boko Haram fighters in a clash in the country's north."You have been spreading in the s...  Full Story
Divided UK Labour struggles with Brexit
Labour was against Brexit and when the result of the June 23 referendum came in, shocked MPs launched a coup against leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn, who they accused of a lacklustre campaignDistracted by a bitter leadership contest, Britain's main opposition Labour party has struggled to present a vision of Brexit to challenge the ruling Conservatives -- and many fear the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn will do little to change this.There are concerns the lack of an alternative could result in a "hard Brexit", where Britain agrees to lea...  Full Story
Homemade bomb attack on Hungary police 'attempted execution'
Hungarian police officials investigate in Budapest after an explosion of unknown origin injured two passing police officers on September 25, 2016Hungarian police said Sunday that an explosion in downtown Budapest that seriously injured two of its officers was caused by a homemade, shrapnel-laden device intended to kill the pair.Detectives have launched a manhunt and opened an attempted murder inquiry following the incident late Saturday, Hungarian police chief Karoly Papp told a press confe...  Full Story
Russia under fire at UN as air strikes pound Syria's Aleppo
A tractor clears the rubble following airstrikes by the Syrian regime in the rebel held neighbourhood of Tariq a-Bab in Aleppo on September 24, 2016Britain, France and the United States lashed out at Russia on Sunday over the worsening carnage in Syria as Syrian and Russian warplanes pounded Aleppo in one of the heaviest bombing raids of the five-year war.US Ambassador Samantha Power accused Russia of "barbarism" during a Security Council emergency meeting called to demand that Moscow rein in ...  Full Story
Jewish community in Guatemala resettles, claiming harassment
In Guatemala, the community of Orthodox Jews first settled in an indigenous Maya farming village but problems arose with local people and they moved to the capital in September 2014A community of Orthodox Jews living outside Guatemala's capital moved out Sunday, claiming persecution because of their faith.The 500-strong group hails from the United States, Israel, Canada, several European countries, Mexico and El Salvador.The leader of the Lev Tahor community, the US rabbi Uriel Goldman, said his people are moving to a village...  Full Story
Jordan writer in anti-Islam case shot dead at court
Jordanian security forces stand guard in Amman on February 10, 2006A prominent Jordanian writer was shot dead Sunday on the steps of a court where he was facing charges for sharing an anti-Islam cartoon on Facebook.Nahed Hattar was struck by three bullets before the alleged assassin was arrested at the scene of the shooting in Amman's central Abdali district, said the official Petra news agency.The assailant -- be...  Full Story