U.N. rights boss denounces air strikes on Aleppo as war crimes

U.N. rights boss denounces air strikes on Aleppo as war crimes

GENEVA, October 21 (Reuters) – The top United Nations human rights official said on Friday that the siege and bombing of eastern Aleppo in Syria constituted “crimes of historic proportions” that have caused heavy civilian casualties amounting to war crimes.   Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein did not specifically name Russia, whose war planes have carried […]

Death toll hits 73 in Myanmar ferry disaster

YANGON, October 21 (Reuters) – The death toll in a Myanmar ferry sinking has reached 73, authorities said on Friday, as they wrapped up a week-long search and rescue operation for survivors and prepared to launch an inquiry into the cause of the disaster.   Marine accidents are common in Myanmar, where many people rely […]

Polling safeguards stepped up after Trump’s ‘rigged election’ claim

Polling safeguards stepped up after Trump’s ‘rigged election’ claim

October 21 (Reuters) – Authorities in Philadelphia will station prosecutors throughout the city on election day to respond to any reports of voter intimidation or other illegal activity after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump claimed that polling might be “rigged” in this mostly minority city.   Philadelphia is one of many U.S. municipalities wrestling with […]

Biden views Trump’s remarks on elections as ‘threat’ to democracy

Biden views Trump’s remarks on elections as ‘threat’ to democracy

Washington, October 21 (IANS) US Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday warned that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s refusal to commit himself to accepting the result of the November 8 elections, if he is defeated, is a “threat” to the country’s democratic process.   “No democratic process can be sustained without a sense of trust. […]

Obama calls Trump’s election rhetoric ‘dangerous’

Obama calls Trump’s election rhetoric ‘dangerous’

Washington, October 21 (IANS) US President Barack Obama has said Republican Donald Trump’s insistence that he might not accept the election result is “dangerous”.   Trump’s comments undermined American democracy, BBC quoted the President as saying at a campaign rally in Miami for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.   Trump refused in a televised debate to […]

Trump delivers harsh remarks on Clinton at New York dinner

Trump delivers harsh remarks on Clinton at New York dinner

Washington, October 21 (IANS) US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday night offered a tough takedown of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton at the Al Smith dinner.   “It’s great to be here with 1,000 wonderful people. Or, as I call it, a small, intimate dinner with some friends. Or as Hillary calls it, […]

Trump, Clinton exchange acid jokes at New York dinner

Trump, Clinton exchange acid jokes at New York dinner

New York, October 21 (IANS) Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump exchanged jokes sprinkled with acid remarks at a New York charity dinner held one day after the last presidential debate before the US elections on November 8.   The two candidates managed to sit two seats from each from each other and remain – mostly […]

Milan makes visiting Dalai Lama honorary citizen, angering China

Milan makes visiting Dalai Lama honorary citizen, angering China

MILAN, October 20 (Reuters) – Milan welcomed Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Thursday and gave him an honorary citizenship on a visit to the northern Italian city, angering China, which sees him as a separatist.   The 80-year-old Nobel Peace prize-winning monk says he only seeks genuine autonomy for Tibet, the Himalayan […]

Mosul offensive going faster than planned, Iraqi PM says

Mosul offensive going faster than planned, Iraqi PM says

EAST OF MOSUL, Iraq, October 20 (Reuters) – The offensive to seize back Mosul from Islamic State is going faster than planned, Iraq’s prime minister said on Thursday, as Iraqi and Kurdish forces launched a new military operation to clear villages around the city.   “The forces are pushing towards the town more quickly than […]