Russia pounds ISIS in Syria

Fierce fighting rages near Aleppo with the resumption of government air strikes on besieged eastern part, while Russia also announced a wide-scale operation to clean out Syria’s north and central Homs province.

Warplanes paid special attention to the Saraqib-Khan Tuman … Read the rest

Oz nationalist leader demand Assange’s freedom

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has become a Trump poster boy. So much so, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is attempting to secure the release of the “Australian hero” from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

One Nation is a rightwing nationalist … Read the rest

Five countries Barack Obama could move to

Barack Obama, the first black president of the United States should move to Africa once he retires, back to the continent of his “dreams”. But as Kenia seems to be no longer an option, he could revisit other African destinations.… Read the rest

Brazil measures lip size, hair texture and nose width

When the test scores came out, Lucas Siqueira, 27, was really excited. His high mark on the Foreign Service exam earned him a coveted position at Brazil’s highly competitive Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Siqueira considers himself to be mixed race, … Read the rest

African ‘chess prodigy’ is nothing of the sort

The wider media has been quick to herald Phiona Mutesi a chess “prodigy.” She certainly faced odds, too: Born into poverty in Uganda, a young girl, learning and then competing in the world’s most competitive and ubiquitous board game. What … Read the rest

Bushmeat back on the menu as Ebola subsides

As the deadly outbreak of Ebola has subsided, people in several west African countries are flocking to eat bushmeat again after restrictions were lifted on the consumption of wild animals.

Ivory Coast, which neighbours two of the three countries where … Read the rest

The pale race to be next UN Secretary-General

The race to be the next Secretary-General of the UN has only pale front-runners. The Secretary-General is chosen by the Security Council.

Antonio Guterres, the former prime minister of Portugal and head of the UN refugee agency, has been the … Read the rest

Longest serving African dictator eats his enemies

The president of Equatorial Guinea may not be a household name – however those who have survived his brutal regime claim he is pure evil.

Teodoro Obiang Nguema, 74, has ruled over the country since 1979.

Known as “torturer-in-chief”, his … Read the rest

Various bomb blasts reported from Syria

Syrian state media is reporting that multiple bomb blasts have struck government and military targets around the country.

State television Monday morning reported blasts in the coastal city of Tartus, the central city of Homs, the suburbs of the capital … Read the rest

China enters the fray in Syria

China, Russia and Iran have come together in a tripartite alliance supporting the Syrian government in the war against radical fundamentalist insurgents.

The main targets of this alliance are Islamic State and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, formerly al-Qaeda’s affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, … Read the rest

ISIS drowns victims in boiling tar

The Islamic State continues to think up horrifying new methods to execute captives, deserters, and accused spies.

In the latest atrocity, six accused spies were reportedly publicly executed in an Iraqi town by dipping them into vats of boiling tar.… Read the rest

Rio a ratings disaster!

Critics and social media have savaged NBC’s early coverage of the Rio Olympics — and the early ratings verdict from Nielsen has not been any kinder.

But it seems doubtful all of the losses can be chalked up to people … Read the rest

High risk of ‘modern slavery’

Almost 60 percent of countries are at high risk of using slave labor in their supply chains, according to a new global index launched on Thursday.

By assessing incidents of human trafficking or slavery, national laws, and the quality of … Read the rest

Putting lipstick on the Rio Olympics pig

Rio loves putting lipstick on pigs. The government claims to be environmentally-conscious, but it’s not quite true.

According to the Associated Press, “the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with … Read the rest