Mafia boss Salvatore ‘Toto’ Riina dies in prison

Salvatore ‘Toto’ Riina, a powerful Sicilian mafia “boss of bosses”, died in the prison wing of a hospital in Parma, the day after his 87th birthday. He has been in a medically induced coma after two recent operations, and a judge had allowed his family to visit him just hours before. Thought to have ordered…

Argentina hunts for missing submarine

Argentina is searching for a submarine that is lost contact with on Wednesday, though it has not yet declared it lost. The San Juan, with a crew of 44, was returning to its base at Mar del Plata, 400km south of Buenos Aires, following a routine mission to Ushaia. “We have not been able to…

Yemen cities clean water cut off by Saudi-led blockade

The Yemeni cities of Taiz, Saada and Hodeidah have run out of clean water due to a blockade by the Saudi-led coalition, according to the Red Cross. There are fears of a renewed cholera outbreak, following on from a recent outbreak that was the worst seen in modern times. Aid groups are describing the blockade…

Mugabe’s party calls for his resignation following military takeover

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party, Zanu-PF, have called for him to step aside following a succession dispute within the party. The dispute started after Mr Mugabe sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week, in a move to have his younger wife take over the presidency. This launched a power struggle which saw a military takeover,…

Man drives car into students in France, injuring three

A man has intentionally rammed his car into a group of students outside of a school near Toulouse, France, injuring three who are believed to be Chinese. The attack has left one of the students with serious head injuries, and all three were taken to hospital. The 28-year old male driver was not on any…

Trudeau snubs Trans-Pacific Partnership meeting

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was a no-show for a meeting that was set to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), infuriating the leaders of the other nations involved. The deal has been on shaky ground ever since US President Donald Trump announced America was pulling out of the deal, and Mr Trudeau’s no-show casts further…

Saudi Crown Prince purges rivals

A number of princes, ministers and top businessmen in Saudi Arabia are being arrested and charged with corruption, having their assets seized and their planes grounded. It’s reported that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman orchestrated the move, which serves the dual purpose of eliminating his rivals and opposition, as well as removing some of the…

Hezbollah says Saudi Arabia has declared war on Lebanon

Picture Courtesy: Carlos Menendez San Juan Hezbollah has accused Saudi Arabia of declaring war on Lebanon by detaining Saad al-Hariri and making him resign as Lebanon’s prime minister. Top Lebanese officials have echoed the sentiments, accusing Riyadh of holding Mr Hariri captive, and his party, Future Movement, have demanded his return. “The return of the Lebanese…

Spanish judge issues arrest warrant for ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont

Spain has issued an arrest warrant for former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and four councillors, who are in Brussels. A Madrid High Court judge issued the arrest warrant, asking Belgium to arrest Mr Puigdemont and the other four for extradition to Spain. They face charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds, disobedience and…

Trump heads to Japan to meet with Abe, discuss North Korea

US President Donald Trump is set to visit Japan and meet with Japanese President Shinzo Abe as the first part of his five-nation visit to Asia. The trip aims to present a united front with the US and its Asian allies in the region, including Japan and South Korea, against North Korea in the face…