The new leader of Islamic State has been confirmed as Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi

The new leader of Islamic State has been confirmed as Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi, according to officials from two intelligence services. He is one of the terror group’s founding members and has led the enslavement of Iraq’s Yazidi minority and has overseen operations around the globe. The Guardian has learned that Salbi was named leader hours after the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in October. The name that the group gave for Baghdadi’s replacement at the time, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi, was a nom de guerre not recognised by other senior leaders or intelligence agencies. House Intelligence Committee … Continue reading The new leader of Islamic State has been confirmed as Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi

Two men have been taken to hospital in critical condition after a shooting in north Dublin on Friday

Two men have been taken to hospital in critical condition after a shooting in north Dublin on Friday. The men were driving in a car in the St Margaret’s area of the city, near the airport, when multiple shots were fired around midday. In the years that followed, Ulasevich watched as the gigantic cooling towers and system blocks of Belarus’ first nuclear station took shape. Construction, which was led by the Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom, would be far from straightforward. A string of incidents delayed its opening, but the first reactor is finally due to go online early 2020. … Continue reading Two men have been taken to hospital in critical condition after a shooting in north Dublin on Friday

The new Russian prime minister became mired in corruption allegations after less than a day in the role

The new Russian prime minister became mired in corruption allegations after less than a day in the role when newly discovered documents showed that his wife has acquired a substantial fortune and that the couple live in a luxury property near Moscow. Mikhail Mishustin, a previously obscure tax official, was hand-picked by President Putin and voted in by the Russian parliament yesterday. Meanwhile, senior gardaí have expressed concerns that criminals in Drogheda are embroiled in ‘social media warfare’. Yesterday, gardaí strongly criticised the circulation of images and footage on social media purporting to be linked to the 17- year-old’s murder. … Continue reading The new Russian prime minister became mired in corruption allegations after less than a day in the role

A doll that appears to be ‘transgender’ has sparked outrage after appearing on the shelves of a toy shop

A doll that appears to be ‘transgender’ has sparked outrage after appearing on the shelves of a toy shop. The doll, wearing a dress and sporting a penis and long blonde hair was seen at the ‘Planet Of Toys’ shop in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk in south-central Russia. Mr Putin, 67, whose final presidential term is supposed to end in 2024 under present rules, called for a referendum on constitutional amendments including an increase in the powers of parliament and the State Council, an advisory body to the Kremlin. He gave no details about when the referendum would take … Continue reading A doll that appears to be ‘transgender’ has sparked outrage after appearing on the shelves of a toy shop

Philippines authorities urged some 450,000 people to flee a potential “hazardous explosive eruption” of the Taal volcano

Philippines authorities urged some 450,000 people to flee a potential “hazardous explosive eruption” of the Taal volcano, which has been spewing ash and lava since Sunday. Lava was sent half a mile into the sky overnight on Tuesday as Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said it supported a “total evacuation” of people within a 14km radius of the volcano. The footballer, who turns 30 next month, recently returned from a New Year holiday with Yeltsin’s granddaughter and her parents in St Barts. Reports say it is the second year the footballer has been with the family in the Caribbean. … Continue reading Philippines authorities urged some 450,000 people to flee a potential “hazardous explosive eruption” of the Taal volcano

The bushfires ravaging Australia are a clear sign of what is to come around the world

The bushfires ravaging Australia are a clear sign of what is to come around the world if temperatures are allowed to rise to dangerous levels, according to scientists. “This is what you can expect to happen … at an average of 3C [above pre-industrial levels],” said Richard Betts, professor of geography at Exeter University. “We are seeing a sign of what would be normal conditions in a 3C world. It tells us what the future world might look like. This really brings home what climate change means.” On impeachment, Republicans in the Senate appear to be backing down from the … Continue reading The bushfires ravaging Australia are a clear sign of what is to come around the world

Anti-government protests in Iran have entered a third day today after Tehran finally abandoned its pretence and admitted shooting down a passenger jet

Anti-government protests in Iran have entered a third day today after Tehran finally abandoned its pretence and admitted shooting down a passenger jet.  Dozens of protesters gathered and chanted slogans at a Tehran university today amid a wave of public anger after the plane was shot down with dozens of Iranians on board.   The UK Government will tell Iran’s ambassador in London it has “strong objections” to the arrest of the UK’s top diplomat in Tehran. The prime minister’s spokesman said: In relation to the arrest of the UK’s ambassador over the weekend, I would say this was an unacceptable … Continue reading Anti-government protests in Iran have entered a third day today after Tehran finally abandoned its pretence and admitted shooting down a passenger jet

Iranians reacted with shock and incomprehension yesterday after their military confessed to accidentally shooting down the Ukrainian airliner

Iranians reacted with shock and incomprehension yesterday after their military confessed to accidentally shooting down the Ukrainian airliner that crashed outside Tehran on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board. Videos on social media showed crowds gathering in central Tehran and other cities to chant anti-government slogans and tearing up pictures of the assassinated General Qassem Soleimani. ‘I wish I had died, and I wouldn’t have seen such an incident,’ Hajizadeh said somberly at a press conference. He claimed that a ‘request had been made to clear the sky from civil flights at that time, but it did not happen … Continue reading Iranians reacted with shock and incomprehension yesterday after their military confessed to accidentally shooting down the Ukrainian airliner

The heartbroken mother of a teenager who was drugged and raped on holiday has issued a serious warning to young people to be wary of dangerous predators

The heartbroken mother of a teenager who was drugged and raped on holiday has issued a serious warning to young people to be wary of dangerous predators.  Julie Crowe, 18, was on holiday in Zante, Greece, with her friends last summer when she was targeted. Already Mahdieh Ghassemi, 38, from Toronto, had received a text message from Nitin Malhotra, her worried boss back home. “Have a safe flight,” he said. Mr Malhotra, who runs an architectural practice, told Canadian television that he had tried to persuade his colleague not to go to Iran. Her husband, Hamid Niazi, had stayed in … Continue reading The heartbroken mother of a teenager who was drugged and raped on holiday has issued a serious warning to young people to be wary of dangerous predators

An adjunct professor in Massachusetts has been fired for what he now calls a “bad attempt at humour”

An adjunct professor in Massachusetts has been fired for what he now calls a “bad attempt at humour” amid uneasy tensions between the US and Iran. The Babson College professor, Asheen Phansey, had posted his joke earlier in the week after Donald Trump threatened to potentially commit a war crime by bombing 52 Iranian cultural sites, if necessary. He reportedly said: “She trapped me, she wanted to get some money.  “She is not a worker, but a sloth. Her job is to chase older men and walk the dog. When you don’t know about something, don’t talk, I don’t need … Continue reading An adjunct professor in Massachusetts has been fired for what he now calls a “bad attempt at humour”