News this week


Rashida Tlaib set to become first Muslim woman in US Congress

Rashida, 42 is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, and won Tuesday’s primary in the state’s 13th congressional district, securing 33.6 percent of the vote, compared with the 28.5 percent her nearest rival Brenda Jones received.

Rashida Tlaib. Photo: Al Goldis/AP/REX/Shutterstock/Al Goldis/AP/REX/Shutterstock

Saudi-led air strike kills 29 children in Yemen

At least 29 children have been killed and 30 wounded in a Saudi-led coalition air strike in Yemen, the International Committee of the Red Cross says.

The children were travelling on a bus that was hit at a market in Dahyan, in the northern province of Saada.


Australia’s most populous state ‘100 percent’ in drought

Australia’s most populous state is now “100 percent” in drought following the most intense dry spell in more than 50 years. Less than 10 millimetres of rainfall has been recorded in the 800,000-square kilometre state over the past month.

Some farmers have been forced to shoot livestock as grazeable land and crops become increasingly scarce [David Gray/Reuters]

131 killed in Indonesian earthquake

On Wednesday, an earthquake devastated Lombok island in Indonesia leaving for 156,000 left homeless with a shortage of clean water, food, and medicine.

Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency put the death toll from Sunday’s magnitude 6.9 earthquake at 131, including two on the western neighbouring island of Bali.

Emergency workers recover a body from the Jamiul Jamaah Mosque after it collapsed on Sunday [Tatan Syuflana/AP]

And finally, if you had not heard… Boris Johnson makes some remarks about Niqab

Mr Johnson has rejected calls to apologise for saying people wearing burkas looked like “letter boxes” or “bank robbers”, in a Daily Telegraph column in which he also argued against a ban on full-face veils. He has not since apologised.

Protesters gathered in Uxbridge, Mr Johnson’s constituency, on Thursday

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