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Jamal Khashoggi case: All the latest updates

AJE - 2 hours 22 min ago
US president for the first time publicly acknowledges Saudi journalist likely killed, urges 'severe consequences'.
Categories: South Asia

Indonesia quakes a 'wake up call' on buildings' shaky foundations

AJE - 4 hours 54 min ago
While country has made progress on seismic safety, collapsed buildings show need for regulation and better enforcement.
Categories: South Asia

Owen Jones announced as new James Bond

News Biscuit - 5 hours 23 min ago

Guardian columnist Owen Jones is set to be unveiled as the new James Bond in a surprise move from the franchise. ‘It was something of a surprise for us too,’ admitted Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions. ‘We had been in detailed negotiations with James Madden. However we received a Twitter PM from Jones saying that he had already ‘self-identified’ for the role, so that was that really.’

A lengthy discussion is underway between EON and Jones’s agents to thrash out the nature of this latest incarnation of the beloved spy. According to insiders, Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott is odds-on favourite to take on the role of M from Judi Dench. ‘She showed just the right amount of affected superiority,’ commented one anonymous source. ‘Though I’m not sure she was actually acting. Anyway, it was that or have her coming out of the sea in a bikini.’

‘We’re really hoping that Jones will usher in a more millennial, woke, incarnation of a much beloved former playboy-spy,’ remarked Ian Mountford of Universal Pictures. ‘Jones may not be the obvious archetype for an action hero, but he has hidden talents. His reflexes are razor sharp – we were amazed by his 180 degree about-turn over Jeremy Corbyn’s electability on election night. We had to slow the film down several times to see it clearly enough.’

Rumours had started to circulate after Jones had published a series of tweets hinting at his new role: “The name’s Jones, Owen Jones, licence to pontificate” and “No Mr Blair, I expect you to stand trial in the International Criminal Court”. Although no suitable Fleming books have been found for the first Jones-helmed Bond movie, a number of ‘loose adaptations’ have been touted, including ‘Thunderflounce’, ‘The Spy Who Blocked Me On Twitter’ and ‘Muckraker’, where Bond destroys the underground headquarters of the sinister ‘MSM’ organisation, with a scathing anti-centrist editorial.

‘We’ll certainly have to make some concessions to the usual Bond tropes for Mr Jones,’ admitted director Cary Fukunaga. ‘He came into the first production meeting with a T- shirt saying ‘Sinister intruders with a cod-Soviet accent welcome here,’ so he’s clearly not up for garrotting them with his wristwatch. However he’s got some pretty good double entendres ready. We particularly liked “I usually only swing wildly to the left, but in your case, I’m prepared to make an exception”.’

Categories: Fake News

White man pleads guilty to shooting 3 black men during Katrina

AJE - 6 hours 6 min ago
Thirteen years after Hurricane Katrina, Roland Bourgeois admits he shot three African Americans because of their race.
Categories: South Asia

Comoros: Civilians flee strife-torn city on Anjouan island

AJE - 6 hours 32 min ago
Government sends in more troops, and cuts power and water in Mutsumudu to quell unrest against constitutional changes.
Categories: South Asia

Saudi crown prince in the spotlight after Khashoggi disappearance

AJE - 6 hours 47 min ago
Bin Salman tried to project himself as a moderniser, but has come under fire after Saudi journalist's disappearance.
Categories: South Asia

US' Pompeo briefing on Khashoggi 'murder' after Saudi visit

AJE - 6 hours 50 min ago
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says a transparent probe of the alleged killing of Saudi journalist was promised.
Categories: South Asia

Top Afghan General Abdul Raziq killed in Kandahar attack

AJE - 7 hours 5 min ago
Powerful Kandahar police general killed, along with intelligence chief, in shooting claimed by Taliban.
Categories: South Asia

Honduran activists welcome Trump's threats to cut US aid

AJE - 7 hours 25 min ago
Activists and others have longed called for a cut in US military aid to Central American country over rights abuses.
Categories: South Asia

Saudi prince's aide was 'at consulate' when Khashoggi vanished

AJE - 7 hours 40 min ago
Member of Mohammed bin Salman's security detail walked into consulate before Khashoggi disappeared there, photo shows.
Categories: South Asia

Oil output from Saudi, Kuwait shared zone on hold as ties sour

AJE - 8 hours 11 min ago
Saudi Arabia and Kuwait struggle to resume oil production from joint fields amid souring ties over Turkey, Qatar.
Categories: South Asia

Bhutan voters chooses centre-left DNT in general election

AJE - 9 hours 17 min ago
Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa party won 30 of 47 national assembly seats, according to provisional results.
Categories: South Asia

Afghanistan's Shia lose hope the election will bring change

AJE - 9 hours 24 min ago
Many already marginalised Shia are further disenchanted with the government after a series of ISIL attacks.
Categories: South Asia

Sudan: former President Abdulrahman Siwar al-Dahab dies aged 83

AJE - 9 hours 52 min ago
Abdulrahman Siwar al-Dahab, who led a coup in 1985 to overthrow Gaafar Nimeiry, died at a military hospital in Riyadh.
Categories: South Asia

Nicaragua intensified crackdown on protesters: Amnesty

AJE - 10 hours 39 min ago
Authorities carried out arbitrary detentions, torture and use of indiscriminate force, Amnesty says in new report.
Categories: South Asia

US student Lara Alqasem claims victory in Israel boycott case

AJE - 11 hours 19 min ago
Lara Alqasem, who was barred from studying in Israel, wins Supreme Court appeal over her alleged support for BDS.
Categories: South Asia

Bhutan votes in the country's third general polls

AJE - 11 hours 33 min ago
Voters cast their ballots to decide which party will lead the young democracy for the next five years.
Categories: South Asia

US Jerusalem consulate merger draws Palestinian anger

AJE - 11 hours 52 min ago
Palestinians say decision to merge embassy and consulate legitimises Israeli occupation.
Categories: South Asia
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