In Wisconsin, Trump announces $13 billion in farm aid

U.S. President Donald Trump announced a new round of pandemic assistance to farmers of about $13 billion at a campaign rally in Wisconsin on Thursday night, delivering aid to an important sector in a crucial battleground state. “Starting next week my administration is committing an additional … $13 billion in relief to help farmers recover […]

European stocks skid from one-month high as Fed underwhelms

European stocks fell from a one-month closing high on Thursday after an underwhelming response to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s pledge to keep interest rates low for a prolonged period. The pan-European STOXX 600 .STOXX dropped 1.1% by 0710 GMT, on course to break its four-day winning streak. The U.S. central bank on Wednesday vowed to […]

Former Ghosn aide Greg Kelly pleads not guilty as trial opens

Greg Kelly, a former aide to ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to allegations of financial misconduct as his trial began in Tokyo. Ghosn is at large as an international fugitive, after jumping bail and fleeing Japan for Lebanon last year, leaving Kelly the only person facing trial in the rollercoaster saga. […]

Hurricane Sally strengthens, on track to hit southern US

Hurricane Sally churned slowly towards the coast of the southern US states of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi on Monday as it intensified into Category 2 storm. The National Hurricane Center said the storm in the Gulf of Mexico was packing maximum sustained winds of around 100 miles (160 kilometers) per hour. At 2100 GMT, it […]

Navalny says ‘able to breathe’ unaided after suspected poisoning

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Tuesday he was able to breathe unaided, in his first public comments after his alleged poisoning in Siberia last month. “Hello, this is Navalny,” he said in a post on Instagram, appearing with his wife Yulia and two children in the Berlin hospital where he was flown for treatment […]

Panama uncovers new mass grave linked to human sacrifice

Authorities in Panama have discovered a new mass grave in a remote area where in January they found the remains of seven people that police believe were tortured and killed by a religious sect. Prosecutors said Monday they believe a different sect is responsible for the new mass grave, however. The state prosecutor’s office said […]

Row over climate change’s role as Trump visits

Democratic politicians on the US West Coast have accused President Donald Trump of being in denial about climate change’s role in the huge wildfires there, before his visit to California. Blazes in California, Oregon and Washington state have burned almost 2m hectares (5m acres) of land and killed at least 35 people since early August. […]

Harvey Weinstein To Be Stripped Of His CBE Award

Disgraced Harvey Weinstein is set to be stripped of his honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) award by the British government this week following his conviction for rape. The American film producer, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison by a US court earlier this year, is expected to lose […]

Fifth ex-PM speaks out against post-Brexit bill

David Cameron has become the fifth former prime minister to criticise a new bill attempting to override the Brexit withdrawal agreement. The Internal Market Bill will come before MPs later, with the government calling it an “insurance policy”. Mr Cameron said he had “misgivings” over it and breaking an international treaty should be the “final […]

TikTok rejects Microsoft offer, Oracle sole remaining bidder

American tech giant Microsoft said Sunday its offer to buy TikTok was rejected, leaving Oracle as the sole remaining bidder ahead of the imminent deadline for the Chinese-owned video app to sell or shut down its US operations. TikTok is at the center of a diplomatic storm between Washington and Beijing, and President Donald Trump […]

Ivory Coast government seeks end to violence ahead of October election

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s government has reached out to his main opponents and religious leaders to intervene and ease tensions following his decision to bid for a third term in next month’s election. Ouattara made his appeal to religious leaders during a tour of the east of the country on Friday. A source in […]

Japan’s Suga wins party leadership race, headed for premiership

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, a loyal aide to outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, won a landslide victory in a ruling party leadership election on Monday, paving the way for him to replace Abe this week. Suga, 71, who has said he will pursue Abe’s key economic and foreign policies, won 377 votes out […]

Germany says French, Swedish labs confirm Navalny’s Novichok poisoning

Laboratories in Sweden and France have independently confirmed that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-style nerve agent Novichok, the German government said on Monday. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert also said samples taken from the opposition politician, who is currently being treated in Berlin, had also been sent to the Organisation for the […]

Belarus leader in Russia on mission to win Putin’s backing

President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus arrived in Russia to meet Vladimir Putin on Monday, seeking Moscow’s backing after a fifth consecutive weekend of huge protests demanding his resignation. Flight tracking data showed Lukashenko’s plane touched down in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where Putin often hosts visiting dignitaries. The fate of the Belarusian leader […]

U.N. rights chief discussing visit to Xinjiang with China

The United Nations (UN) human rights chief said on Monday she was discussing a possible visit to China’s Xinjiang region with Chinese authorities who are facing growing backlash over its treatment of ethnic Uighurs there. “My Office continues to engage with the Chinese Government on the situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and the […]

Fight and talk: Facing negotiations, Taliban almost took key Afghan city

Khan Agha has endured years of violence in Kunduz, but it was the Taliban’s attack on the strategic city in northeastern Afghanistan, as the government and insurgents were preparing for historic peace talks, that unnerved him. “Like me, the majority of Kunduz residents are living in fear,” Agha, a 46-year-old driver, told Reuters. “Looking at […]

Bloomberg to spend at least $100 mn in Florida to boost Biden: media

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg will spend at least $100 million to boost Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s prospects in Florida, a battleground state that could sway the presidential election’s outcome, US media reported Sunday. The former New York mayor made the decision after President Donald Trump announced earlier in the week he is prepared to spend part […]

China, India agree to disengage troops on contested border

China and India said on Friday they had agreed to de-escalate renewed tensions on their contested Himalayan border and take steps to restore “peace and tranquillity” following a high-level diplomatic meeting in Moscow. Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi and Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar met in Moscow on Thursday and reached a five-point consensus, including […]

U.S.’s Pompeo welcomes ‘historic’ Afghan peace talks

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed long-awaited “historic” peace talks between the Afghan government and the insurgent Taliban while on his way to the opening event in Qatar’s capital of Doha, late on Thursday. The United States has been attempting to ease negotiations between the two warring sides since signing a troop withdrawal […]

Mitsui OSK to spend $9.4 million on Mauritius clean-up after oil spill

Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd said on Friday it would spend about 1 billion yen (7.35 million pounds) on measures to help Mauritius, including the clean-up of the island’s mangrove forests and contribution to an environmental recovery fund. A bulk carrier owned by Japan’s Nagashiki Shipping and chartered by Mitsui OSK ran aground on a […]

U.N. peacekeepers resume protection of Congo’s Nobel Laureate

United Nations peacekeepers on Wednesday resumed protection of Congo’s Nobel Prize Laureate Denis Mukwege, who received death threats in recent weeks after he called for justice over serious human rights violations. Mukwege has won international recognition, including the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, for decades of work treating female victims of the conflict in Bukavu in […]

Large fire erupts in Beirut port area, a month after massive blast

A store of oil and tyres at Beirut port burst into flames on Thursday but there were no immediate reports of injuries, a little more than a month after a massive blast devastated the port and surrounding residential area of the Lebanese capital. The army said it was not immediately clear why the oil and […]

Russia protests Germany’s ‘accusations and ultimatums’ on Navalny

Russia on Wednesday issued a strong protest to Germany over the alleged poisoning of opposition figure Alexei Navalny, denouncing what it said were baseless claims and warning of a major risk to diplomatic ties. The foreign ministry in Moscow said it had summoned German ambassador Geza Andreas von Geyr and protested “unfounded accusations and ultimatums […]

BREAKING: Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

American President Donald Trump has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. He was nominated by Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, who told Fox News that for his merit, Trump deserved it. Gjedde said: “For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most […]

Californians airlifted from fires as dangerous winds arrive

Dangerous dry winds whipped up California’s record-breaking wildfires and ignited new blazes Tuesday, as hundreds were evacuated by helicopter and tens of thousands were plunged into darkness by power outages across the western United States. The arrival of strong gusts after the Labor Day weekend’s unprecedented temperatures saw most of California placed under severe weather […]

What I told Trump about Christian massacre, by Buhari

•Nigerian president accuses previous govts of encroaching on cattle routes •Says US leader accused him of killing Christians President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday stunned guests when he revealed what transpired between him and President Donald Trump over the American leader’s allegation that the Nigerian government was supervising the killing of Christians under his administration. President Buhari […]

Rescuers sift Beirut rubble amid signs of life a month after blast

Rescue workers in Beirut dug through the rubble of a collapsed building with their hands on Friday after signs of life were detected under a mound of debris one month after a huge explosion shattered the capital. A group of workers pulled up chunks of concrete and other broken masonry as they dug down in […]

Russia presses Germany for more detail on Navalny, urges ‘transparency’

The Kremlin said on Friday that it wanted dialogue with Germany over the case of opposition politician Alexei Navalny and that Russian doctors who treated him initially were much more transparent than the German doctors treating him now. Germany, where Navalny is in hospital, has said he was poisoned with a Soviet-style Novichok nerve agent […]

Suspect in Portland shooting killed by police during arrest

Police shot and killed an anti-fascist activist on Thursday as they moved in to arrest him for the alleged fatal shooting of a right-wing activist in Portland, Oregon, last weekend, officials said. Michael Reinoehl, 48, was wanted on a charge of murder when members of a fugitive task force shot him dead in Olympia, Washington […]

U.S. to cut $100 million in aid to Ethiopia over dam dispute

The United States has decided to cut $100 million in aid to Ethiopia amid a dispute with Egypt and Sudan over a dam Ethiopia is building on the Nile, a congressional source told Reuters on Wednesday. Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt have been locked in a bitter dispute over the filling and operation of the Grand […]

Macron to meet Ivory Coast President on Friday in Paris-Elysee

French President Emmanuel Macron will meet Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on Friday at the Elysee Palace in Paris, his office said on Thursday. Ouattara said in early August he would seek re-election in October, formally accepting the ruling party’s nomination to be its candidate and defying opponents who say the constitution forbids a third […]

US slaps sanctions on war crimes court prosecutor

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday slapped sanctions on the top prosecutor of the International Criminal Court — a move that The Hague-based tribunal called a “serious” attack against the rule of law. The economic sanctions against Fatou Bensouda and another senior ICC official, Phakiso Mochochoko, after earlier visa bans on Bensouda and […]

Police arrested food-truck workers at gunpoint

The police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and a federal officer last week arrested food-truck workers at gunpoint, alleging that their presence at a gas station was evidence that they were “preparing for criminal activity” amid protests prompted by the police shooting of Jacob Blake. A Riot Kitchen leader rejected claims that the group was breaking the […]

US Army pursues new mid-range missile, as tactical missile upgrade hits delay

The U.S. Army is pursuing a new mid-range missile prototype capable of going after moving targets at land and at sea, an Army spokesperson has confirmed to Defense News. The effort is meant to fill a gap in the service’s long-range precision fires portfolio that includes the future Precision Strike Missile and hypersonic weapons capabilities. […]

New Taiwan passports to emphasize distinction with China

Taiwan plans to issue new passports emphasizing its independent identity and downgrading connections with China. The foreign ministry on Wednesday released images of the new document that features “Taiwan” in large capital letters on its cover and minimizes the English wording “Republic of China,” the island’s official name according to its constitution. Taiwan was handed […]

FBI Reports Chicago Gangs Have Formed Pact to Shoot Cops ‘On Sight’

A federal intelligence alert from the FBI field office in Chicago, Ill., warned that about 30 gangs in the city have made a pact to shoot police officers if they draw their weapons in public, ABC 7 reported on Monday. Intelligence alerts are frequently distributed to law enforcement officials, especially if the alerts involve threats […]

Nancy Pelosi calls rule-flouting salon visit a ‘setup’

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said her visit to a San Francisco hair salon in breach of coronavirus rules was a “setup”. “I take responsibility for trusting the word of a neighbourhood salon,” the top Democrat told reporters on Wednesday. “It turns out it was a setup.” She visited the eSalon SF […]

Colombia arrests 3 Venezuelans tied to anti-Maduro plot

Police in Colombia have arrested three Venezuelans who were part of a failed plot organized by a former U.S. Green Beret to sneak across the border and oust President Nicolás Maduro, The Associated Press has learned The three were arrested in simultaneous raids by heavily-armed security forces early Wednesday in the capital of Bogota, a […]

Repatriated American IS fighter pleads guilty to terror charge

An American who fought with the Islamic State group for five years before being captured and sent home pleaded guilty Wednesday to supporting a terror group, the Justice Department announced. Texas-born Omer Kuzu, 23, spent five years handling communications for the jihadist group before his capture last year by the Syrian Democratic Forces. He and […]

Exclusive – Biden garners more Republican endorsements, this time from ex-governors

Nearly 100 Republican and independent leaders will endorse Democrat Joe Biden for president on Thursday, including one-time 2020 Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld and the former Republican governors of Michigan and New Jersey, people involved in the effort told Reuters. The latest Republican-led effort to oppose the re-election of President Donald Trump also includes current […]

Pakistan puzzles health experts as virus cases drop

Six months after the coronavirus arrived in Pakistan, the country appears to have dodged the worst of the pandemic, baffling health experts and dampening fears its crowded urban areas and ramshackle hospitals will be overrun. Following an initial surge, the number of infections has plummeted in recent weeks, with Covid-19 deaths hovering in the single […]

Israeli flight attendant says ‘shalom’ to UAE, bye to airline

Hedva Opatovsky’s first flight to the United Arab Emirates was her last for El Al, the Israeli flag carrier whose routes she has plied through almost a half-century of wars and peacemaking. The airline’s longest-serving flight attendant retired on Wednesday after leading the cabin crew on a groundbreaking return trip to Abu Dhabi with Israeli […]

Japan’s Suga says to run for leader of ruling party

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga declared on Wednesday he will run for the leadership of the ruling party, a race he is heavily favoured to win, which would likely ensure the veteran politician will become the next prime minister. Suga, a longtime aide to outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who is widely expected to […]

Russian prosecutors ask Germany for details of poison tests on Navalny – paper

Russian prosecutors have asked Germany to provide details of medical tests conducted on Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition politician lying in a coma in Berlin after a suspected poisoning in Siberia last month, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. Russian newspaper RBC said the general prosecutor’s office had asked Germany’s justice ministry for information on Navalny’s […]

Japan’s former foreign minister touts diplomatic experience in leadership race

Former Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida, a candidate for leadership of the ruling party to replace Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said on Wednesday that frank talks are needed with the United States over Japan’s share of its defence burden. Kishida, 63, long assumed to be Abe’s preferred successor to lead the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), […]

Trial of suspected Charlie Hebdo attack accomplices begins

Fourteen alleged accomplices to the Islamist gunmen who attacked the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo went on trial on Wednesday, as the country recalled, five years on, a dark episode that marked the onset of a wave of militant violence. French Prime Minister Jean Castex wrote in a tweet the simple words: “Always Charlie”. On […]

Taiwan to change passport, fed up with confusion with China

Fed up with being confused for China amid the coronavirus pandemic and Beijing’s stepped-up efforts to assert sovereignty, Taiwan said on Wednesday it would redesign its passport to give greater prominence to the island’s name. Taiwan has complained during the outbreak that its nationals have encountered problems entering other countries, as Taiwanese passports have the […]

Protests after Los Angeles police kill black man following altercation

Protesters demanded answers on Tuesday as they gathered in a south Los Angeles neighborhood where sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a black man during a violent confrontation the previous day. The man, identified as 29-year-old Dijon Kizzee, was riding his bicycle when deputies tried to stop him for a code violation, according to the sheriff’s […]

Germany sees strong economic rebound, no second virus lockdown

Germany is in a V-shaped economic recovery as it bounces back more strongly than expected from the effects of the first phase of the coronavirus pandemic, the economy minister said Tuesday. German GDP is expected to fall 5.8 percent in 2020, a smaller recession than the 6.3 percent drop projected earlier, Peter Altmaier said, in […]

Thai police arrest student leader over anti-government protest

Thai police arrested a student leader on Tuesday as part of a continued crackdown against political activists who helped organize an anti-government protest in July, a police officer told Reuters. Jutatip Sirikhan, 21, the president of the Student Union of Thailand, was arrested by a plain-cloth police officer while she was in a taxi traveling […]

‘I am Taiwanese’ Czech speaker tells parliament, riling China

The head of the Czech Senate declared himself to be Taiwanese in a speech at Taiwan’s parliament on Tuesday, channelling late U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s defiance of Communism in Berlin in 1963, further riling Beijing. China, which claims democratic Taiwan as its own territory, has threatened to make Czech Senate speaker Milos Vystrcil pay […]

Suga seen top contender in Japan PM race as ruling party plans slimmed-down vote

Japan’s top government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, moved a step closer to becoming the next premier after the ruling party decided on Tuesday on a slimmed-down leadership vote that favours the long-time lieutenant of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Suga has also won the backing of the largest faction of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), media reported, […]

Macron marks Lebanon’s centenary as nation teeters on brink

French President Emmanuel Macron marked Lebanon’s centenary on Tuesday by planting a cedar tree, the emblem of the Middle East country that is collapsing under the weight of a crippling economic crisis. In his second trip to Lebanon in less than a month, Macron is expected to lean on Lebanon’s fractious leaders to carry out […]

Brazil’s Bolsonaro to undergo surgery for kidney stone

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Monday he had been diagnosed with a kidney stone and would undergo surgery in September to remove it. The far-right leader, 65, has had a series of health issues, including four surgeries stemming from an attack in which he was stabbed in the abdomen during his 2018 presidential campaign. “I […]

Iran nuclear deal parties meet amid US pressure

The signatories to the faltering Iran nuclear deal meet in Vienna on Tuesday as the US is urging international sanctions on the Islamic republic to be reimposed and an arms embargo to be extended. Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia are struggling to save the 2015 landmark accord with Iran, which has been progressively stepping […]

European children back to school

French pupils go back to school Tuesday as schools across Europe open their doors to greet returning pupils this month, nearly six months after the coronavirus outbreak forced them to close and despite rising infection rates across the continent. French children return to school on Tuesday, after a two-month long summer break that followed two […]

Japan’s Abe tells Trump strengthening of alliance will not change

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told U.S. President Donald Trump that the strengthening of their two nations’ alliance would be maintained even after Abe’s departure from office, a Japanese government spokesman said on Monday. Abe announced on Friday he was resigning because of poor health, his long-running battle with ulcerative colitis ending his tenure as […]

Lebanon’s leaders agree on new prime minister before Macron visit

Lebanon’s ambassador to Germany Mustapha Adib is set to be designated prime minister on Monday ahead of a visit to Beirut by the French president who will press for long-delayed reforms to steer the Middle East nation out of its deep crisis. Emmanuel Macron, who arrives late on Monday for his second visit in less […]

China says Czech senate speaker will pay ‘heavy price’ for Taiwan visit

Czech Senate speaker Milos Vystrcil will “pay a heavy price” for making an official trip to Taiwan, the Chinese government’s top diplomat said on Monday, prompting Prague to summon China’s ambassador though Vystrcil said he didn’t seek confrontation. Vystrcil arrived in Taipei on Sunday on a visit to promote business links with Taiwan, saying the […]

Italy sends help to Banksy’s overloaded migrant rescue boat

The Italian coastguard sent help on Saturday to a rescue boat funded by British street artist Banksy after the vessel issued urgent calls for assistance, saying it was stranded in the Mediterranean and overloaded with migrants. The coastguard said a patrol boat dispatched from the southern Italian island of Lampedusa had taken on board 49 […]

Paris compulsory face-mask rule comes into force

Wearing a face-mask in public has become mandatory across Paris and several surrounding areas, amid a surge in Covid-19 cases in France. The move comes a day after the country recorded 6,111 new infections – its highest number since early May. The number of “red zones” where the virus is in active circulation has risen […]

Kenosha calm as anger mounts over US police shootings

A strong police presence brought relative calm to the Midwestern US city of Kenosha Thursday after three nights of violence over the police shooting of a black man, as top sports leagues again called off matches in a protest against racism. The shooting of Jacob Blake during a confrontation on Sunday has added new fuel […]

Japan PM Abe announces he will resign over health problems

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Friday he will resign over health problems, in a development that kicks off a leadership contest in the world’s third-largest economy. “I have decided to step down from the post of the prime minister,” he told a press conference, saying he was suffering from a recurrence of the ulcerative […]

Trump rips rival Biden as destroyer of American ‘greatness’

President Donald Trump tore into his election challenger Joe Biden as a threat to the “American Dream” in a bruising speech Thursday accepting the Republican nomination for a second term against a backdrop of racial tensions and the deadly coronavirus pandemic. The former celebrity real estate developer spoke at a grandiose event staged at the […]

Kim – Typhoon causes little damage in North Korea

Typhoon Bavi toppled trees in the streets of North Korea’s capital though state media reported Friday that leader Kim Jong Un said the country was “fortunate” and had suffered only limited damage. The storm — at one point categorised as a severe typhoon — made its way up the peninsula this week, raising fears of […]

Pence warns US voters: ‘You won’t be safe’ under Joe Biden

US vice president Mike Pence took center stage at the Republican convention Wednesday to warn voters they “won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America” — casting Donald Trump as their protector against the “radical” left. Pence was the keynote speaker in a parade of Trump acolytes who sought to uplift the president as an economic […]

Jeff Bezos Becomes First Person To Hit $200 Billion Networth

Amazon Cheif Executive Officer Jeff Bezos has set a new record on the rich list by becoming the first person to amass a fortune of $200 billion. Bezos’ net worth soared to a record $200 billion on Wednesday when shares of his online shopping behemoth Amazon hit $3.403.64 on surging demand for contactless shopping, according […]

South Korean parliament closed over virus fears

South Korea’s parliament was shut down on Thursday and a group of lawmakers were in self-quarantine as the country recorded more than 400 new coronavirus infections. The country endured one of the worst early outbreaks of Covid-19 outside mainland China before bringing it broadly under control with extensive tracing and testing, but is now battling […]

Arrested Ecuador ex-president taken to hospital

Former Ecuadorian president Abdala Bucaram, under house arrest over suspected links to organized crime, was hospitalized Wednesday after a suspected heart attack, his lawyer said. Bucaram, 68, “went into cardiac arrest” at his home, lawyer Cristian Romero told AFP. The ex-president, who has a pacemaker, was admitted for surgery to a clinic in the southwestern […]

Nigeria’s Akinwunmi Adesina gets second term as AfDB boss

Nigeria’s Akinwunmi Adesina has been affirmed as the president of the African Development Bank for another term by the board of governors of African Development Bank on Thursday. Adesina, the first Nigerian to hold the position, was the only candidate in the election. He was first elected in May 2015. “At this Annual Meetings, I […]

Seven more dolphins found dead on Mauritius beach near oil spill

Seven more dead dolphins were found on a Mauritius beach on Thursday, a government official said, a day after 17 carcasses were washed up near an oil spill caused by a Japanese ship that struck a coral reef. “We found seven more dolphins this morning in a state of decomposition,” Jasvin Sok Appadu from the […]

U.S. ‘won’t cede an inch’ in Pacific, Esper says in swipe at China

The United States has a responsibility to lead in the Pacific and “won’t cede an inch” to other countries that think their political system is better, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday in a thinly-veiled swipe at China. Speaking during a visit to Hawaii, Esper said they hope to work with China to […]

France’s Le Drian urges transparency from Russia over Navalny

France’s foreign minister said on Thursday he was bemused by Russia not taking a transparent approach over the possible poisoning of opponent Alexei Navalny, and said European Union foreign ministers would discuss the matter this week. Navalny is in a medically induced coma in a Berlin hospital where he was airlifted on Saturday after collapsing […]

Russia launches probe into hospitalization of Kremlin critic Navalny – TASS

Russia’s Interior Ministry said on Thursday it was launching a probe into the hospitalization of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny over what his allies suspect was a poisoning, TASS news agency reported. Navalny is in a medically induced coma in a Berlin hospital where he was airlifted on Saturday after collapsing during a flight. The German […]

Melania Trump brings compassion on pandemic, immigrants at Republican convention

Melania Trump put a kinder, gentler sheen on Donald Trump’s reelection campaign with a star turn at the Republican convention Tuesday where she broke ranks to speak compassionately about coronavirus victims and recalled her own immigrant story in an appeal for racial harmony. Unlike often aggressive speeches by two of Trump’s children from previous marriages, […]

Navalny ally says only Putin could have authorised suspected poisoning

A senior ally of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny said on Wednesday he believed only President Vladimir Putin could have authorised the suspected poisoning of the outspoken Kremlin critic. The Kremlin has dismissed as “hot air” and untrue any suggestion Putin was somehow involved in Navalny falling ill. It also says it remains unclear if […]

‘Polishing the gun’: China, U.S. tensions raise Taiwan conflict fears

Numerous Chinese and U.S. military exercises, Taiwan missiles tracking Chinese fighters and plummeting China-U.S. ties make for a heady cocktail of tension that is raising fears of conflict touched off by a crisis over Taiwan. In the last three weeks, China has announced four separate exercises along its coast, from the Bohai Gulf in the […]

Kremlin slams German medics’ ‘haste’ on Navalny poisoning

The Kremlin on Tuesday accused German medics of being too hasty after they said tests on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny indicated he had been poisoned. The 44-year-old Navalny, who is one of the fiercest critics of President Vladimir Putin, is being treated at Berlin’s Charite hospital after falling ill on a flight in Siberia […]

Trump, fellow Republicans paint dire portrait of a U.S. under Biden

President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans opened their national convention on Monday by painting a dire portrait of America if Democrat Joe Biden wins the White House in November, arguing he will usher in an era of radical socialism and chaos. Trump set the tone early in the day when he addressed delegates in […]

Japan’s Nagashiki says has scuttled part of Mauritius oil-spill ship

Japan’s Nagashiki Shipping, which owns the bulk carrier that ran aground on a reef in Mauritius and caused a large oil spill, said on Tuesday it has completed scuttling of the front part of the vessel on Monday as instructed by local authorities. The shipping company will continue planning with local authorities and specialists on […]

Pompeo flies to Sudan from Israel as U.S. pushes stronger regional links

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was due to land in Sudan from Israel on Tuesday, on what he said was the first official non-stop flight between the two countries, as the United States promotes stronger Sudan-Israel ties. His visit is part of a regional tour following an accord between Israel and the UAE this […]

Ex-Congo president Lissouba dies at 88

Former Congolese president Pascal Lissouba, who in 1992 won his country’s first multi-party presidential elections, died in France on Monday at the age of 88, his party told AFP. “President Lissouba passed away after an illness,” Pan-African Union for Social Democracy (UPADS) spokesman and MP Honore Sayi said. Lissouba died in Perpignan, southwestern France, he […]

UN in Libya urges probe after violence at protest

The UN mission to Libya on Monday urged the Government of National Accord (GNA) to conduct an “immediate and thorough investigation” after violence at a protest in Tripoli a day earlier. Hundreds gathered in the capital on Sunday evening to protest deteriorating living conditions and denounce corruption in the war-torn country, before security personnel fired […]

Campaigners to file UN complaint over Saudi prince’s detention

Two rights groups are lodging a complaint to the UN over the “arbitrary” detention of a philanthropist Saudi prince, according to a document seen by AFP, adding to international pressure for his release. In January 2018, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, now 37, was swept up along with his father in a royal crackdown, leaving his […]

Morocco rejects normalising ties with Israel – PM

Moroccan Prime Minister Saad Dine El Otmani on Sunday rejected any normalisation of relations with Israel. “We refuse any normalisation with the Zionist entity because this emboldens it to go further in breaching the rights of the Palestinian people,” El Otmani told his Islamist PJD party. The remarks came ahead of a visit to the […]

US allows emergency use of blood plasma treatment for coronavirus patients

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given emergency authorisation to use plasma to treat Covid patients. The technique uses antibody-rich blood plasma from people who’ve recovered from the disease and has already been applied to 70,000 people in the US – in trials or for the gravely ill. The FDA says initial trials […]

Biden pledges to end US ‘darkness’ in accepting Democratic nomination

Joe Biden promised Thursday to end the “darkness” of Donald Trump’s presidency in a speech accepting the Democratic nomination with an impassioned call for unity and a return to optimism. “The current president has cloaked America in darkness for much too long. Too much anger, too much fear, too much division,” Biden said. “If you […]

EU warns Brexit deal unlikely as talks deliver no progress

The EU and Britain on Friday traded blame for the lack of progress after the latest round of post-Brexit trade talks, with Brussels warning that a deal looked unlikely. The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier lodged his warning at the close of the seventh round of trade talks, which again got stuck on key issues, […]

Mauritius starts to scuttle Japanese oil-spill vessel

Mauritius said on Thursday it had started to scuttle the Japanese-owned bulk carrier that ran aground off its shores and spilled oil over pristine waters and fragile coral reefs. The MV Wakashio hit a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island on July 25 and began spilling oil on Aug. 6, prompting the government to […]

Police declare riot as Portland protesters set fires, attack government offices

Protesters lit fires, threw rocks and smashed windows at county government offices in the U.S. city of Portland on Tuesday, prompting police to declare a riot, after weeks of mostly peaceful anti-racism demonstrations. The protesters lit fires in dumpsters and flames were seen inside the building, media said. Black Lives Matter protests have been held […]

Belarus opposition urges EU not to recognise election ahead of summit

Belarusian presidential challenger Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya urged European Union leaders on Wednesday not to recognise what she called fraudulent election results, saying longtime leader Alexander Lukashenko had lost all legitimacy. Tsikhanouskaya was speaking from exile in neighbouring Lithuania before an emergency EU summit, due to be held by video conference, to discuss the crisis unfolding in […]

Britain and NATO escort Russian warships in sea near UK

Britain’s Royal Navy and NATO allies have escorted nine Russian navy warships during heightened levels of activity in the waters close to the United Kingdom, the navy said in a statement on Wednesday. “The Royal Navy demonstrated its flexibility in being able to shadow the Russian Navy units,” said Commander Will Paston, Commanding Officer of […]

Mauritius arrests captain of stricken Japanese oil tanker

Mauritius has arrested the captain of a Japanese bulk carrier that ran aground off its coast, causing a devastating oil spill in one of the world’s most pristine maritime environments, police said on Tuesday. The MV Wakashio struck a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island on July 25 and began spilling oil on Aug. […]
× How can I help you?