Trump’s tweets on judges ‘demoralising’, says his Supreme Court nominee

Trump’s tweets on judges ‘demoralising’, says his Supreme Court nominee

Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, on Wednesday described the president’s Twitter attacks on the judiciary as “demoralizing” and “disheartening,” a spokesman for Gorsuch said. Spokesman Ron Bonjean, a Republican strategist hired by the White House to help guide Gorsuch’s nomination through the U.S. Senate, confirmed that Gorsuch used those words […]

US says senior al Qaeda leader killed in Syria strike

US says senior al Qaeda leader killed in Syria strike

The US military said Wednesday that it had killed eleven Al-Qaeda operatives, including a veteran leader and suicide-bombing pioneer, in a bombing raid in Syria. The Pentagon said Abu Hani al-Masri, the Qaeda veteran, was one of those killed in the precision airstrikes near Idlib carried out on February 3-4. Al-Masri was an early official […]

Hundreds of thousands protest in Romania over government decree

Hundreds of thousands protest in Romania over government decree

Hundreds of thousands of people hit the streets across Romania on Wednesday to protest the government’s decriminalising of a string of corruption offences, the largest demonstrations since communism fell in 1989. At least 200,000 protesters, according to media estimates, braved sub-zero temperatures to demonstrate, with some shouting “Thieves!” and “Resign!” a day after the government […]

Frantic talk of ‘Plan B’ as PenelopeGate wrecks Fillon’s Elysée run

Frantic talk of ‘Plan B’ as PenelopeGate wrecks Fillon’s Elysée run

Officially, France’s conservatives don’t have an alternative to their embattled presidential candidate. But as François Fillon flounders, they may have to come up with one fast. Are France’s conservatives about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? When he routed his rivals in a conservative primary back in November, Fillon must have believed he […]

Off with their heads! How French politics went topsy-turvy in 100 days

Off with their heads! How French politics went topsy-turvy in 100 days

With François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy already out of the picture, Manuel Valls’s crushing primary defeat on Sunday capped an astonishing one hundred days that turned the race for the Élysée Palace into a quagmire. In hindsight, one could say of Valls’s doomed presidential run that he got everything wrong except his opening plea: he […]

Fighting rages in east Ukraine for third day

Fighting rages in east Ukraine for third day

Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed rebels were on Tuesday locked in fighting for a third straight day at a flashpoint town that left thousands shivering without power and sparked renewed EU concern about security in its backyard. The industrial hub of Avdiivka came under an unexpected assault Sunday from insurgents seeking to wrest back territory controlled […]

African Union decides to readmit Morocco

African Union decides to readmit Morocco

The African Union agreed Monday to readmit Morocco 33 years after it quit the bloc, following a difficult debate over the status of Western Sahara, according to presidents attending the summit. “Morocco is now a full member of the African Union. There was a very long debate but 39 of our 54 states approved the […]

Trump US immigration ban triggers global backlash

Trump US immigration ban triggers global backlash

US President Donald Trump faced a growing international backlash Monday as foreign nations, including key US allies, and chiefs of industry denounced his immigration order. Taking a swipe at diplomats who signed a letter protesting the ban, White House spokesmen Sean Spicer said the document was “blown way out of proportion and exaggerated,” adding, “I […]

Supporters cheer embattled Fillons at French election rally

Supporters cheer embattled Fillons at French election rally

Thousands of supporters gave embattled French presidential candidate François Fillon and his wife a standing ovation at a rally on Sunday, in a show of support after his campaign was thrown off track by allegations of misuse of public funds. Satirical weekly Le Canard Enchainé reported on Wednesday that Penelope Fillon had been paid thousands […]

US soldier killed in raid on al Qaeda in Yemen

US soldier killed in raid on al Qaeda in Yemen

The U.S. military said Sunday that one service member was killed and three others wounded in a raid in Yemen targeting its local al-Qaida branch. It is the first-known combat death of a member of the U.S. military under President Donald Trump’s new administration. U.S. Central Command said in a statement that a fourth service […]

‘Elephant Man’ star John Hurt dies at 77

‘Elephant Man’ star John Hurt dies at 77

Veteran British actor Sir John Hurt, Oscar-nominated for his star turn in “The Elephant Man” and his supporting role in “Midnight Express”, has died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, a representative said on Saturday. He was 77. Hurt, who had starred in more than 200 films and television series over a career spanning […]

French presidential hopeful warns of Britain becoming US vassal state

French presidential hopeful warns of Britain becoming US vassal state

Britain is becoming subservient to a United States that will be extremely difficult to cooperate with judging by President Donald Trump’s “serious and worrying” first acts, French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron said on Friday. British Prime Minister Theresa May, who will hold talks with Trump later on Friday, wants a renewal of the “special relationship” […]

Deadly Chile wildfire destroys entire town

Deadly Chile wildfire destroys entire town

Flames from one of Chile’s worst wildfires completely consumed the town of Santa Olga as the death toll from the blazes since November rose to 10, officials said Thursday. The flames engulfed the post office, a kindergarten, and about 1,000 homes in the town, located 220 miles (360 kilometers) south of the Chilean capital. The […]

‘Sometimes opposites attract,’ says May in US ahead of Trump talks

‘Sometimes opposites attract,’ says May in US ahead of Trump talks

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday embraced U.S. President Donald Trump as a friend and ally, but cautioned him not to turn his back on global institutions and long-established political values. On her first visit to the United States as prime minister, May called the start of Trump’s term “a new era of American […]

Marseille sign evergreen Patrice Evra from Juventus

Marseille sign evergreen Patrice Evra from Juventus

Veteran French international defender Patrice Evra signed for Marseille on Wednesday on a free transfer from Juventus on an 18-month contract, the Ligue 1 club announced. The 35-year-old left-back, who had been linked with a return to Manchester United, underwent a medical after being released from the last six months of his contract at Italian […]

US television icon Mary Tyler Moore dies at 80

US television icon Mary Tyler Moore dies at 80

Mary Tyler Moore, the star of TV’s beloved “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” whose comic realism helped revolutionize the depiction of women on the small screen, has died. Moore died Wednesday with her husband and friends nearby, her publicist, Mara Buxbaum, said. She was 80. Moore gained fame in the 1960s as the frazzled wife […]

Mass presidential pardon for quarter of prisoners in Burundi

Mass presidential pardon for quarter of prisoners in Burundi

Burundi began Monday releasing a quarter of its jail population under a mass presidential pardon, but prisoners’ rights groups voiced concern they were just making room for more political inmates. A first group of 300 were released from the Mpimba central prison in Bujumbura, but authorities aim to free some 2,500 of the total, which […]

Trump blocks abortion funding for US NGOs abroad

Trump blocks abortion funding for US NGOs abroad

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday reinstated a global gag rule that bans U.S.-funded groups around the world from discussing abortion, a move that was widely expected but nonetheless dismayed women’s rights advocates. The rule, which affects American non-governmental organizations working abroad, is one that incoming presidents have used to signal their positions on abortion […]

Flooding, landslides destroy homes and cut power in French Polynesia

Flooding, landslides destroy homes and cut power in French Polynesia

Heavy flooding in French Polynesia has forced many residents to evacuate, cut off power to thousands of homes, and closed Tahiti’s international airport. The French Polynesia High Commission said three people were injured, one seriously, while more than 100 homes were destroyed. Major roads were damaged by landslides. The floods were most severe on the […]

French jihadist charged and held on return from Syria

French jihadist charged and held on return from Syria

A high-profile French jihadist was charged with terrorist offences and remanded in custody on Saturday, a day after being transferred to France from Turkey, where he had turned himself in to authorities. Kevin G., a 24-year-old who converted to Islam 10 years ago, was one of the UN’s most wanted jihadists and had been placed […]

Turkish parliament approves contentious constitutional reform bill

Turkish parliament approves contentious constitutional reform bill

Turkey’s parliament on Saturday approved a contentious constitutional reform package, paving the way for a referendum on a presidential system that would greatly expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office. The decision marks a victory for Erdogan, a polarizing but overall popular figure, who critics view as increasingly autocratic. In an all-night session […]

Gambia’s Jammeh says he will step down

Gambia’s Jammeh says he will step down

Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh said Saturday he would step down to keep peace in his country after 22 years in power, following last-chance talks with west African leaders before a military intervention. Jammeh spent hours with Guinea and Mauritania’s presidents on Friday in Banjul, where agreement was reached that he would hand power to Adama […]

Former US president George H. W. Bush in intensive care

Former US president George H. W. Bush in intensive care

Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted Wednesday to the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital with pneumonia, and his wife, Barbara, was hospitalized as a precaution after suffering fatigue and coughing, a spokesman said. The 92-year-old former president, who had been hospitalized since Saturday, underwent a procedure “to protect and clear his airway […]

Brexit: UK’s Johnson warns France against WW2-style ‘punishment beatings’

Brexit: UK’s Johnson warns France against WW2-style ‘punishment beatings’

Britain’s foreign minister warned France on Wednesday against World War II-style “punishment beatings” after Paris indicated that it would not accept improved conditions for the UK outside the single market. Boris Johnson said it would not be in anyone’s interest to penalise Britain for exiting the European Union, comparing the proposed trade tariffs to punishments […]

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