French presidential hopeful, ex-PM Valls slapped during campaign stop

French presidential hopeful, ex-PM Valls slapped during campaign stop

A youth reached out apparently to slap former prime minister Manuel Valls when he was on an election tour in France’s Brittany region on Tuesday and was wrestled to the ground by a security guard, a video by local media showed. Valls, 54, who was walking past a group of people in the town of […]

Ayew penalty seals narrow win for Ghana over Uganda at Cup of Nations

Ayew penalty seals narrow win for Ghana over Uganda at Cup of Nations

Andre Ayew converted a first-half penalty as Ghana started their latest bid to reclaim the Africa Cup of Nations title with a hard-earned 1-0 victory against Uganda on Tuesday. The West Ham United star’s 32nd-minute spot-kick was all that separated the sides on an awful pitch in Port-Gentil as Ghana withstood Ugandan pressure in the […]

Egypt steps up ‘unprecedented’ crackdown on NGOs

Egypt steps up ‘unprecedented’ crackdown on NGOs

In an ongoing assault on human and civil rights groups, the Egyptian government froze the assets of several NGOs and activists this week, raising a chorus of criticism from the international community. An Egyptian court on January 11 froze the assets of Mozn Hassan, director of the Nazra for Feminist Studies; Mohamed Zaree, head of […]

Five people suspected of jihadist links arrested in Spain and Hungary

Five people suspected of jihadist links arrested in Spain and Hungary

Five people with suspected links to Islamic State jihadists were arrested Friday in separate incidents in Spain and Hungary, with several weapons also being seized, authorities said. Spain’s interior ministry said police detained a Moroccan man with Dutch identity documents in the northwestern city of Figueras suspected of belonging to IS who recently returned to […]

FBI to be investigated over Clinton email probe

FBI to be investigated over Clinton email probe

The US Justice Department on Thursday said it would probe the FBI’s decision to announce an inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s emails shortly before the November presidential election, a move she has blamed as a factor in her defeat. The Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General said in a statement that its investigation would focus in […]

‘Targeted killings necessary … just don’t tell anyone’, say French leftist candidates

‘Targeted killings necessary … just don’t tell anyone’, say French leftist candidates

The targeted killing of terrorists abroad is justified to protect national security, most candidates in Thursday’s left-wing primary debate for the French presidency agreed. However, most also argued that the public should not be told about it. “We are at war, we must protect the French people,” said former prime minister Manuel Valls at the […]

Trump blasts intelligence agencies for Russia dossier at chaotic press conference

Trump blasts intelligence agencies for Russia dossier at chaotic press conference

President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday denied reports that Russia had obtained compromising personal and financial information about him, calling it a “tremendous blot” on the intelligence community if such material had been released. The incoming president, in his first news conference since late July, slammed US intelligence agencies for “disgraceful” leaking of what he called “fake […]

Ivory Coast president reshuffles government following soldier mutiny

Ivory Coast president reshuffles government following soldier mutiny

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara named a new and smaller government team on Wednesday, with few changes to top positions, according to a statement read on state-owned television. Adama Kone and Abdourahmane Cisse – finance and budget ministers respectively – held onto their jobs, as did Agriculture Minister Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly. But Thierry Tanoh, the […]

Russians ‘have compromising intelligence on Trump’

Russians ‘have compromising intelligence on Trump’

US spy chiefs have informed Donald Trump that Russian operatives claim to possess deeply compromising personal and financial information about him, US media reported Tuesday on the eve of the president-elect’s first press conference. Trump denounced a “political witch hunt” after CNN reported that intelligence officials briefing him last week on allegations of Russian meddling […]

Five UAE officials killed in Kandahar attack

Five UAE officials killed in Kandahar attack

The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday said five officials were killed in a bombing in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar the previous day in one of several deadly attacks across Afghanistan. Flags will fly at half-mast in honour of the slain officials, said a statement released by UAE authorities Wednesday. Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed […]

Ivorian president sacks security chiefs over soldiers mutiny

Ivorian president sacks security chiefs over soldiers mutiny

Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara dismissed the heads of the army, police and gendarmes on Monday after a two-day army mutiny that spread unrest across the West African nation, according to a statement from the presidency. Disgruntled soldiers demanding the payment of bonuses and wage increases began their revolt on Friday, seizing control of Bouake, […]

Northern Ireland deputy leader Martin McGuinness resigns amid political crisis

Northern Ireland deputy leader Martin McGuinness resigns amid political crisis

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness resigned from his post on Monday in protest over differences with his power-sharing government partners. The nationalist (Sinn Féin party) deputy leader resigned in protest at his power-sharing government partners’ handling of a botched energy scheme (known as the ‘Renewable Heat Incentive’). His resignation plunged Northern Ireland’s government […]

French military to boost cyber defence in wake of hacking scandals

French military to boost cyber defence in wake of hacking scandals

Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in an interview published Sunday that French infrastructure could be vulnerable to cyber attacks and that the country is looking to boost its defences with thousands of “digital soldiers” by 2019. In an interview with French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche, Le Drian said the nation’s infrastructure – including […]

British intelligence among first to sound alarm over Russia’s US hacks

British intelligence among first to sound alarm over Russia’s US hacks

British intelligence was among the first to raise the alarm over Russia’s hacks of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), alerting their US counterparts in autumn of 2015, according to US intelligence officials. US officials who helped prepare the classified government report on Russian hacking believe British intelligence was among the first to raise the alarm […]

Far-right leader Le Pen says Trump and Putin’s policies ‘good’ for France

Far-right leader Le Pen says Trump and Putin’s policies ‘good’ for France

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Friday dismissed allegations that Russia was behind cyber-attacks during the US presidential elections, a day after America’s top intelligence official said Moscow aggressively interfered in the campaign. Le Pen defended Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President-elect Donald Trump, who beat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in November’s elections, […]

French court acquits researcher who helped illegal migrants find shelter

French court acquits researcher who helped illegal migrants find shelter

A Nice court acquitted a Frenchman caught giving a lift to three illegal migrants in the latest case to highlight the actions of citizens in the now famous “rebel valley”, who claim it is their civic duty to help those in need. Prosecutors had requested a six-month suspended jail term for the 45-year-old university researcher, […]

Two military officers sentenced to life in prison over failed Turkey coup

Two military officers sentenced to life in prison over failed Turkey coup

Two senior Turkish military officers were jailed for life on Thursday for involvement in July’s failed coup attempt that killed almost 250 people, marking the first conviction related to the putsch, news agencies said. The court found that a colonel and a major had been assigned duties as provincial commanders after the intended overthrow of […]

Is Marine Le Pen’s Russian cash pipeline drying up?

Is Marine Le Pen’s Russian cash pipeline drying up?

Russia’s federal banking monitor has launched steps to recover a loan issued in 2014 to the French far-right party, adding to Marine Le Pen’s financial woes as she gears up for looming election battles. Another election campaign, another frantic fundraising effort for France’s chronically cash-strappedNational Front (FN). The Eurosceptic, anti-immigrant party had heaved a sigh […]

Trump questions validity of US intelligence on Russia hacking ahead of hearing

Trump questions validity of US intelligence on Russia hacking ahead of hearing

Top US spy chiefs will testify in Congress Thursday on alleged Russian interference in the US election as President-elect Donald Trump continued to question intelligence that Moscow was behind the hacking of Democratic party computers. The American public could get a better idea of the strength of the evidence on the alleged hacking as the […]

UK appoint ‘tough negotiator’ and ex-Russian ambassador Tim Barrow as new EU envoy

UK appoint ‘tough negotiator’ and ex-Russian ambassador Tim Barrow as new EU envoy

British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a senior career diplomat as envoy to the European Union on Wednesday to replace an ambassador who quit with a scathing resignation letter that exposed frustration among officials over her strategy. Tim Barrow, political director at the Foreign Office, will take up the post next week following the abrupt […]

Turkey identifies alleged Istanbul nightclub attacker

Turkey identifies alleged Istanbul nightclub attacker

Turkish authorities have identified the gunman responsible for the attack on an elite nightclub that killed 39 people celebrating New Year, the foreign minister said Wednesday. “The identity of the person responsible for the Istanbul attack has been established,” Mevlut Cavusoglu told Anadolu news agency during a televised interview. He did not name the attacker […]

More than 150 escape in Philippines prison break after gunmen storm jail

More than 150 escape in Philippines prison break after gunmen storm jail

More than 150 inmates of a southern Philippine jail escaped when suspected Muslim rebels stormed the dilapidated facility in a pre-dawn raid on Wednesday, killing one guard, authorities said. The attack added to a long history of daring jailbreaks in the strife-torn south, home to a decades-old Muslim separatist insurgency as well as extremist gangs […]

Will Netanyahu be forced to resign? A guide to the investigation

Will Netanyahu be forced to resign? A guide to the investigation

What is Netanyahu suspected of? Is Israel heading toward elections? Who could possibly replace him as prime minister? As the investigation unfolds, here is a look at what may follow. In what feels like a terrible case of deja vu, Israelis began their new year watching a police convoy enter the home of Prime Minister […]

France’s left-wing presidential hopefuls unveil their platforms

France’s left-wing presidential hopefuls unveil their platforms

Former prime minister Manuel Valls and Vincent Peillon, an MEP and former education minister, unveiled their respective presidential platforms Tuesday as they gear up to compete with five other left-wing contenders in France’s April-May elections. The fellow Socialist Party politicians agreed on the need to revive the European Union, but diverged on the national budget […]