Trump knew weeks ago that ousted top aide Flynn misled White House

Trump knew weeks ago that ousted top aide Flynn misled White House

Just six days into his term, US President Donald Trump was informed that his national security adviser had misled his vice president about contacts with Russia. Trump kept his No. 2 in the dark and waited nearly three weeks before ousting the aide, Michael Flynn, citing a slow but steady erosion of trust, White House […]

S. Korea confirms ‘murder’ of Kim Jong-Un’s half-brother

S. Korea confirms ‘murder’ of Kim Jong-Un’s half-brother

South Korea said on Wednesday it believed the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had been murdered, as Malaysian authorities moved the body to another hospital for an autopsy to identify the cause of death, sources told Reuters. U.S. government sources told Reuters they believed that Kim Jong Nam, who according to Malaysian […]

Determined Fillon strikes back with a letter to the French

Determined Fillon strikes back with a letter to the French

In a bid to revive his scandal-hit candidature for the French presidency, conservative candidate Francois Fillon on Tuesday published a letter to the French public in the widely-read regional newspaper Ouest-France. As yet more allegations about his wife’s job as a parliamentary aide emerged, former prime minister Fillon re-affirmed the legality of the salaries paid […]

Visitors emerge shaken but unscathed by Louvre attacker

Visitors emerge shaken but unscathed by Louvre attacker

Visitors to the Louvre in Paris praised the police response to Friday’s attack against security forces by a machete-wielding assailant. Some however were not so sure to return to the museum amid fears of another drop in tourist figures. Huang Shunqiang was in the underground lobby of the Louvre, under the magnificent I.M. Pei-designed glass […]

US says ‘putting Iran on notice’ after missile test

US says ‘putting Iran on notice’ after missile test

U.S. President Donald Trump took an aggressive posture toward Iran on Wednesday for test-firing a ballistic missile, with his national security adviser declaring “we are officially putting Iran on notice” for what he called a provocation. The warning from Michael Flynn marked an abrupt change in policy and tone toward Iran from that of Trump’s […]

UK lawmakers reject attempt to block Brexit

UK lawmakers reject attempt to block Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to take Britain out of the European Union easily cleared its first legislative hurdle on Wednesday, paving the way for the government to launch divorce talks by the end of March. May’s government is seeking approval for a new law giving her the right to trigger Article 50 of the […]

Growing global backlash against Trump’s immigration ban

Growing global backlash against Trump’s immigration ban

A global backlash against U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration curbs gathered pace on Sunday as several countries including long-standing American allies criticised the measures as discriminatory and divisive. Governments from London and Berlin to Jakarta and Tehran spoke out against Trump’s order to put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and […]

Deadly shooting at Quebec City mosque

Deadly shooting at Quebec City mosque

At least five people were killed and several people wounded after gunmen opened fire at a mosque in Quebec City late Sunday, media reported. A Quebec police spokesman confirmed that there were people killed, but did not say how many. Two suspects in the shooting were arrested, he said. Police did not rule out the […]

Trump and May underscore US-UK special relationship

Trump and May underscore US-UK special relationship

US President Donald Trump on Friday pledged America’s “lasting support” with Britain after he emerged from his first meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May, a leader hoping to nudge the populist president toward the political mainstream. May, who said the meeting gave the two a chance to build a relationship, announced that Trump had […]

French right has no presidential candidate if Fillon steps down

French right has no presidential candidate if Fillon steps down

France’s conservative party les Républicains will be without a Plan B if its presidential candidate, François Fillon, is forced to step down amid an ongoing scandal of alleged illegal payments to his wife. Fillon is under growing pressure following this week’s revelations in satirical French weekly Le Canard Enchainé that Penelope Fillon was paid around […]

Hamon and Valls face off in final French left-wing primary debate

Hamon and Valls face off in final French left-wing primary debate

Socialist presidential hopeful Benoit Hamon’s idealist vision for France squared off against calls for pragmatism from former prime minister Manuel Valls as the two men debated each other on national television Wednesday night. Hamon and Valls discussed jobs, clean energy, and religion in the final debate of France’s left-wing primary, four days ahead of their […]

Mexico president condemns border wall as pressure mounts to scrap Trump visit

Mexico president condemns border wall as pressure mounts to scrap Trump visit

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday condemned Donald Trump’s move to build a border wall but fell short of deciding whether to cancel an upcoming meeting with the US president. Opposition leaders called on Pena Nieto to cancel Tuesday’s trip after Trump issued a widely expected order to begin work on the massive wall. […]

Trump to announce immigration, visa restrictions: reports

Trump to announce immigration, visa restrictions: reports

President Donald Trump will sign executive orders starting Wednesday restricting refugees, visas and immigration, making good on his signature campaign pledges, US media reported. Trump is due to speak Wednesday to employees at the Department of Homeland Security — which handles immigration — and sign orders there on refugees and national security, according to The […]

Senate confirms Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations

Senate confirms Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations

The US Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly confirmed Nikki Haley, the governor of South Carolina, as US ambassador to the United Nations, delivering new President Donald Trump one of his most potent diplomatic tools. The nomination of Haley, the daughter of Indian immigrants, sailed through the Senate by a vote of 96 to four. The 45-year-old […]

Senators back Trump’s top diplomat as CIA boss confirmed

Senators back Trump’s top diplomat as CIA boss confirmed

The US Senate on Monday confirmed Mike Pompeo as CIA director and advanced the nomination of Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state, taking key steps toward filling President Donald Trump’s cabinet. Pompeo, a Republican congressman on the House Intelligence Committee, becomes only the third member of Trump’s cabinet to take his post, as the […]

UK’s Supreme Court set for Brexit ruling

UK’s Supreme Court set for Brexit ruling

The British government’s Brexit plan will be put to the test on Tuesday with a landmark court ruling on whether it has the right to kick-start the country’s EU departure without parliamentary approval. The 11 Supreme Court judges are expected to rule against the government in a move which could delay Prime Minister Theresa May […]

In war with media, Trump administration rolls out ‘alternative facts’

In war with media, Trump administration rolls out ‘alternative facts’

The White House vowed on Sunday to fight the news media “tooth and nail” over what it sees as unfair attacks, with a top adviser saying the Trump administration had presented “alternative facts” to counter low inauguration crowd estimates. On his first full day as president, Trump said he had a “running war” with the […]

Trump discusses Iran threats, White House visit with Israel’s Netanyahu

Trump discusses Iran threats, White House visit with Israel’s Netanyahu

US President Donald Trump Sunday discussed threats from Iran with Benjamin Netanyahu, inviting the Israeli prime minister to visit the White House early next month. The two leaders spoke by telephone and “agreed to continue to closely consult on a range of regional issues, including addressing the threats posed by Iran,” the White House said […]

American carnage: Donald Trump takes the reins of a divided nation

American carnage: Donald Trump takes the reins of a divided nation

Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States in Washington DC on Friday, pledging to lead a “united America” to renewed prosperity. But widespread protests suggested the country may be more divided than ever. On a grey and rainy day in the US capital, crowds began filing into the National […]

National Front’s Marine Le Pen takes lead in new opinion poll

National Front’s Marine Le Pen takes lead in new opinion poll

National Front leader Marine Le Pen has edged ahead of conservative rival and former frontrunner François Fillon of Les Républicains party, a major poll released on Thursday showed. According to French daily newspaper Le Monde, Le Pen now commands between 25 and 26 percent support among likely voters compared to 23-25 percent for Fillon, who […]

No word from Gambia leader Jammeh as deadline to cede power passes

No word from Gambia leader Jammeh as deadline to cede power passes

After more than two decades in power, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh faced the prospect of a military intervention by regional forces, as the man who once pledged to rule the West African nation for a billion years clung to power. After a midnight deadline set by the West African regional bloc to step down, there […]

Obama will not stay silent on ‘core values’ after leaving White House

Obama will not stay silent on ‘core values’ after leaving White House

Outgoing US President Barack Obama vowed not to remain silent when he feels the country’s “core values” are being threatened as he gave his last press conference on Wednesday before turning over the Oval Office to Donald Trump. A president’s farewell news conference is traditionally a mild-mannered ritual, but the rocky handover to president-elect Trump […]

Italian conservative Tajani wins race to head European Parliament

Italian conservative Tajani wins race to head European Parliament

Centre-right politician Antonio Tajani was elected the new president of the European Parliament on Tuesday after defeating his socialist rival, a fellow Italian, in a daylong series of votes. The new speaker, 63, a former EU commissioner and an ally of former premier Silvio Berlusconi, succeeds German Social Democrat Martin Schulz at a time of […]

Theresa May says Britain will leave EU single market

Theresa May says Britain will leave EU single market

Prime Minister Theresa May signalled in a speech Tuesday that Britain will make a clean break from the European Union and not seek to remain “half-in, half-out” following the June 2016 “Brexit” referendum. May delivered her speech to an audience of British civil servants and international diplomats at London’s Lancaster House, a Georgian mansion that […]

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