EU hits back after Trump hails Brexit and trashes NATO

EU hits back after Trump hails Brexit and trashes NATO

Angela Merkel led a sharp European response to Donald Trump on Monday after the US president-elect hailed Brexit as a “good thing”, branded the NATO alliance “obsolete”, and criticised the German chancellor’s stance on refugees. In a hard-hitting interview with two European newspapers, Trump unleashed a volley of verbal attacks on Europe, hailing Britain’s decision […]

IS group stages fierce attack on Syrian army enclave

IS group stages fierce attack on Syrian army enclave

The Islamic State group has launched its fiercest assault in a year against a besieged Syrian government enclave in the city of Deir al-Zor, trying to cut it off from a nearby military air base in a battle that has killed dozens. A Syrian military source said the fighting was intense. “This attack is one […]

Mideast peace summit in Paris ends with warning, calls for two-state solution

Mideast peace summit in Paris ends with warning, calls for two-state solution

Sending a forceful message to Israel’s prime minister and the incoming Trump administration, dozens of countries called Sunday on Israel and the Palestinians to revive work toward long-elusive peace – including an independent Palestinian state. The closing declaration at a Mideast peace conference in Paris urged both sides to “officially restate their commitment to the […]

Trump: NATO ‘obsolete’, Brexit a ‘great thing’

Trump: NATO ‘obsolete’, Brexit a ‘great thing’

President-elect Donald Trump, in remarks published on Sunday, described NATO as “obsolete” and suggested a deal with Russia that would reduce nuclear arsenals and ease sanctions on Moscow. He also hailed Britain’s exit from the EU and backed a speedy trade deal with the UK, but condemned as “catastrophic” Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to open […]

France takes steps to prevent an election hack attack

France takes steps to prevent an election hack attack

Alarmed by allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential race, French authorities have warned political parties against the threat of cyber attacks as the country prepares to elect a new president in May. A US president-elect who may be compromised by a foreign power. A presidential election marred by cyber attacks, leaks and […]

Riots erupt in Tunisia on anniversary of revolution

Riots erupt in Tunisia on anniversary of revolution

Hundreds of protesters demanding jobs clashed with police in several Tunisian towns on Saturday, blocking the route of visiting President Beji Caid Essebsi in one region, on the sixth anniversary of the country’s revolution. Local residents said protests that erupted in the southern town of Ben Guerdane had spread over the weekend to several other […]

Obama eases Sudan sanctions, citing ‘positive’ steps on fight against terror

Obama eases Sudan sanctions, citing ‘positive’ steps on fight against terror

US President Barack Obama signed an executive order Friday easing but not eliminating sanctions against Sudan, in an eleventh-hour push to broaden talks with the long-estranged African government. Exactly two decades after the US imposed economic sanctions against Sudan and with barely a week to go before Obama leaves office, the US is starting to […]

Chicago police blasted for racial bias, ‘cover-up culture’

Chicago police blasted for racial bias, ‘cover-up culture’

Chicago police have trampled on the rights of residents for years, permitting racial bias, using excessive force and shooting people who did not pose immediate threats, the US Justice Department announced Friday after a yearlong investigation. The practices endanger civilians and officers, cause avoidable injuries and deaths and erode community trust that is “the cornerstone […]

French presidential candidate Fillon promises crackdown on immigration

French presidential candidate Fillon promises crackdown on immigration

France’s presidential election frontrunner Francois Fillon vowed on Wednesday to take back control of immigration including by imposing quotas on non-European Union nationals as he looks to win votes from the far-right National Front party. Immigration and security are key issues in the campaign for this year’s vote with the leader of the National Front, […]

Nukes, climate change, Russia: Tillerson says ready to oppose Trump on key policies

Nukes, climate change, Russia: Tillerson says ready to oppose Trump on key policies

Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state signaled Wednesday he is prepared to diverge from the US president-elect on numerous key issues, notably nuclear non-proliferation, climate change and Russia, which he branded a “danger.” Despite accusations of being too cozy with the Kremlin, former ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson told skeptical senators at his confirmation hearing […]

Tearful Obama bids farewell in emotional speech

Tearful Obama bids farewell in emotional speech

Conceding disappointments during his presidency yet offering vigorous encouragement for the nation’s future, Barack Obama issued an emotional defense Tuesday of his vision to Americans facing a moment of anxiety and a dramatic change in leadership. Obama’s valedictory speech in his hometown of Chicago was a public meditation on the trials and triumphs, promises kept […]

Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof sentenced to death

Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof sentenced to death

A US jury on Tuesday sentenced Dylann Roof, the self-described white supremacist who gunned down nine black worshippers in a South Carolina church, to death over the June 2015 massacre. Roof, 22, was convicted last month of 33 federal charges — including hate crimes resulting in death — in connection with the carnage at the […]

Trump hands senior White House role to son-in-law Kushner

Trump hands senior White House role to son-in-law Kushner

Donald Trump on Monday named son-in-law Jared Kushner as senior White House advisor, rewarding the man widely credited as the brains behind his election but courting serious legal and ethical concerns. The baby-faced real estate developer and magazine publisher who turns 36 on Tuesday, will be the youngest top member of the administration, working closely […]

Israel buries truck attack victims amid doubts over IS group link

Israel buries truck attack victims amid doubts over IS group link

Hundreds of Israelis attended funerals Monday for four soldiers killed when a Palestinian rammed a truck into troops visiting a popular tourist site in a stark reminder of tensions despite a recent lull in violence. Sunday’s attack, which also saw the driver shot dead, came after months of relative calm and led Prime Minister Benjamin […]

Trump ‘accepts Russia’s role in US election hacking’

Trump ‘accepts Russia’s role in US election hacking’

President-elect Donald Trump accepts the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia engaged in cyber attacks during the U.S. presidential election and may take action in response, his incoming chief of staff said on Sunday. Reince Priebus said Trump believed Russia was behind the intrusions into the Democratic Party organizations, although Priebus did not clarify whether […]

Former Iranian president Rafsanjani dies following hospitalisation

Former Iranian president Rafsanjani dies following hospitalisation

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a wily political survivor and multimillionaire mogul who remained among the ruling elite despite moderate views, died Sunday, state TV reported. He was 82. Iranian media reported earlier Sunday that he was taken to a hospital north of Tehran because of a heart condition. State television broke into programming […]

Cold deaths across Europe as deep freeze continues

Cold deaths across Europe as deep freeze continues

A cold wave across Europe has left at least 23 dead in the past two days, including several migrants and homeless people, authorities said Saturday, with the frigid temperatures expected to continue through the weekend. Russia meanwhile celebrated the coldest Orthodox Christmas in 120 years, and even Istanbul was covered with a blanket of snow. […]

Ivory Coast’s Ouattara announces deal to end mutiny amid tension

Ivory Coast’s Ouattara announces deal to end mutiny amid tension

Ivory Coast’s president said a deal was reached Saturday to end a two-day army mutiny that renewed security concerns in the world’s top cocoa producer and Africa’s fastest-growing economy. President Alassane Ouattara made the announcement during a cabinet meeting Saturday evening. Earlier in the day, his defense minister, Alain-Richard Donwahi, led a delegation to negotiate […]

Several dead after shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida

Several dead after shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida

A shooter wearing a Star Wars T-shirt opened fire at a baggage carousel at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday, killing at least five people before being taken into custody, officials and witnesses said. Five people died and eight more were wounded in the incident, the local sheriff’s office said. The shooter, who said nothing, […]

Russia to scale back military presence in Syria

Russia to scale back military presence in Syria

Russia announced on Friday that it is withdrawing its aircraft carrier and some other Russian warships from the waters off Syria as the first step in a drawdown of its forces in the war-torn Mideast country. According to Russian General Staff chief Gen. Valery Gerasimov, the Admiral Kuznetsov carrier and accompanying ships are to be […]

Netanyahu backs pardon for Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter

Netanyahu backs pardon for Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said he supported pardoning the young soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting dead a wounded Palestinian assailant in the occupied West Bank. The decision to court-martial Sergeant Elor Azaria, who shot the Palestinian after the assailant stabbed another Israeli soldier last March has stirred public controversy in Israel […]

Venezuela’s Maduro names new potential successor

Venezuela’s Maduro names new potential successor

Venezuela’s leader Nicolas Maduro named an ex-security minister Wednesday as his vice-president, who would become head of state if Maduro were removed from office this year as the opposition demands. Maduro told a televised cabinet meeting that he had named to the post Tareck El Aissami, 42, a powerful state governor who cracked down on […]

Britain’s EU ambassador quits just months before Brexit negotiations set to start

Britain’s EU ambassador quits just months before Brexit negotiations set to start

Britain’s ambassador to the European Union resigned on Tuesday, adding uncertainty to the Brexit process less than three months before the UK is due to trigger its departure negotiations. Ivan Rogers, a highly-regarded diplomat who had been due to end his four-year stint in October, stepped down as London prepares to invoke Article 50, which […]

Jovenel Moise confirmed as Haiti’s new president

Jovenel Moise confirmed as Haiti’s new president

Jovenel Moise won Haiti’s presidential elections with 55.6 percent of the first round vote held on November 20, according to official results released Tuesday. The announcement by Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council puts an end to a protracted electoral process that began in October 2015 and paralyzed the Caribbean country’s politics for more than a year. […]