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 […]

New French PM Cazeneuve is racing against time

New French PM Cazeneuve is racing against time

Less than five months before the first round of presidential elections, France’s new government has desperate little time to accomplish any policy goals. But the new prime minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, could still succeed in leaving his mark. Delivering his debut speech as prime minister to France’s National Assembly on Tuesday, Cazeneuve said he would make […]

Sepp Blatter loses appeal against 6-year FIFA ban

Sepp Blatter loses appeal against 6-year FIFA ban

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has lost his appeal against a six-year ban for ethics violations, imposed amid the biggest corruption scandal to shake the world soccer body, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Monday. Blatter led FIFA for 17 years, resigning in June last year after several dozen football officials, including former […]

India: Female mediators help combat violence against women

India: Female mediators help combat violence against women

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we bring you a report from India. In the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, the situation is alarming – rape cases have almost doubled in two years. But with the help of a local NGO, 70 women, often themselves victims of domestic violence, have […]

German police conduct nationwide raids against Islamist group

German police conduct nationwide raids against Islamist group

German police launched dawn raids on mosques, apartments and offices in ten German states on Tuesday, and the government banned an organisation it accused of trying to recruit fighters for the Islamic State (IS) group, the interior ministry said. A spokeswoman for the ministry described the DWR ‘True Religion’ organisation as a mobilising network for […]

Four killed in CAR protest against UN peacekeepers

Four killed in CAR protest against UN peacekeepers

Four civilians were killed and 14 other people injured in Central African Republic on Monday when UN peacekeepers exchanged fire with armed men during a protest against the UN military presence, the United Nations said. The clashes occurred as hundreds of protesters gathered to call for troops from the UN mission (MINUSCA) to leave the […]

US, UK consider new sanctions against Syria, Russia

US, UK consider new sanctions against Syria, Russia

  With military options all but eliminated, the United States and Britain on Sunday said they were considering new sanctions to pressure the Syrian and Russian governments to halt an offensive against rebel-held parts of Aleppo. While the close allies said diplomacy was their primary focus, the tone was tougher than Saturday’s message from U.S. […]

French fighter jets launch mission against IS group in Mosul

French fighter jets launch mission against IS group in Mosul

French fighter jets took off from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle on Friday for an operation against the Islamic State jihadist organisation (IS) in its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, an officer said. Eight jets took off from the carrier in the eastern Mediterranean, an AFP photographer on the flight deck reported. The Charles de […]

South Sudan rebel chief urges armed resistance against government

South Sudan rebel chief urges armed resistance against government

A top South Sudanese opposition leader called Saturday for armed resistance to the government in Juba – a stance that suggests the troubled Central African nation could face a renewed civil war in the near future. Leader Riek Machar and top officials of the opposition SPLM-IO party issued a statement saying their forces would reorganize […]

Thousands protest in Germany against EU-US TTIP trade deal

Thousands protest in Germany against EU-US TTIP trade deal

Demonstrators took to the streets across Germany on Saturday in protest over a massive transatlantic trade deal, dealing a new blow to the disputed accord. In Berlin, as in Munich, there was a sea of flags as people flocked to join the rallies despite the rain, carrying placards and banners representing dozens of anti-globalisation groups, […]

French farmers step up fight against dairy giant Lactalis

French farmers step up fight against dairy giant Lactalis

  French milk producers on Monday stepped up their protests against global dairy giant Lactalis amidst a slump in prices ahead of crunch negotiations on Tuesday. Hundreds of angry dairy farmers, demanding higher milk prices, on Monday vowed to continue their week-long blockade at the Lactalis headquarters in northwestern France. Farmers also began a nationwide […]

Pope speaks out against linking Islam with violence

Pope speaks out against linking Islam with violence

Pope Francis said on Sunday that it was wrong to identify Islam with violence and that social injustice and idolatry of money were among the prime causes of terrorism. “I think it is not right to identity Islam with violence,” he told reporters aboard the plane taking him back to Rome after a five-day trip […]

Recent spate of violence against Egypt’s Christians goes largely unpunished

Recent spate of violence against Egypt’s Christians goes largely unpunished

Violence against Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Christian minority, one of the largest and oldest groups of Christians in the Middle East, has escalated at an alarming rate in the last several weeks, with little official response. Since late May, Christians in Egypt have been the victims of at least a dozen sectarian attacks, and activists and […]

New protests against US police shootings of black men

New protests against US police shootings of black men

Thousands took to the streets in cities across the United States on Friday to denounce the fatal shooting by police of two black men this week, marching the day after a gunman killed five police officers during a similar demonstration in Dallas. Several thousand protesters flooded the streets of downtown Atlanta, bringing traffic to a […]

Poll shows Scots against second independence vote despite Brexit threat

Poll shows Scots against second independence vote despite Brexit threat

The Scots do not think there should be a second independence referendum, a poll showed on Sunday, days after Britain voted to leave the European Union despite strong Scottish support for remaining a member of the bloc. The Survation poll showed 44.7 percent of people think Scotland should not conduct a second independence referendum, compared […]

Dozens of US diplomats call for military strikes against Syria’s Assad

Dozens of US diplomats call for military strikes against Syria’s Assad

  More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of US policy in Syria, calling for military strikes against President Bashar al-Assad’s government to stop its persistent violations of a civil war cease-fire. The “dissent channel cable” was signed by 51 mid- to high-level State Department officers involved with advising […]

Eritrean leaders committing crimes against humanity, says UN

Eritrean leaders committing crimes against humanity, says UN

Eritrea’s government is guilty of committing crimes against humanity since independence a quarter-century ago with up to 400,000 people “enslaved”, and should face international justice, the UN said Wednesday. The United Nations Commission of Inquiry (COI) on human rights said the government of President Isaias Afwerki, in power since 1991, was guilty of systematic enslavement, […]

‘The tide has turned’ in fight against Islamic State group

‘The tide has turned’ in fight against Islamic State group

The Islamic State group caught the world off guard when it conquered vast swaths of territory, including important cities, in Iraq and Syria. Two years later, experts say the tide has finally turned against the jihadist camp. For Iraqi forces, 2016 ushered in the recapture of the Islamic State (IS) group’s headquarters in Ramadi, the […]