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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Aleppo evacuation agreement back on as guns fall silent

Aleppo evacuation agreement back on as guns fall silent

A new agreement has been reached for the evacuation of civilians and rebel fighters from the last pocket of territory they control in Aleppo, Syrian regime and rebel sources said Thursday, a day after a previous agreement fell through. A senior Syrian military source told AFP: “A deal has been reached for rebels to leave, […]

Top Republican leaders back Russia election hack inquiry

Top Republican leaders back Russia election hack inquiry

Congress’ top Republicans on Monday endorsed investigations into the CIA’s belief that Russia meddled in last month’s election to help Donald Trump win, suggesting potential battles ahead with the incoming president over Moscow and US intelligence. Meanwhile, Trump said he would announce his choice for secretary of state Tuesday morning. He has chosen Exxon Mobil […]

US House Republicans back Paul Ryan for new term as Speaker

US House Republicans back Paul Ryan for new term as Speaker

Republican members of the US House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously chose Paul Ryan to keep his job as Speaker, following the party’s victory at the polls last week, the House GOP conference announced. “It is a tremendous honor to be nominated by my colleagues to serve as Speaker of the House. Now it’s time […]

Taking Aleppo will ‘push terrorists back to Turkey’, says Assad

Taking Aleppo will ‘push terrorists back to Turkey’, says Assad

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad said on Friday that the Syrian army’s capture of Aleppo, which has come under renewed bombardment in an effort to seize its rebel-held sector, would be “a springboard” to pushing “terrorists” back to Turkey. Rescue workers said that Syria’s military backed by Russian warplanes had killed more than 150 people in […]

Ingrid Betancourt hopes ‘Colombians back peace deal’

Ingrid Betancourt hopes ‘Colombians back peace deal’

A peace deal was struck in August between Colombia’s government and the FARC, a Marxist guerrilla group that has waged an insurgency for five decades. But the accord still has various sticking points, notably disarmament. Furthermore, allowing repentant FARC rebels avoid jail could be a bitter pill for Colombians to swallow. Our guest, Ingrid Betancourt, […]

Schweinsteiger back on form as Germany beats Ukraine 2-0 in Euro 2016

Schweinsteiger back on form as Germany beats Ukraine 2-0 in Euro 2016

    Bastian Schweinsteiger had time for three touches of the ball and scored with one as world champions Germany started their European Championship campaign with a 2-0 win over Ukraine. The 31-year-old Manchester United midfielder came on in the 90th minute and quickly put away a perfect pass from Mesut Ozil for the deciding […]