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 […]

DR Congo opposition leader calls for peaceful resistance amid Kabila protests

DR Congo opposition leader calls for peaceful resistance amid Kabila protests

Opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi called on the Congolese people to peacefully resist President Joseph Kabila after Kabila stayed in power on Tuesday despite the expiration of his constitutional mandate. Gunfire could be heard in several districts of Kinshasa early on Tuesday as demonstrators demanded that Kabila step down after his mandate expired at midnight, and […]

Trump lashes out, calls recount effort a ‘scam’

Trump lashes out, calls recount effort a ‘scam’

Donald Trump called a recount of votes being prepared in Wisconsin a scam, insisting Saturday that his presidential win should be respected, not “challenged and abused.” The recount, which was requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who received a minute fraction of the total vote, flew in the face of an election “that has […]

UN’s COP22 climate conference in Morocco calls for ‘urgent’ action

UN’s COP22 climate conference in Morocco calls for ‘urgent’ action

The COP22 UN Climate Change Conference in Morocco wrapped up on Friday after nearly 200 nations made an urgent appeal for the “highest political commitment” to combat climate change. “We call for the highest political commitment to combat climate change, as a matter of urgent priority,” the 197 parties to the UN’s climate convention stated […]

Obama calls for ‘course correction’ on globalisation during Europe visit

Obama calls for ‘course correction’ on globalisation during Europe visit

US President Barack Obama arrived in Germany on Wednesday on the final leg of a European tour aimed at reassuring key allies about transatlantic ties under his successor Donald Trump. Obama touched down in Berlin for a visit due to last until Friday, during which he will hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel as […]

Clinton calls on FBI to release all information related to email inquiry

Clinton calls on FBI to release all information related to email inquiry

White House frontrunner Hillary Clinton on Friday challenged the FBI to defend its renewed probe into emails sent to her private account, declaring herself confident it would find no wrongdoing. The Democratic candidate, who is seeking to be elected America’s first female president on November 8, launched a blistering fightback after the Federal Bureau of […]

Gabon’s opposition leader Jean Ping calls for presidential vote recount

Gabon’s opposition leader Jean Ping calls for presidential vote recount

Gabon opposition leader Jean Ping on Friday declared himself the rightful president and called for a vote recount, days after incumbent Ali Bongo was declared the winner of a weekend election that has sparked deadly violence. “I am the president,” Ping told a press conference at his home in Libreville late Friday, calling for a […]

France calls for end to EU-US TTIP trade talks

France calls for end to EU-US TTIP trade talks

France cast serious doubt on Tuesday on the prospects of an EU free trade deal with the United States, adding to opposition within Germany and growing scepticism among Americans. Washington and Brussels are officially committed to sealing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) before U.S. President Barack Obama leaves office in January, but their […]

French Chinese community calls for better security in Paris protest

French Chinese community calls for better security in Paris protest

Around 1,800 people from the Chinese community in France took part in a march near Paris Sunday calling for greater security after a deadly robbery earlier this month. To cries of “Liberte, egalite, fraternite” (“liberty, equality, fraternity”), demonstrators marched through the northern Paris suburb of Aubervilliers where Zhang Chaolin, a 49-year-old tailor died after being […]

 Merkel rejects calls to reverse refugee policy after attacks

 Merkel rejects calls to reverse refugee policy after attacks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday “firmly” rejected calls to reverse her welcoming stance towards refugees following a series of brutal attacks in the country. Merkel told reporters that the assailants “wanted to undermine our sense of community, our openness and our willingness to help people in need”. “We firmly reject this,” she said. Merkel, […]

Sanders calls for supporters to rally behind Clinton at DNC

Sanders calls for supporters to rally behind Clinton at DNC

Vanquished White House hopeful Bernie Sanders on Monday told a riven and lively Democratic convention that his rival Hillary Clinton must win the US presidential election in November. To cheers and some boos, Sanders said that “based on her ideas and her leadership,” Clinton was a better choice than Republican nominee Donald Trump and that […]

US to probe civilian deaths in Syria as opposition calls for halt to coalition air strikes

US to probe civilian deaths in Syria as opposition calls for halt to coalition air strikes

The head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition called for a suspension of the U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic State in Syria while reports of dozens of civilian deaths from air strikes around the northern city of Manbij are investigated. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 56 civilians were killed in […]

UN blasts South Sudan violence, calls rival leaders to control forces

UN blasts South Sudan violence, calls rival leaders to control forces

The UN Security Council strongly condemned the renewed violence in South Sudan and called on rival leaders President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar to control their forces in a statement unanimously passed after a Sunday meeting. “The members of the Council condemned in the strongest terms all attacks and provocations against civilians […]

French inquiry calls for intelligence overhaul after Paris attacks

French inquiry calls for intelligence overhaul after Paris attacks

A French parliamentary inquiry into the terror attacks that rocked Paris in 2015 on Tuesday recommended the fusion of the country’s myriad intelligence services into a single agency. The parliamentary inquiry was set up in February to probe possible security failings in the run-up to two major terror attacks in Paris in 2015 that left […]

Quartet calls for end to Israeli settlement construction

Quartet calls for end to Israeli settlement construction

Israel should stop building settlements, denying Palestinian development and designating land for exclusive Israeli use that Palestinians seek for a future state, the Middle East peace “Quartet” said Friday in an eagerly awaited report. The report by the Quartet entities sponsoring the stalled peace process – the United States, Russia, the European Union and the […]

EU’s Juncker calls for immediate start to Brexit negotiations

EU’s Juncker calls for immediate start to Brexit negotiations

Jean-Claude Juncker said he wanted to begin negotiating Britain’s departure from the European Union, and there was no reason to wait until October, when British Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will resign. “Britons decided yesterday that they want to leave the European Union, so it doesn’t make any sense to wait until October […]

Obama calls for healing in first public remarks since divisive primary

Obama calls for healing in first public remarks since divisive primary

President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that he hoped divisions between Democrats would start to heal, now that his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, has clinched the party’s nomination for the presidential election. “My hope is that over the next couple of weeks we’re able to pull things together,” Obama said in his first […]