Northern Ireland deputy leader Martin McGuinness resigns amid political crisis

Northern Ireland deputy leader Martin McGuinness resigns amid political crisis

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness resigned from his post on Monday in protest over differences with his power-sharing government partners. The nationalist (Sinn Féin party) deputy leader resigned in protest at his power-sharing government partners’ handling of a botched energy scheme (known as the ‘Renewable Heat Incentive’). His resignation plunged Northern Ireland’s government […]

UN condemns Aleppo ‘descent into hell’, plans crisis meeting

UN condemns Aleppo ‘descent into hell’, plans crisis meeting

The UN has condemned the “descent into hell” being endured by civilians in Aleppo, with the Red Cross saying nearly 20,000 people have fled a Syrian government offensive on the city in three days. Diplomats said the UN Security Council would hold an emergency meeting Wednesday in New York on the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo, […]

Venezuela rivals in tentative bid to ease political crisis

Venezuela rivals in tentative bid to ease political crisis

Venezuela’s embattled President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders agreed Monday to hold Vatican-sponsored talks to defuse a growing political crisis, but mistrust lingers after an attempt to recall the president was scuttled. With the mediation of the Vatican and the Union of South American Nations, the two sides agreed after hours-long talks on an agenda […]

Venezuela govt and opposition to hold talks as crisis deepens

Venezuela govt and opposition to hold talks as crisis deepens

Venezuela’s socialist government and the opposition on Monday announced talks for the weekend to deal with a political standoff that has intensified since the suspension of a referendum drive to remove President Nicolas Maduro. The two sides will meet on Sunday on the Caribbean island of Margarita, mediated by the Vatican, regional bloc Unasur and […]

Crisis looms as Kenya forces refugees to return to war-torn Somalia

Crisis looms as Kenya forces refugees to return to war-torn Somalia

With the closure of the world’s largest migrant camp in Kenya, thousands of Somali refugees could be forced to return to their war-ravaged homeland. The move has been branded a violation of international law. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said Monday that what was supposed to be a voluntary returns process, involving mostly Somalis, did […]

Families seek relatives missing in Gabon’s post-electoral crisis

Families seek relatives missing in Gabon’s post-electoral crisis

With hundreds detained and a disputed number of people killed in Gabon’s violent post-electoral crisis, several families in the Central African nation are on a desperate hunt for information on their missing loved ones. On Wednesday evening, shortly after the final results of Gabon’s fraught presidential elections were released, Bruna had a brief phone conversation […]

US envoy talks with Venezuela President Maduro amid crisis

US envoy talks with Venezuela President Maduro amid crisis

Veteran US diplomat Tom Shannon spoke for nearly two hours with Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday to re-start relations between the ideologically opposed governments amid a punishing economic crisis in the South American nation. Shannon, 57, who led a similar rapprochement last year that stalled over imprisoned protest leader Leopoldo Lopez, also met with […]

AFP, RFI reporter threatened over Burundi crisis coverage

AFP, RFI reporter threatened over Burundi crisis coverage

The Burundi correspondent of Agence France-Presse and Radio France Internationale, who was tortured last year by security forces, received threats on social media Tuesday. The threats were made after he was accused by authorities of “promoting crime and violence” with his coverage of the country’s crisis. Esdras Ndikumana, winner of France’s diplomatic press prize in […]

Latin America’s largest airline halts flights to Venezuela over economic crisis

Latin America’s largest airline halts flights to Venezuela over economic crisis

Latin America’s largest airline, Chile-based LATAM Airlines, said on Monday it would suspend its flights to Venezuela due to the “economic scenario”, following a similar decision by Lufthansa over the weekend. “Owing to the current complex macroeconomic scenario in the region, LATAM Airlines has announced adjustments to its destination network… it will suspend temporarily and […]

Ukraine crisis: Border guards’ centre is attacked

Ukraine crisis: Border guards’ centre is attacked

Hundreds of separatists in eastern Ukraine are continuing their assault on a border command centre near the city of Luhansk, the border agency says. It says five militants were killed and eight wounded when the centre came under sustained attack. Seven border guards are said to have been wounded. A Ukrainian military aircraft was called […]