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 […]

Deal reached to end DRC political crisis

Deal reached to end DRC political crisis

The government and opposition parties in the DR Congo on Saturday clinched a hard-won deal over President Joseph Kabila’s fate, ending a political crisis that sparked months of deadly unrest. Under the terms of the deal, Kabila will stay until the “end of 2017” but a transition council will be established, headed by opposition leader […]

Fighting resumes in Aleppo as evacuation deal falters

Fighting resumes in Aleppo as evacuation deal falters

Fierce fighting resumed in Aleppo on Wednesday amid conflicting reports as to why a planned evacuation of the Syrian city’s last rebel-held districts was put on hold. Rebel fighters and civilians had been preparing to evacuate eastern Aleppo under a ceasefire deal aimed at ending more than four years of clashes in the city. But […]

Colombia’s congress ratifies FARC peace deal

Colombia’s congress ratifies FARC peace deal

After five decades of war, more than four years of negotiations and two signing ceremonies, Colombia’s congress late Wednesday formally ratified a peace agreement allowing leftist rebels to enter politics. The 310-page revised accord was approved unanimously by the lower house, which voted a day after the Senate approved the same text 75-0 following a […]

Colombia, FARC to sign new peace deal Thursday

Colombia, FARC to sign new peace deal Thursday

Colombia’s government and FARC guerrillas will sign a new peace accord Thursday, after a previous agreement to end their half-century-old war was defeated in a referendum, both parties said. The new, revised accord will be submitted to Congress for approval, rather than put to another referendum, they added. Last month voters taking part in that […]

Two FARC rebels killed in Colombia days after peace deal

Two FARC rebels killed in Colombia days after peace deal

Two suspected FARC fighters were killed in combat in northern Colombia on Wednesday, four days after the government announced a revised peace accord with the rebel group. “Fighting took place in the south of the Bolivar department, and guerrillas who claimed to belong to theFARC were killed,” the government’s chief peace negotiator Humberto de la […]

Russia detains economy minister for $2mn bribe over Rosneft deal

Russia detains economy minister for $2mn bribe over Rosneft deal

Russia’s Investigative Committee said Tuesday that it had detained Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev on suspicion of taking a two-million-dollar bribe over a massive deal involving state-controlled oil giant Rosneft. The Investigative Committee said in a statement on Tuesday that the detention was carried out as a result of an operation by the FSB security service, […]

EU, Canada kept waiting on trade deal as Belgium fails to break deadlock

EU, Canada kept waiting on trade deal as Belgium fails to break deadlock

Belgian politicians failed to break their deadlock over a planned EU-Canada free trade agreement on Wednesday, but agreed to resume talks on Thursday in a sign they may be nearing a consensus that would keep the deal alive. The news prompted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to call off plans to fly to Brussels on […]

EU-Canada trade deal collapses as Belgian region refuses to sign on

EU-Canada trade deal collapses as Belgian region refuses to sign on

Canadian trade minister Chrystia Freeland blasted the European Union as “incapable” of striking an international agreement after talks for an EU-Canada trade deal collapsed Friday over the refusal of a Belgian region to sign on. “It seems obvious to me, to Canada, that the European Union is incapable now of having aninternational agreement, even with […]

Belgian region refuses to back down over EU-Canada trade deal

Belgian region refuses to back down over EU-Canada trade deal

The day before EU leaders are due to meet in Brussels, the small French-speaking Wallonia region of Belgium said there was “no chance” it would back down on its opposition to a landmark Canada-EU trade treaty that was due to be signed this week. Nearly all EU governments – including Belgium’s – say they are […]

EU-Canada free trade deal threatened by French-speaking Belgian region

EU-Canada free trade deal threatened by French-speaking Belgian region

Pressure has mounted on the Belgian government to save a landmark EU-Canada free trade agreement after the small French-speaking region of Wallonia essentially torpedoed the deal by voting to reject it. Supporters of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) say the deal will boost theEuropean Union economy by €12 billion ($13.4 billion) a year […]

Colombia extends FARC ceasefire in hope of reaching new peace deal

Colombia extends FARC ceasefire in hope of reaching new peace deal

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday a ceasefire with the country’s FARC guerillas has been extended until December 31 but that he hopes to have “a new agreement” for peace before that date. “I have made the decision to extend the bilateral ceasefire until December 31. Let this be clear: This is not an […]

Turkey and Russia sign gas pipeline deal amid warming ties

Turkey and Russia sign gas pipeline deal amid warming ties

Turkey and Russia signed an agreement on Monday for the construction of a major undersea gas pipeline and vowed to seek common ground on the war in Syria, accelerating a normalisation in ties. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan hosted Russia’s Vladimir Putin at an Ottoman-era villa in Istanbul for talks which touched on energy deals, trade […]

Colombia’s Santos meets rival Uribe in race to save FARC peace deal

Colombia’s Santos meets rival Uribe in race to save FARC peace deal

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Wednesday peace with the FARC rebels is “close,” but his top opponent demanded an overhaul of a “weak” deal rejected by voters in a referendum. Seeking to salvage the peace process on which he has staked his legacy, Santos held a meeting with his predecessor and former boss, Alvaro […]

EU agrees fast-track ratification of Paris climate deal

EU agrees fast-track ratification of Paris climate deal

Environment ministers from all 28 European Union states agreed on Friday to a fast-track, collective ratification of last year’s UN Paris climate deal, the EU said. “All member states greenlight early EU ratification of Paris Agreement. What some believed impossible is now real,” tweeted European Council President Donald Tusk, whose home country Poland had been […]

India signs deal to buy 36 French-made Rafale fighter jets

India signs deal to buy 36 French-made Rafale fighter jets

India signed a formal agreement Friday to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France’s Dassault for a reported 7.9 billion euros ($8.8 billion), one of its biggest defence deals in decades. India’s Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian signed the agreement at a ceremony in New Delhi after years of […]

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, […]

Give us visa-free travel or lose migrant deal, Turkey tells EU

Give us visa-free travel or lose migrant deal, Turkey tells EU

  Ankara has said that the deal whereby Turkey stems the flow of illegal migrants to the European Union will be torn up if the bloc does not grant Turks visa-free travel in the EU. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was asked by Germany’s Bild newspaper whether thethousands of refugees in Turkey would be allowed […]

France sells military helicopters to Kuwait in €1 billion deal

France sells military helicopters to Kuwait in €1 billion deal

France will supply 30 military helicopters to Kuwait in a deal worth over one billion euros ($1.1 billion) that French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian signed in the Gulf state on Tuesday. The agreement to buy the versatile Airbus Caracal helicopters is part of a 2.5 billion euro package of deals that the two countries […]

F-16 deal no longer a viable offer, says US

F-16 deal no longer a viable offer, says US

WASHINGTON: The F-16 deal was no longer a viable offer, a US State Department official told a Capitol Hill meeting on Thursday, as other speakers urged the United States to help improve Afghanistan-Pakistan ties. “The drone strike that killed Mullah Mansour was an ice-breaker. There could be more strikes in Balochistan now. This is a […]