Hundreds of thousands protest in Romania over government decree

Hundreds of thousands protest in Romania over government decree

Hundreds of thousands of people hit the streets across Romania on Wednesday to protest the government’s decriminalising of a string of corruption offences, the largest demonstrations since communism fell in 1989. At least 200,000 protesters, according to media estimates, braved sub-zero temperatures to demonstrate, with some shouting “Thieves!” and “Resign!” a day after the government […]

Ivory Coast president reshuffles government following soldier mutiny

Ivory Coast president reshuffles government following soldier mutiny

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara named a new and smaller government team on Wednesday, with few changes to top positions, according to a statement read on state-owned television. Adama Kone and Abdourahmane Cisse – finance and budget ministers respectively – held onto their jobs, as did Agriculture Minister Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly. But Thierry Tanoh, the […]

Guinea-Bissau president dissolves government

Guinea-Bissau president dissolves government

Guinea-Bissau’s President Jose Mario Vaz dissolved the government on Monday in an attempt to solve a political succession crisis that has paralysed the tiny west African state. Guinea-Bissau has been in the throes of a power struggle since August 2015, when Vaz sacked then prime minister Domingos Simoes Pereira, leader of the ruling African Party […]

Colombia’s government, rebels sign modified peace agreement

Colombia’s government, rebels sign modified peace agreement

Colombia tried a second time to achieve peace, with its government and largest rebel group signing a revised deal to end its brutal conflict following the surprise rejection of an earlier peace accord by voters in a referendum. Government negotiator Humberto de la Calle and rebel negotiator Ivan Marquez announced the new, modified deal Saturday […]

Venezuelan opposition strike fitful amid government threats

Venezuelan opposition strike fitful amid government threats

  Venezuela’s streets were quieter than usual on Friday during an opposition-called strike, but participation was patchy after the socialist government threatened to shut down businesses that closed. “The strike is a good pressure tactic … but if I don’t work, I don’t eat,” said insurance agent Adolfo Diaz, 38, trying to reach work despite […]

French police defy government in growing protest movement over lawlessness

French police defy government in growing protest movement over lawlessness

Hundreds of police officers have been protesting in Paris and other cities to denounce what they say are insufficient resources to fight mounting lawlessness, defying government demands that they stop the unauthorised demonstrations. Six months from an election, the protest, now in its third day, has put President François Hollande’s Socialist government on the defensive […]

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 […]

Philippine government, communist rebels sign ceasefire deal

Philippine government, communist rebels sign ceasefire deal

The Philippine government and Maoist-led rebels signed an indefinite ceasefire agreement on Friday as part of efforts to end a conflict that has lasted almost five decades and killed at least 40,000 people. The agreement extends a truce in place since last weekend for the Oslo meeting, which began on Monday and is the first […]

Striking Bolivia miners ‘kidnap and kill’ government minister

Striking Bolivia miners ‘kidnap and kill’ government minister

  Bolivian Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes has been killed after being kidnapped by striking mineworkers, the government said late on Thursday. “At this present time, all the indications are that our deputy minister Rodolfo Illanes has been brutally and cowardly assassinated,” Minister of Government Carlos Romero said in broadcast comments. He said Illanes had […]

Libyan parliament rejects UN-backed unity government

Libyan parliament rejects UN-backed unity government

Opponents of Libya’s U.N.-backed government voted on Monday against a motion of confidence in the Tripoli-based administration, in a rare session of the parliament based in the east of the country. The vote is a fresh blow for the Government of National Accord (GNA), which has been seeking the parliament’s endorsement for months as it […]

Tunisian premier unveils new government line-up

Tunisian premier unveils new government line-up

Tunisian Prime Minister-designate Youssef Chahed named his new government on Saturday, appointing a former investment official as finance minister and keeping the previous foreign and defence ministers in their posts. Chahed, named premier after his predecessor was dismissed by lawmakers in a no-confidence vote last month, had been in talks with the main secularist, leftist […]

Amnesty: ‘Nearly 18,000 dead’ in Syria prisons

Amnesty: ‘Nearly 18,000 dead’ in Syria prisons

  Syrian authorities are committing torture on a “massive scale” in government prisons including beatings, electric shocks, rape and psychological abuse that amount to crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said Thursday. More than 17,700 people are estimated to have died in custody in Syria since the country’s conflict began in March 2011, an average of […]

French government faces backlash over Nice attack

French government faces backlash over Nice attack

French President François Hollande’s Socialist government has come under fierce criticism over last week’s horrific truck attack in Nice, with former president Nicolas Sarkozy accusing it of failing to do enough to combat terrorism. Less than a year before a presidential election, political opponents have abandoned the restraint that usually prevails immediately after such national […]

Here’s even more of the emails Hillary Clinton deleted because they were ‘private’ but which a judge says are government related…

Here’s even more of the emails Hillary Clinton deleted because they were ‘private’ but which a judge says are government related…

An additional 165 pages of emails from Hillary Clinton’s time at the State Department surfaced Monday, including nearly three dozen that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee failed to hand over last year that were sent through her private server. The latest emails were released under court order by the State Department to the conservative legal […]

Unions to defy government ban on French labour protest march

Unions to defy government ban on French labour protest march

French authorities on Monday asked unions to scrap plans for a protest march in Paris and limit their demonstrations to a single, static rally in hope that the violence which marred previous days of action can be avoided. Unions have been organizing protest marches for months against a draft law that will overhaul labor rules. […]

French government declares natural disaster in areas affected by floods

French government declares natural disaster in areas affected by floods

Venezuela’s opposition cleared its first hurdle Tuesday in its uphill race to call a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro, whom it blames for driving the country to the brink of collapse. But the leftist leader flexed his muscle when riot police fired tear gas to block opposition protesters from marching on the electoral authority’s […]

Images suggest Iran is testing combat drones in Syria

Images suggest Iran is testing combat drones in Syria

Iran’s support of both the Iraqi government and the Syrian regime in their ongoing wars with rebels and terrorist groups is no longer in question. The Islamic Republic offers money, weapons and information to both Damascus and Baghdad. They also provide surveillance drones. However, recent footage claims to show that Tehran is also testing out […]

Govt to table bill to stop horse-trading on Monday

Govt to table bill to stop horse-trading on Monday

ISLAMABAD: No consensus could be reached on Friday on a constitutional amendment to prevent horse-trading for the upcoming Senate elections, during an All Parties Conference (APC) chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today. However, the government will still move ahead and present the amendment on March 2, with the support of the parties that agreed […]

Imran questions MQM’s Karachi protest

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Wednesday said that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) should not punish the people of Pakistan for an action carried out in London by the British government,

Imran questions MQM’s Karachi protest

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Wednesday said that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) should not punish the people of Pakistan for an action carried out in London by the British government, He said that the party should hold protests over the arrest of MQM chief Altaf Hussain in the United Kingdom instead. […]

Indian teens found hanging after being gang-raped

Indian teens found hanging after being gang-raped

Police have arrested three people, including a police constable, in connection with the gang rape of two teens found hanging from a tree in a village in Uttar Pradesh, police said Friday. Indian media reported that two policemen had also been sacked for initially failing to investigate the disappearance of the girls, who were cousins. […]

Protest to continue until Altaf’s safety assured: Sattar

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Farooq Sattar said Wednesday that the party would continue its protests until the government did not obtain a guarantee from its British counterpart that their chief who had been arrested by authorities would be protected,

Protest to continue until Altaf’s safety assured: Sattar

The MQM leader said Hussain’s health was his biggest concern at the moment. He also said that no charges had been pressed against the MQM chief, adding that detention without charges contradicted the tenets of justice. Sattar said nobody could be arrested for questioning in Britain. He also refuted the news that Hussain’s bail application […]

Zardari asks MPAs to keep in touch with people

KARACHI: PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari has directed the party’s members of the Sindh Assembly to spend more time in their constituencies and try to solve people’s problems.

Zardari asks MPAs to keep in touch with people

Addressing a meeting of the MPAs at Bilawal House here on Monday, he instructed them to monitor ongoing development projects and ensure their completion on time. The meeting, which was attended by PPP Patron-in-Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and provincial ministers, reviewed the performance of the Sindh government over […]

Turkish court rules YouTube ban violates rights

Turkish court rules YouTube ban violates rights

ANKARA: Turkey’s top court ruled on Thursday that a blanket ban on YouTube violated individual rights and freedom, clearing the way for the popular video-sharing site to come back. YouTube was banned in Turkey on March 27 after the site was used to spread audio recordings where senior government, military and intelligence officials are allegedly […]