Merkel launches re-election campaign with firm stance on immigration

Merkel launches re-election campaign with firm stance on immigration

German Chancellor Angela Merkel launched her re-election bid on Tuesday by lashing out at populists trying to exploit fears over the recent influx of refugees, while also taking a tough stance on integration, including a ban on full-face veils. Merkel outlined her strategy at an annual gathering of her centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, […]

EU launches new border force to stem migrant flow

EU launches new border force to stem migrant flow

The EU’s beefed-up version of its struggling border force goes into operation Thursday, as the squabbling bloc struggles to find a unified strategy to tackle its worst migration crisis since World War II. European Union officials were due to inaugurate the new task force at the Kapitan-Andreevo checkpoint on the Bulgarian-Turkish border, the main land […]

UN rights forum launches Burundi inquiry

UN rights forum launches Burundi inquiry

The top U.N. human rights forum agreed on Friday to set up a commission of inquiry to identify perpetrators of killings and torture in Burundi and ensure that they are brought to justice. The panel would build on the work of U.N. experts who looked into the suspected torture and murder of government opponents. They […]

France launches new wave of air strikes on IS group targets in Syria’s Raqqa

France launches new wave of air strikes on IS group targets in Syria’s Raqqa

  France on Sunday launched a fresh wave of air strikes targeting the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, destroying an arms depot and combat positions in the group’s stronghold of Raqqa, the French foreign ministry said. In a statement, the ministry said four Rafale and four Mirage 2000 fighter jets as well as an […]

US predicts UN will swiftly condemn North Korea missile launches

US predicts UN will swiftly condemn North Korea missile launches

  U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power predicted that the Security Council would swiftly condemn North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launches following an emergency meeting Wednesday of the U.N.’s most powerful body. Power told reporters after the closed meeting there were “strong condemnations across the board” from all 15 council members, which she found encouraging. Her assessment […]

US launches air strikes on Islamic State group targets in Libya

US launches air strikes on Islamic State group targets in Libya

US warplanes carried out air strikes on positions of the Islamic State (IS) group in the Libyan city of Sirte for the first time on Monday, the Pentagon and Libya’s unity government announced. “The first American air strikes on precise positions of the Daesh organisation were carried out today, causing heavy losses… in Sirte,” Prime […]

Live: Erdogan looks to take back control as Turkish military launches coup attempt

Live: Erdogan looks to take back control as Turkish military launches coup attempt

Turkish President Recep Erdogan claimed his government was back in control of the country Saturday morning following an overnight coup attempt by members of the military, though the situation on the ground remains unclear. Here are the main developments so far: Soldiers took control of TRT state television late Friday night. A statement read by […]

Theresa May pledges ‘serious social reform’ in major break from Cameron and Osborne as she launches her vision for Britain… and declares ‘Brexit means Brexit’

Theresa May pledges ‘serious social reform’ in major break from Cameron and Osborne as she launches her vision for Britain… and declares ‘Brexit means Brexit’

Theresa May pledged to deliver ‘serious social reform’ in a major break from David Cameron and George Osborne’s premiership as she launched her vision for Britain today. In a clear pitch for the centre-ground of British politics, the front-runner to take over as Prime Minister in September said Britain needs ‘a bold, new, positive vision […]

US urges ‘united’ UN condemnation of North Korea missile launches

US urges ‘united’ UN condemnation of North Korea missile launches

The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting late Wednesday on North Korea’s launch of two ballistic missiles and US Ambassador Samantha Power called for “urgent and united condemnation.” France’s deputy UN ambassador Alexis Lamek, whose country holds the council presidency, told reporters after the meeting that the council intends to react quickly and express […]

Austrian far-right party launches challenge of presidential poll result

Austrian far-right party launches challenge of presidential poll result

Austria’s right-wing Freedom Party (FPO) is formally challenging the result of last month’s presidential election, which its candidate lost by a narrow margin, legal officials said Wednesday. The FPO is claiming numerous irregularities in the May 22 election, particularly for the absentee vote count, said Constitutional Court spokesman Christian Neuwirth. “(The) challenge by Heinz-Christian Strache […]

US-backed Syrian alliance launches new attack near IS group’s ‘capital’

US-backed Syrian alliance launches new attack near IS group’s ‘capital’

A US-backed alliance of Syrian militias launched an offensive against the Islamic State (IS) group near their de facto capital of Raqqa on Tuesday, a monitoring group and an official said. An unspecified number of Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters were seen moving south from their stronghold of Tel Abyad near the Turkish border Tuesday […]