Venezuela’s Maduro names new potential successor

Venezuela’s Maduro names new potential successor

Venezuela’s leader Nicolas Maduro named an ex-security minister Wednesday as his vice-president, who would become head of state if Maduro were removed from office this year as the opposition demands. Maduro told a televised cabinet meeting that he had named to the post Tareck El Aissami, 42, a powerful state governor who cracked down on […]

Jovenel Moise confirmed as Haiti’s new president

Jovenel Moise confirmed as Haiti’s new president

Jovenel Moise won Haiti’s presidential elections with 55.6 percent of the first round vote held on November 20, according to official results released Tuesday. The announcement by Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council puts an end to a protracted electoral process that began in October 2015 and paralyzed the Caribbean country’s politics for more than a year. […]

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 […]

Fillon proposes a new path for the French right

Fillon proposes a new path for the French right

He was the outsider few predicted would win the first round of primary voting among France’s centre-right presidential candidates, but François Fillon has emerged as the new favourite who just might sweep the conservatives to power. As he entered the first round of primaries, Fillon, 62, was not on many lists to win. By Sunday, […]

US House Republicans back Paul Ryan for new term as Speaker

US House Republicans back Paul Ryan for new term as Speaker

Republican members of the US House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously chose Paul Ryan to keep his job as Speaker, following the party’s victory at the polls last week, the House GOP conference announced. “It is a tremendous honor to be nominated by my colleagues to serve as Speaker of the House. Now it’s time […]

FBI says no charges against Hillary Clinton after new email review

FBI says no charges against Hillary Clinton after new email review

  The FBI on Sunday lifted the threat that Hillary Clinton might face charges over her private email server — another campaign bombshell just 36 hours before her White House showdown with Donald Trump. The Democrat’s camp welcomed the news that FBI Director James Comey had decided not to change his July recommendation that she […]

Lebanon’s president names Saad Hariri new prime minister

Lebanon’s president names Saad Hariri new prime minister

Lebanon’s new Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the son of former billionaire premier Rafik Hariri, is a vociferous critic of Hezbollah and the Syrian regime which he blames for his father’s assassination. The 46-year-old was nominated Thursday to form a cabinet by his one-time political adversary, President Michel Aoun, who took office this week after receiving […]

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 […]

North Korea ‘ready to carry out new nuclear test’

North Korea ‘ready to carry out new nuclear test’

North Korea is ready to conduct another nuclear test at any time, South Korea’s defence ministry said Monday, just days after Pyongyang sparked worldwide condemnation with its fifth and most powerful test. “An additional test could be conducted in a tunnel that branches off from the second tunnel or in the third tunnel, where preparations […]

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 […]

New protests against US police shootings of black men

New protests against US police shootings of black men

Thousands took to the streets in cities across the United States on Friday to denounce the fatal shooting by police of two black men this week, marching the day after a gunman killed five police officers during a similar demonstration in Dallas. Several thousand protesters flooded the streets of downtown Atlanta, bringing traffic to a […]

Al Qaeda chief pledges allegiance to new Afghan Taliban leader

Al Qaeda chief pledges allegiance to new Afghan Taliban leader

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, in an online audio message, pledged allegiance to the new head of the Afghan Taliban, who was appointed last month after his predecessor was killed in a US drone strike. The veteran Islamist militant became al Qaeda’s leader after U.S. Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011, […]