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 […]

Dozens killed in attacks amid political unrest in DR Congo

Dozens killed in attacks amid political unrest in DR Congo

Militias in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed at least 34 civilians over the weekend, the army and local activists said, and the violence stoked concerns over political instability. Attacks have surged across the country in the past week alongside violent protests over President Joseph Kabila’s failure to step down at the end of his […]

Confusion and surprise across the political spectrum post-Trump triumph

Confusion and surprise across the political spectrum post-Trump triumph

The morning after the presidential election in the United States, observers on both sides of the deep political chasm of American politics are asking themselves the same question: What just happened? In the run-up to Election Day, Democrats and Republican experts alike were predicting a Clinton victory. For the political and pundit classes, even those […]

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 […]

Paralympic Games kick off in Rio with samba and political protest

Paralympic Games kick off in Rio with samba and political protest

Rio de Janeiro opened the Paralympic Games on Wednesday with samba, parading wheelchairs, giant balloons — and loud booing of Brazil’s president — at a sold-out Maracana stadium. The extraordinary sight of US Paralympian Aaron Wheelz jumping in his wheelchair from a 55-foot (17-meter) ramp got the crowd on its feet. Then the joyous rhythms […]

Death of Uzbek strongman Karimov leaves questions over succession

Death of Uzbek strongman Karimov leaves questions over succession

Uzbekistan has been plunged into political uncertainty as the nation mourns the death of its veteran leader, Islam Karimov, who died on Friday without naming a successor after ruling his country for 27 years. How the power vacuum is filled in Uzbekistan is of urgent concern to Russia, the United States and China, all powers […]

Crime wave and political unrest plague Rio Olympics

Crime wave and political unrest plague Rio Olympics

  The Olympic Games may have just begun, but crime and an overwhelmed police force threaten to overshadow this celebration of sport in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil has deployed 85,000 police and soldiers to combat crime and the threat of terrorism for the Olympics — double the number used in the 2012 London Games – […]

Al-Nusra Front split from al Qaeda ‘a deft political maneuver’

Al-Nusra Front split from al Qaeda ‘a deft political maneuver’

Al Qaeda’s powerful Syrian branch, the al-Nusra Front, announced this week that it is splitting from its parent organisation, in a move FRANCE 24’s expert on jihadist movements said may be mutually beneficial. The al-Nusra Front announced that it was officially severing ties with al Qaeda and changing its name to Jabhat Fatah al Sham […]

Australian election cliff-hanger leaves nation in limbo

Australian election cliff-hanger leaves nation in limbo

Australia’s political parties began horsetrading on Sunday to break an anticipated parliamentary deadlock after a dramatic election failed to produce a clear winner, raising the prospect of prolonged political and economic instability. The exceptionally close vote leaves Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s centre-right Liberal Party-led government in a precarious position, potentially needing the support of independent […]

‘All political lives end in failure’: Insider account reveals David Cameron’s rueful words as he realised the EU referendum was lost and he had to resign as PM

‘All political lives end in failure’: Insider account reveals David Cameron’s rueful words as he realised the EU referendum was lost and he had to resign as PM

David Cameron declared ruefully that ‘all political lives end in failure’ as he realised he had lost the EU referendum, according to an insider account. The Prime Minister’s biographer Anthony Seldon has given a fascinating insight into the dramatic developments inside Downing Street as the results flowed in last week. The academic describes how the […]

Orlando shooter’s dad says attack ‘nothing to do with religion’

Orlando shooter’s dad says attack ‘nothing to do with religion’

  The Afghan-born father of Omar Mateen, the man police identified as the gunman who killed 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Florida on Sunday, is a fringe political commentator who rails against Pakistan and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Seddique Mateen, who public records indicate is the father of Omar Mateen, had an […]