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 […]

South African President Zuma honours fallen black WWI soldiers in France

South African President Zuma honours fallen black WWI soldiers in France

One hundred years after they fought together in World War I, white and black soldiers are finally being honoured equally at South Africa’s memorial on the former battlefields in northern France. South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday inaugurated a new memorial wall at the site of the Battle of Delville Wood where some 3,000 […]

We want to stay! Nicola Sturgeon arrives in Brussels to plead with EU officials to find a way for Scotland to stay in after Brexit – but she WON’T see Council President Donald Tusk after he refuses to schedule talks

We want to stay! Nicola Sturgeon arrives in Brussels to plead with EU officials to find a way for Scotland to stay in after Brexit – but she WON’T see Council President Donald Tusk after he refuses to schedule talks

Nicola Sturgeon is meeting Jean Claude Juncker and other EU officials today – but has been snubbed by European Council President Donald Tusk. The First Minster has vowed to protect Scotland’s place in the EU after the referendum after no part of the country backed Leave. The SNP leader was greeted by Martin Schulz, the […]

Panama Papers looms large as Iceland votes for president

Panama Papers looms large as Iceland votes for president

REYKJAVIK: Iceland goes to the polls on Saturday to elect a new president, with voters hoping the country can turn over a new leaf after the Panama Papers scandal tainted part of the political elite. A tranquil country better known for its breathtaking landscapes than its politics, Iceland made headlines around the world in April […]

US envoy talks with Venezuela President Maduro amid crisis

US envoy talks with Venezuela President Maduro amid crisis

Veteran US diplomat Tom Shannon spoke for nearly two hours with Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday to re-start relations between the ideologically opposed governments amid a punishing economic crisis in the South American nation. Shannon, 57, who led a similar rapprochement last year that stalled over imprisoned protest leader Leopoldo Lopez, also met with […]

Brazil’s acting President Temer implicated in Petrobras scandal

Brazil’s acting President Temer implicated in Petrobras scandal

Brazil’s acting President Michel Temer on Wednesday rejected allegations that represented the first direct link between him and the massive corruption probe at state-run oil company Petrobras. Sergio Machado, former head of a state run-oil subsidiary called Transpetro, said in a plea bargain deal made public Wednesday that Temer asked him to channel $400,000 in […]

Taiwan swears in Tsai Ing-wen as first female president

Taiwan swears in Tsai Ing-wen as first female president

Tsai Ing-wen was sworn in as Taiwan’s first woman president on Friday, with the export-driven economy on the ropes and wary Communist Party rulers in China watching for any move towards independence by an island it considers its own. Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won parliamentary and presidential elections by a landslide in January on […]

Judge dismisses case against Argentine president

Judge dismisses case against Argentine president

An Argentine judge on Thursday dismissed allegations against President Cristina Fernandez that she tried to cover up Iran’s purported involvement in a deadly bombing of a Jewish center in 1994. The judge ruled he would “discontinue” the case, which was first brought by state prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was found dead in mysterious circumstances in […]

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