Gambia’s Jammeh says he will step down

Gambia’s Jammeh says he will step down

Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh said Saturday he would step down to keep peace in his country after 22 years in power, following last-chance talks with west African leaders before a military intervention. Jammeh spent hours with Guinea and Mauritania’s presidents on Friday in Banjul, where agreement was reached that he would hand power to Adama […]

Theresa May says Britain will leave EU single market

Theresa May says Britain will leave EU single market

Prime Minister Theresa May signalled in a speech Tuesday that Britain will make a clean break from the European Union and not seek to remain “half-in, half-out” following the June 2016 “Brexit” referendum. May delivered her speech to an audience of British civil servants and international diplomats at London’s Lancaster House, a Georgian mansion that […]

US is ‘rooting’ for Trump after election win, says Obama

US is ‘rooting’ for Trump after election win, says Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama pledged on Wednesday to work for a smooth transition of power with president-elect Donald Trump, the Republican winner of Tuesday’s election, who has promised to undo Obama’s top domestic and foreign policy initiatives. In brief remarks to reporters in the White House Rose Garden, Obama urged fellow Democrats to put aside […]

300 million children exposed to heavily toxic air, says UNICEF

300 million children exposed to heavily toxic air, says UNICEF

Some 300 million children live with outdoor air so polluted it can cause serious physical damage, including harming their developing brains, the United Nations said in a study released Monday. Nearly one child in seven around the globe breathes outdoor air that is at least six times dirtier than international guidelines, according to the study […]

Duterte aligns Philippines with China, says ‘goodbye’ to US

Duterte aligns Philippines with China, says ‘goodbye’ to US

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced his “separation” from the United States on Thursday, declaring that it had “lost” and he had realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks. Duterte made his comments in China, where he is visiting with at least 200 business people to pave […]

Peres was ‘a pathological charmer’, says former advisor

Peres was ‘a pathological charmer’, says former advisor

Ofer Bronchtein, a former advisor to Shimon Peres, gave FRANCE 24 an insider’s account of his working experience with the late Israeli statesman during one of the most hopeful periods in the country’s history. On September 13, 1993, when then Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin grasped Yasser Arafat’s hand in the White House Rose Garden, […]

Donald Trump makes me sick, says Hollande

Donald Trump makes me sick, says Hollande

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump makes “you want to retch”, French leader Francois Hollande said Tuesday, as he added his voice to a barrage of scathing criticism of the White House hopeful. “His excesses make you want to retch, even in the United States, especially when—as was Donald Trump’s case—he speaks ill of a […]

N. Korea fires three ballistic missiles, says South

N. Korea fires three ballistic missiles, says South

North Korea fired three ballistic missiles early on Tuesday which flew between 500 and 600 kms (300 and 360 miles) into the sea off its east coast, South Korea’s military said, the latest in a series of provocative moves by the isolated country. The U.S. military said it detected launches of what it believed were […]

China’s stance doesn’t affect US support to India, says official

China’s stance doesn’t affect US support to India, says official

WASHINGTON: The United States has said the Chinese refusal to endorse India’s application to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) has not changed its position on the issue. “Nothing’s changed about our position,” US State Department’s spokesman John Kirby said at a news briefing in Washington when asked to comment on the Chinese stance. “We […]

‘I was playing football, I knew nothing,’ says Messi at tax fraud trial

‘I was playing football, I knew nothing,’ says Messi at tax fraud trial

Argentina football star Lionel Messi said Thursday he trusted his father with his finances and “knew nothing” about how his wealth was managed as he took the stand at his tax fraud trial. “I was playing football. I had no idea about anything,” the five-time World Player of the Year told the Barcelona court hearing […]