Tensions rise in DR Congo as President’s final term expires without elections

Tensions rise in DR Congo as President’s final term expires without elections

Congolese President Joseph Kabila’s final term in office expires on Monday, with no election to choose a successor and amid a surge in popular anger over what opponents say is an attempt to cling to power in defiance of the constitution. The election has been postponed until at least April 2018 on the grounds of […]

Tensions remain high in Corsica after burkini beach riot

Tensions remain high in Corsica after burkini beach riot

A beach brawl between locals and families of North African origin in Corsica, reportedly due to photos being taken of women in burkinis, resulted in protests Sunday as tensions remained high. Saturday’s dispute erupted between members of “three families of North African origin and young locals”, prosecutors said in a statement, describing the clashes as […]

France calls for calm in Saudi-UN row over Yemen

France calls for calm in Saudi-UN row over Yemen

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called Friday for calm to resolve an angry row between Saudi Arabia and the United Nations over the blacklisting of the Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen. Ayrault said France could help defuse tensions following a UN decision to remove the coalition from a list of child rights violators. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon […]