Ivory Coast’s Ouattara announces deal to end mutiny amid tension

Ivory Coast’s Ouattara announces deal to end mutiny amid tension

Ivory Coast’s president said a deal was reached Saturday to end a two-day army mutiny that renewed security concerns in the world’s top cocoa producer and Africa’s fastest-growing economy. President Alassane Ouattara made the announcement during a cabinet meeting Saturday evening. Earlier in the day, his defense minister, Alain-Richard Donwahi, led a delegation to negotiate […]

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 […]

FBI under scrutiny amid speculation over Trump’s Russian ties

FBI under scrutiny amid speculation over Trump’s Russian ties

Speculation has mounted in recent days over what the FBI knows about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, from a preliminary FBI probe into a former Trump adviser to an ex-spy’s claims that the Kremlin sought to cultivate Trump over several years. FBI Director James Comey set off a firestorm of controversy on Friday by announcing […]

Venezuelan opposition strike fitful amid government threats

Venezuelan opposition strike fitful amid government threats

  Venezuela’s streets were quieter than usual on Friday during an opposition-called strike, but participation was patchy after the socialist government threatened to shut down businesses that closed. “The strike is a good pressure tactic … but if I don’t work, I don’t eat,” said insurance agent Adolfo Diaz, 38, trying to reach work despite […]

Turkey and Russia sign gas pipeline deal amid warming ties

Turkey and Russia sign gas pipeline deal amid warming ties

Turkey and Russia signed an agreement on Monday for the construction of a major undersea gas pipeline and vowed to seek common ground on the war in Syria, accelerating a normalisation in ties. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan hosted Russia’s Vladimir Putin at an Ottoman-era villa in Istanbul for talks which touched on energy deals, trade […]

Clinton ‘fit to serve’ says doctor amid scrutiny of candidates’ health

Clinton ‘fit to serve’ says doctor amid scrutiny of candidates’ health

Hillary Clinton’s doctor Wednesday declared her “fit to serve” as president, in a health bulletin released a day before she returns to the fray after being grounded by pneumonia at the height of the White House race. The disclosure came as her Republican rival Donald Trump — in a media-savvy move — released new health […]

Several French citizens ‘unaccounted for’ amid Gabon’s post-electoral violence

Several French citizens ‘unaccounted for’ amid Gabon’s post-electoral violence

France expressed concern on Monday about the safety of several of its nationals following violence in its former colony Gabon triggered by a disputed presidential election. Fighting erupted in Gabon last week after the announcement of a slim victory for incumbent President Ali Bongo. At least six people have been killed and more than 1,000 […]

Over 1,000 arrested amid Gabon’s deadly post-election violence

Over 1,000 arrested amid Gabon’s deadly post-election violence

Three people were killed and up to 1,100 were arrested in Gabon on Thursday, the government said, in a second day of rioting over the announcement of President Ali Bongo’s re-election and his main rival’s accusation that the vote was rigged. Opposition challenger Jean Ping accused the elections commission of inflating Bongo’s score to hand […]

Ukraine puts military near Crimea on alert amid Russia tensions

Ukraine puts military near Crimea on alert amid Russia tensions

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday put the military on highest state of alert along the frontier with Crimea after Russia accused Kiev of making attempted incursions into the annexed region. Moscow’s FSB security service said Wednesday it had thwarted “terrorist attacks” by Ukraine’s military on the Black Sea peninsula that Russia seized from Ukraine […]

Olympic Games get underway in Rio amid tight security

Olympic Games get underway in Rio amid tight security

Police in Brazil have increased security across the country ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, FRANCE 24 reports. With many of the Games’ 11,000 athletes and dozens of heads of state in attendance, the much-hyped grand opening ceremony will be the first major test of Rio’s preparedness. More […]