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 […]

Israel rejects UN settler vote, announces diplomatic retaliation

Israel rejects UN settler vote, announces diplomatic retaliation

Israel lashed out at US President Barack Obama over a UN Security Council resolution passed Friday demanding it halt settlements in Palestinian territory, while vowing it would not abide by it. “Israel rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolution at the UN and will not abide by its terms,” a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office […]

UN announces 72-hour ceasefire in Yemen

UN announces 72-hour ceasefire in Yemen

A 72-hour ceasefire in Yemen is due to start on Wednesday night, the U.N. envoy for Yemen said on Monday after he received commitments from all of the country’s warring factions. U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said the cessation of hostilities would begin at 2359 local time (2059 GMT) on Wednesday […]

Russia announces resumption of Syria talks with US, regional powers

Russia announces resumption of Syria talks with US, regional powers

Russia on Wednesday said it would hold Syria talks with the US and regional powers this weekend, the first meeting on the conflict since Washington froze bilateral ceasefire negotiations. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry agreed to hold talks aimed at “creating the conditions for the resolution of the […]

France’s Sarkozy announces re-election bid

France’s Sarkozy announces re-election bid

France’s former leader Nicolas Sarkozy announced on Monday that he is running again to become president in next year’s elections. “I have decided to be a candidate for the 2017 presidential election. I felt I had the strength to lead this battle at a troubled time in our history,” Sarkozy wrote in an excerpt of […]

US announces largest single transfer of Guantanamo detainees

US announces largest single transfer of Guantanamo detainees

U.S. officials said on Monday 15 inmates from the Guantanamo prison were transferred to the United Arab Emirates, the single largest transfer of Guantanamo detainees during President Barack Obama’s administration. The transfer of the 12 Yemeni and three Afghan citizens brings the total number of detainees down to 61 at the U.S. naval base in […]

Anti-Trump Republican McMullin announces presidential bid

Anti-Trump Republican McMullin announces presidential bid

A former CIA officer and congressional staffer on Monday launched a long-shot bid for president, a Republican billing himself as a conservative alternative to Donald Trump who disenchanted voters can rally around. There is little chance that the newly announced candidate, Evan McMullin, could win and only a slight chance he will even be able […]