France votes to extend state of emergency for fifth time

France votes to extend state of emergency for fifth time

France’s parliament voted early Wednesday to extend a national state of emergency until July 15, after next year’s elections. The security measures, in force since attacks in Paris that killed 130 people in November 2015, are now expected to be approved by the Senate on Thursday. It is the fifth extension of the state of […]

Rio Olympics: Why a Moscow ban could extend far beyond just sports

Rio Olympics: Why a Moscow ban could extend far beyond just sports

Two weeks to the Rio Olympics and Russia’s participation is hanging by a thread after a slew of doping accusations. Faced with calls to be banned, some say it would be detrimental to Russia’s national pride and further polarise the giant of the East. As the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday announced it was […]

UN looks to extend Mali mission despite deadly attacks on peacekeepers

UN looks to extend Mali mission despite deadly attacks on peacekeepers

As the UN prepares to vote on extending its Mali mission for another year, officials blame equipment shortages and intelligence failures for a surge in Islamist attacks that has made MINUSMA the UN’s most dangerous active operation. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked the Security Council to approve 2,500 extra troops and police for the […]