May pledges ‘lowest corporation tax in G20’ to calm Brexit fears

May pledges ‘lowest corporation tax in G20’ to calm Brexit fears

British Prime Minister Theresa May pledged on Monday to address business concerns that the UK could fall off a “cliff edge” into uncertain trading conditions after leaving the EU, pledging to have the lowest corporate tax in the G20. Speaking to business leaders at the CBI, a leading business organisation in Britain, May reiterated her […]

Iraqi forces seize Mosul district; UN flags chemical weapons fears

Iraqi forces seize Mosul district; UN flags chemical weapons fears

Iraqi special forces said they pushed deeper into Mosul on Friday despite heavy resistance from Islamic State militants using civilians as cover, and were holding half a dozen city neighbourhoods seized in the last 10 days. The elite Counter Terrorism Service troops broke through Islamic State group defence lines to enter the city early last […]

Nicaragua’s Ortega headed for re-election, despite autocracy fears

Nicaragua’s Ortega headed for re-election, despite autocracy fears

Former Marxist guerrilla leader Daniel Ortega is expected to easily clinch a third consecutive term as president of Nicaragua on Sunday, buoyed by steady economic growth that has trumped fears he is trying to install autocratic family rule. Ortega and his running mate, his wife Rosario Murillo, have nearly 70 percent support, according to a […]

Fears of fresh violence in CAR as France ends military mission

Fears of fresh violence in CAR as France ends military mission

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian headed to the Central African Republic on Sunday to formally end Operation Sangaris, begun three years ago to halt mass killings there but which failed to disarm militias terrorising the population. The formal end to the French mission comes as a fresh wave of bloodshed shook the troubled nation, […]

UN delays evacuation of Aleppo over security fears

UN delays evacuation of Aleppo over security fears

The UN said Friday that security concerns had forced it to delay planned evacuations from Syria’s Aleppo, despite a truce that was largely holding for a second day in the ravaged city. The unilateral “humanitarian pause” in the Syrian government’s Russia-backed assault on the opposition-held east of the city was intended to allow civilians and […]

UN backs Calais ‘Jungle’ camp closure but raises child trafficking fears

UN backs Calais ‘Jungle’ camp closure but raises child trafficking fears

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Friday it welcomed plans to demolish a migrant camp in Calais in northern France, but expressed fears that children were at risk of trafficking if they were not supported during the transition. The ramshackle camp has become a symbol of Europe’s struggle to respond to an influx […]

British pound drops to 31-year low on fears of ‘hard’ Brexit

British pound drops to 31-year low on fears of ‘hard’ Brexit

Britain’s pound slumped to a three-decade low on Tuesday as concerns over Brexit were compounded by the renewed strength of the dollar on resurgent U.S. interest rate hike expectations. Sterling was at its weakest since 1985, hit by a growing sense that the UK may be heading for a ‘hard’ Brexit where it severs links […]

French mayor bans ‘burkinis’ from Cannes beaches on ‘security’ fears

French mayor bans ‘burkinis’ from Cannes beaches on ‘security’ fears

The popular French tourist city of Cannes has banned full-body, head-covering swimsuits from its beaches, citing security reasons – a measure some are decrying as a discriminatory anti-Muslim move that only worsens religious tensions. The ban on so-called burkinis, at the height of the French Riviera’s vacation season, comes as France remains on edge after […]

Tony Blair fears Labour cannot win next election under Jeremy Corbyn

Tony Blair fears Labour cannot win next election under Jeremy Corbyn

Tony Blair today cast serious doubt on Labour’s chances of winning the next election with Jeremy Corbyn at the helm. At a rare public appearance in London, the former PM said it was “not yet a proven concept that Corbynism can win an election.” Mr Blair also repeated his call for a “proper ground war” […]