Hillary Clinton: A First Lady at the threshold of the Oval Office

Hillary Clinton: A First Lady at the threshold of the Oval Office

Hillary Clinton has been at the forefront of American politics for 25 years, from serving as first lady and as a US senator to secretary of state and the Democratic presidential nominee. She now appears poised to claim the nation’s highest office. Clinton could make history this autumn as the first woman to be elected […]

US author becomes first ever to win Man Booker prize

US author becomes first ever to win Man Booker prize

Paul Beatty has become the first American author to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize for his book “The Sellout”, a stinging satire of race and class in the United States. Beatty’s work has drawn comparisons to both US comedian Chris Rock and literary giant Mark Twain. Judges said Beatty’s provocative book was a satire […]

US names first ambassador to Cuba in five decades

US names first ambassador to Cuba in five decades

The United States has tapped Jeffrey DeLaurentis, America’s top diplomat in Havana, to become the first official ambassador to Cuba in five decades. “The appointment of an ambassador is a commonsense step forward toward a more normal and productive relationship between our two countries,” President Barack Obama said in a statement. Obama and Cuban President […]

Clinton, Trump back on campaign trail after combative first debate

Clinton, Trump back on campaign trail after combative first debate

Donald Trump blamed the moderator, a bad microphone and anyone but himself Tuesday after he was forced onto the defense by Hillary Clinton’s cascade of critiques about his taxes, honesty and character in the first presidential debate. The Republican nominee plunged into re-litigating some of Clinton’s most damaging attacks, even when the explanations seemed only […]

Kerry, Lavrov push for Syria deal as first evacuees leave besieged Damascus suburb

Kerry, Lavrov push for Syria deal as first evacuees leave besieged Damascus suburb

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia’s Sergei Lavrov sought on Friday to finalise an agreement on fighting Islamist militants in Syria as the first evacuees left a besieged Damascus suburb under a plan criticised by the UN. US officials are hoping a deal on combating jihadists in Syria could help lead to an […]

Syria bombs Kurdish stronghold of Hasaka for first time

Syria bombs Kurdish stronghold of Hasaka for first time

Syrian government warplanes on Thursday bombed Kurdish-controlled areas of the city of Hasaka in northeastern Syria for the first time in the five-year-old civil war, the spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and a monitoring group said. YPG spokesman Redur Xelil said the air strikes had hit Kurdish districts of the city, which is […]

Judoka from the favela wins first gold for Brazil

Judoka from the favela wins first gold for Brazil

A female athlete from the favelas brought joy to Brazil on Monday but there was no let-up in the war between clean and drug-tainted swimmers in the Rio Olympics pool. Rafaela Silva, who grew up in Rio’s notorious City of God slum, sparked pandemonium as she won Brazil’s first gold of the Games in the […]

Tokyo elects first female governor as it prepares for 2020 Olympics

Tokyo elects first female governor as it prepares for 2020 Olympics

Voters in the Japanese capital elected their first woman governor on Sunday, after two predecessors stepped down over scandals that clouded the city’s preparations to host the 2020 summer Olympic Games. Yuriko Koike, Japan’s first female defence minister, beat former bureaucrat and fellow member of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s party Hiroya Masuda, as well as […]

First aid convoy reaches besieged Syrian town of Daraya since 2012

First aid convoy reaches besieged Syrian town of Daraya since 2012

 The besieged Syrian town of Daraya, a rebel-held suburb of Damascus where President Bashar al-Assad has refused to allow aid to starving Syrians, got its first U.N. aid convoy since 2012 on Wednesday. Russia’s Defence Ministry said it had coordinated a 48-hour local ceasefire, a “regime of calm”, with the Syrian authorities and with the United […]

Taiwan swears in Tsai Ing-wen as first female president

Taiwan swears in Tsai Ing-wen as first female president

Tsai Ing-wen was sworn in as Taiwan’s first woman president on Friday, with the export-driven economy on the ropes and wary Communist Party rulers in China watching for any move towards independence by an island it considers its own. Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won parliamentary and presidential elections by a landslide in January on […]