Tensions rise in DR Congo as President’s final term expires without elections

Tensions rise in DR Congo as President’s final term expires without elections

Congolese President Joseph Kabila’s final term in office expires on Monday, with no election to choose a successor and amid a surge in popular anger over what opponents say is an attempt to cling to power in defiance of the constitution. The election has been postponed until at least April 2018 on the grounds of […]

US, Canada, Mexico defend free trade amid Brexit, rise of Trump

US, Canada, Mexico defend free trade amid Brexit, rise of Trump

Canada, the United States and Mexico on Wednesday mounted a fierce defence of free trade, vowing to deepen economic ties despite an increasingly acrimonious debate about the value of globalization. US President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto also took swipes at US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has vowed to renegotiate […]

Racism in Britain on the rise post-Brexit

Racism in Britain on the rise post-Brexit

  With yellow paint still evident on the building’s doors, tenants of a Polish community centre in London on Monday described their fear after being targeted in a racist post-referendum attack condemned by Prime Minister David Cameron in parliament. “The mood is a mixture of disgust and frightened. We’ve been here in the centre since […]

Louvre museum closes to evacuate stored art as floodwaters rise

Louvre museum closes to evacuate stored art as floodwaters rise

 The Louvre museum in flood-hit Paris said it would close on Friday to evacuate artworks held in its underground reserves as the River Seine began to burst its banks. The riverside museum – the most visited in the world, home to everything from the Mona Lisa to priceless Egyptian artefacts, took the radical action after […]