France Angered By Italy’s Africa Remarks

France Angered By Italy’s Africa Remarks

France has summoned Italy’s ambassador after the Italian deputy prime minister accused the French of exploiting Africa and fuelling migration. On Sunday, Luigi di Maio called on the European Union to impose sanctions on France for its policies in Africa. He said France had “never stopped colonising tens of African states”. Italy and France have […]

Trump Angered By Democrats Rejection

Trump Angered By Democrats Rejection

US President Donald Trump has attacked Democrats for rejecting his proposals to end the longest government shutdown in US history. He said his plans had been dismissed before he had even presented them. Mr Trump had offered “compromises” in exchange for funding for his security wall along the Mexican border, the issue that has caused […]

Brexit: Theresa May’s Deal is Voted Down In Historic Commons Defeat

Brexit: Theresa May’s Deal is Voted Down In Historic Commons Defeat

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been rejected by 230 votes – the largest defeat for a sitting government in history. MPs voted by 432 votes to 202 to reject the deal, which sets out the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU on 29 March. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has now tabled a […]

France Sees Ninth Round Of Protests

France Sees Ninth Round Of Protests

Thousands of demonstrators turned out across France for new “yellow vests” protests, with dozens of arrests and clashes in Paris and other cities. Police in the capital used water cannon and tear gas as scuffles broke out at the Arc de Triomphe, on the ninth consecutive weekend of protests. Some 84,000 demonstrators were recorded nationwide, […]

US Shutdown Bites as Federal Workers Miss Payday

US Shutdown Bites as Federal Workers Miss Payday

Hundreds of thousands of US government workers have missed their first payday of the year as the partial shutdown of federal agencies bites deeper. Employees such as prison guards, airport staff and FBI agents have been working without pay. The government shutdown, which began last month, will become the longest in history on Saturday on […]

Bay of Pigs Veteran Fernández Dies

Bay of Pigs Veteran Fernández Dies

JOSÉ Ramón Fernández Álvarez, best remembered for directing revolutionary troops under the orders of Commander Fidel Castro during the Bay of Pigs counterrevolution, is dead. Cuba announced that retired Brigadier General and Hero of the Republic of Cuba Fernández Álvarez passed away in the early hours of January 6 at the age of 95. Familiarly […]

Syria conflict: Bolton Says US Withdrawal Is Conditional

Syria conflict: Bolton Says US Withdrawal Is Conditional

The withdrawal of US troops from Syria depends on certain conditions, US National Security Adviser John Bolton says, in a further indication that the process is being slowed down. On a trip to Israel and Turkey, he said he would seek Turkish assurances that Kurds in northern Syria would be safe. The US also wants […]

US Sends Troops to Gabon to Watch for Congo Violence

US Sends Troops to Gabon to Watch for Congo Violence

President Donald Trump said Friday that U.S. military personnel had deployed to Gabon in response to possible violent demonstrations in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a presidential election there. In a letter to congressional leaders, Trump said the first of about 80 military personnel arrived in Gabon on Wednesday in case they are needed […]

Chang’e-4: China Space Mission Lands On Moon’s far Side

Chang’e-4: China Space Mission Lands On Moon’s far Side

China says it has successfully landed a robotic spacecraft on the far side of the Moon, the first ever such attempt and landing. At 10:26 Beijing time (02:26 GMT), the unmanned Chang’e-4 probe touched down in the South Pole-Aitken Basin, state media said. It is carrying instruments to characterise the region’s geology, as well as […]

Xi: Taiwan Will Be Reunited With China

Xi: Taiwan Will Be Reunited With China

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the people of Taiwan to accept it “must and will be” reunited with China. In a speech marking 40 years since the thaw in cross-strait relations, he reiterated Beijing’s call for peaceful unification on a one-country-two-systems basis. However, he said China reserved the right to use force. While Taiwan […]

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