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Hundreds more Afghans and their families to be allowed to settle in UK

IMAGE COPYRIGHTPA MEDIA image captionBritish forces ended combat operations in Helmand in 2014     Plans to rapidly relocate hundreds more Afghans who worked for the British military and UK government, mostly as interpreters, have been announced. Including family members, more than 3,000 Afghans are expected to be allowed to settle in the UK, joining 1,300 who have already done so. The decision comes amid fears for their safety as […]

todayMay 31, 2021 20


Macron threatens to withdraw French troops from Mali

IMAGE COPYRIGHTGETTY IMAGES image captionMr Macron told West African leaders that French soldiers will not be in the region "forever"     President Emmanuel Macron has warned that France would withdraw troops from Mali if political instability there leads to greater Islamist radicalisation. It follows a second coup in nine months in the West African nation. Mr Macron warned of the risk of Mali "moving towards" greater Islamist influence. France […]

todayMay 31, 2021 22


Hong Kong: Jimmy Lai jailed again for pro-democracy protests

IMAGE COPYRIGHTGETTY IMAGES image captionMr Lai faces a total of 20 months in jail     Hong Kong pro-democracy media mogul Jimmy Lai has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for participating in an unauthorised assembly in 2019.   Lai, 73, is currently already serving time for participating in other demonstrations that year.   He will serve part of his new sentence consecutively, meaning Mr Lai faces a total […]

todayMay 28, 2021 7


New Zealand fugitive charters helicopter to police station

IMAGE COPYRIGHTGETTY IMAGES image captionMr Bryant flew in the helicopter to Dunedin, where he handed himself in to police A man who had been on the run in rural New Zealand hired a helicopter to fly to a police station and surrender.  James Bryant, who faces assault charges, spent five weeks apparently hiding in a small town in North Otago.   He told local media his time there had been […]

todayMay 28, 2021 14


Mali military releases president, prime minister

Malian soldiers parade as they arrive by military vehicle at Independence Square in Bamako on August 18, 2020, after rebel troops seized Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse in a dramatic escalation of a months-long crisis. - Neighbouring states in West Africa, along with France, the European Union and the African Union, condemned the sudden mutiny and warned against any unconstitutional change of power in the […]

todayMay 27, 2021 7


US to reopen Jerusalem consulate, upgrading Palestinian ties

    Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Tuesday that the US would reopen its Consulate General in Jerusalem — a move that restores ties with Palestinians that had been downgraded by the Trump administration. The consulate long served as an autonomous office in charge of diplomatic relations with the Palestinians. But former US President Donald Trump downgraded its operations and placed them under the authority of his ambassador to […]

todayMay 26, 2021 13


China overtakes Germany as UK’s top import market

IMAGE COPYRIGHTGETTY IMAGES       China has overtaken Germany to become the UK's biggest single import market for the first time since records began.   Goods imported from China rose 66% from the start of 2018 to £16.9bn ($24bn) in the first quarter of this year, the Office for National Statistics said.   Imports from Germany fell by a quarter to £12.5bn in the same period.   The change […]

todayMay 26, 2021 10


Mali’s detained president, PM ousted

  MALIAN Vice President Assimi Goita has announced that interim President Bah N’Daw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane have been deposed after they were arrested on Monday. Goita, the former leader of a military coup in August 2020, also promised new elections in 2022, while speaking to radio broadcaster ORTM. N’Daw and Ouane were arrested late on Monday, shortly after issuing a decree appointing a new cabinet. They were taken […]

todayMay 26, 2021 9


UN calls for immediate release of Mali President Bah Ndaw

IMAGE COPYRIGHTREUTERS image captionPresident Bah Ndaw (centre) is reportedly being held by Malian soldiers near the capital Bamako       The UN mission in Mali has demanded an immediate release of President Bah Ndaw and PM Moctar Ouane, after reports that they were detained by soldiers. In a tweet (in French), the Minusma mission also called for calm in the impoverished West African nation. This comes after reports that interim […]

todayMay 25, 2021 4

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