Poland's prime minister on Monday cancelled Warsaw's participation in a Jerusalem summit, accusing an Israeli minister of "racist" comments about the actions of Poles during the Holocaust, further souring relations between the two nations. Mateusz Morawiecki's decision to scotch Poland's involvement in the summit of central European nations comes after the latest salvo in a long row between Poland and Israel over history.
Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison after being convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl in 2017. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website shows the 54-year-old New York Democrat is currently in the custody of its Residential Re-entry Management office in Brooklyn, New York. The prison bureau, federal prosecutors in New York and Weiner’s lawyer didn’t respond to emails seeking comment.
AURORA, Ill. (AP) — The suburban Chicago manufacturing warehouse where five people were fatally shot won't reopen until next week, but its doors will be open to support workers, company officials said Monday.
President Trump directs speech at Florida's Venezuelan community as he tries to appeal to Latino voters heading into the 2020 election.
It's not too late for Ford to change its mind about bringing this hot hatch to America, is it?
A group of prisoners in Florida put their criminal skills to good use on Valentine’s Day – breaking into a car, to free a baby locked inside. The prisoners, on work-release, were repairing parking meters in Pasco County, north of Tampa, when they spotted the family in distress. The one-year-old child was trapped inside the car, with the keys inside. The family was unable to afford a locksmith and so, in the 56 degree Fahrenheit heat, the father was preparing to break the window. That is when the prisoners, in their black and white uniforms, offered to help, and worked in a team to pry open the front door just enough for one inmate to use a coat hanger to push a button that unlocked the 4x4’s door. In a video, which has gone viral, police are heard telling the father to "pop his head in the window" so "strange faces" would not scare the baby. Another person in the video, filmed by the baby’s mother Shadow Lantry, can be heard commenting on the "hilarious situation," with police watching the crew unlock the car. The whole endeavour took about two minutes, and ended with the group cheering. Ms Lantry said the child was "just sitting there happy" throughout the ordeal. The parents thanked the crew, deputies and firefighters for their help.
Seven U.K. lawmakers resigned in an act of protest against the party’s Brexit policy and persistent allegations of anti-Semitism.
Emails obtained by the Detroit Free Press offer a glimpse into how a fake university in Detroit may have convinced students it was real.
Police in the world's biggest gambling hub of Macau are investigating what they suspect is a rare murder in a five-star casino resort after a Chinese man was found stabbed in his bed, broadcaster TDM reported on Monday. Murder cases have been rare in the Chinese territory since Portugal ceded control of what had been a colonial backwater on the heel of China's southern coast 20 years ago. The suspected murder took place in Sands China's Conrad Macau hotel, TDM reported, citing police.
Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said Monday it has arrested three "terrorists" involved in last week's deadly suicide bomb attack on security forces in a region bordering Pakistan. "Safe houses in (the cities of) Saravan and Khash were identified and eliminated, and the terrorists based in them were arrested," the force said on its official Sepah news agency. The Guards said the three arrested had "produced, guided and supported" the vehicle used in Wednesday's suicide bombing.
A beachside eatery wins top prize at the inaugural World Restaurant Awards in Paris.
What happens when a footballer becomes president? Players don't want to take him on.
Soldiers told to be "ruthless" with anyone snatching ballot boxes for the delayed election.
The students were among 176 people kidnapped on Saturday in the restive Anglophone region.
Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya's appeal against a regulation restricting testosterone levels in female runners is under way.
Ethiopian teenager Samuel Tefera breaks Hicham El Guerrouj's 22-year-old 1500m indoor world record with a stunning display in Birmingham.
Michael has been doing flips since seeing parkour videos on YouTube.
Kenyan friends Julie Asuju and Wangui Njee talk about their experiences of living with Vitiligo.
A conservationist is providing a safe space for colobus monkeys in Kenya.
Tanzanian nine-year-old Tumaini's poems have covered apartheid and her country's first president.
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei said on Monday that the arrest of his daughter, Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, was politically motivated.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday warned members of Venezuela's military who remain loyal to socialist President Nicolas Maduro that they are risking their future and their lives and urged them to allow humanitarian aid into the country.
A farm leader who helped lead protests last year against President Daniel Ortega was sentenced on Monday to 216 years in prison, days after business leaders asked the government to release inmates considered political prisoners.
A group representing some of Mexico's biggest companies told left-wing President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday that politicians should resist "extortion" by labor unions after strikes and blockades in recent weeks.
For Yaya Niass, who cuts hair in a roadside shack on the outskirts of Dakar, the time for political change in Senegal - and in Africa as a whole - is well overdue.
The United States has blocked efforts by a U.N. agency to improve civil aviation in North Korea at a time when Pyongyang is trying to reopen part of its airspace to foreign flights, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Senegal, the most stable democracy in West Africa, is preparing for an election on Sunday with President Macky Sall facing off against four other candidates.
A cross-party group of British lawmakers recommended on Tuesday that brands and retailers in the fashion industry should pay a penny per garment to fund better clothing waste collection following an eight-month inquiry into the sector.
Scotland will step up efforts to persuade EU citizens to stay after Brexit, its First Minister will tell French lawmakers on Tuesday, amid concerns about potential workforce shortages in the largest of the United Kingdom's three smaller nations.
Haitian police arrested a group of foreign nationals, including five Americans, armed with semi-automatic weapons, Haitian newspapers reported on Monday, adding to uncertainty in the impoverished Caribbean country after days of anti-government protests.
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A WILD-EYED Nigerian soldier looks into the camera: “We don’t have adequate weapons,” he says. “We can’t just be wasting our lives.” Nigerian opposition activists, who have circulated the video widely, say it shows soldiers fleeing an offensive by Boko Haram, the bloodthirsty jihadists terrorising north-eastern Nigeria, in December. Army officials say the footage is from 2014, the nadir of their fight against the militants. Few believe the official line. Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s president, came to power in 2015 promising to defeat Boko Haram. His inauguration was followed by military success. Insurgents were expelled from towns they had captured and forced into the bush. But this was followed by three years of stalemate that is now beginning to look like defeat. Unable to gain full control of the often impassable forests and swamps that shelter the jihadists, Nigeria’s generals took a leaf from the counter-insurgency manual America...
IDRISS DÉBY, Chad’s president, knows better than most how threatening a Toyota pickup truck can be. In 1990 he seized power after leading 300 of them on a dash through the desert to capture N’Djamena, Chad’s capital. Three years earlier, as army chief, his converted battle-wagons smashed through Libyan lines to end the “Toyota War”. So when three pickup convoys carrying Libya-based rebels were spotted 370 miles into Chadian territory last week Mr Déby had every reason to fret. Help was at hand. For three days French warplanes strafed the convoys. Chad’s army scooped up the survivors; it claimed to have captured 250 rebels. Chad serves as the headquarters of Operation Barkhane, France’s counter-jihadist mission in five former colonies in the Sahel. In a region that has become fertile territory for Islamists seeking a foothold after the collapse of Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, France sees Mr Déby as a bulwark. Yet Mr Déby is also a...
IVY RAMAPHOSA is used to visitors. Most weeks callers will knock on the door of her home in Soweto, on the outskirts of Johannesburg. They come trying to reach her brother, Cyril, who moved here with Ivy and their family in 1963, during the apogee of apartheid. Today he makes only the occasional appearance. As President of South Africa, he is a busy man. Doorstepping the president is partly a sign of desperation. Despite some improvements since the advent of democracy in 1994, life for most South Africans is a struggle. More than a third are jobless (including those who have given up looking); among young people the share is a half. Around 50% of households have less than 3,000 rand ($220) to spend per month. Public services are dire: 78% of fourth-graders cannot read and understand a simple sentence, and schoolchildren occasionally drown in pit toilets, as Mr Ramaphosa mentioned in his annual State of the Nation Address on February 7th. Little...
Into the final redoubt THE LAST defenders of the caliphate grazed like sheep until there was no grass left to eat. America bombed from above. Kurdish-led fighters pursued them on the ground. And Syrian and Iraqi armies maintained a siege from their respective positions across the Euphrates river and Iraqi border. Less than five years after it had proclaimed a caliphate the size of Britain, the realm of Islamic State (IS) has shrunk to less than a square mile in a riverside hamlet, Baghuz al-Fawqani, on Syria’s border with Iraq. A few hundred fighters continue the battle, but as The Economist went to press, the American-led coalition was already erecting a podium for victory celebrations nearby. The oilfields and archaeological sites that IS had looted to finance the world’s most powerful jihadist movement provide a backdrop. Its hospitals and police stations lie in ruins. Some 35,000 people, including about 3,...
IN 2016 Muhammad bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and de facto ruler, announced the latest stage of “Saudisation”—the replacement of foreign workers with Saudi ones. It now appears the policy does not stop at swapping out bankers and bakers, but extends to ballistic missiles. Satellite photos analysed by researchers from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, and reported by the Washington Post, appear to show that Saudi Arabia has been building a factory for rocket engines, at an existing missile base in al-Watah, south-west of Riyadh. It seems to be configured for solid-fuel rockets, which can be launched more quickly than liquid-fuelled ones. Saudi Arabia is no newcomer to missiles. Having watched Iran and Iraq fling them at each other during the 1980s, it bought a few dozen DF-3 missiles from China in 1987. It came close to unleashing them after being struck by Iraqi Scud missiles...
THE INTERNECINE fighting in Libya is often reduced to east versus west: Khalifa Haftar, the warlord who controls the former, against a United Nations-backed government in the latter. But this year’s most important fighting is some 600km south of the capital, Tripoli. Last month General Haftar sent his Libyan National Army (LNA) to pacify Fezzan, a vast expanse of desert plagued by ethnic and tribal feuds. It has already taken the town of Sabha, home to perhaps one-fifth of the area’s population. Now it is fighting for a bigger prize 200km to the south-west: the Sharara oilfield. Before going offline in December it pumped 315,000 barrels per day (b/d). That was about a third of the country’s output, which had been at a five-year high. Then the tribesmen tasked with guarding the facility took it over to demand better pay. The closure mothballed the nearby “Elephant” oilfield, which relies on Sharara for electricity. That took another 73,000 b/d out of...
When you said “steel”, someone misheard NOTHING SEEMS awry on arrival at the Ajaokuta Steel Company near Lokoja in central Nigeria. Nestled in scrubland are rows of depots, mills and furnaces; the complex covers 800 hectares, or four times the size of Monaco. Inside the main building workers amble through the foyer, barely noticing a suggestion box. Your correspondent is, however, tempted to leave a note that reads: “How about making some steel?” Since construction of the state-owned firm began 40 years ago, it has received $8bn in public money without producing a beam. Corruption and mismanagement have gone on for so long that Ajaokuta has more than 10,000 pensioners on its books. There is no more colossal symbol of Nigeria’s squandered potential. On February 16th Nigerians will go to the polls in the largest democratic event in African history. Fully 84m people are registered to vote...
FLUSH WITH victory at home in 1980, Iran’s new rulers turned their attention abroad. “I hope that [Iran] will become a model for all the meek and Muslim nations in the world,” Ayatollah Khomeini said. His wish did not come true. No other state has adopted the concept of velayat-e faqih, or Shia clerical rule. Ali al-Sistani, the Iranian-born spiritual leader of Iraq’s Shias, wants clerics to stay out of politics. When Bahrain’s long-suffering Shia majority revolted in 2011 they demanded a democratic parliament, not a theocracy. Iran is broadly unpopular in the Arab world. A recent poll found that 66% of Arabs see it as a threat, below only Israel and America. Though it failed to become a model, the revolution nonetheless had a lasting impact on the region. It terrified Saudi Arabia, mobilised millions of dispossessed Shias and shaped the rhetoric of Sunni Islamists in far-off places like...
I want you (to be resentful) IT IS NOT easy to translate the Hebrew word davka. It means something like “despite it all” and “because of”, but with a sense of deliberate precision: I was at home all day, but the delivery man came davka during the half-hour when I was out. It can connote an intent to irritate: my girlfriend knows we disagree about politics, but she always davka brings it up. In 2003 Ariel Sharon, a pugnacious former prime minister, cited a young American explaining the word to friends back home: “Davka means doing or thinking something both in spite of and because of a given situation.” Curiously, Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, has chosen as his campaign slogan “Davka Netanyahu”. In December Israeli police recommended that Mr Netanyahu be indicted for...
FOR A FEW tense moments it seemed as if the flight carrying Ayatollah Khomeini back to Iran would not make it. Two weeks had passed since the shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, had left the country amid enormous protests against his autocratic rule. Khomeini’s aides were eager for the ayatollah to return from exile in Paris and fill the power vacuum. But the government left behind by the shah warned them to stay away. As their plane approached Iranian airspace, the air force threatened to shoot it down. Some on board cheered the chance for martyrdom. The Western journalists in tow were more subdued. The plane eventually landed in Tehran and, after a brief argument between his followers over who would assist him, Khomeini walked slowly down the stairs to the tarmac, helped by an Air France steward (a compromise). He was greeted in the capital by what some believe to be the largest crowd in history. The date was February 1st 1979. Ten...
En République démocratique du Congo, on attend toujours la formation d'un nouveau gouvernement presque un mois après l'investiture de Félix Tshisekedi. En attendant, le gouvernement sortant, officiellement démissionnaire, continue de prendre des mesures, créant des polémiques et incertitudes. Le Premier ministre sortant, Bruno Tshibala, vient par exemple d'exiger à ce que les entreprises minières payent une taxe supplémentaire au Fond de promotion de l'industrie, contre l'avis des entreprises du secteur, y compris des ministères de tutelle.
Voilà deux mois que les manifestations contre le régime ont commencé au Soudan. C’était le 19 décembre 2018 et au départ, il s’agissait de manifestations pour protester contre la décision du gouvernement de tripler le prix du pain. Mais elles se sont rapidement transformées en manifestations contre le président Omar el-Béchir, qui est au pouvoir depuis 30 ans. Aujourd’hui, ces manifestations sont quasi quotidiennes.
Ce lundi 18 février les partis politiques ont repris leurs meetings et la Commission électorale nationale indépendante (INEC) a approuvé la reprise de la campagne électorale jusqu'à jeudi soir. Suite au report du scrutin, le parti au pouvoir All Progessives Congress (APC) tenait une réunion extraordinaire ce lundi. L'occasion pour le chef de l'Etat sortant, Muhammadu Buhari, candidat à sa propre succession, de faire le point. Il a condamné ce report in extremis de la Commission électorale et menacé ceux qui voudraient tricher lors des élections samedi.
En articulant la feuille de route de son gouvernement autour du devoir de relever les défis sécuritaires, l’exigence d’apporter une réponse à l’effritement de la cohésion sociale, l’obligation d’instaurer une gestion plus vertueuse des affaires publiques et la dynamisation de l’économie nationale, le nouveau Premier ministre burkinabè, Christophe Dabiré, vient d’obtenir le quitus des députés pour le début de sa mission. Nommé le 21 janvier dernier par le président Roch March Christian Kaboré, Christophe Dabiré a dévoilé aux députés sa déclaration de politique générale.
De nouvelles inondations rappellent à l’île Maurice sa vulnérabilité face aux phénomènes météorologiques intenses. Des pluies torrentielles qui se sont abattues sur le pays, dimanche 17 février, ont submergé de nombreux quartiers de la capitale et réveillé les douloureux souvenirs de 2013 qui avaient fait onze morts. Face à ce phénomène récurrent d’inondations éclair, les autorités sont dépassées et les habitants de plus en plus impatients.
En Angola, la police a arrêté, samedi 16 février, neuf personnes dont un pasteur, João Paulo, selon le mouvement indépendantiste, le Front de Libération de l’enclave de Cabinda (FLEC). Tous sont membres d’une Eglise dans laquelle le pasteur prêche pour l’autodétermination du peuple Cabindais. Cette arrestation intervient quelques semaines après l'arrestation de plus de 60 militants du Mouvement indépendantiste du Cabinda, groupe séparatiste, créé l'année dernière. Joint par RFI, Jean Claude Nzita, porte-parole du FLEC en Europe, la police est venue interpeller les membres de cette église lors d'une messe.
Malgré les violences du mois dernier au Zimbabwe, les Européens ont décidé d'alléger les sanctions qui visent Harare. Une décision qui a été prise ce lundi 18 février en marge d'une réunion des ministres européens des Affaires étrangères réunis à Bruxelles.
La CMA, la Coordination des mouvements de l’Azawad a annoncé de nouvelles règles à Kidal pour la population. La CMA, qui administre la ville depuis plusieurs années, prend ainsi en main de nouveaux secteurs de la sécurité et de la justice en se substituant à l'Etat. Les règles sont plus strictes : la vente et la consommation d’alcool sont désormais interdites, les étrangers doivent avoir un tuteur local, quant au rôle du cadi, le juge islamique, il apparaît renforcé. L'incapacité de l'Etat à assumer ses responsabilités dans le nord du Mali continue à poser problème.
Au Sénégal, le premier tour de l’élection présidentielle aura lieu dimanche 24 février. Pour les cinq candidats, Macky Sall, Ousmane Sonko, Idrissa Seck, Issa Sall et Madicke Niang, la dernière ligne droite est donc lancée. Chaque jour, nous avons décidé de suivre l’un des prétendants à la présidence. Ce lundi 18 février, Issa Sall était en meeting dans la région de Touba dans le centre du pays.
Au Gabon, quel est aujourd’hui le statut juridique de la Société d’énergie et d’eau du Gabon (SEEG) ? Il y a un an, l’Etat gabonais avait réquisitionné la société pour une durée d’un an. Ce délai s’est épuisé le 16 février dernier, mais aucune communication officielle pas même de Veolia qui détient encore 51% des actions de l’entreprise. Le principal syndicat de la SEEG tire la sonnette d’alarme.