WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump has intervened in an ongoing investigation
In wake of Hurricane Florence, victims in the storm's path are being warned of
The accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh raise questions about the responsibility of mature adults for events in the distant past. But the answers will be provided by politics, not moral philosophy.
LUMBERTON, N.C. -- The roar of a fan boat echoed through a flooded
SpaceX, Elon Musk's ambitious rocket endeavor, said Monday it had signed a
Whale watchers squeal with delight as three surfacing humpbacks leap out of the water almost simultaneously in rare triple breach right next to their boat.
Peter Baker, author of “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House" spoke to Yahoo News about the younger Bush’s defining moment of presidential leadership: standing up to anti-Muslim hatred and discrimination after the attacks on Sept. 11. 2001.
The endless wait for season eight came back to bite them
The financial hub of Hong Kong began clearing up on Monday after being battered by one of the strongest typhoons in recent years, with financial markets and offices operating as normal. Super typhoon Mangkhut, with hurricane-force winds well over 200 kilometers per hour (124 miles/h), had barreled past the northern tip of the Philippines, killing at least 50 people. It then skirted south of Hong Kong and the neighboring gambling hub of Macau, before making landfall in China.
Lithuanian officials said that Walmart has agreed to remove Soviet-themed
Pro-marijuana activists cheer following a landmark ruling by the country's highest court.
The UK, Ireland, Finland and Sweden freeze aid funding to Zambia over corruption concerns.
Prosecutors appealed against the bail set for popular singer Saad Lamjarred, who is charged with rape.
Not all girls who underwent the circumcision have been traced, a government official says.
Police in Brazil found $1.5m in cash and luxury watches worth $15m in two bags, local media say.
Authorities say thousands of people have been forced from their homes and warn more floods could hit.
A judge has awarded a judicial review of the case of the former UBS trader convicted of fraud.
Kenyan runner Joseph Kiprono Kiptum hit by a car as he was leading a half marathon in Colombia.
The statue of the mythical beast was found as water was drained from a temple in the city of Aswan.
Young girls are sold to men as old as 90 in the custom still practised in Nigeria's Becheve community.
Leaders of South and North Korea held one-on-one talks on the second day of their summit on Wednesday, aiming to announce steps to rekindle stalled negotiations on the North's nuclear program and deepen bilateral ties.
Leaders of North and South Korea plan to sign a joint statement on inter-Korean relations after their summit on Wednesday in the North's capital Pyongyang, Seoul officials said.
A year after a devastating earthquake struck Mexico City and killed dozens of people, Guadalupe Padilla is still waiting to return to her home.
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday a U.S. trade deal with South Korea has been fully renegotiated and may be signed at the United Nations, where leaders have gathered for the 73rd session of the General Assembly.
Support for Brazilian far-right presidential front-runner Jair Bolsonaro edged up ahead of next month's election, a poll showed on Tuesday, but Workers Party (PT) candidate Fernando Haddad moved into second place, with the two running neck and neck in a likely runoff.
Military ties between China and Pakistan are the "backbone" of relations between the two countries, a senior Chinese general told Pakistan's visiting army chief, days after a Pakistani minister stirred unease about Chinese Silk Road projects.
Mexico's incoming financial intelligence chief said it was "shameful" how little had been done about bribes that Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht executives said were paid to secure Mexican public works contracts, and vowed to reexamine the case once in office.
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States is considering a request from Poland for a permanent U.S. military presence in the fellow NATO country, acknowledging that he shares Poland's concerns about possible Russian aggression.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday he was evaluating whether or not he would attend this week's United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, citing concerns about his safety.
Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain and the European Union were nearing a divorce deal but called on the bloc to show "goodwill and determination" to avoid a disorderly Brexit and secure a close future partnership.
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Dressed for a wedding, shotguns optional AS YOU would expect in a country at war, Yemen bristles with guns. The forces of the internationally recognised government carry Kalashnikovs. So do the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who toppled it in 2015. But it is not just the combatants who pack heat. The country has more privately owned guns per person than any except America, where prosperous gun-lovers can afford far more. Many Yemenis sling rifles over their shoulders or tuck handguns into their trousers before going out. Markets sell everything from pistols to bazookas. You cannot go far in most cities without seeing someone with a gun. That is what makes Mukalla, the capital of Hadramawt province on the southern coast, so unusual. The only people carrying guns are in uniform. Banners warn civilians not to bear arms in public. Those wishing to enter Mukalla must hand over their weapons at one of several checkpoints. As if manning a cloakroom, soldiers hand out...
FORTY years ago the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) took a first step to representation in Washington, DC. President Jimmy Carter allowed it to open a three-person “information office” in 1978, though it was then considered a terrorist group. It was a move towards an American-brokered peace process meant to lead to a two-state solution. The relationship was often rocky. Ronald Reagan wanted to close the office. George Bush senior was furious that the PLO supported Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. But it endured, and the peace process became central to American diplomacy. Perhaps no longer. On September 10th America announced that it would shut the PLO’s mission, which served as a de facto embassy. It offered a few justifications, accusing the PLO of “refusing to engage with the US government”, which is untrue. The ambassador, Husam Zomlot, visited the White House four times in 2017 and met the president’s special envoy, Jason Greenblatt, three times. ...
THE cars in Lusaka are moving even more slowly than usual: hidden speed cameras have spooked drivers in Zambia’s capital. The government is desperate for cash, so motorists who speed are being fleeced. The regime has also announced taxes on boreholes, internet calls and even weather reports. “The pressure is falling on the ordinary people,” complains John Phiri, a taxi driver. “All because the state has run up too much credit.” Concern on the street is mirrored in markets. Of the 75 countries whose bonds make up the Bloomberg Barclays Emerging Markets Index, a basket of sovereign debt, none has performed as badly in 2018 as Zambia (see chart). Given crises in Argentina and Turkey, that is some achievement. “The market is pricing in a default,” notes Gregory Smith of Renaissance Capital, an investment bank. Zambia is therefore a warning for other African countries which also received debt forgiveness in 2005-06 but today find themselves on the verge of another crisis. Zambia’s...
Who will move his cheese? EASTERN CONGO is best known for producing coltan, a mineral used in mobile phones, and refugees. But it also makes rather good cheese. At his dairy on the hillside of Masisi in North Kivu, Lambert Sinamenye churns out 12 rounds a day. After maturing for 21 days they taste like Gouda, only more salty, and are named “Goma”, after the provincial capital, 55km away. The verdant hills of this region, dotted with Friesian cows and known as “Africa’s Switzerland”, are ideal for caseiculture. Some Belgian monks who arrived in the 1970s soon began crafting camembert. Italian missionaries whet appetites for mozzarella. In their heyday, dairies in Masisi also churned out butter, cream and yogurt. Now, however, farmers are lucky to eke out a few dollars a day. War and lawlessness have curdled their business. Twice a week Mr Sinamenye sells his cheeses for the equivalent of $3 each to a trader who straps them onto the back of a motorbike...
Anger boiling over THE capital has not looked so good in decades. Baghdad’s restaurants have had fancy facelifts. New malls seem to be opening every month. Cranes motionless since Saddam Hussein’s fall in 2003 are moving again as rich Iraqis have begun to invest at home instead of squirrelling their takings abroad. Huge billboards of frowning clerics have been replaced by neon advertisements of unveiled smiling girls. Rockers pack an open-air peace festival on the bank of the River Tigris. Baghdad’s security has improved markedly since the jihadists of Islamic State (IS) were repelled from the city’s gates in 2014. But the city’s revival is under threat again, this time by rivalry between America and Iran and their proxies. Inside the Green Zone, Baghdad’s government enclave, Brett McGurk, America’s regional envoy, and Qassem Suleimani, commander of the Quds Force, Iran’s foreign legion, are marshalling their allies. Each is trying to shape the...
THE unofficial motto of the Democratic Republic of Congo was first uttered six decades ago by Albert Kalonji, the leader of the short-lived secessionist state of South Kasai: “This is your home, fend for yourselves.” With hardly any formal economy in Congo, let alone a welfare state, people do whatever they can to get by. Ordinary folk farm, trade, smuggle and hustle. Officials and rebels loot and extort. Congolese joke that “fend for yourself” is Article 15 of the constitution. The real Article 15, adopted in 2006, urges the state to stamp out sexual violence. For some reason, the police seem to put more effort into upholding the mythical Article 15. A new study by Raul Sanchez de la Sierra of Harvard and Kristof Titeca of the University of Antwerp found that in Kinshasa, the capital, traffic cops receive about 80% of their income from “informal tolls”. Every driver in charge of a spluttering yellow taxi or battered local bus (nicknamed “spirits of death” for their shoddy...
AFTER 70 years, even conflicts start to repeat themselves. On September 2nd the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, told Israeli visitors about an unexpected proposal. He said America had offered to help form a confederation between Palestine and Jordan. The idea has been floating around for half a century. King Hussein of Jordan first proposed it in the 1970s. The Palestinians rejected it, then embraced it, then dismissed it again. It has some merits. Most Jordanians are of Palestinian descent, with ties across the border. Businesses in the West Bank would gain access to Jordan and to export markets beyond. The Jordanian army could secure the border with Israel, assuaging its security concerns. But Mr Trump’s seemingly offhand proposal is not realistic. The Palestinians will discuss it only after Israel grants their independence. Jordan rejects it. The idea sits uneasily with ethnic Jordanians, who dominate the government. Waves of Palestinian and other refugees made them a...
THE Syrian regime and its Russian backers may soon launch one of the biggest battles of the war. The signs are ominous. Thousands of regime troops are massing at the gates of Idlib province, the rebels’ last bastion. Russia has dispatched more warships, bombers and fighter jets to Syria. On September 4th Russian jets struck targets in the south of the province. Meanwhile, Turkey is sending tanks to its border and reinforcing its outposts within Idlib. The rebels (pictured above) are blowing up bridges, digging trenches and expanding their network of underground tunnels. Turkey, which backs the opposition, has told rebel leaders to expect an assault within weeks. A full-blown offensive would be catastrophic. Idlib is home to 2m-3m civilians. The fighting would drive many from their homes. But after a succession of regime victories in recent months, the noose has tightened around Idlib, leaving its inhabitants with nowhere to run. Those who try to find sanctuary in Turkey risk being shot by...
ISRAELI politicians and entrepreneurs like to present their country as a global centre of transport technology. That was underlined last year by Intel’s purchase for $15bn of Mobileye, which develops software for self-driving cars. But driving from Tel Aviv to Mobileye’s headquarters in Jerusalem, only 55km (34 miles) as the drone flies, can be an hour-long crawl along a jammed motorway. Going by train is a poor alternative. That takes an hour and 40 minutes and ends at an isolated temporary station. Exactly 126 years since the first train arrived in Jerusalem from the Mediterranean coast, a new high-speed rail link, built at a cost of 7bn shekels ($2bn), is scheduled to start running between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on September 24th. But with just three weeks to go, Israel’s transport ministry is not sure it will be ready. The inauguration has already been postponed twice. This is par for the course for a project that started in 2001 and was originally planned for completion by 2008...
AMINU TAMBUWAL, a state governor normally too bland to attract much attention, is running for president of Nigeria. Like a dozen other serving and former governors, a senate president and a former vice-president, Mr Tambuwal said he was bowing to the demands of the people, who apparently wanted him to defect to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and challenge the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari, in an election that is scheduled for February. Many Nigerians felt a sense of déjà vu. Four years ago, Mr Tambuwal was one of a number of bigwigs who deserted the PDP and helped propel Mr Buhari (pictured above) to victory. Government may be a shambles in Nigeria, but politics is thriving. In the election in 2015 one government agency is alleged to have diverted more than a $1bn intended for the fight against jihadist groups in the north-east to fund the electoral campaigns of ruling-party politicians. Private donors supporting Goodluck Jonathan, the previous president, paid the disgraced (and...
La fin d'hivernage est difficile au Nigeria. Abuja vient de déclarer l'état de catastrophe nationale en raison d'inondations qui ont causé la mort d'une centaine de personnes. L'agence nationale pour la gestion des urgences tente d'évacuer les sinistrés. Dix Etats sont touchés par les intempéries, dont quatre en situation d'urgence.
Après Bruxelles, l'opposition congolaise s'était donné rendez-vous à Johannesburg mardi 18 septembre. Seul Moïse Katumbi a pu faire le déplacement, les autres leaders étant représentés par de hauts cadres des différents partis.
Deux mois et demi après leur accord de paix historique signé à Asmara, Ethiopie et Erythrée ont signé un nouvel accord dimanche 16 septembre à Jeddah, en Arabie saoudite. Le texte a été publié lundi soir. Les deux pays, dont les relations ne cessent de se réchauffer, reprennent quasiment les mêmes termes.
A l’occasion de l’ouverture de l’Assemblée générale des Nations unies à New Yorkce mardi, la fondation Bill Gates a publié son rapport annuel sur les progrès en matière de développement. Le milliardaire américain y appelle à une aide à l’Afrique, un continent qui fait face à une croissance démographique sans précédent. Sa population va doubler d’ici 2050 pour atteindre 2,4 milliards d’habitants, dont la moitié aura moins de 25 ans.
Dans une décision annoncée ce mardi 18 septembre, la justice sud-africaine autorise la consommation de cannabis à titre personnel pour les adultes. Jusqu’à présent, la possession, culture et consommation de marijuana étaient interdites et passibles de peines de prison en Afrique du Sud. Cette décision intervient après des années de bataille judiciaire.
La prestigieuse coupe d’Europe des clubs de football, la Ligue des champions UEFA (C1), reprend le 18 septembre. Voici les Africains engagés en phase de poules de la C1 2018-2019.
Moins d’une semaine après sa signature, le nouvel accord de paix est déjà en danger au Soudan du Sud. Le 12 septembre, le président Salva Kiir, son principal adversaire Riek Machar, et d'autres mouvements rebelles avaient entériné un nouveau compromis global prévoyant une sortie de crise en plusieurs années. Mais depuis, de nouveaux combats ont éclaté, des opposants ont rejeté l'accord et les spécialistes sont sceptiques.
Au Congo-Brazzaville, l'opposant Paulin Makaya a effectivement retrouvé la liberté lundi 17 septembre, quatre jours après la décision de justice ordonnant la fin de sa détention et après quasiment trois ans de prison. Il avait été arrêté le 23 novembre 2015. Un Paulin Makaya, ému et également solidaire des opposants congolais toujours emprisonnés.
En RDC, les experts qui ont analysé les machines à voter ont rendu leur rapport lundi 17 septembre. Des experts de l'organisation britannique Westminster Foundation for Democraty ont été missionnés à la demande de la Commission électorale. Ces machines à voter doivent être utilisées pour les élections présidentielle, législatives et provinciales du 23 décembre, mais elles sont très critiquées par l'opposition qui craint des fraudes et des dysfonctionnements. Pour les experts britanniques, il manque trop d'éléments pour analyser dans son ensemble ces machines.
Un prêtre italien a été enlevé lundi soir 17 septembre au Niger. Le père Pier Luigi Maccalli travaillait pour la Société des missions africaines à la paroisse de Bamoanga depuis onze ans, dans la commune de Makolondi, au sud-ouest du Niger et à 125 km de Niamey. Deux autres prêtres qui travaillaient avec lui sont sains et saufs. Les armées nigérienne et burkinabè ont lancé des recherches pour intercepter les ravisseurs.