- U.S State Dept
Sen. Bernie Sanders condemned as “nonsense” a new ad from President Trump accusing Democrats of being “complicit” in murders in the United States by undocumented immigrants.
Being a black woman in this country is an exercise in ongoing frustration and fear.
A Republican tasked with fighting against sexual harassment in Congress secretly settled a misconduct complaint filed against him by a former aide, The New York Times first reported Saturday.
WASHINGTON ― A bipartisan group of centrist senators met Sunday to work out a potential compromise that would fund the government until Feb. 8, contingent on a promise to hold a vote on an immigration bill before then.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Leaders in a Maine town said Sunday they will meet with their town manager, who has come under fire for espousing white separatist views.
Miles de personas participan en la “Marcha de las mujeres, en Washington, EEUU. EFE
A billionaire and his wife found dead side-by-side were both murdered, a report by private investigators has said.
"This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought"
(Reuters) - A U.S. Army Apache attack helicopter crashed early Saturday morning in California, killing two soldiers, a spokesman for the Army said. An investigation is ongoing into the crash of the AH-64 Apache helicopter on the sprawling National Training Center at Fort Irwin in southern California, Lieutenant Colonel Jason Brown, U.S. Army spokesman, said in a statement emailed to Reuters. Another Army spokesman said that the pilot and the co-pilot were killed, but did not give their names, saying their families had yet to be notified.
The Women's March on Washington returned, one year after President Trump's inauguration. This time, women came organizing for the 2018 midterm elections.
At least six people are killed in a police crackdown on protests against President Joseph Kabila.
Officers fired on a crowd that had reportedly begun shouting anti-government slogans.
Ex-football pro George Weah challenges Liberia's army to a friendly before his inauguration.
The group is found during a joint police and army operation after they were kidnapped on Wednesday.
The facility says claims new mothers were attacked on their way to feed their babies are "untrue".
President Yoweri Museveni says he will "hang a few" people who took advantage of his "leniency".
Has Belgium failed in its duty to protect asylum seekers?
How George Weah went from being the world's best footballer to the president of Liberia.
Senegalese musician Jahseen wants to challenge what people around the world consider to be Senegalese music.
Market traders in Zambia protest against government rules aimed at containing an outbreak of cholera.
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday a thaw in relations between the two Koreas ahead of next month's Winter Olympics presented a "precious chance" to bring about talks between the United States and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for talks on Monday, the second day of a visit to Israel that has been boycotted by the Palestinians.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top newspaper, decrying Washington as a trouble-maker, said on Monday U.S. moves in the South China Sea like last week's freedom of navigation operation will only cause China to strengthen its deployments in the disputed waterway.
PALONGKHALI, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Bangladesh has delayed the repatriation of Rohingya Muslim refugees to Myanmar, set to start on Tuesday, because the process of compiling and verifying the list of people to be sent back is incomplete, a senior Bangladesh official said.
LONDON (Reuters) - Iranian warplanes warned off two "coalition vessels" during military drill in waters off the country's southeast, a senior naval officer said, in the latest confrontation between Iranian and western forces that patrol the Gulf.
BOGOTA (Reuters) - At least 13 people, including a newborn, were killed on Sunday when a landslide pushed a bus into a ravine in southwest Colombia, the disaster relief agency said.
HASSA, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey shelled targets in northern Syria on Monday and said its three-day-old operation against Kurdish YPG fighters who control the Afrin region would be completed swiftly.
HANOI (Reuters) - A court in Vietnam on Monday sentenced a former politburo official to 13 years in prison and another high-profile energy official to life imprisonment for embezzlement and violating state rules, in a corruption crackdown, state media said.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's parliament has confirmed May 12 as the date for holding a parliamentary election, state TV reported on Monday.
PARIS (Reuters) - French prison guards launched a nationwide strike on Monday in a showdown with President Emmanuel Macron's government over staff levels and violence that they say is spiraling out of control inside the country's overcrowded jails.
Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 12, 2018 The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Norway. The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) strongly condemn the continuing pattern of violations of the December 21, 2017 Cessation of Hostilities (CoH) agreement by parties to the South Sudan High Level Revitalization Forum (the Forum), and call on all parties to immediately and fully implement the CoH in letter and spirit and ensure humanitarian access throughout the country. The Troika has seen strong evidence of violations of the CoH by Government of South Sudan forces in Unity State and by forces associated with opposition groups, including Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO), in Unity State and the Greater Upper Nile region, as witnessed by ceasefire monitors. We are seriously concerned by continuing reports of the movement of forces by all sides in violation of the CoH, including the movement this week of hundreds of Government troops into Jonglei state. The Troika also notes with grave concern the strong evidence from multiple sources linking the attacks in Gudele, Jubek State, on January 4 to former SPLA Chief of Defense Paul Malong and forces under Lt. Colonel Cham Garang, an SPLA-IO commander. We remain committed to holding to account all those who obstruct the realization of lasting peace for the people of South Sudan, whether or not they are participating directly in the Forum. The HLRF process must be conducted in the spirit of compromise by those South Sudanese leaders who are committed to working for peace. Parties must not be able to increase their influence through force of arms in advance of the second round of talks. The Troika reaffirms its full support for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s (IGAD) efforts to build peace in South Sudan and will continue to follow developments on the ground. We call on our IGAD partners to rapidly investigate all violations and to immediately hold those responsible to account. We will continue to work closely with international and regional partners to ensure full accountability with respect to the CoH and stand ready to impose consequences on those who violate the agreement, also in line with the African Union Peace and Security Council Communiqué of September 20, 2017. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein.
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Buy now, default later SOUTH AFRICANS have dubbed this month “Janu-worry”. After Christmas and the summer holidays come the bills. A popular classified-advertising website is full of pleas for help. “Mashonisa [loan shark] urgently needed,” says a typical post. “No scammers.” Radio call-in shows offer catharsis and survival tips. The rest of the year is tough on pocketbooks too. South Africans are the world’s most avid borrowers, according to the World Bank. A study published in 2014 showed that 86% had borrowed money in the previous year (see chart). Most borrow...
DESPITE his best efforts, when President Beji Caid Essebsi visited Ettadhamen (“solidarity”) on January 14th, he did not engender much harmony. Protests had broken out a week earlier across Tunisia, many of them in places like Ettadhamen, a working-class suburb of Tunis, the capital. Though peaceful during the day, they turned ugly at night, with rioters burning police stations and trashing a supermarket. Hours after Mr Essebsi left Ettadhamen, riots erupted yet again, leaving the streets dotted with spent tear-gas canisters. The unrest was sparked by a package of tax increases, affecting dozens of consumer goods, that took effect on January 1st. Fuel prices, which are heavily subsidised, were also raised. The government argues that it needs to shrink the budget deficit of 6% of GDP, and that many of the austerity measures are aimed at the rich—wine prices, for example, rose sharply. But so did the prices of basic necessities, such as bread and phone cards. Hoping to head off...
EARLIER this year residents of Jerusalem woke up to find piles of rubbish strewn across roads, markets and other public spaces. Municipal workers striking against job cuts announced by the city had not simply stopped collecting refuse; they dumped lorry-loads of it. Jerusalem has attracted a lot of attention since President Donald Trump announced in December that America would recognise it as Israel’s capital and move its embassy there. Yet for all the fuss over the holy city’s international status, its management and finances are a mess. Its streets are often filthy (even when city workers are not striking) and its pavements are crumbling—visible indicators that it spends a quarter less per person on services for residents than Israel’s other large cities. Over the past four years the central government has tripled its grants to Jerusalem. This year it proposes to give the city 800m shekels ($233m)—14% of its operating budget. But its mayor, Nir Barkat, wants 1bn shekels....
IN THE spring of 2015 the rebel takeover of Idlib province in north-western Syria seemed to signal the beginning of the end for President Bashar al-Assad. Yet Idlib’s fall may have saved him. Fearful of losing his close ally, Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, decided to join the fray. Within months of Idlib’s capture, Russian aircraft were battering rebel lines. Russia’s entry into the war proved a turning-point. Forces loyal to Mr Assad have since beaten back the rebels on every front, boxing them into ever-shrinking pockets of territory. In December Mr Assad’s men turned their guns on Idlib, the last province under complete rebel control. It may now provide the backdrop for the end of the uprising. For a time it had seemed as if Idlib, a province of 2.6m people, might escape the fighting. It is dominated by rebels, including Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a group linked to al-Qaeda. But a ceasefire hashed out in September between Turkey, which has backed the rebellion, and the...
On Friday he ate a field of maize AFRICA has been invaded on quiet wings. First they landed by ship in the west. Then they spread across the continent, wreaking havoc as they went. Now, two years later, the invaders are worrying officials in almost every sub-Saharan country. It’s not the French, British or even the Chinese. This time it’s a simple American moth, the voracious fall armyworm, that has marched through Africa’s fields and is threatening to cause a food crisis. When just a hungry caterpillar, the fall armyworm will happily munch on more than 80 plant species. But its favourite is maize—the staple for more than 200m sub-Saharan Africans. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that sub-Saharan Africa has about 35m hectares of maize grown by smallholders, and that almost all of it is now infested or at risk of infestation. If the pest is not controlled, it could gobble up as much as 20% of the region’s total maize crop....
ANGRY Iranians are still in the streets, but the widespread protests that have been rocking Iran appear to be fizzling out. Starting on December 28th, Iranians came out to complain about high prices, low wages and a lack of jobs. The interior minister put the crowds at 42,000, spread across dozens of cities and towns. Even if that is an underestimate, it falls far short of the scale of protests nine years ago, when hundreds of thousands demonstrated against a fishy election. Still, the unrest has spooked the regime, in part because demonstrators called for a complete change of government. The response was forceful. More than 20 people were killed. A reformist MP says that 3,700 were arrested. The regime and countries in the West are now pondering their next steps. On January 9th Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader (pictured), blamed America and Britain for the protests; his officials claim to have evidence that they were directed from abroad. “This won’t be left without a response...
Peas, bread and airtime! ALMOST seven years to the day after they toppled a dictator, sparking the Arab spring, Tunisians are back on the streets. Since January 8th thousands of people have joined protests about economic hardship. There has been unrest in the capital, Tunis, where demonstrators ransacked a supermarket. It is worse in the impoverished interior, where the Arab spring protests began. Police stations have been burned and shops looted. One person has died; dozens have been injured. The protesters are angry about a new finance law, which took effect on January 1st and caused widespread price hikes. Many of the changes are aimed at the wealthy: taxes on marble, jacuzzis and yachts all rose steeply. But the law also affects everyday goods, such as bread, vegetables and phone cards. The value-added tax was raised by a percentage point. Youssef Chahed, the prime minister, acknowledged that the country was “having difficulties”, but dismissed...
MANY Saudis saw in the new year by posting photos of their Starbucks receipts on social media. On January 1st the kingdom imposed its first-ever value-added tax (VAT), a 5% levy meant to help close a yawning budget deficit. It covers most goods and services, though sectors like health and public transport are excluded. (The United Arab Emirates did the same.) Some Saudis were angry about the higher cost of living. Others complained of being overcharged. But the reform, like others promoted by Muhammad bin Salman, the crown prince, went off with little real fuss. Unveiled in December, the kingdom’s new budget of $261bn is its largest ever, a further reversal of a belt-tightening scheme imposed after oil prices crashed in 2014. Ministries had been ordered to slash their spending on new contracts by 5% in 2016, cuts that helped push the economy into recession. The new budget calls for a big boost in capital spending and an 11% bump in the health-care budget. It also means a deficit of $52bn, or 7.2% of GDP. Though smaller than last year’s (see chart), that is still a hefty shortfall. Since 2014 the kingdom has drawn down more than $250bn of its foreign reserves. Though the central bank’s coffers have been replenished a bit in the past two months, reserves are still close to their lowest level since 2011. Saudi officials had hoped to balance the budget...
Pachyderms for peace HUMANS bear the brunt of war. But other creatures get caught in the crossfire. During Mozambique’s bloody civil war from 1977 to 1992, giraffe and elephant herds in the Gorongosa national park shrank by more than 90%. Between 1983 and 1995, while the Lord’s Resistance Army terrorised Uganda, topi and roan, two species of antelope, were wiped out completely in the country’s Pian Upe reserve. Sometimes, however, fighting can help conservation. Elephant numbers rebounded when war-torn Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) became too perilous for poachers in the 1970s. A survey in 2016 identified 35 cases of this “refuge effect” around the world. For some radical environmentalists, the notion that culling humans may be good for animals makes intuitive sense. Yet it is wrong. Rob Pringle and Joshua Daskin, ecologists at Princeton and Yale Universites, studied 253 populations of large herbivores in protected areas across Africa from 1946 to 2010....
“MY DAUGHTER was the first to die,” says Maria Phehla, pulling her thin yellow jersey tight, as if to contain the grief consuming her birdlike frame. “It was a painful death.” It was also an untimely and needless one. Ms Phehla’s daughter, Deborah, was 46 years old when she died just three days after South Africa’s health authorities moved her from a specialised mental-health hospital to an unlicensed charity. Deborah, who was mentally impaired, “died alone, locked up in an outbuilding [when] she choked on her own blood,” says Ms Phehla (pictured above). An autopsy found that her stomach contained two lumps of hard plastic, each the size of a fist, and balls of brown paper. “She was starving,” says Ms Phehla. “She ate whatever was in the room.” Deborah’s death may have been the first, but it was far from the last in what lawyers are calling South Africa’s worst human-rights abuse since the end of apartheid. Over the course of about nine months in 2016 and 2017 at least 142...
Les autorités tunisiennes ont annoncé avoir tué l’Algérien Bilel Kobi, un proche conseiller d’Abdelmalek Droukdel, le chef d’al-Qaïda au Maghreb islamique (Aqmi). C’était lors d’une opération menée par la garde nationale dans la soirée du samedi 20 janvier au mont Sammama, dans le centre ouest du pays. L’homme était semble-t-il en « mission » auprès de la katiba Okba Ibn Nafaa, la branche tunisienne d’Aqmi. Un deuxième homme, Hamza Ennimr, Algérien lui aussi, et dirigeant présumé de la section d’Okba Ibn Nafaa au mont Semmama, a également été tué. Alors, que faisait Bilel Kobi en Tunisie, qu’est-ce que la katiba Ibn Nafaa et quelle menace représente-t-elle pour la Tunisie ?
Ex-footballeur de légende, George Weah est investi président du Liberia ce lundi matin à Monrovia. Son arrivée au pouvoir ravive les attentes et les espoirs que sa victoire a soulevé, surtout chez les jeunes. C'est la première fois depuis les années 1940 qu’un chef de l’État démocratiquement élu succède à un autre au Liberia.
Un an après le départ de Yahya Jammeh de Gambie, les réformes du secteur de la sécurité démarrent tout juste. En ce qui concerne la sécurité du président Adama Barrow, elle est pour l'instant toujours assurée par les forces de la Micega, la mission de la Cédéao en Gambie, et notamment par des militaires sénégalais. Mais des Gambiens ont été récemment sélectionnés pour former la nouvelle garde présidentielle et prendre la relève.
En Tunisie, le calme est revenu sur le front social après plusieurs jours de manifestation à la mi-janvier, mais le mouvement « Qu'est-ce qu'on attend ? » appelle à un nouveau rassemblement en fin de semaine devant le Parlement. Au cœur de la grogne, les prix trop élevés et du travail trop rare. Une loi des finances adoptée début janvier cristallise les mécontentements. Car en plus de la chute de la monnaie locale qui a déjà provoqué une perte du pouvoir d’achat, cette loi impose une augmentation des taxes sur de nombreux produits de base. Reportage dans une épicerie du quartier populaire de Douar Hicher, à une quinzaine de kilomètres du centre de Tunis.
La recommandation prise samedi 20 janvier par les membres de la commission ad hoc paritaire, chargée de l’application de l’accord de paix dans le Pool, d’abandonner le mandat d’arrêt contre le pasteur Ntumi, a suscité des réactions au sein de l’opposition et de la société civile congolaise. Elles exigent que les victimes soient indemnisées et que les auteurs des crimes soient punis.
Les Comores se préparent à tenir pour la première fois des assises nationales du 5 au 12 février prochain afin de dresser le bilan de 42 ans d'indépendance. Dans ce cadre, 800 personnes représentatives de tout l'archipel y compris l'île de Mayotte, pourtant sous administration française, ont assisté tout le week-end aux différents ateliers de consultation citoyenne, y compris le président Azali et la première dame. L'un d'eux a pour axe « la gestion de la question de Mayotte avec la stratégie à adopter ». Reportage.
Pour la première fois, le Somaliland se dote d'une véritable arme juridique contre le viol. Ce territoire de la Corne de l'Afrique, qui s'est autoproclamé indépendant en 1991 mais qui n'est pas reconnu par la communauté internationale, vient d'élire un nouveau président, Muse Bihi, en novembre. Et des réformes sociétales sont engagées : le Parlement vient ainsi de voter un texte spécifique sur le viol, et il prévoit de condamner les violeurs à de lourdes peines.
A Kinshasa, la police a une nouvelle fois violemment dispersé dimanche matin les manifestations qui avaient été interdites. Il y aurait au moins 6 morts selon la Monusco, deux selon la police, au moins 65 blessés, toujours selon l’ONU, et 247 arrestations selon l’Acaj, l'Association congolaise pour l'accès à la justice. Le porte-parole de la police a « déploré les deux morts » et assure que des enquêtes sont ouvertes.Les manifestations ont eu lieu contre le maintien au pouvoir du président Kabila, à l'appel du Comité laïc de coordination. La police a chargé les cortèges à la sortie des églises.
Thabit Abdi Mohammed n'aura gardé son poste que neuf mois. Il a été remplacé par le ministre de l'Information, Abdirahman Omar Osman. En cause, selon plusieurs sources, le soutien du jeune maire à une plus grande autonomisation de la capitale et de sa région, le Banadir.
En République centrafricaine (RCA), l'un des chefs d'autodéfense de Bangassou, Kevin Béré-Béré, s'est rendu, ce dimanche 21 janvier, à la Minusca. Il a été entendu par la police onusienne qui l'a placé en garde à vue.