- U.S State Dept
A rapid 17-point shift means a majority of Americans may soon support impeachment, or, taking margin of error into account, might already. And that’s terrible news for Trump.
The men left the prison grounds and cut through a neighboring ranch before getting caught by authorities.
The typhoon that ravaged Japan last week hit with unusual speed and ferocity, leaving homes buried in mud and people stranded on rooftops. Japan's technological prowess and meticulous attention to detail are sometimes no match for rising risks in a precarious era of climate change. "Weather conditions in Japan up to now have been relatively moderate," said Toshitaka Katada, a disaster expert and professor at the University of Tokyo.
The UFO is still on the ground—for now.
Donald Trump praises Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Jared Kushner is among those flocking to the Saudi 'Davos in the Desert': Our view
The policy comes four months after Canada started allowing citizens mark their gender as "X," rather than male or female, on their passports.
Jeep and AM General could re-enlist with the U.S. Army as soon as next year.
Dutch police acting on a tip-off discovered six young adult siblings who had apparently spent years locked away in a secret room in an isolated farmhouse "waiting for the end of time," local broadcasters reported on Tuesday.
E-cigarette or vaping-linked lung injuries that have killed 29 and sickened more than 1,000 people in the United States are likely to be rare in Britain and other countries where the suspect products are not widely used, specialists said on Monday. Experts in toxicology and addiction said they are sure that the 1,299 confirmed and probable American cases of serious lung injuries linked to vaping are "a U.S.-specific phenomenon," and there is no evidence of a similar pattern of illness in Britain or elsewhere. "What's happening in the U.S. is not happening here (in Britain), nor is it happening in any other countries where vaping is common," said John Britton, a professor and respiratory medicine consultant and director of the UK Centre for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies at Nottingham University.
When Republican congressman Matt Gaetz tried to attend an impeachment inquiry deposition Monday morning in the U.S. Capitol, he ran smack into the often arcane and confusing rules of Congress. Here's why he wasn't allowed to attend.
Police find 67 pupils with chains on their ankles at an Islamic boarding school in the north.
A BBC team gets rare access to Eritrea, often described as one of the most repressive states in Africa.
Football bosses from both countries agree to meet in Algeria in early 2020 to talk about a first full international between the nations since 2001.
President Cyril Ramaphosa says recent xenophobic attacks were "damaging" to South Africa.
Conservative Kais Saied takes 73% of the vote in a run-off election against a media mogul.
Brigid Kosgei claims a new women's marathon world record in Chicago, beating the time set by Britain's Paula Radcliffe in 2003.
Sylvia Gathoni on finding her winning streak in the high-stakes arena of e-sports.
The 20-year-old vows to 'come back stronger' after rupturing knee ligaments in the Super Eagles' friendly against Brazil in Singapore.
The attack prompted many people to flee the northern village of Salmossi.
Yasuke was entrusted with decapitating his Japanese lord - a huge honour 500 years ago.
Turkey ignored U.S. sanctions and pressed on with its offensive in northern Syria on Tuesday, while the Russia-backed Syrian army roared into one of the most hotly contested cities abandoned by U.S. forces in Donald Trump's retreat.
Turkey's national side are being investigated by European soccer body UEFA after players celebrated their goal in a 1-1 draw against world champions France with a military salute to soldiers fighting in northeast Syria.
The United States has sanctioned Turkey's energy ministry in response to the Turkish cross-border offensive in northeast Syria, raising questions about the impact on the country's wider energy sector.
President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of Syria radically realigns the balance of power in the country's northeast and creates a vacuum which Russia, Turkey and Iran are racing to fill.
Portugal's president accepted the line-up of a new minority Socialist government on Tuesday, with Mario Centeno, the mastermind behind the country's first balanced budget in over four decades, keeping his job as Finance Minister.
The senior U.S. defense official for Asia said on Tuesday the United States wants China to improve its enforcement of sanctions on North Korea and take other steps to press Pyongyang to be more constructive in dialogue with the United States.
Charity rescue ship Ocean Viking headed toward the southern Italian port of Taranto on Tuesday after the government gave it authorization to bring 176 migrants ashore in a decision that angered the far-right League.
Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday ruled out making any concessions to pro-democracy protesters in the face of escalating violence, which police said was now "life threatening" citing the detonation of a small bomb.
The senior U.S. defense official for Asia said on Tuesday that the United States has some concerns about some of the tactics used by demonstrators in Hong Kong and was also concerned about the heavier hand Beijing and Hong Kong authorities have used against protests in the territory.
A court in Algeria on Tuesday ordered the detention of a journalist and activist on charges of "undermining the morale of the army", according to a committee that defends detainees.
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MILLIONS OF SHIAS will walk to the holy city of Karbala this month, ending the annual mourning period for Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, who was killed 14 centuries ago. But Iraqi pilgrims will also wail for the 110 people, all Shia, whom their government has killed during recent protests. The authorities have imposed curfews, switched off the internet and arrested hundreds. Nevertheless, many Iraqis say that after Karbala they will walk to Baghdad, 105km away, to confront their rulers. In recent years the government has been buffeted by uprisings in Sunni areas and a separatist push by the Kurds. But unrest in the Shia south, the government’s heartland, could prove its greatest challenge. What began as small rallies by unemployed graduates and unhappy street vendors has mushroomed. The government’s violent response has brought thousands onto the streets. They complain, as ever, of too few jobs, poor services and rampant corruption. Western diplomats wonder whether Adel Abdul-Mahdi, the 77-year-old prime minister, in office only for one year, can regain control. There have been big protests before. In 2016 thousands of Iraqis stormed the then-fortified Green Zone, the seat of government in Baghdad, demanding economic and political reforms. But little progress has been made. Despite increased oil revenues and...
WHEN KENYA announced in June that it would issue new 1,000 shilling ($10) notes and destroy the old ones to fight corruption, many predicted chaos. India’s efforts to do the same by “demonetising” rupees in 2016 led to riots, deaths and a dent in economic growth. Few doubted the need for Kenya to do something: corruption and tax evasion are pervasive. Tax revenue as a share of GDP has slipped steadily since 2014 to less than 16%, which is less than half of the average of countries in the OECD. The central bank hoped that by abolishing the old notes it would flush out criminals and well-heeled tax dodgers when they brought out large sums of hidden cash to exchange for the new notes. But critics fretted that the plan would hurt the poor, many of whom live deep in the countryside, and the millions of Kenyans who do not have bank accounts. “My aunties and grandma in the village have had challenges trying to get the new notes,” says Peter Ndegwa, a taxi driver in Nairobi. “They’ve been conned by being issued fake currency.” Traders were also hit when businesses in Uganda and Tanzania sniffed at Kenyan notes. Even their design caused controversy. Activists took the central bank to court, arguing the notes were unconstitutional because they featured an image of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president and the father of...
ON OCTOBER 7TH Anastácio Matavele left a training session for election observers in Xai-Xai, the capital of Gaza province in southern Mozambique. Matavele, an experienced observer, was chased in his car by men allegedly belonging to a specialist police unit, who then shot and killed him. Authorities were already struggling to explain how the electoral roll in Gaza, a stronghold of FRELIMO, the ruling party, came to have 300,000 more names on it than there are adults in the province. Now they must explain whether the state murdered a warden of Mozambican democracy. Matavele’s death is just the latest cause for concern ahead of elections on October 15th. These are the sixth presidential and parliamentary votes since the end of the civil war, which ran from 1977 to 1992. They will be among the most violent, says Zenaida Machado of Human Rights Watch, an NGO. Campaigning is taking place against the backdrop of two conflicts: one old, the other relatively new. The old is between FRELIMO and RENAMO, former guerrilla fighters who are now the main opposition party. After 1992 the end of civil war gave way to a mostly peaceful impasse, whereby FRELIMO kept control of the state, which it has persistently looted, while leaving RENAMO with enough support and fighters to retain influence. But in 2013-14, and again in 2015-16, RENAMO...
LIGHT-FINGERED tyrants are looking back wistfully. In past decades they could stash their illicit wealth in the West. Friendly lawyers, banks and middlemen were on hand to park the loot. Sani Abacha, the military dictator who ran Nigeria in the 1990s, deposited billions of dollars in banks across the rich world, no questions asked. Western governments often seemed equally unfussed. Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, a former president of France, attended soirées in chateaux owned by the late Emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa of Central Africa. Mr Bokassa would slip his guest diamonds to thank him for France’s support. Such brazenness is becoming a bit harder to get away with. Anti-corruption campaigners and muckraking journalists have busied themselves trying to uncover stolen assets. Western governments, tired of seeing aid money stolen, have toughened up money-laundering and bribery laws. On September 29th Swiss authorities auctioned a fleet of sports cars seized from Teodorin Obiang, son and heir apparent to the president of Equatorial Guinea. The $27m raised is to be returned to Mr Obiang’s benighted people. Days earlier San Marino confiscated €19m ($21m) from accounts linked to Denis Sassou Nguesso, the president of Congo-Brazzaville. Yet so much has been pilfered from Africa that tracking it all is tricky. Chatham House, a...
AFTER YEARS of threats, it took Turkey mere days to strike. On October 9th the Turkish armed forces began bombing parts of north-east Syria. Controlled by a Kurdish-led militia, the region had been an American protectorate until just days before, when President Donald Trump abruptly decided to abandon it. Turkish troops are now moving into Syrian towns, backed by local rebels under their command. The nascent offensive will have implications far beyond Turkey’s intended 30-kilometre-deep “safe zone” inside Syria. It will displace hundreds of thousands of people, complicate an already-chaotic war and offer the jihadists of Islamic State (IS) a chance to regroup. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey says his aim is “to destroy the terror corridor which is trying to be established on our southern border”. In other words, he wants to oust the Kurds from their Syrian statelet. The main Kurdish force, called the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, gained control of the area while fighting with...
A HUGE JET of flame bursting from the Kaombo Norte oil platform lights up the sea some 260km (160 miles) off the coast of Angola. The processing platform, part of a $16bn project that takes oil from wells drilled under nearly 2km of water, ought to be one of the crowning achievements of an industry that has endured 27 years of civil war. Instead, it may be a swansong for sub-Saharan Africa’s second-biggest oil producer: Angola’s offshore oil fields are running dry. Daily oil production has tumbled from its high of almost 2m barrels a day in 2008 to around 1.4m today. Since oil provided 95% of export revenues and almost two-thirds of government revenues, the fall in output—as well as a slump in the price of crude—has thrashed the economy. GDP has shrunk for three years in a row. This year the IMF expects growth of just 0.3%. The fall in output is not because the country has no oil—its reserves are second only to Nigeria in the region—but because of underinvestment. The government is trying to reverse the decline in oil production. It has slashed the tax rates on smaller oilfields from 20% to 10%. And the agency in charge of auctioning oil blocks recently went on a roadshow, hoping to drum up investor interest. Meanwhile Sonangol, the state-owned energy giant, plans to sell off some of its eclectic collection of assets—...
“HOW IS DEMOCRACY?” asks Bashir Ahmed Hashi, smiling broadly, as he bounds out of his jeep towards the gates of Jigjiga prison. Entering the courtyard, the commissioner is greeted by a loud cheer. Excitable inmates jostle to shake his hand and pat him on the back. “For 24 hours a day we are happy now,” says one. Bashir, who was appointed prison chief for eastern Ethiopia’s Somali Regional State less than a year ago, looks a little bashful. “I’m popular here,” he explains. Before August 2018 the Somali region was the most ill-treated place in all of Ethiopia, tyrannised by its then state president, Abdi Mohamed Omar, who had waged a scorched-earth campaign against secessionist rebels for more than a decade. Backed by the central government, Abdi and his heavily armed special police force, the Liyu, murdered and raped civilians, imprisoned and tortured tens of thousands of alleged rebels, and, according to Human Rights Watch, committed crimes against humanity. “It was like a giant prison,” says Mohammed Gurey, one of hundreds of thousands of Ethiopian Somalis to have fled abroad in recent decades. That all changed last year when Abiy Ahmed became Ethiopia’s prime minister. Abiy, who deposed Abdi and put him on trial in Addis Ababa, the capital, invited Mustafa Omer, an exiled activist and UN staffer whose own brother had...
IN THE LOBBY of a Beirut bank, three customers stuff wads of $100 bills into plastic bags. Each note has its serial number recorded on a receipt, as local law requires. One man’s receipt was so long it trailed on the ground as he left the branch. Surreal as it seems, this scene would be common—if banks had dollars to spare. Over the past few weeks customers have queued for hours only to learn that they cannot access their money. One was told that his branch had less than $2,000 in the vault. Long an immutable fixture of life, the dollar has become an obsession. Lebanon’s currency, the pound, has been pegged at 1,500 to the dollar since 1997. Receipts are printed in both currencies; shopkeepers make change with a mix of dollars and pounds. Officially nothing has changed. But the panic points to a different reality. Protests in Beirut on September 29th heightened the sense of crisis. Many ATMs have stopped dispensing dollars. Banks have quietly lowered withdrawal limits to $1,000 a day and imposed arbitrary rules, like banning dollar transactions after 5pm and on weekends, that in effect bar workers from using their accounts. Businesses are forced into a black market, where a dollar now fetches 1,600 pounds, and occasionally up to 1,750. The government insists the situation is under control. The value of such reassurances...
DRIVERS CALLED it the “highway through hell”. Attacks on the road linking Baghdad to Amman occurred so often in 2014 that truckers were paid three times the normal rate to haul goods along the artery. Gangs and militias were a constant threat. The jihadists of Islamic State set up roadblocks, charged drivers a tax of around $300 and even handed out receipts. The road, officially called Highway 10, was recently secured by the Iraqi army. But those who drive on it still face the threat of extortion or attack. America spent loads improving Highway 10 after 2003, the year it toppled Saddam Hussein, Iraq’s former dictator. Over the next decade, as the war in Iraq dragged on, America spent nearly $12bn on infrastructure in the country. President George Bush touted the improved roads, hoping they would boost the local economy and lead to a reduction in violence. But a working paper presented at this year’s meeting of the European Economics Association suggests that the effort may have had the opposite effect. The paper’s author, Tamar Gomez, a doctoral student at Imperial College London, had plenty of data with which to work. Digitised maps showed where new roads were built (the length of the road network increased by 21% between 2002 and 2011). American agencies kept track of spending on reconstruction. And a research centre...
THE FIRST ten days of the Jewish new year, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, are known as the days of atonement. It is a time in which observant Jews take stock of their sins in the preceding year. That Israel’s attorney-general, Avichai Mandelblit, a deeply devout man, decided to hold the country’s most important legal proceeding during this period hardly seems coincidental. On October 2nd lawyers representing Binyamin Netanyahu, the prime minister, began making the case that their client should not be charged with corruption. Mr Mandelblit, who will make the final decision, has already said there is enough evidence for indictments on counts of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. The hearing, spread over four days, is Mr Netanyahu’s first chance to challenge that evidence—and last chance to avoid going on trial. He would be the first sitting prime minister put in the dock. The potential charges stem from three cases assembled over three years. In two Mr Netanyahu is accused of trading, or attempting to trade, regulatory favours for positive press coverage. In the third case prosecutors assert that Mr Netanyahu accepted gifts from wealthy businessmen in return for political favours. Three former close aides to the prime minister will serve as witnesses for the state. Mr Mandelblit himself was Mr Netanyahu’s cabinet...
Une école coranique de l'État de Katsina, au Nigeria, a été fermée par les autorités.Comme dans l'État voisin de Kaduna, au début du mois, la police y a retrouvé des centaines de jeunes garçons, vivant dans des conditions inhumaines.
Ce lundi, près de 300 personnes ont assisté à une rencontre sur une future « monnaie unique » ouest-africaine à la Fondation nationale des Sciences politiques, à Paris. Les organisateurs souhaitaient un débat « dépassionné » autour de cette monnaie arrimée à l'euro. Cela ne l’a pas empêché d’être enflammé.
En Afrique du Sud, le procès pour corruption de Jacob Zuma qui devait s'ouvrir ce mardi a de nouveau été reporté. L'ancien président est soupçonné d’avoir touché des pots-de-vin de l'entreprise française Thales dans les années 1990.
Au Tchad, cela fait plus de six mois que les victimes de Hissène Habré font un sit-in pour réclamer l'application de la décision de justice tchadienne de mars 2015 prévoyant des dommages et intérêts. Ce lundi, elles ont donc décidé de mener une action plus retentissante : bloquer une route très fréquentée de la capitale.
En RDC, un réseau de voitures volées à l’étranger a été démantelé. Les fins limiers d’Interpol ont déjà récupéré ces véhicules haut de gamme et retracé les réseaux d’importation qui, pour la plupart, seraient tenus par des expatriés.
Au Soudan du Sud, le 12 novembre, le chef rebelle Riek Machar doit rentrer à Juba pour participer à un gouvernement d’union nationale. Mais les groupes d’opposition estiment que les conditions de sécurité, notamment à Juba, ne sont pas garanties pour qu’il rentre au pays. En attendant, la communauté internationale perd patience.
La République démocratique du Congo va-t-elle lancer des opérations conjointes avec ses voisins de l’Est ? Des documents signés par le chef d’état-major congolais circulent depuis la semaine dernière à Kinshasa, et laissent entrevoir l’organisation d’une future riposte contre les groupes étrangers et congolais.
Au Maroc, trois semaines après la publication du manifeste des 490 « hors-la-loi », 10000 personnes ont signé ce texte qui demande la dépénalisation de l’adultère, de l’avortement ou des relations sexuelles hors mariage. Les « hors-la-loi » ont tenu une conférence de presse pour faire le point sur les actions en cours.
Au Sénégal, c’est une semaine particulière pour les Mourides, très influente confrérie musulmane. Des centaines de milliers de pèlerins, (jusqu’à 4 millions selon les organisateurs), convergent de tout le pays vers la ville sainte de Touba, à environ 200 kilomètres à l’est de Dakar, pour le Grand Magal, ce jeudi.
72,71% des voix, c’est le score officiel de Kaïs Saïed en Tunisie. Le nouveau président l’a emporté haut la main. Ses prérogatives sont limitées à la défense et la diplomatie. Pour le reste, c’est le Parlement qui garde la main et qui devrait dicter le prochain calendrier politique.