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France votes for new president amid high security

Posted On: 2017-04-23

Voters are going to the polls in France to choose their next president, amid high security following a deadly attack on Paris police three days ago.

About 50,000 police and 7,000 soldiers are being deployed across the country to secure polling.

Eleven candidates are vying to be the country’s next president, with leading candidates spanning the political spectrum from far-left to far-right.

The two with the most votes will go to a run-off round in a Continue Reading »

Russias Supreme Court bans Jehovahs Witnesses

Posted On: 2017-04-21

Russia’s Supreme Court announced Thursday that it has banned the Jehovah’s Witnesses from operating in the country, ordering the religious group to close 395 of its local chapters.

The announcement came after the court accepted a request from the justice ministry that the religious organization be considered an extremist group.

The court also ordered the seizure of the group’s property.

Justice Ministry attorney Svetlana Borisova was Continue Reading »

Three killed at antigovernment protests in Venezuela

Posted On: 2017-04-20

At least three people have been killed in Venezuela in protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

A teenager in the capital Caracas and a woman in San Cristobal, near the Colombian border, were shot dead.

A national guardsman was killed south of the capital.

Tens of thousands of people rallied to demand new presidential elections and the release of jailed opposition politicians. Mr Maduro accused the opposition of attacking Continue Reading »

Nigeria reopens Abuja airport after runway repairs

Posted On: 2017-04-19

Nigeria’s airport in the capital, Abuja, has reopened six weeks after it was closed for urgent repairs.

Henrietta Yakubu, a spokesman for the aviation authority, said repair works were completed 24 hours ahead of schedule.

An Ethiopian Airlines flight was the first to land on Tuesday morning.

Flights had been diverted to Kaduna, 160 km (100 miles) from the capital, and some international carriers refused to operate the new Continue Reading »

Trump to overhaul visa program for highskilled workers

Posted On: 2017-04-18

President Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday that aims to overhaul the H1-B visa program used by tech companies to bring high-skilled workers to the U.S.

Trump will travel to a manufacturing plant in Kenosha, Wis., to sign the order, which the administration says will make it more difficult for U.S. companies to look overseas for workers to fill middle-income jobs.

At a background briefing with reporters, senior administration officials described the Continue Reading »

Turkey referendum Opponents to challenge Turkey Yes vote

Posted On: 2017-04-17

Turkey’s main opposition party has said it will challenge the country’s referendum result after the president won a vote to expand his powers.

The Republican People’s Party (CHP) has questioned the legitimacy of the close result, citing irregularities in the electoral process.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s push for an executive presidency succeeded with just over 51% of the vote.

The win was met with both celebrations and Continue Reading »

France gives citizenship to 28 African WW2 veterans

Posted On: 2017-04-16

French President Francois Hollande has given citizenship to 28 Africans who fought for France in World War Two and other conflicts.

Mr Hollande said France owed them “a debt of blood”.

The veterans – many from Senegal, and aged between 78 and 90 – received their new certificates of citizenship at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

Campaigners have long been calling for the rights of the veterans, long-term French residents, to be Continue Reading »

African migrants sold in Libya slave markets IOM

Posted On: 2017-04-12

Africans trying to reach Europe are being sold by their captors in “slave markets” in Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says.

Victims told IOM that after being detained by people smugglers or militia groups, they were taken to town squares or car parks to be sold.

Migrants with skills like painting or tiling would fetch higher prices, the head of the IOM in Libya told the BBC.

Libya has been in chaos since the 2011 Continue Reading »

Zuma brands protesters racists

Posted On: 2017-04-11

South African President Jacob Zuma has branded protesters calling for his resignation “racists”, saying they held placards that were derogatory about black people.

Thousands of people took to the streets after he sacked the finance minister.

The latest protests protests organised by several opposition parties and civil society groups.

“The marches that took place last week demonstrated that racism is real and exists in our country,” Continue Reading »

Egypt declares state of emergency after deadly church attacks

Posted On: 2017-04-10

Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has announced a three-month state of emergency after attacks on two Coptic churches that left at least 44 dead.

The measure allows authorities to make arrests without warrants and search people’s homes. It needs to be approved by parliament before it is implemented.

So-called Islamic State (IS) said it was behind the blasts in Tanta and Alexandria on Palm Sunday.

The group has targeted Copts in Egypt Continue Reading »

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