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Shoe giants urge Trump to end trade war

Shoe giants urge Trump to end trade war

Some of the world’s biggest footwear firms are urging Donald Trump to end the US trade war with China, warning of a “catastrophic” effect on consumers. In a letter signed by 173 companies, including Nike and Adidas, they said the president’s decision to hike import tariffs to 25% will disproportionately impact the working class. They […]

Iran pulls out of ‘parts of nuclear deal’

Iran pulls out of ‘parts of nuclear deal’

Iran has pulled out of “some commitments” under the 2015 international nuclear deal, a year after it was abandoned by the US. President Hassan Rouhani informed other major powers still committed to the deal of the decision on Wednesday. He did not specify which commitments Iran would stop implementing. The deal is aimed at curbing […]

Cyclone Fani: Indians shelter from cyclone’s onslaught

Cyclone Fani: Indians shelter from cyclone’s onslaught

A powerful cyclone has slammed into India’s eastern coastline, bringing torrential rains and winds of up to 200 km/h (125mph). Cyclone Fani, one of the most severe storms to hit the region in recent years, made landfall at 08:00 local time (02:30 GMT) on Friday. More than one million people have been evacuated from the […]

Spain election: Socialists win amid far-right breakthrough

Spain election: Socialists win amid far-right breakthrough

Spain’s governing Socialists have won the country’s third election in four years, but are short of a majority. PM Pedro Sánchez’s party polled 29% and will need the help of either left-wing Podemos and regional parties, or the centre right, to form a government. Far-right party Vox also won seats – the first time a […]

Sri Lanka attacks: Death toll soars to 290

Sri Lanka attacks: Death toll soars to 290

The death toll in Sri Lanka has soared to 290 after a wave of blasts hit churches and luxury hotels across the country on Sunday. Police said 24 people had been arrested, but it is not yet known who carried out the attacks. About 500 people are injured and dozens of foreigners are among the […]

Notre-Dame fire: Macron says new cathedral will be ‘more beautiful’

Notre-Dame fire: Macron says new cathedral will be ‘more beautiful’

French President Emmanuel Macron says Notre-Dame cathedral will be rebuilt “even more beautifully” – and that he wants the work done within five years. A massive fire on Monday ravaged the 850-year-old Gothic building, destroying much of its roof and causing its steeple to collapse. The cathedral was minutes away from total destruction, officials say. […]

Sudan coup: Military warns against disturbances

Sudan coup: Military warns against disturbances

Sudan’s military coup leaders have warned protesters still on the streets that there will be “zero tolerance” for disturbances. A spokesman insisted the army did not seek power and Sudan’s future would be decided by the protesters – but said the army would maintain public order. Protesters are still out in Khartoum, fearing the coup […]

Ethiopian Olympic protest runner Feyisa Lilesa finally rewarded

Ethiopian Olympic protest runner Feyisa Lilesa finally rewarded

An Ethiopian runner who brought the world’s attention to a wave of protests in Ethiopia at the Rio Olympics has been rewarded by his government. Feyisa Lilesa, who received $17,000 (£13,000), said his struggle had paid off given new freedoms in Ethiopia. The athlete had held up his crossed wrists as if they were shackled […]

Trump faces Senate revolt in vote on border emergency

Trump faces Senate revolt in vote on border emergency

President Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency on the US-Mexico border looks likely to be dealt a blow by members of his own party. Republican dissident senators are expected to thwart him as the Senate votes imminently on a proposal to revoke his declaration. The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives last month backed the measure. Mr […]

Nigerian vote in governor elections

Nigerian vote in governor elections

Nigerians are heading to the polls to elect state and local representatives, two weeks after the presidential poll. The exercise will take place in 29 of the country’s 36 states. In oil-rich Nigeria, some state governors control budgets larger than those of neighbouring countries and so these are often keenly contested. President Muhammadu Buhari beat […]

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