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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 […]

Trump dealt blow as US trade deficit jumps

Trump dealt blow as US trade deficit jumps

The US trade gap with the rest of the world jumped to a 10-year high of $621bn (£472.5bn) last year, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump’s deficit reduction plan. The trade deficit is the difference between how much goods and services the US imports from other countries and how much it exports. Reducing the […]

Juan Guaidó flies back to Venezuela despite arrest risk

Juan Guaidó flies back to Venezuela despite arrest risk

Venezuela’s self-declared interim leader Juan Guaidó has arrived back in the country’s capital, Caracas, where he risks arrest. TV footage showed him being received at the Simón Bolivar International airport by diplomats from the US and EU nations. Outside the airport he greeted a crowd of supporters who chanted “Guaidó, Guaidó” and “Yes we can”. […]

India demands Pakistan release pilot as Kashmir crisis intensifies

India demands Pakistan release pilot as Kashmir crisis intensifies

  India has demanded the release of a fighter pilot shot down by Pakistan warplanes in a major escalation between the two nuclear powers over Kashmir. Video showing the pilot – blindfolded and with blood on his face – was shared by Pakistan’s information ministry. India described the images as a “vulgar display of an […]

Chagos Islands dispute: UK obliged to end control – UN

The UK should end its control of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean “as rapidly as possible”, the UN’s highest court has said. Mauritius claims it was forced to give up the islands – now a British overseas territory – in 1965 in exchange for independence, which it gained in 1968. The International Court […]

House launches probe of US nuclear plan in Saudi Arabia

The US is rushing to transfer sensitive nuclear power technology to Saudi Arabia, according to a new congressional report. A Democratic-led House panel has launched an inquiry over concerns about the White House plan to build nuclear reactors across the kingdom. Whistleblowers told the panel it could destabilise the Middle East by boosting nuclear weapons […]

Eskom crisis: Why the lights keep going out in South Africa

South African homes, offices and businesses have endured a week of daily power cuts, designed to prevent a total collapse of the overstretched electricity grid. The use of scheduled blackouts, or load shedding, is not new in the country – but the latest round has been the most disruptive yet, sparking a public outcry. As […]

Ex-US Air Force officer Monica Witt charged with spying for Iran

US prosecutors have accused a former US Air Force officer of spying for Iran in an elaborate operation that targeted her fellow intelligence officers. Monica Witt, who allegedly defected to Iran in 2013, had previously worked as a US counterintelligence officer. Four Iranian citizens have also been charged with attempting to install spy software on […]

French media execs accused of cyber-bullying feminists

Several French media executives have been suspended or fired for allegedly co-ordinating online harassment through a private Facebook group. The largely-male League du LOL (League of LOL) targeted women writers and feminist activists among others. Dozens of people have shared their experience of cyber-bullying by the group since it was uncovered by the French left-wing […]

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