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Trump’s pick for attorney general faces questions on Russia probe

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s nominee for US attorney general, William Barr, faced questions from senators on Tuesday about his past criticism of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian election meddling. As Barr’s Senate confirmation hearing got underway, lawmakers sought assurances that he will protect Mueller’s inquiry — a frequent …

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Congo should recount presidential election vote – southern African bloc

KINSHASA — An influential African bloc urged the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Sunday to recount votes cast in its disorganised presidential election, raising pressure on Kinshasa to ensure the legitimacy of the next government and avert widespread violent unrest. The December 30 vote was supposed to mark …

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Sudanese police fire tear gas as protests erupt in Khartoum, Darfur

KHARTOUM — Sudanese police fired tear gas on Sunday at crowds of anti-government protesters in Khartoum and the western war-torn region of Darfur after organisers called for nationwide rallies against President Omar Al Bashir. The demonstrations in Darfur were the first of their kind since unrest erupted last month over …

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King Abdullah, Sisi discuss boosting cooperation in vital sectors

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Sunday met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi over expanding cooperation in a number of vital sectors and continuing coordination and consultation to serve Arab interests and achieve regional security and stability. Talks, held at Basman Palace and attended by HRH Crown …

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DR Congo presidential runner-up asks court to cancel result

KINSHASA — Martin Fayulu, who came second in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) presidential election, has appealed to the constitutional court to annul the provisional result which awarded victory to his opposition rival Felix Tshisekedi, his lawyer said on Saturday. The request was filed on Friday ahead of a …

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Young Saudi asylum-seeker arrives in Canada to official welcome

ORONTO, Canada — A young Saudi woman who caused a sensation by defying her family and seeking asylum abroad was welcomed with open arms in Toronto on  Saturday at the end of an exhausting international odyssey. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland greeted Rahaf Mohammed Al Qunun, 18, after she landed in Toronto, wearing a …

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Is a ‘no deal’ Brexit exactly what the UK needs? | View

Amidst the political turbulence at Westminster, Prime Minister Theresa May has steadfastly stuck to the line that the UK is leaving the European Union on 29 March. ‘No deal’ might be a complete disaster, so bad that even its most vocal supporters are forced to recognise their mistake; bowed, forced …

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‘Gilets jaunes’: 80,000 police officers deployed for ‘Act 9’ on Saturday

Eighty-thousand police officers will be deployed across France on Saturday as authorities prepare for the number of “gilets jaunes” (“yellow vest”) protesters to swell again as the movement enters its ninth week. Five-thousand will be deployed in Paris alone. The numbers match those of mid-December, at the height of the …

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Footage of violent attack on far-right politician published by German police

German police have published a surveillance video showing three men who assault the far-right AFD politician Frank Magnitz. The 66-year old was hospitalised after being attacked on Monday evening in the city of Bremen. The AFD party initially claimed he was attacked with wooden bars, however, prosecutors on Wednesday cast …

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..؟Can Britain’s parliament prevent a no-deal Brexit

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May’s political weakness was exposed by a series of defeats in parliament this week, prompting claims that rebel lawmakers can wrest control of the process to leave the European Union. But can lawmakers stop a no-deal Brexit? On Tuesday, lawmakers voted to limit the …

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