Pope Francis warned poverty fuelled “conflict and terrorism” as he kicked off a landmark first trip to Africa on Wednesday, landing to a rapturous welcome from cheering crowds and traditional dancers.
After joyous celebrations in Nairobi where some greeted Francis in traditional feather headdresses, bright clothes, and beads, the 78-year-old pontiff went to Kenya’s presidential palace to deliver a more sombre message. Read more about Poverty despair fuels terror
Germany pledged Wednesday to stand beside France in its fight against Islamic State jihadists, as French President Francois Hollande prepared to visit Moscow as part of his whirlwind diplomatic tour in the wake of the Paris attacks.
Hollande met his closest EU partner during a week of intense but so far faltering efforts to build a coalition to crush IS in Iraq and Syria -- a campaign that has been further complicated by a diplomatic spat between Russia and Turkey. Read more about Germany pledges support for France
A huge fire that swept through a crowded Manila shanty town has razed more than 800 homes, leaving thousands homeless after they were forced to flee for their lives from the towering flames, officials said yesterday.
Residents joined forces with firefighters to battle Wednesday’s blaze which spread quickly among the narrow alleys, helping smash down the walls of makeshift houses to allow crews access to the flames. Read more about Blaze leaves thousands homeless
Turkey shot down a Russian war plane on the Syrian border on Tuesday, sending tensions spiralling as Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Ankara its “stab in the back” would have serious consequences.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the military alliance stood by member Turkey after the incident, but echoed appeals for calm from other world leaders as fears grow of clashes between coalition and Russian planes in the skies over Syria. Read more about Putin warns Turkey after jet shot down
A political rally by opposition supporters turned violent Tuesday, leaving two police officers wounded, after rocks were thrown and guns fired during disturbances in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince.
One of the officers suffered gunshot wounds in the protests, which erupted when supporters of several opposition parties took to the streets to challenge final results of the first round of presidential elections, announced earlier in the day by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP). Read more about Protests over election results in Haiti turn violent
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has banned female genital mutilation, branding the practice as outdated and not a requirement of Islam, the information ministry announced Tuesday.
Female genital mutilation, or FGM, remains highly common in the Gambia, along with a number of other African countries and parts of the Middle East.
Communication minister Sherrif Bojang confirmed the ban in a Facebook post shortly after midnight on Monday, writing: “Female genital mutilation (FGM) has been banned with immediate effect.” Read more about Gambian president calls halt to female genital mutilation
Pope Francis arrived in Kenya yesterday on a landmark trip aimed at pushing the key themes of his papacy but also fraught with security concerns.
The 78-year-old will use his 11th overseas trip since taking office in 2013 to deliver a total of 19 speeches on peace, social justice, environmental protection and interfaith dialogue in Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic (CAR).
On the streets of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, where Francis is due to arrive around 5:00 pm huge billboards have been erected to welcome the pontiff. Read more about ‘Karibu Papa Francis’
Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a nationwide state of emergency and a curfew in the capital after a bomb attack on a presidential guard bus killed at least 12 people on Tuesday.
A security source at the site said “most of the agents who were on the bus are dead” after the attack in Tunis, which has become a target of jihadist violence since the 2011 revolution. Read more about Apparent suicide attack in Tunis
A statement said King Philippe made the request in a telephone conversation with Morocco’s King Mohamed VI, calling for “close cooperation” in the fields of “intelligence and security”.
Morocco’s Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad and his Belgian counterpart Jan Jambon later discussed ways of “implementing concretely and immediately this request” which follows a similar one from Paris.
Moroccan intelligence helped put French investigators on the trail of the Belgian jihadist suspected of orchestrating the November 13 terror attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. Read more about Belgium seeks intelligence help
The ORB survey of 2 000 people showed 52% of British voters wanted to leave while 48% wanted to stay.
In similar polls in June, July and September, a majority had wanted to stay in the EU.
Earlier this month, British Prime Minister David Cameron launched his attempt to reform the 28-member bloc ahead of a referendum on whether Britain should remain an EU member, a vote which he has promised will take place by the end of 2017. Read more about Majority of Britons want to leave EU