Category Archives: FOREIGN NEWS

Three Million Americans Carry A Handgun Daily – Study

As many as three million people in the United States carry a loaded handgun daily, while nine million do so at least once a month, according to a US study Thursday. Most of these gun-toting Americans are young men, live

Africa Needs To Double Infrastructure Investment – Report

Africa must double its spending on infrastructure over the coming years, the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) said on Thursday, warning that overall investment in transport, energy, water and IT/communications fell back last year. In 2016, total investment in these

George Bush Slams Trump-Era Politics

Former US president George W. Bush (Photo: Mandel Ngan / AFP), and US President Donald Trump. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP) Former president George W. Bush issued a sharp if veiled denunciation of Trumpism on Thursday, warning that bigotry, white

Obama Returns To Political Arena For Key Governor Races

Barack Obama is returning to the political arena for the first time in months after keeping a low profile and avoiding direct confrontation with his White House successor. The 56-year-old former president is scheduled to attend campaign rallies in New

Key Events Since Catalonia Independence Vote

Catalan pro-independence supporters holding Catalan pro-independence flags and letters reading “Independence”. Josep LAGO / AFP As Catalonia’s independence crisis deepens, here are the key events that have rocked the region since this month’s referendum on splitting from Spain. – October

UN Chief To Meet Trump On Friday

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 19, 2017. Photo: Jewel SAMAD / AFP United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will meet with President Donald

Lebanon Passes First Budget Since 2005

Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri AFP Lebanon’s parliament on Thursday approved a government budget for the first time since 2005, the country’s ANI news agency reported. For 12 years, political crises and wars have forced Lebanon’s state institutions to

Spain To Push Ahead With Suspending Catalan Autonomy

People hold Catalan pro-independence ‘estelada’ flags. Josep LAGO / AFP Spain said Thursday it will start seizing some of the Catalan regional government’s powers after its leader warned he could declare independence, drastically upping the stakes as Madrid battles to

Obama’s Name To Replace Jefferson Davis’ On Mississippi School

A public school in Mississippi is to drop the name of the Civil War leader of the pro-slavery South and be named after the first black United States president, Barack Obama, the local newspaper reported. The move in Jackson, Mississippi,

Ebola-Like Marburg Virus Kills Two In Uganda – Official

Two people have died from the Marburg virus in eastern Uganda, in the country’s first outbreak of the deadly Ebola-like pathogen in three years, the health ministry said on Thursday. “Blood samples were taken from two people who have since

Kenya’s Odinga Says Still Possible To ‘Reconsider’ Vote Pullout

File photo: Raila Odinga Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said he could “reconsider” his decision to quit the country’s troubled election race, provided there was “proper” headway on electoral reform. “If proper consultations are done and if proper reforms are

May Seeks ‘Ambitious Plans’ For Brexit Talks

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday that she wanted European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to set out “ambitious plans” for Brexit negotiations in the coming weeks. “We will be looking at the concrete progress that’s been made in

No Second Chances For Paedophile Priests, Pope Warns

Francis said he had “learned my lesson” after allowing an Italian bishop to not defrock a priest who had been found guilty of acts of abuse, and who then committed similar offences two years later. “The abuse of a minor,

France’s Macron Seeks Trade Discussion At EU Summit

File: French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a meeting with EU and African leaders to discuss how to ease the EU’s migrant crisis on August 28, 2017. LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP French President Emmanuel Macron will urge his sceptical EU