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Trump agrees to honour ‘One China’ policy despite threats

KALAHAN DENG US President Donald Trump has climbed down on past threats and agreed to honour the so-called “One China” policy. He backed the long-standing agreement during a call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the White House said. The One China policy states that there is only one Chinese government. Mr Trump broke with diplomatic norms in December, by accepting ...

Nigeria’s Arik Air and aviation industry in disarray

KALAHAN DENG The Nigerian government has announced a takeover of the country’s biggest airline – Arik Air – to prevent it going bust. But this is just the latest example of problems in Nigeria’s aviation industry, reports the BBC’s Martin Patience from Lagos. The government agency (Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria) now responsible for supervising the airline said the decision ...

Syria conflict: What is at stake in the battle of al-Bab?

KALAHAN DENG The Syrian town of al-Bab was rather insignificant until it emerged as a strategic stake between the Syrian president and his allies (Russia and Iran), Turkey, the Kurdish PYD (Democratic Union Party) and the so-called Islamic State group. Situated just north-east of Aleppo, this small administrative centre of the larger al-Bab district has about 100,000 inhabitants, in addition ...

Baghdad’s Green Zone hit by rockets after deadly clashes

KALAHAN DENG Several rockets have hit the high security Green Zone in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, hours after clashes at a protest left at least five dead. There were no immediate reports of casualties in the Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign embassies in Baghdad. Earlier on Saturday, thousands of protesters, demanding electoral reform, tried to storm the area. ...

Nicolas Sarkozy: French ex-president ordered to stand trial

KALAHAN DENG A French judge has ordered ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy to stand trial in an illegal campaign finance case. Mr Sarkozy faces accusations that his party falsified accounts in order to hide 18m euros (£15m; $20m) of campaign spending in 2012. Mr Sarkozy denies he was aware of the overspending, and will appeal against the order to stand trial. He ...

Former Mexico president Vicente Fox: “Go to hell Trump”

KALAHAN DENG Former president of Mexico Vicente Fox, speaking on BBC HARDtalk, tells US President Donald Trump to “go to hell”. The surprise announcement by US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that he will fly to Mexico on Wednesday has led to a flood of tweets from Mexicans, most of them expressing their anger at the visit. Mr Trump, of ...

Do ‘longest flight’ records matter?

KALAHAN DENG Qatar Airways has launched what it says is the longest current non-stop commercial route, after completing a journey from Doha to Auckland. Flight QR920 landed on Monday after 16 hours and 23 minutes, slightly quicker than expected. The Boeing 777-200LR jet was showered with water cannons on arrival – a tradition for airlines on new routes. Carriers like ...

Teenagers accused of planning terror attack in Australia

KALAHAN DENG Two teenagers will be charged with planning to carry out a terror attack in Sydney, according to police. The man and woman, both 19, are accused of “conspiracy to do an act, or acts in preparation for, or planning, a terrorist act or acts”, the Australian Federal Police said. Local media reported the pair are married. Police said ...

Ivorian special forces mutiny over pay in Adiake

KALAHAN DENG An elite unit of soldiers in Ivory Coast has mutinied, firing into the air at their base in the south-eastern town Adiake, near the border with Ghana. Residents have stayed indoors and shops and schools have closed. The Ivorian special forces, who report directly to the president’s office, have accused their commanders of stealing part of their salaries. ...

Pennsylvania woman dies with arm trapped in donation bin

KALAHAN DENG A 56-year-old Pennsylvania woman has died after her arm became trapped in a charity donation bin. Judith Permar was dropping off clothes into the metal structure when a step stool she was using gave way and she was left hanging. Her left arm and wrist were broken and she spent more than six hours outside in the cold, ...