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France elections: Socialists choose candidate in final vote

KALAHAN DENG France’s governing Socialist party is set to choose its candidate for the presidential election in April. Manuel Valls, a former prime minister, and left-wing Benoit Hamon are both contesting the run-off vote on Sunday. But sitting President Francois Hollande, who also comes from the Socialist party, is deeply unpopular and likely to affect their chances. Conservative Francois Fillon, ...

West Africa – from dictators’ club to upholder of democracy

KALAHAN DENG Former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh failed to appreciate that democracy had taken root in West Africa. It left him on a hiding to nothing once he lost elections. If proof were needed that the political atmosphere had changed in West Africa, it came with the departure into exile last Sunday of the long-time leader of The Gambia. Yahya ...

A murder shocks Iceland and dents women’s sense of safety

KALAHAN DENG Iceland is united in grief. The body of a young woman, Birna Brjansdottir, was found washed up on a desolate, cold beach last weekend. Birna, 20, had been reported missing over a week before. Such murder cases are rare in a country with one of the world’s lowest crime rates and a population of 330,000 people. No-one I ...

China’s gamble for global supremacy in era of Trump

KALAHAN DENG At his inauguration last week President Trump reframed the American mission from leadership of a global rules-based system in the interests of all, to ‘America first’. Meanwhile the leader of Communist China rebranded his prickly protectionist power as the defender of globalisation and shared values. So after week one in this upside down new world, how stands China’s ...

Al-Shabab fighters attack Kenya military base in Somalia

KALAHAN DENG Islamist militant al-Shabab fighters have launched an attack on a Kenyan military base in southern Somalia. The al-Qaeda-linked group says it has killed more than 50 soldiers and seized military vehicles and weapons. But a Kenyan military spokesman said the dawn attack was repelled, the base was not overrun and scores of insurgents were killed in the fighting. ...

Trump executive order: US judge temporarily halts deportations

KALAHAN DENG A US judge has issued a temporary halt to the deportation of visa holders or refugees stranded at airports following President Trump’s executive order. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a case in response to the order issued on Friday. The group estimates that between 100 and 200 people are being detained at airports or in transit. ...

Trump, Netanyahu Discuss Iran and Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

President Donald Trump spoke Sunday by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about ways to strengthen relations between their two countries and “threats posed by Iran,” according to the White House. Mr. Netanyahu’s office described the conversation as “very warm” and Mr. Trump invited the prime minister to come to Washington to meet sometime in February. Relations between Israel ...

Syria conflict: US says Idlib strike kills 100 al-Qaeda fighters

KALAHAN DENG A US military air strike in north-western Syria has killed more than 100 al-Qaeda militants at a training camp, the Pentagon says. Spokesman Capt Jeff Davis said the camp in Idlib province had been in operation since 2013. The attack involved a B-52 bomber and an undisclosed number of drones, officials said. The strike on Thursday was the ...

Melbourne car deaths: Four killed as driver strikes pedestrians

KALAHAN DENG Four people, including a young child, have died after a car deliberately hit pedestrians in central Melbourne, police say. At least 29 people were injured, among them a baby who is in a critical condition after the car hit a pram. Police say they rammed the car, shot the driver in the arm and arrested him. They say ...

Biafran pro-Trump rally turns violent in Nigeria

KALAHAN DENG A rally in Nigeria to show support for Donald Trump as he was inaugurated as US president turned violent, injuring several people, police say. The event in the southern oil hub of Port Harcourt was organised by a group supporting the independence of the south-eastern region of Biafra. The group says it backs Mr Trump because he supports ...

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