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Donald Trump considers issuing new travel ban

KALAHAN DENG Donald Trump is considering a new executive order to ban citizens of certain countries from travelling to the US after his initial attempt was overturned in the courts. Mr Trump told reporters on Air Force One that a “brand new order” could be issued as early as Monday or Tuesday. It comes after an appeals court in San ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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