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WHO Cancels Robert Mugabe Goodwill Ambassador Role


The World Health Organization has revoked the appointment of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador following a widespread outcry. “I have listened carefully to all who have expressed their concerns,” WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. He had previously praised Zimbabwe for its commitment to public health. But critics pointed out that Zimbabwe’s healthcare system had collapsed under Mr Mugabe’s 30-year ... Read More »

Abe Sweeps To Big Win In Japan Vote


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe swept to a comfortable victory in a snap election Sunday, handing him a mandate to harden his already hawkish stance on North Korea and re-energise the world’s number-three economy. Abe’s conservative coalition was on track to win 311 seats in the 465-seat parliament, according to a projection published by private broadcaster TBS, putting the nationalist blue blood on course to ... Read More »

Spain Catalonia: Foreign Minister Denies ‘Coup’ By Madrid


The Spanish Foreign Minister, Alfonso Dastis, has denied that his government’s move to reassert control over Catalonia amounts to a “coup”. The speaker of the Catalan parliament, Carme Forcadell, called measures announced by the government on Saturday a “de facto coup d’état”. “If anyone has attempted a coup, it is the Catalan regional government, Mr Dastis told the BBC. Madrid acted after regional leaders refused ... Read More »

Robert Mugabe’s WHO Appointment Condemned As ‘An Insult’


The choice of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as a World Health Organization (WHO) goodwill ambassador has been criticised by several organisations including the British government. It described his selection as “surprising and disappointing” given his country’s rights record, and warned it could overshadow the WHO’s work. The opposition in Zimbabwe and campaign groups also criticised the move. But the WHO head praised Zimbabwe for its ... Read More »

UPDATED: Spain To Suspend Catalonia’s Government, Call Elections

Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont

Spain’s government said Saturday that it will move to suspend Catalonia’s separatist government and call fresh elections in the region in a bid to stop its leaders from declaring independence. Speaking after an emergency cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, said his government had no choice after Catalonia’s separatist government acted in a way that was “unilateral, contrary to the law and seeking confrontation” in ... Read More »

Morocco Recalls Algeria Envoy Over ‘Hashish Money’ Jibe


Morocco has recalled its ambassador after the Algerian foreign minister accused the kingdom’s banks of “laundering hashish money” in Africa, in the latest diplomatic spat between the North African rivals. The foreign ministry said it also summoned Algeria’s charge d’affaires in Rabat on Friday evening to protest the “very serious statements… concerning the African policy of the kingdom of Morocco.” Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel ... Read More »

Brexit: Talk Of Deadlock Is Exaggerated, Says Donald Tusk


Reports of deadlock over Brexit negotiations may have been exaggerated, European Council President Donald Tusk has said after a Brussels summit. Progress was “not sufficient” to begin trade talks with the UK now but that “doesn’t mean there is no progress at all”, he said. EU leaders will discuss the issue internally, paving the way for talks with the UK, possibly in December. Theresa May ... Read More »

Catalonia Crisis: Spain Plans For Elections As Independence Row Grows


Spain’s conservative government has agreed with the socialist opposition to hold regional elections in Catalonia in January, the socialists say. The elections are part of a package of measures being put in place to suspend the region’s autonomy, as its leader threatens to declare independence. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will announce measures to impose direct rule after a cabinet meeting on Saturday. A referendum, outlawed ... Read More »

Afghan Suicide Mosque Attacks Kill Dozens Of Worshippers


At least 40 people have been killed in two separate attacks on Shia Muslim mosques in Afghanistan, officials say. A gunman entered the Imam Zaman mosque in the capital Kabul before opening fire and detonating an explosive, killing more than 30 worshippers. A second attack in Afghanistan’s Ghor province killed at least 10 people. No group has so far said it carried out the attacks, ... Read More »

Trump Sends Family $25,000 After Claim Of Broken Promise

Donald Trump Holds Campaign Rally In Charlotte, NC

The White House says President Donald Trump has sent a personal cheque to a dead soldier’s family after they said he had not kept his promise to do so. The father of a soldier killed in Afghanistan said Mr Trump offered $25,000 (£19,000) of his own money during a June phone call. The White House said it was “disgusting” that the media would exploit the ... Read More »

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