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Kenya’s Repeat Election Gets Green Light After Court Collapses


Kenya will hold a controversial repeat presidential election on Thursday as planned, the head of the election commission has announced. Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seeking a second term, won in August but the poll is being held again over irregularities. Amid reports of unrest, he urged Kenyans to vote and remain peaceful. Opposition candidate Raila Odinga has called on his own supporters to join him ... Read More »

Clinton Team And Democrats ‘Bankrolled’ Trump Dirty Dossier


US President Donald Trump has seized on reports that Hillary Clinton’s team bankrolled a sleazy dossier of allegations linking him to Russia. Unfounded claims that Mr Trump had been filmed with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel surfaced in the closing stretch of last year’s White House race. Mrs Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) reportedly helped fund the research. “The victim here ... Read More »

Fats Domino: Rock And Roll Legend Dies Aged 89


Fats Domino, one of the most influential rock and roll performers of the 1950s and 60s, has died aged 89. The American rock and roll artist was best known for his songs Ain’t That A Shame and Blueberry Hill. The New Orleans singer sold more than 65 million records, outselling every 1950s rock and roll act except Elvis Presley. His million-selling debut single, The Fat ... Read More »

Donald Tusk: EU Must Stay United Or Face Brexit ‘Defeat’


he EU will be “defeated” in Brexit negotiations unless it maintains absolute unity, European Council president Donald Tusk has said. The ex-Polish prime minister told the European Parliament the UK’s departure was the EU’s “toughest stress test” and it must not be divided at any costs. “If we fail it then the negotiations will end in our defeat,” he told MEPs. But one German MEP ... Read More »

Bob Corker Says Trump ‘Utterly Untruthful President’


Tennessee Senator Bob Corker has unleashed a blistering attack on US President Donald Trump, calling the president “utterly untruthful”. In a series of television interviews, Mr Corker accused the president of lying, adding that he debased the US and weakened its global standing. Mr Trump fired back on Twitter, calling the top Senator a “lightweight” who “couldn’t get re-elected”. The pair are due to meet ... Read More »

Xi Jinping ‘Most Powerful Chinese Leader Since Mao Zedong’


China’s ruling Communist Party has voted to enshrine Xi Jinping’s name and ideology in its constitution, elevating him to the level of founder Mao Zedong. The unanimous vote to incorporate “Xi Jinping Thought” happened at the end of the Communist Party congress, China’s most important political meeting. Mr Xi has steadily increased his grip on power since becoming leader in 2012. This move means that ... Read More »

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 »

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