Ramaphosa arrives in France ahead of G7 Summit

25 August 2019, 1:19 PM
President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in Biarritz, France, to participate in the G7 Summit that is focused on the elimination of inequalities of various kinds globally. 
President Cyril Ramaphosa
Macron meets with UN’s Guterres on sidelines of G7 summit 25 August 2019, 1:08 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron met with United Nation's Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Sunday on the sidelines of a G7 summit that will likely expose deep rifts over a clutch of issues such as global trade, climate change and taxing big tech.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets crew members during a visit to HMS Victorious at HM Naval Base Clyde.
UK PM Johnson to tell Trump to de-escalate trade tensions 25 August 2019, 11:50 AM

Boris Johnson and Donald Trump are due to meet on Sunday morning for what are expected to be positive talks on their countries’ future bilateral trade relations and Brexit.

Squabbles erupt as G7 leaders open summit in French resort 25 August 2019, 6:38 AM

Squabbles erupted among G7 nations on Saturday as their leaders gathered for an annual summit, exposing sharp differences on global trade tensions, Britain's exit from the EU and how to respond to the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest.

Thousands march on French-Spanish border against G7 summit 24 August 2019, 6:27 PM

Anti-globalisation and climate activists teamed up with "yellow vest" protesters and Basque nationalists on Saturday to protest against the G7 meeting

Global disputes likely to thwart unity at G7 summit in France 24 August 2019, 9:52 AM

Leaders of the G7 nations arrive in France on Saturday for a  summit as a brewing US-China confrontation over protectionism highlighted President Emmanuel Macron's tough task in delivering meaningful results on trade,Iran and climate change.

Four Hong Kong stations close to head off protest as China frees UK consulate worker 24 August 2019, 7:16 AM

Hong Kong's rail operator shutdown four stations ahead of a planned protest on Saturday as the Chinese-ruled city braced for further unrest and as China released an employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong whose detention had fuelled tension.

Trump’s G7 attendance injects air of unpredictability around the event 23 August 2019, 8:30 PM

United States President Donald Trump will depart Washington for the French seaside town of Biarritz where he’ll attend this year’s summit of the Group of 7 industrialized nations. 

Putin orders reciprocal Russian response to US missile test 23 August 2019, 4:01 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday ordered a like-for-like response to a recent US missile test, which he said showed that Washington aimed to deploy previously banned missiles around the world.

As Amazon burns, Brazil’s Bolsonaro tells rest of world not to interfere 23 August 2019, 9:59 AM

Amid growing international criticism over the wildfires raging through the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday admitted farmers could be illegally setting the rainforest ablaze but told foreign powers not to interfere.

North Korea calls Pompeo ‘diehard toxin,’ says ready for dialogue or standoff with US 23 August 2019, 8:02 AM

North Korea’s top diplomat said on Friday that United States (US) Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, was a “diehard toxin” who only complicates denuclearization talks and that Pyongyang was ready for both dialogue and standoff.

Donald Trump with Women holding placards
Trump campaign seeks to mobilize women in 2020 battleground states 23 August 2019, 5:44 AM

President Donald Trump's re-election campaign hosted events in 2020 battleground states on Thursday to mobilize and train suburban women, an important voting bloc that defected from Republicans during last year's congressional contests.

India proposes ban on e-cigarettes, with jail terms for offenders 22 August 2019, 6:01 PM

India's health ministry has proposed a ban on the production and import of electronic cigarettes, documents seen by Reuters showed, potentially jeopardising the expansion plans of big firms like Juul Labs and Philip Morris International.

Italy’s president wants quick deal on forging new govt 22 August 2019, 12:28 PM

Italy's head of state wants political parties to reach a deal to form a new coalition government in the next few days if they want to avoid snap elections, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

British PM Johnson faces tough Brexit lunch with Macron 22 August 2019, 9:43 AM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Thursday try to convince France to reopen Brexit negotiations less than a day after President Emmanuel Macron bluntly ruled out any further talks on the divorce deal.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson attend a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin
After Germany hints at compromise, France tells UK: no new Brexit deal 22 August 2019, 5:39 AM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday challenged Britain to come up with alternatives to the Irish border backstop within 30 days, but French President Emmanuel Macron cautioned there would be no renegotiation of the Brexit deal.

Trump delays Denmark visit 21 August 2019, 9:10 PM

Denmark’s Prime Minister says the abrupt postponement of a State visit by United States President Donald Trump will not affect cooperation between the two countries.

Same-sex marriage
China’s parliament rules out allowing same-sex marriage 21 August 2019, 5:25 PM

Limiting marriage to a relationship between a man and a woman will remain China's legal position, a parliament spokesman said on Wednesday, ruling out following neighbouring Taiwan in allowing same-sex marriage.

US military drone shot down over Yemen: officials 21 August 2019, 2:31 PM

A United States military MQ-9 drone was shot down in Yemen's Dhamar governate, southeast of the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa, two US officials told Reuters on Wednesday.

George Pell departs the Supreme Court of Victoria, Melbourne.
George Pell returns to jail after losing appeal against sex abuse convictions 21 August 2019, 9:24 AM

George Pell, the highest ranking Catholic worldwide to be convicted of child sex offences, was sentenced in March to six years in jail after being found guilty on five charges of abusing the two boys at St Patrick’s Cathedral.

SA firmly believes that Palestine-Israel issue core to bringing peace to Middle East 21 August 2019, 5:43 AM

South Africa firmly believes that Palestine-Israeli question remains the core issue to peace and stability in the Middle East. That was the view expressed by Pretoria’s envoy to the United Nations, during a Security Council debate on challenges to the maintenance of peace and security in the region. The meeting was also attended by United […]

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo says ISIS strong in some areas – CBS 20 August 2019, 5:25 PM

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged on Tuesday that Islamic State militants are gaining strength in some areas but said the militant group's capacity to conduct attacks has been greatly diminished.

Russia accuses US of stoking tensions with missile test: TASS 20 August 2019, 12:40 PM

Russia accused the United States on Tuesday of stoking military tensions by testing a ground-launched cruise missile, but said it would not be drawn into an arms race, TASS news agency reported.

Hong Kong leader sees ‘way out’ of chaos through dialogue 20 August 2019, 6:04 AM

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she hoped a peaceful weekend anti-government protest was the start of an effort to restore peace and that dialogue with peaceful protesters would provide a “way out” for the Chinese-ruled city.

Protest for Eric's Justice.
NYPD fires officer Panteleo who used chokehold in Eric Garner’s death 19 August 2019, 9:41 PM

The New York Police Department (NYPD)has fired the officer caught on video using an illegal chokehold to subdue Eric Garner just before he died in 2014.

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson wants Britons to get vaccinated against measles 19 August 2019, 4:34 PM

Britons should get vaccinated against measles and ignore online "mumbo-jumbo" about dangers of the jabs, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday after a resurgence of the disease.

Italy and Spain agree on dealing with migrants 19 August 2019, 11:08 AM

Spain and Italy appear to have struck a deal that will see the 107 migrants stranded in the Mediterranean for 18 days disembark at the Spanish port of Mallorca, Spanish rescue ship Open Arms said on Monday.

Trump ‘not ready’ for China trade deal, dismisses recession fears 19 August 2019, 6:33 AM

U.S. President Donald Trump and top White House officials dismissed concerns that economic growth may be faltering, saying on Sunday they saw little risk of recession despite a volatile week on global bond markets, and insisting their trade war with China was doing no damage to the United States.

Boris Johnson
UK faces food, fuel and drug shortages, says contested leaked document 18 August 2019, 6:47 PM

Britain will face shortages of fuel, food and medicine if it leaves the European Union without a transition deal, according to leaked official documents reported by the Sunday Times whose interpretation was immediately contested by ministers.

Spain offers port to stranded migrants 18 August 2019, 3:33 PM

Spain on Sunday offered Algeciras as a port to disembark more than 100 migrants on a charity rescue ship stranded off the coast of Italy after the vessel had spent more than two weeks waiting for a safe port to be made available.

Hong Kong protesters
Thousands of Hong Kongers brave rain to join anti-government rally 18 August 2019, 12:30 PM

Thousands of protesters, most clad in black, gathered under a downpour for an anti-government rally at a Hong Kong park on Sunday, in the eleventh week of what have been often violent demonstrations in the Asian financial hub.