Cubans vote in one-party election as post-Castro era looms 11 March 2018, 7:49 PM

Cubans went to the polls on Sunday in a one-party vote that marks the penultimate step in a political process that will culminate next month with the selection of the island's first non-Castro leader since the 1959 revolution.

Japan tsunami, nuclear tragedy remembered seven years on 11 March 2018, 11:07 AM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe led a sombre ceremony Sunday as Japan marked the seventh anniversary of a deadly earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that devastated its north-eastern coast and left around 18,500 people dead or missing.

Thousands rally against bid to loosen Irish abortion laws 11 March 2018, 7:09 AM

No fewer than 10 000 people rallied in Dublin on Saturday against Irish government plans to ease some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws, with some activists saying opinion polls were failing to fully reflect anti-abortion sentiment. Voters will be asked as soon as May if they wish to repeal the eighth amendment to […]

Jeff Sessions defends recusal from Russia probe 10 March 2018, 9:19 PM

U .S. Attorney general Jeff Sessions at a speech at Georgetown University Saturday  said he did not regret his decision to recuse himself from the investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Russia has denied meddling in the campaign and President Donald Trump has denied any collusion took place. Trump and […]

Putin ‘couldn’t care less’ about US election interference 10 March 2018, 9:36 AM

President Vladimir Putin said in an interview released Friday that he "couldn't care less" if fellow Russian citizens sought to meddle in the 2016 United States (US) presidential election, insisting such efforts could not be tied to the Kremlin.

Russia promises not to interfere in Zim election 9 March 2018, 9:41 PM

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says unlike the United State of America, his country will not interfere in elections in Zimbabwe or anywhere else.

Trump to meet with Kim Jong-Un 9 March 2018, 9:21 PM

The United Nations Chief has expressed optimism at a proposed meeting between the United States President and the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Russia celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela 9 March 2018, 9:14 PM

Russian delegates and African ambassadors have celebrated the life and times of struggle stalwart and international icon Nelson Mandela.

Former Trump campaign aide Nunberg appears before grand jury 9 March 2018, 5:51 PM

Former Donald Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg, who had balked at testifying in the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign, appeared at the federal courthouse in Washington on Friday as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. Nunberg, who was seen by reporters arriving at the U.S. District Court in Washington, had […]

PNG quake toll rises above 100 as PM warns of long recovery 9 March 2018, 10:58 AM

The death toll from an earthquake that hit Papua New Guinea last month has topped 100 with thousands injured, Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said Friday, warning it will take years for the region to recover.

UN hosts dialogue for International Women’s Day 9 March 2018, 6:17 AM

The world has reached a tipping point in the struggle for women’s equality and empowerment.

Trump says prepared to meet North Korea’s Kim in first-ever summit 9 March 2018, 6:08 AM

President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was prepared to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the first US-North Korea summit.

Saudi women celebrate Women’s Day with a jog in Jeddah 8 March 2018, 9:23 PM

Paying no heed to bemused onlookers, a group of women in the Saudi city of Jeddah marked International Women’s Day on Thursday by exercising one of their newly acquired freedoms: the right to go for a jog. Saudi women have had a momentous year as the young, reform-minded Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman lifted a […]

Catholic women urge pope to tear down Church’s “walls of misogyny” 8 March 2018, 8:16 PM

Roman Catholic women led by former Irish president Mary McAleese demanded a greater decision-making role for women in the Church on Thursday, urging Pope Francis to tear down its “walls of misogyny”. McAleese was the key speaker at a symposium of Catholic women called “Why Women Matter”, attended by hundreds of people and followed by […]

U.S. urges African nations to apply more pressure on N. Korea 8 March 2018, 5:36 PM

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday that more African nations should apply “concrete diplomatic and economic pressure” on North Korea in order to achieve denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. Speaking at a joint news conference with African Union (AU) Chairman Moussa Faki, Tillerson said the goal of the global maximum pressure campaign, […]

Gender equity should be part of our narrative: Expert 8 March 2018, 7:23 AM

Thursday marks International Women's Day, and it will be celebrated under the theme #PressforProgress promoting equality and justice for women globally.

International Women’s Day: Rural women in the spotlight 7 March 2018, 9:46 PM

Placing women at the centre of policy outcomes in South Africa, among them radical economic transformation, land expropriation, universal access to water and the mining charter would be both radical and revolutionary.

Balotelli scorns Italy’s first black senator over party’s migrant stance 7 March 2018, 8:29 PM

Mario Balotelli, Italy’s most famous black footballer, said on Wednesday a politician who has become the first black person elected to the Senate should be ashamed of himself for representing a fiercely anti-migrant party. Nigerian-born Toni Iwobi moved to Italy in 1976 and joined the League in 1993, serving as a local councillor. He was […]

Schumer will support Trump on tariffs if narrowly targeted against China 7 March 2018, 7:26 PM

U.S. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday said he would throw his support behind the plan of U.S. President Donald Trump to harden the U.S. stance on trade if the targeted country is narrowly focused on China.

New twist to Gupta citizenship saga 7 March 2018, 7:14 PM

Home Affairs Director-General Mkhuseli Apleni has clarified that Atul Gupta is a South African citizen, as well as his brother, Rajesh.

EU warns Trump of trade war, China raises concerns at WTO 7 March 2018, 6:43 PM

Europe and the IMF urged Donald Trump on Wednesday to step back from the brink of a trade war, after the resignation of his economic adviser emboldened those encouraging him to push ahead with tariffs on imported steel and aluminium. The departure of Gary Cohn, seen as a bulwark against Trump’s economic nationalism, hit shares, […]

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White House economic adviser Cohn stepping down 7 March 2018, 6:28 AM

Top White House economic adviser Gary Cohn, a Wall Street banker who became a key architect of the 2017 tax overhaul and a bulwark against protectionist forces within the Trump administration, is resigning.

Strikes hit Syria’s batter Ghouta as death toll hits 800 7 March 2018, 5:46 AM

Heavy air strikes and clashes shook the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta ahead of an urgent UN Security Council meeting Wednesday on the escalating violence.

It never rains but pours for Guptas 6 March 2018, 9:07 PM

Not just in South Africa, the Gupta brothers are now under the scanner of Indian officials as well. Income tax officials have raided the properties of the Gupta brothers across the country.

Aid convoy quits Syria enclave as regime presses onslaught 6 March 2018, 8:58 AM

An international convoy has cut short its mission to Syria's rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta after delivering desperately needed aid as the regime pounded the region, killing dozens as it seized more ground.

US extends sanctions against Zimbabwe 5 March 2018, 7:52 PM

“The actions and policies of certain members of the government of Zimbabwe and other persons continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States."

Rex Tillerson to travel to Africa this week 5 March 2018, 2:03 PM

United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Africa this week in a whirlwind week-long tour covering four countries, according the state department.

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South Korean delegation heads to Pyongyang to push North-US talks 5 March 2018, 6:27 AM

A South Korean delegation heading to Pyongyang on Monday will push for talks between the nuclear-armed North and the United States.

May’s confident of a good deal with EU on Brexit 4 March 2018, 5:26 PM

UK Prime Minister Theresa May says that the time for arguing either side of the Brexit referendum is over.

Italy heads to polls with centre-right ahead but stalemate likely 4 March 2018, 10:19 AM

Italians went to the polls on Sunday in a vote that could bring political gridlock after an election campaign marked by anger over the listless economy, high unemployment and immigration. Pollsters have predicted that former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and his far-right allies will emerge as the largest bloc in parliament, but fall short of […]