Macron calls Trump, other leaders after meeting Lebanon’s Hariri

Macron discussed “ways to stabilise the region and establish peace” in phone calls to Trump, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, a presidential statement said Saturday. The White House announced that Trump and Macron “agreed on the need to work with allies to counter

Macron hopes for ‘stable’ Germany with EU plans on ice

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been left scrambling for ways to form a government after talks collapsed on Sunday, potentially forcing Europe’s top economy into snap elections. The difficulties complicate Macron’s vision for EU reform which he set out in a speech in September that called for closer defence, political and economic ties as well

Suicide bomber kills at least 50 in Nigeria mosque

The blast happened during early morning prayers at the Madina mosque in the Unguwar Shuwa area of Mubi, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) by road from the Adamawa state capital Yola. It was the biggest attack in Adamawa since December 2016, when two female suicide bombers killed 45 people at a crowded market in the

African press review 21 November 2017

Kenyatta’s win in the October 26 election was upheld by unanimous ruling by six Supreme Court judges on Monday. The paper reports on the British government congratulating the Kenyan president with foreign secretary Boris Johnson sending a message to Kenya’s foreign affairs cabinet secretary Amina Mohammed. The Daily Nation also reports on Kenyatta’s rival Raila

Governments use ‘keyboard armies’ to manipulate social media, suppress dissent, report says

More governments are following the lead of Russia and China by manipulating social media and suppressing dissent online in a grave threat to democracy, a human rights watchdog said Tuesday. A study of internet freedom in 65 countries found 30 governments are deploying some form of manipulation to distort online information, up from 23 the

Thousands of Haitians could face deportation as US ends ‘protected’ status

Some 59,000 Haitian immigrants in the United States will no longer receive protective status starting in 18 months, opening the door for their potential repatriation to their desperately poor home country. Haitian immigrants received Temporary Protected Status after a 2010 earthquake that devastated the already impoverished Caribbean nation. The mega-disaster killed more than 200,000 people,