Category: World

German election becomes battle for third place in coalition

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is widely expected to secure a fourth term in office after Sunday’s general election. But with another round of coalition wrangling on the cards, the poll may yet offer a few surprises. Europe’s biggest nation heads to the polls on September 24, with surveys suggesting there is little doubt that “Mother”

Trump orders new sanctions to squeeze North Korea nuclear program

Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Thursday that open the door wider to blacklisting people and entities doing business with N. Korea, including its shipping and trade networks, further tightening the screws on its nuclear and missile program. The U.S. president stopped short of going after North Korea’s biggest trading partner, China, praising as “tremendous”

Mexico in frantic search for quake survivors

Rescuers dug frantically Wednesday for survivors of a 7.1- magnitude earthquake that killed more than 200 people in Mexico, as the nation watched anxiously for signs of life at a collapsed school in the capital. The death toll stood at 225, the head of the national disaster response agency, Luis Felipe Puente, wrote on Twitter.

Boy killed at massive Togo protest

A 10-year-old boy was killed and 10 others injured in Togo’s capital as hundreds of thousands of opposition supporters demonstrated Wednesday, the security minister said. The protesters were rallying against a vote by the West African nation’s parliament on a bill they fear will allow the president to run for more terms. Togo’s security minister

Catalan leader accuses Spain of imposing ‘de facto’ state of emergency

The head of the Catalan administration has accused Spain’s central government of imposing a “de facto” state of emergency in the region in order to prevent an independence referendum from taking place. Catalonia‘s separatist leader Carles Puigdemont accused the Spanish government on Wednesday of displaying a “totalitarian attitude” as it seeks to derail the planned