Gambia’s President Jammeh refuses to leave office as deadline passes

Gambia’s President Jammeh refuses to leave office as deadline passes

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Yahya Jammeh says there were irregularities in the Gambian election process Gambian President Yahya Jammeh is refusing to step down despite efforts to persuade him to leave office ahead of a deadline set by Senegal. Adama Barrow is due to be inaugurated as the new president on Thursday, and […]

Chelsea Manning decision: Obama says justice was served

Media captionObama defends decision to free Manning President Barack Obama has defended his decision to free Wikileaks source Chelsea Manning, 29 years before her scheduled release. He told his final news conference that “justice has been served”. Manning was sentenced to 35 years for leaking diplomatic cables to the group, one of the largest breaches […]

Islamic State group ‘lost quarter of territory’ in 2016

Islamic State group ‘lost quarter of territory’ in 2016

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The new analysis predicts the recapture of Mosul by Iraqi government forces by mid-2017 So-called Islamic State (IS) lost almost a quarter of its territory in 2016, according to new analysis. The group gave up almost 18,000 sq km (6,900 sq miles), its territory being reduced to some 60,400 sq […]

CIA releases 13m pages of declassified documents online

CIA releases 13m pages of declassified documents online

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The documents include records of UFO sightings About 13 million pages of declassified documents from the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have been released online. The records include UFO sightings and psychic experiments from the Stargate programme, which has long been of interest to conspiracy theorists. The move […]

Donald Trump says Merkel made ‘catastrophic mistake’ on migrants

Donald Trump says Merkel made ‘catastrophic mistake’ on migrants

Image copyright The Times US President-elect Donald Trump has said German Chancellor Angela Merkel made “one very catastrophic mistake” by admitting more than 1m migrants. He said Mrs Merkel was by far Europe’s most important leader, and that the EU had become a vehicle for Germany. Mr Trump was giving details of his foreign policy […]

Israel-Palestinian conflict: Summit warns against unilateral actions

Israel-Palestinian conflict: Summit warns against unilateral actions

Image copyright AP Image caption French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault opened the conference on Sunday Representatives of nations at a conference aimed at kick-starting peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have warned that neither side should take unilateral actions. In a statement, delegates at the summit in Paris also restated their commitment to the […]

US Congress backs repeal of Obamacare

US Congress backs repeal of Obamacare

Image copyright Getty Images The US House of Representatives has taken the first step toward demolishing President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, known as Obamacare. Republicans passed a budget measure to introduce a bill – which Democrats cannot block – to roll back the law. But members of both parties in Congress are concerned about […]

Trump condemns spy agency ‘leak’ of ‘fake news’

Media captionHere’s what Donald Trump had to say at his press conference President-elect Donald Trump has accused US intelligence agencies of leaking allegations that Russia has compromising material on him. “That’s something that Nazi Germany would have done,” he said. He was replying to unsubstantiated allegations that his election team colluded with Russia and there […]

Philippines’ President Duterte pushes free contraceptives

Philippines’ President Duterte pushes free contraceptives

Image copyright AFP Image caption The government says expanding access to family planning is an important part of its plan to reduce poverty Government agencies in the Philippines have been ordered to offer free contraceptives to an estimated six million women who cannot obtain them. President Rodrigo Duterte says he wants to reduce the number […]

Lebanon says rubbish dump birds may pose danger to planes

Lebanon says rubbish dump birds may pose danger to planes

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Birds attracted to the area by piles of rubbish are said to be putting planes landing at Beirut’s international airport (pictured) in danger Planes at Beirut’s airport could be in danger after birds began flocking to a nearby rubbish dump, Lebanon’s transport minister said. Yusef Fenianos said the country faced […]

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