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Angola’s President Dos Santos anoints deputy Lourenco

Angola’s President Dos Santos anoints deputy Lourenco

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been in power for more than 37 years Angola’s long-time President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has confirmed he will step down before August’s poll and has announced his likely successor. He told a meeting of the governing MPLA party that Joao Lourenco, the defence minister, […]

Gambia’s President Barrow scraps Jammeh’s four-day week

Gambia’s President Barrow scraps Jammeh’s four-day week

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Adama Barrow issued the directive within a week of arriving home to take power The Gambia’s new president has scrapped the four-day week introduced by his predecessor Yahya Jammeh. In a statement Adama Barrow said that public sector employees would now have to work a half-day on Fridays too. […]

Louvre attack: French soldier shoots machete-wielding man

Media captionPolice spokeswoman Johanna Primevert: “The man threw himself at the soldier” A French soldier guarding the Louvre in Paris has shot a man who tried to attack a security patrol with a machete shouting “Allahu Akbar”, police say. The man, who tried to gain entry to the Louvre’s shopping centre, was shot in the […]

Migrant crisis: EU leaders agree plan to stop Libya influx

Migrant crisis: EU leaders agree plan to stop Libya influx

Image copyright AP Image caption Many thousands of migrants each year make a perilous journey across the Mediterranean to get to Europe European Union leaders meeting in Malta have agreed on a plan to reduce the flow of migrants from Libya. Libya’s UN-backed government will receive €200m ($215m, £171m), including funding to reinforce its coastguard. […]

Is Sweden’s deputy PM trolling Donald Trump in Facebook photo?

Is Sweden’s deputy PM trolling Donald Trump in Facebook photo?

Image copyright Isabella Lovin: Facebook Image caption Isabella Lovin’s photo posted on Facebook is being compared to an image of President Trump Sweden’s deputy PM is causing a stir after posting an image appearing to parody Donald Trump’s signing of an anti-abortion executive order. Isabella Lovin, who is also the country’s climate minister, published a […]

Norway institutions ‘targeted by Russia-linked hackers’

Norway institutions ‘targeted by Russia-linked hackers’

Image copyright PA Image caption Norwegian deputies have been warned to take special caution with their electronic communications Several institutions in Norway have been targeted by hackers believed to be linked to Russia, the security service (PST) has warned. The Labour Party, defence and foreign ministries and the security service itself were among those hit, […]

UN condemns ‘devastating’ Rohingya abuse in Myanmar

UN condemns ‘devastating’ Rohingya abuse in Myanmar

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Almost half of the Rohingya interviewed by the UN said a family member had been killed The UN has accused security forces in Myanmar of committing serious human rights abuses, including gang-rape, savage beatings and child killing. It made the allegations in a damning report compiled after interviews with […]

US sanctions Iran after missile test

US sanctions Iran after missile test

Image copyright AP Image caption File photo from December 2016, provided by an Iranian news agency, of a missile being fired The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on Iran following its recent ballistic missile test. The US Treasury Department announced the measures against 13 people and a dozen companies on Friday. President Donald Trump tweeted […]

Merkel welcomes May’s ambition for a strong Europe

Merkel welcomes May’s ambition for a strong Europe

Image copyright ANDREAS SOLARO German chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed Theresa May’s remarks that Britain wants to see a strong Europe – even as it prepares to quit the EU. The prime minister told EU leaders she wanted to build a “strong partnership” with the EU and pledged the UK would be a “good friend […]

Brexit: Fresh legal challenge blocked by High Court

Brexit: Fresh legal challenge blocked by High Court

Image copyright AFP Image caption The campaigners have vowed to continue the fight A fresh legal challenge to Brexit has been blocked by the High Court. A group of campaigners who want Britain to stay in the EU single market argued that Parliament must approve the UK’s exit from the European Economic Area. But the […]