The two rival political camps in DR Congo Friday forged a pact on forming a government, six months after President Felix Tshisekedi took power from veteran ruler Joseph Kabila, officials said. Tshisekedi was elected in December to replace Kabila who presided over sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest country for nearly two decades. He...
Hardline Brexiteer Boris Johnson has won the UK's Conservative Party leadership contest and will take over from outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May when she steps down on Wednesday. Johnson, a former Mayor of London and British Foreign Secretary, took 92,153 votes, while rival Jeremy Hunt scored 46,656 votes in a...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday pledged to keep alive his plans to amend the country’s pacifist constitution, despite failing to secure a “supermajority” in upper house elections. His ruling coalition retained its majority in the upper house in Sunday’s vote for around the half the seats in the chamber...
Italian Matteo Bruni was named on Thursday as the new head of the Vatican’s press office, effectively making him Pope Francis’ spokesman. Bruni, who is due to take up his position on Monday, has been a press officer at the Vatican for the past 10 years. He replaces Alessandro Gisotti. The new...
Under fire President Donald Trump insisted on Tuesday he is not a racist amid criticism of his attacks on four minority, progressive Democratic congresswomen. They are Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, all freshwomen in Congress. Trump opened his flanks for attacks after a series of tweets telling...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been seen shaking in public for the third time in less than a month. Mrs Merkel’s body shook as she stood outside with Finnish PM Antti Rinne while watching military honours in Berlin to mark his arrival. She was first seen shaking uncontrollably during her reception...
Britain’s ambassador to Washington Kim Darroch said on Wednesday he was resigning after drawing US President Donald Trump’s ire for criticising his administration in leaked confidential cables to London. “The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like,” Darroch wrote in...
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos finalised their divorce Friday to the tune of a $38-billion settlement, Bloomberg News reported. Under the agreement, MacKenzie Bezos, 49, will receive approximately 19.7 million Amazon.com shares, giving her a four percent stake in the company valued at $38.3 billion, and landing her...
Australian father-of-three David Dowell was in “absolute agony” before he died, suffering from a salmonella infection potentially caused by a Christmas party dare involving a gecko. More than six months on, his family is still searching for answers after hearing conflicting accounts from those who were at the party and...
Britain’s Prince Charles on Monday marked the 50th anniversary of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, granting the official title Prince of Wales to her eldest son and heir to throne. No public events are planned on Monday to mark Charles’ investiture at a ceremony on July 1, 1969, after the...