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Many feared dead in Italian avalanche

International Desk Up to 30 people were feared to have died Thursday after an Italian mountain hotel was engulfed by a powerful avalanche in the earthquake-ravaged centre of the country. Italy’s Civil Protection agency confirmed the Hotel Rigopiano had been engulfed by a two-metre (six-feet) high wall of snow and that emergency services were struggling to get ambulances and diggers ... Read More »

Gambia President refuses to leave office as deadline passes

International  Desk 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 West African military forces are poised to move in. Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz met Mr Jammeh for last-minute ... Read More »

Dollar swoons after Trump critique; Pound rises on Brexit plan

NEW YORK :  The dollar tumbled Tuesday after President-elect Donald Trump said the American currency was too strong, while the pound rallied after British Prime Minister Theresa May released her Brexit blueprint. The fluctuations in foreign exchange came as most larger equity markets fell as markets look ahead to Friday’s inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump. The greenback fell sharply ... Read More »

Putin blasts fake allegations against Trump

International Desk Russian President Vladimir Putin is accusing the outgoing U.S. administration of trying to undermine President-elect Donald Trump by spreading fake allegations. Putin, speaking at a news conference Tuesday, described a dossier on Trump as part of efforts by President Barack Obama’s administration to “undermine the legitimacy of the president-elect” despite his “convincing” victory. He said some now want ... Read More »

Former US president George HW Bush in hospital

International Desk Former US president George HW Bush has been taken to hospital, according to local media reports. The 92-year-old is said to be in a stable condition and is “doing fine”, his chief of staff, Jean Becker, told KHOU 11 News. She said he was expecting to return home in a few days. However, she did not explain why ... Read More »

Antonio Tajani new president of European Parliament

International Desk Italian conservative Antonio Tajani has been elected the new president of the European Parliament. Mr Tajani, 63, is a former spokesman for Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi and an ex-European commissioner. He defeated another Italian, Gianni Pitella, and will take over from Germany’s Martin Schulz. The European Parliament has the power to block or amend EU laws, and will have ... Read More »

Obama commutes Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence

International Desk President Barack Obama has commuted a 35-year prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the soldier who leaked thousands of secret documents to Wikileaks in 2010, setting her on track for release in May. Wikileaks said last week that Julian Assange, site’s publisher, would agree to extradition to the US if Ms Manning were freed. It is unclear if Mr ... Read More »

Nigerian air force kills 50 in strike on refugee camp

International Desk Nigeria’s air force killed at least 50 people and injured 120 in an air strike on a refugee camp in the country’s northeast on Tuesday, a spokesman from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said after the military earlier disclosed the strike was meant to target Boko Haram militants. MSF said the strike occurred in Rann in Borno state, the ... Read More »

China’s Xi Jinping defends globalization at Davos

International Desk In a major speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Chinese President Xi Jinping positioned himself as a defender of globalization and free trade. It was the first time a Chinese head of state has appeared at the annual meeting of political and financial powerhouses, and the speech was one that would have been “unthinkable” from ... Read More »

Eight Egyptian policemen killed in gun attack

BBC Online Gunmen killed eight police in an attack on a checkpoint in el-Wadi el-Gedid province in south-west Egypt late Monday, the interior ministry said. The attack took place on al-Naqab checkpoint, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) from el-Kharga city, the capital of the province. Two of the attackers were killed when security forces fought back, and three other security ... Read More »