Denmark alleges that U.S. spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, senior European officials

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) used a partnership with Denmark’s foreign intelligence unit to spy on senior officials of neighbouring countries, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Danish state broadcaster DR said. The findings are the result of a 2015 internal investigation in the Danish Defence Intelligence Service into NSA’s role in the partnership, DR… Read More Denmark alleges that U.S. spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, senior European officials

Chad accuses Central African Republic of war crime following attack on military post

Chad’s defence ministry on Sunday said troops of neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) had attacked a Chadian military post, killed one soldier, and kidnapped and executed five others – actions it said amounted to a war crime. The heavily armed assailants struck in the early hours of Sunday, attacking a post manned by 12 Chadian… Read More Chad accuses Central African Republic of war crime following attack on military post

West African bloc ECOWAS suspends Mali over recent coup

West African regional bloc ECOWAS on Sunday suspended Mali’s membership in response to last week’s coup and said authorities must stick to a timetable for a return to democracy, but stopped short of imposing new sanctions. Leaders of the 15-member Economic Community of West African States held an emergency summit in Ghana’s capital Accra to… Read More West African bloc ECOWAS suspends Mali over recent coup

Eight dead following Boko Haram attack in southeastern Niger

Insurgents from the Islamist group Boko Haram killed four soldiers and four civilians in an attack on Niger’s southeastern desert town of Diffa, the defence ministry said. At least six militants were killed in the raid on Friday, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday. The insurgents attacked Diffa in the late afternoon, riding… Read More Eight dead following Boko Haram attack in southeastern Niger

Gunmen abduct students at Islamic school in north-central Nigeria

An armed gang abducted students from an Islamic school in the north-central Nigerian state of Niger on Sunday, police and state government officials said. Armed groups carrying out kidnapping for ransom are blamed for a series of raids on schools and universities in northern Nigeria in recent months, abducting more than 700 students for ransom… Read More Gunmen abduct students at Islamic school in north-central Nigeria

Pope Francis to meet with Lebanon Christian leaders over nation’s crisis

Pope Francis, who has promised to visit Lebanon if fractious politicians agree on a new government, said on Sunday he would meet its Christian leaders to discuss the country’s worst crisis since its civil war that ended in 1990. He told pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly blessing that the meeting… Read More Pope Francis to meet with Lebanon Christian leaders over nation’s crisis

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson weds fiancee in low-key ceremony

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson married his fiancee Carrie Symonds at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, capping a week of political drama with a wedding kept so under wraps that his office did not confirm it until the following day. The event was not announced in advance and media reports on Saturday evening said guests were… Read More UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson weds fiancee in low-key ceremony