Japan’s Princess Mako gives up royal title as she weds college sweetheart

Japan’s Princess Mako, the niece of the emperor, married college sweetheart Kei Komuro on Tuesday, giving up her royal title and saying she was determined to build a happy life with her “irreplaceable” husband after a tumultuous engagement. In an unusually frank joint news conference with her new husband, Mako said “incorrect” news reports about… Read More Japan’s Princess Mako gives up royal title as she weds college sweetheart

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ends state of emergency in nation

Egypt’s state of emergency will be lifted for the first time in years, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday. Egypt imposed a state of emergency in April 2017 after deadly bombings of churches and has since routinely extended it at three-month intervals, despite an improved security situation. “Egypt has become … an oasis of… Read More Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ends state of emergency in nation

Mali expels ECOWAS representative

Mali’s transitional government has given the special representative from West Africa’s main regional bloc 72 hours to leave the country over “actions incompatible with his status”, the foreign ministry said on Monday. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has been pressing Mali to respect its commitment to hold presidential and legislative elections next… Read More Mali expels ECOWAS representative

Three dead, dozens injured as military seize power in Sudan

Sudan’s military seized power from a transitional government on Monday and soldiers killed at least three people and wounded 80 as street protests broke out against the coup. The leader of the takeover, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, dissolved the military-civilian Sovereign Council that had been established to guide the country to democracy following the overthrow… Read More Three dead, dozens injured as military seize power in Sudan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan orders for expulsion of ten Western ambassadors over call for release of Osman Kavala

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday he had ordered the foreign ministry to declare 10 ambassadors from Western countries ‘persona non grata’ for calling for the release of philanthropist Osman Kavala. Kavala has been in prison since late 2017, charged with financing nationwide protests in 2013 and with involvement in a 2016 failed coup.… Read More Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan orders for expulsion of ten Western ambassadors over call for release of Osman Kavala

Austrian government proposes law for legalisation of assisted suicide

Austria’s federal government has submitted a draft law to make assisted suicide for seriously ill adults legal, the federal chancellery said in a statement on Saturday. The new law lays out the conditions under which assisted suicide will be possible in the future, following a ruling by Austria’s Constitutional Court last December according to which… Read More Austrian government proposes law for legalisation of assisted suicide

Russian, Chinese warships hold first joint patrols in the Pacific

Russian and Chinese warships held their first joint patrols in the Western part of the Pacific ocean on October 17-23, Russia’s defence ministry said in a statement on Saturday. Moscow and Beijing, which staged naval cooperation drills in the Sea of Japan earlier in October, have cultivated closer military and diplomatic ties in recent years… Read More Russian, Chinese warships hold first joint patrols in the Pacific

Huge crowds march in protest against prospect of military rule in Sudan

Huge crowds of people marched in several parts of the Sudanese capital and other cities on Thursday in demonstrations against the prospect of military rule, as the crisis in the country’s troubled transition from authoritarian rule deepened. The military has shared power with civilian parties in a transitional authority since the removal of President Omar… Read More Huge crowds march in protest against prospect of military rule in Sudan