Thursday, February 21, 2019

Ivorian MP Alain Lobognan jailed for ‘fake news’ tweet

An Ivorian MP and ex-sports minister has been sentenced to one year in jail and fined $520 (£400) for spreading fake news that incited violence. Alain Lobognan had tweeted on 9 January that the state...

Venezuela top court curbs opposition leader Juan Guaidó

Venezuela's Supreme Court has banned opposition leader Juan Guaidó from leaving the country and frozen his bank accounts. The move comes amid an escalating power struggle, after Mr Guaidó declared himself interim president last week. He...

British MP Fiona Onasanya jailed in speeding case

An MP has become the first sitting politician in nearly three decades to be jailed after she lied to police when she was issued with a speeding ticket. Solicitor Fiona Onasanya had denied being behind...

IMF boss tells poor countries to cut use of global consultancy firms

The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde has told poor countries to stop using global consultancy firms to write development strategies. She singled out inefficient spending on consultants for criticism at an event...

Protesters ask George Weah about missing millions

Protesters in Liberia are demanding President George Weah release the report of investigations he launched in September into how $100m (£76m) worth of Liberian currency allegedly went missing. In March, stories emerged that the newly...

Buhari justifies suspension of Nigeria’s Chief Justice

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has said the criticism he has received from the EU, UK and the US over the suspension of the chief justice is based on rash and uninformed opinion. Linking the removal...
Justin Trudeau (R) appointed John McCallum ambassador to China in 2017

Trudeau fires Canada’s ambassador to China amid Huawei controversy

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has fired Canada's ambassador to China, John McCallum. It follows controversial comments Mr McCallum made about an extradition case involving a senior executive from the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei. Mr Trudeau said...

Germany, France, Spain poised to recognize Venezuela’s Guaido

Three major European countries - Germany, France and Spain - have come out on Saturday saying they are ready to recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president if elections are not called within eight...

Mueller probe: Trump ally Roger Stone arrested

Political strategist Roger Stone, a long-time ally of President Trump, has been arrested in Florida, charged with seven counts in the Mueller probe. Mr Stone will appear in court later in the city of Fort...

Angola decriminalises homosexuality

Parliament in Angola has abolished a law widely interpreted to be a ban on homosexuality. The government has also prohibited discrimination against people on the basis of sexual orientation; anyone refusing to employ or provide...

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