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‘Abnormal sensations of sound and pressure‘ reported at US consulate in China

‘Abnormal sensations of sound and pressure‘ reported at US consulate in China © Courtesy of the website of the US Consulate General in Guangzhou. A U.S. government employee in southern China reported abnormal sensations of sound and pressure, the State Department said Wednesday, recalling similar experiences among American diplomats in Cuba who later fell ill. A US government employee in […]

Saudi-led strikes ‘destroy’ Houthi boats threatening tanker in Red Sea

Saudi-led strikes ‘destroy’ Houthi boats threatening tanker in Red Sea © Abdo Hyder, AFP | A view of Yemen‘s rebel-held Red Sea port of Hodeida on November 7, 2017 A Saudi-led military coalition destroyed two Houthi boats threatening an oil tanker in the Red Sea on Wednesday, state media reported. United Arab Emirates (UAE) coalition forces destroyed two boats deployed […]

Brazilian President Michel Temer scraps plans to seek re-election

Brazilian President Michel Temer scraps plans to seek re-election © Evaristo Sa, AFP | Brazilian President Michel Temer in the capital Brasilia on May 22, 2018 Brazil‘s President Michel Temer ended speculation on Tuesday that he might seek re-election despite dismal poll ratings, saying he would instead endorse his finance minister for the presidency in October‘s election. 's decision Tuesday […]

French rail workers vote overwhelmingly against government reforms

French rail workers vote overwhelmingly against government reforms © Jean-Sebastien Evrard, AFP | An employee of France‘s national state-owned railway company (SNCF) wears a pin reading “on strike” on May 25, 2016 Workers at France’s state-owned SNCF rail company on Wednesday resoundingly rejected President Emmanuel Macron’s planned overhaul of the railways in an internal ballot organised by labour unions. ’s […]

US ambassador ‘tricked‘ into posing with doctored photo of East Jerusalem

US ambassador ‘tricked‘ into posing with doctored photo of East Jerusalem © France 24 screen grab The US embassy in Israel has said ambassador David Friedman was duped into being pictured receiving a provocative photo of annexed east Jerusalem with the revered Al-Aqsa mosque erased, an episode that provoked Palestinian anger on Wednesday. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's adviser for religious […]

French PM Philippe cancels visit to Israel next month

French PM Philippe cancels visit to Israel next month © Ludovic Marin, AFP | French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe leaves the Elysée Presidential Palace in Paris after attending a weekly cabinet meeting on May 23, 2018 France‘s Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has cancelled a planned trip to Israel early next month, citing “domestic agenda reasons”, his office said on Wednesday. […]

Kagame in France to repair ties frayed over Rwandan genocide

Kagame in France to repair ties frayed over Rwandan genocide © Ludovic Marin, AFP | Rwandan President Paul Kagame pictured with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace on May 23. French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Rwandan President Paul Kagame to the Élysée Palace on Wednesday as they sought to improve bilateral ties following two decades of tension over […]