Colombia given second chance at a peace deal

The Colombian government and the FARC on Saturday signed a modified peace deal, six weeks after the initial deal was rejected through a national referendum. The modified agreement has omitted some controversial benefits initially given to the FARC, such as a provision guaranteeing FARC’s political wing 16 seats in Congress over an eight-year period. Former Colombian president, Alvaro Uribe, is calling for an opportunity for critics and war victims to examine the new agreement. However, current President, Juan Manuel Santos, aims to move quickly with the deal – seeking to get approval through...

Facts prove that cooperation is only way says Chinese Premier to Trump

China and the US will have one of the strongest relationships moving forward, said US President-elect Tump’s office in a statement made shortly after the leaders of the two nations spoke on the phone. A statement from Trump’s presidential transition office said, “During the call, the leaders established a clear sense of mutual respect for one another, and President-elect Trump stated that he believes the two leaders will have one of the strongest relationships for both countries moving forward. China’s president Xi Jinping during the call with US President-elect Donal Trump said that...

Myanmar troops fire on Rohingya Muslim areas

The Myanmar government confirmed that troops had fired on villages in Rakhine belonging to Rohingya Muslims, the BBC reported on Sunday. The report corroborates photographs released by Human Rights Watch which shows villages burnt to ground with 430 destroyed buildings. “New satellite images not only confirm the widespread destruction of Rohingya villages but show that it was even greater than we first thought,” Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch said. “Burmese authorities should promptly establish a UN-assisted investigation as a first step toward ensuring justice and security...

China trade more important than ever says UK

China’s trade is “more important than ever to the UK” said the British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond at a press conference with China’s Vice-Premier. Mr Hammond added that it was important for the UK to tap into the Chinese market, with the country’s middle class population expected to reach 600 million, reports the BBC. Speaking after a meeting with Mr Hammond on his visit to the UK, China’s Vice-Premier, Ma Kai, added, “China wishes to see a UK and Europe that encourage stability and high prosperity. China will be happy to see the UK and Europe reaches a win-win relationship...

Protests after Trump wins US presidential election

Protests took place in major cities across the United States on Wednesday as thousands came out to express their anger at the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, victory in the presidential election. Mr Trump beat his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton by 279 to 228 electoral college votes, despite Mrs Clinton reportedly winning the popular vote. One of the largest protests was by Trump Tower in New York, with demonstrators chanting, "Not our president!" See here , here and here for more.

Suspected Basque separatist leader arrested

Mikel Irastorza, the suspected leader of the Basque separatist group ETA, has been arrested on Saturday in southwestern France according to latest reports. Spain’s Interior Ministry said in a statement that the arrest would make it “difficult for the terrorist group to reach any of its objectives". He is thought to have been leading the group since after previous leaders David Pla and Iratxe Sorzábal were arrested in September of 2015. More than 300 ETA militants remain in prison claim Spanish authorities. ETA has been fighting for an independent Basque state in northern Spain and southern...

UK opens new Department for International Trade (DIT) in Tamil Nadu

The British government opened up a new office for the Department for International Trade (DIT) in Chennai today, as it looks to expand links across the region. British Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai, Bharat Joshi, opened the new centre and said that the UK's “ties with India have never been stronger”. “Our new Prime Minister’s visit next month to open the India-UK TECH Summit with Prime Minister Modi is another milestone in this key relationship and reflects India’s importance as a strategic partner,” he added. UK Prime Minister Theresa May's visit to India will be her first outside of...

Civilians and US troops killed in heavy Afghan fighting

At least 30 civilians have been killed by an alleged NATO air strike in northern Afghanistan where heavy fighting with the Taliban has seen the death of two US soldiers. Local Afghan officials in the city of Kunduz blamed NATO air strikes for the deaths, after angry protestors brought bodies of the dead to the governor's office, reports the BBC . The New York Times reported 22 bodies were brought into Kunduz hospital including 14 of them children and four women. One of the protestors, 55-year-old labourer Taza Gul told the BBC: "I am heartbroken. I have lost seven members of my family. I want...

Pro-Kurdish politicians arrested by Turkey over 'terrorism'

The leaders of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic party (HDP) and at least 10 other MPs have been arrested by Turkish authorities over charges linking them to “terrorist propaganda” on Friday. Those arrested included HDP leaders Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ in early morning raids that also saw internet services cut off to the Kurdish southeast. The Turkish government has accused the HDP of being the political wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which for decades has been fighting for a separate state. Commenting on the arrests, Turkey's Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said...

English and Scottish FA to defy Fifa ban and wear poppies on Armistice day

The Football Associations of England and Scotland have confirmed that they will defy the ban on players wearing poppies when the teams meet on Armistice Day. The world football’s governing Body Fifa prohibits political, religious and commercial messages on shirts. However, the chief executive of the English Football Association FA Martin Glenn told the BBC that the players from both sides would wear the poppy symbol, and were willing to accept any punishment. Speaking at Prime Minister’s questions, British Prime Minister Ms Theresa May added to the debate stating, “"Our football players want...

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