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Cuba frees political inmates on US list

Cuba frees political inmates on US list

​The US State Department has announced that Cuban authorities have released some of nearly 53 political prisoners on Washington’s list. The department spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, said that the US government wanted to see the release of all those on its list of political activists held by Havana but refused to elaborate on the identity of [&hellip

‘Hostage-taking underway in Paris’

‘Hostage-taking underway in Paris’

A hostage situation has allegedly developed in Paris amid the police’s pursuit of the suspects of the recent deadly terror attack in the French capital. On Friday, security sources said a hostage-taking was underway at a business north-east of Paris after the police exchanged fire with two men during a car chase. French special operations forces [&hellip

Mali president names new prime minister

Mali president names new prime minister

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has appointed a new prime minister following the resignation of Moussa Mara. According to a Thursday presidential decree, 73-year-old Modibo Keita, one of the government’s top negotiators during talks with rebel groups in northern Mali, will replace Mara. Mara, who had taken office just eight months ago, stepped down under [&hellip

Former Thai PM faces impeachment

Former Thai PM faces impeachment

Thailand’s military-appointed assembly has opened impeachment proceedings against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra. She and her supporters have dismissed the charges against her as being politically motivated. Former prime minister Yingluck told Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly, appointed by the ruling military junta, on Friday that the whole procedure against her was an act of futility. [&hellip

Unexpected win for opposition in Sri Lanka

Unexpected win for opposition in Sri Lanka

​Surprise challenger Maithripala Sirisena has emerged victorious in the Sri Lankan presidential election. The one-time ally of President Rajapaksa has promised to revoke his rival’s authoritarian laws. President Mahinda Rajapaksa (pictured above) who once seemed invincible, admitted on Friday to being bested by opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena in Sri Lanka’s tense presidential election. “The president [&hellip

Mourinho hit with FA charge

Mourinho hit with FA charge

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged by the Football Association for criticising officials after December’s 1-1 draw at Southampton. Mourinho was upset at referee Anthony Taylor for not awarding a penalty with midfielder Cesc Fabregas instead booked for diving after going down in the area under Matt Targett’s challenge. After the match at St [&hellip

African award for Yaya Toure

African award for Yaya Toure

​Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been named African Footballer of the Year for a record fourth consecutive time. The Ivory Coast international equalled the tally of former Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o but became the first player to win the title four times in a row. Toure, 31, saw off competition from Borussia Dortmund’s Gabonese [&hellip

Egypt set to hold parliamentary elections

Egypt set to hold parliamentary elections

​Egypt plans to hold the first parliamentary elections since the ouster of the country’s first democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi. According to the organizers of the parliamentary elections on Thursday, the polls will be held in two stages from March 21 to May 7. The elections will be held in 14 Egyptian provinces on March 22-23, [&hellip

CAR Muslims ‘targeted by gross crimes’

CAR Muslims ‘targeted by gross crimes’

A UN report has revealed that crimes against humanity, including ethnic cleansing, have been committed against the Muslim population in the Central African Republic (CAR) during the ongoing conflict in the country. The 127-page report, compiled by a UN commission of inquiry and published on Thursday, said, “Thousands of people died as a result of [&hellip

Driverless cars on road in 10 yrs: Study

Driverless cars on road in 10 yrs: Study

Self-driving cars could make up nearly 10 percent of global vehicle sales, reaching 12 million cars a year by 2035, industry experts say. The so-called autopilot systems will be introduced in stages over the next five to 10 years, the US-based Boston Consulting Group (BCG) said in a study published on Thursday. The first such [&hellip