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Turkey calls on international community to form anti-Islamic State alliance

THE  Turkish government was calling on the international community to form an international alliance to fight the scourge of terrorism, Turkish Ambassador to South Africa, Kaan Esener, said on Wednesday morning. “No country is immune from such attacks as we’ve seen repeatedly recently with multiple attacks in Europe and elsewhere,” Esener told the African News Agency (ANA) during an exclusive ... Read More »

Clinton gains an edge over Trump by international union endorsement

THE US’s Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday won the endorsement of the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor federation, giving her a powerful voter turnout engine against Donald Trump. The Republican businessman swiftly accused labor leaders of selling out its membership to a candidate he said was aligned with Wall Street. The exchange underscored Trump’s efforts to win over blue-collar ... Read More »

Thousands evacuated as floods hit Northern France

FLOODS in northern France have caused thousands of people to be evacuated from their homes as waters envelope streets and river banks, French media reported. Some 3 thousand people were evacuated from the town of Nemours, in the Seine-et-Marne region east of Paris, and nearly 5 000 from the department of Essone, south of Paris, including 2 000 from the suburban centre of Longjumeau, ... Read More »

YouTube prankster arrested for climbing HollyWood sign

A YOUTUBE prankster has been arrested after climbing the Hollywood sign. Los Angeles parks officials say 24-year-old Vitaly Zdorovetskiy was taken into custody after climbing up the letter “D” on Wednesday. In video taken from atop the sign and later posted on social media, Zdorovetskiy says, “I’m all the way up, nothing can stop me.” Television showed him waving a ... Read More »

D-Day for Bill Cosby as court sits to decide on whether he goes to trial

BILL  Cosby faces a preliminary hearing Tuesday to determine if his criminal sex-assault case in suburban Philadelphia goes to trial. Prosecutors had declined to charge the comedian-actor over the 2005 complaint, but arrested him in December after his explosive deposition in the woman’s lawsuit became public. In the testimony given in that deposition, Cosby is grilled about giving drugs and ... Read More »

Resumption of Syrian peace talks still in limbo – UN

UN SPECIAL Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura highlighted Thursday that the credibility of the next round of intra-Syrian talks seeking to broker a political end to the five-year conflict in the country hinges on tangible improvements on the ground. “Obviously, we’re in a hurry to reintroduce the next round of intra-Syrian talks,” he said. “We all know that there ... Read More »

UK’s long awaited report on Iraq out in July

THE British government says a long-delayed report on the UK’s involvement in the Iraq war will be published July 6, seven years after the inquiry began. The Cabinet Office said Monday that security checking of the report by retired civil servant John Chilcot has been completed. The 2.6 million-word document will now be prepared for publication. The inquiry into mistakes ... Read More »

US turns to aviation to reduce road accidents

THE  US  government is bringing together top airline and auto company executives to discuss aviation industry practices such as safety data sharing that automakers could adapt to help reduce car accidents, a leading cause of death in America. The US. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have invited chief executives from major automakers and aviation ... Read More »

China and Myanmar to further cement ties

CHINA  and Myanmar pledged here Wednesday to further develop traditional friendship and deepen cooperation between the two countries. While meeting with Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi first conveyed him the greetings from Chinese President Xi Jinping. “Myanmar has achieved the smooth transfer of the government and the Chinese leadership entrusted me with visiting this ... Read More »

Paris claims to have thwarted another terrorism attack

THE  seizure of a weapons cache during the search of a home last week outside Paris thwarted what authorities believe was an“imminent terrorist action,” prosecutor Francois Molins said late Wednesday. Police found five assault rifles and eight handguns, as well as 1.3 kg  of industrial explosive, 105 grams of other explosives, components for possible bomb fuse devices and additional “chemical elements” during the March 24 ... Read More »

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