Month: February 2019

Michael Cohen: Ex-lawyer tells Congress Trump directed lies

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen has claimed Mr Trump wanted him to lie about a property deal in Moscow amid his election campaign. In congressional testimony, Cohen said Mr Trump directed covert plans for the skyscraper, even while he denied having any business in Russia. He […]

India demands Pakistan release pilot as Kashmir crisis intensifies

Media playback is unsupported on your device India has demanded the release of a fighter pilot shot down by Pakistan warplanes in a major escalation between the two nuclear powers over Kashmir. Video showing the pilot – blindfolded and with blood on his face – was shared by Pakistan’s information ministry. India described the images […]

OneWeb launches mega-constellation pathfinder satellites

The first six satellites for OneWeb’s mega-constellation have launched on a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana. The spacecraft are the pathfinders in a network the London-based start-up is building to take high-speed broadband internet to every corner of the globe. Other companies have similar plans, but OneWeb believes it has first-mover advantage with an operational […]

Kim Trump summit: Leaders in day of nuclear talks in Vietnam

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un have begun a crucial final day of talks in Vietnam on nuclear disarmament. Little progress has been made towards denuclearisation since a first historic summit last year. All eyes are on what if any concrete steps will be […]

US gun laws: House passes bill expanding background checks

The US House of Representatives has approved a bill expanding background checks for all gun sales, including those at gun shows and on the internet. The legislation is the most significant gun control measure to make progress in Congress in more than two decades. The Democratic-controlled House passed it by 240 votes to 190. The […]

Jody Wilson-Raybould: Ex-minister increases pressure on Trudeau

A former Canadian justice minister says she faced attempts at interference and “veiled threats” from top government officials seeking a legal favour for a firm facing a corruption trial. Jody Wilson-Raybould said she was pressed repeatedly to “find a solution” for engineering giant SNC-Lavalin. PM Justin Trudeau said he disagreed with the minister’s testimony and […]

Nigeria election: Atiku Abubakar rejects Muhammadu Buhari’s victory

Media playback is unsupported on your device The runner-up in Nigeria’s presidential election has rejected the result as a “throwback to the jackboot era of military dictatorship”. Atiku Abubakar criticised what he called a “sham election” and has vowed to go to court. President Muhammadu Buhari, who was re-elected in Saturday’s poll, insisted that it […]

Cairo station fire: Train crash causes deadly blaze

Media playback is unsupported on your device At least 20 people have been killed and 40 injured after a train crash sparked a large fire at Cairo’s main railway station, Egyptian officials say. The train hit a buffer stop near the end of a busy platform at Ramses Station, which is in the city centre. […]

Nicaragua releases dozens of prisoners ahead of talks

Dozens of Nicaraguans who were jailed for taking part in anti-government protests have been released, a human rights organisation says. The number of those released is not yet clear but witnesses said minibuses with inmates had left a number of jails. The move comes just hours before talks between the government and an umbrella opposition […]

Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed to host a fundraising dinner

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will be hosting a fundraising dinner to help secure $1bn for infrastructure projects in the capital, Addis Ababa. Officials said tickets will be charged at more than $175,000 per person, but further details are unclear. The dinner hopes to boost foreign investment into one of Africa’s fastest growing economies. Since […]