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    February 18

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Congo’s internet shutdown after election could cause violent backlash

05 January 2019

GENEVA – The United Nations’ human rights office warned on Friday that Democratic Republic of Congo’s decision to cut internet access and block some media outlets after the December 30 elections may cause a violent backlash when results are announced. Read More


German politicians’ data published online in massive breach

04 January 2019

BERLIN – Personal data and documents from hundreds of German politicians and public figures have been published online, in what appears one of the most far-reaching cyber attacks in a country that has become a target of choice for hackers. Read More


US issues China travel advisory amid increased tensions

04 January 2019

WASHINGTON – The United States State Department on Thursday renewed its warning for US citizens traveling in China to exercise increased caution due to “arbitrary enforcement of local laws” amid heightened diplomatic tensions over the arrest in Canada of a Chinese technology... Read More


Russia charges former US marine with espionage

03 January 2019

MOSCOW – A former United States Marine detained in Russia has been charged with espionage, the Interfax news agency said on Thursday, meaning he could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Read More


Shutdown impasse remains after Trump meeting

02 January 2019

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said Wednesday there is no breakthrough on border wall funding that might reopen the government following a White House meeting with President Donald Trump. Read More


Cyber attack hits US newspaper distribution

31 December 2018

A cyber attack caused major printing and delivery disruptions on Saturday at the Los Angeles Times and other major United States newspapers, including ones owned by Tribune Publishing Co such as the Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun. Read More


Delays blight Congo’s presidential vote as opposition cries foul

30 December 2018

KINSHASA – ­Long queues, broken-down machines and torrential rain in the capital disrupted voting in Democratic Republic of Congo’s long-anticipated presidential poll on Sunday, as the opposition alleged widespread irregularities. Read More


Brazil's president-elect plans decree allowing wider gun ownership

30 December 2018

SAO PAULO − Brazil’s far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said on Saturday he plans to issue a decree allowing all Brazilians without criminal records to own firearms, welcome news to many core supporters who want him to loosen Brazil’s strict gun laws. Read More


New Year’s Eve party in Times Square to cheer for press freedom

29 December 2018

NEW YORK − Reporters will be the guests of honour at the New Year’s Eve party in New York’s Times Square on Monday, in what organisers said was a celebration of press freedom after an unusually deadly year for journalists at US news outlets. Read More


Bomb kills three Vietnamese tourists, Egyptian guide near pyramids

29 December 2018

CAIRO − Three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian guide were killed and at least 10 others injured when a roadside bomb blast hit their tour bus on Friday less than 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) from Egypt’s world-famous Giza pyramids, authorities said. Read More


Trump threatens to close Mexico border, blames Democrats over shutdown

28 December 2018

WASHINGTON − President Donald Trump threatened on Friday to close the southern United States border unless Congress agrees to provide $5 billion in taxpayer funds for a border wall with Mexico, blaming Democrats for a partial government shutdown that he previously said... Read More


Several dead in suicide attack on Libyan foreign ministry

26 December 2018

TRIPOLI − Three suicide bombers attacked Libya’s foreign ministry in Tripoli on Tuesday, killing at least two other people as well as themselves, authorities said. The three attackers began their assault with a car bomb, damaging vehicles and buildings, and then... Read More


Christmas revived in a village devastated by Islamic State

26 December 2018

TEL NASRI − The one family still living in a Christian village devastated by Islamic State is working to revive Christmas traditions that have brought at least a few of its people home for the holiday. Read More


See differences as asset, not danger, pope says in Christmas message

25 December 2018

VATICAN CITY − Pope Francis, in his Christmas message to the world, urged people on Tuesday to see differences as a source of richness instead of danger and called for reconciliation in places torn apart by conflict. Read More


Election fears dim Christmas cheer in Congo

25 December 2018

KINSHASA − It’s Christmas in Democratic Republic of Congo, but the atmosphere is more uneasy than festive as frustrated citizens wonder if a postponed presidential vote will take place as promised on December 30. Last week the opposition accepted the authorities’... Read More


Italy’s Mount Etna erupts, authorities close airport

24 December 2018

CATANIA, Italy − Italy’s Mount Etna, Europe’s highest and most active volcano, erupted on Monday, sending a huge column of ash into the sky and causing the closure of Catania airport on Sicily’s eastern coast. Read More


Trump, irritated by resignation letter, pushes out Mattis early

24 December 2018

WASHINGTON – United States President Donald Trump on Sunday said he was replacing Defence Secretary Jim Mattis two months earlier than had been expected, a move officials said was driven by Trump’s anger at Mattis’ resignation letter and its rebuke of his foreign policy.... Read More


Tsunami kills at least 222 in Indonesia after Krakatau eruption

23 December 2018

PANDEGLANG, Indonesia − A tsunami killed at least 222 people and injured hundreds on the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra following an underwater landslide believed to have been caused by the erupting Anak Krakatau volcano, officials said on Sunday. Read More


Volcano-triggered tsunami kills at least 43 in Indonesia, injures hundreds

23 December 2018

JAKARTA − A tsunami killed at least 43 people on the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra and injured hundreds following an underwater landslide caused by a volcanic eruption, the disaster mitigation agency said on Sunday. Read More


UK police arrest man and woman over Gatwick drone disruption

22 December 2018

LONDON − Police have arrested a man and a woman after rogue drone operators crippled London’s Gatwick Airport for three days by repeatedly flying onto the airfield, sparking a major security response. Read More


Few turn out for French ‘yellow vest’ protests, driver dies at road block

22 December 2018

TOULOUSE/PARIS − France’s anti-government “yellow vest” protest was losing steam on Saturday but caused traffic disruption through road blocks across the country, leading to the death of a 10th person since the start of the movement last month. Read More


With more public servants set to go home next month, do you think that the Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation programme (BERT) is working?