A dust storm is choking a large swathe of northern China including the capital, Beijing, in yet another air quality crisis to affect the country. Official air quality readings have soared well above the recommended World Health Organization (WHO) limit. Authorities are advising residents to
Somalia’s security forces have shot dead a 31-year-old government minister after mistaking him for a militant Islamist, officials have said. He was killed in his vehicle near the presidential palace in the capital, Mogadishu, the officials added. The president has cut short his visit to
The Duke of Edinburgh is retiring from royal duties this autumn, Buckingham Palace has announced. The decision was made by Prince Philip himself and is supported by the Queen, a palace spokesman said. He will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August but will
French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron appeared to cement his position as the front-runner after his clash with far-right rival Marine Le Pen in Wednesday evening’s final TV debate. French pundits, newspapers and a highly regarded viewers’ poll all declared the centrist candidate the most convincing.
Of the books that journalists and historians have written on the life of Barack Obama, three stand out so far. In “Barack Obama: The Story,” David Maraniss shows us who Obama is. In “Reading Obama,” James T. Kloppenberg explains how Obama thinks. In “The Bridge,”
Media playback is unsupported on your device French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron was more impressive than rival Marine Le Pen in Wednesday evening’s final TV debate, a viewers’ poll says. The candidates traded insults for more than two hours, arguing over terrorism, the economy, and
Opposition protesters have clashed with riot police in chaotic scenes in cities across Venezuela. A rally in Caracas began peacefully before masked youths hurled rocks and fire bombs as they took part in a march of thousands towards parliament. A teenager protester died, as police
The US House of Representatives will hold a vote on Thursday on a revised healthcare bill that Republicans hope will replace Obamacare. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the leadership in the party is confident it has secured enough votes for the bill to pass.
Subscribers in Ghana have expressed frustration following news that social media app WhatsApp is down. The outages have been reported in Europe and Brazil. No explanations have been given but a spokesperson for the company said the problem has been recognised. “We’re working to restore
The two contenders for the French presidency are about to go head to head in a TV debate seen as the climax of a long and bitter campaign. The aim for centrist Emmanuel Macron and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen is to win the