Ex-French leader held over Gaddafi funding

Ex-French leader held over Gaddafi funding

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Sarkozy (left) clinched big trade deals for France with Libya’s Gaddafi in 2007 when he was president Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been taken into police custody for questioning over allegations that he received campaign funding from the late Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi. Police are investigating alleged […]

Spanish ship seized by Italy for saving migrants from Libya return

Spanish ship seized by Italy for saving migrants from Libya return

Image copyright EPA Image caption Proactiva Open Arms was operating rescue missions in the Mediterranean until its seizure in Sicily Italian authorities have seized a Spanish charity’s rescue ship after it brought 216 migrants stranded off the coast of Libya to Sicilian shores. Proactiva Open Arms picked up the migrants and refused to release them […]

Rhino dies: Sudan was the last male northern white

Rhino dies: Sudan was the last male northern white

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sudan, pictured in 2016, was 45 years old The world’s last surviving male northern white rhino has died after months of ill health, his carers said. Sudan, who lived at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, was put to sleep on Monday after age-related complications worsened. His death at the […]

Xi Jinping tells NPC China must not be complacent

Xi Jinping tells NPC China must not be complacent

Image copyright AFP Image caption Xi Jinping laid out his grand vision for China’s future Chinese President Xi Jinping has told the National People’s Congress (NPC) that China must not become complacent about its development. Speaking at the closing session of the annual parliament, Mr Xi said China was a critical stage in its history […]

Zimbabwe stolen funds amnesty: Millions still to be returned

Zimbabwe stolen funds amnesty: Millions still to be returned

Image copyright EPA Image caption Emmerson Mnangagwa has promised to crackdown on corruption in Zimbabwe Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has released the names of hundreds of companies and individuals who failed to return $827m (£590m) illegally stashed abroad despite an amnesty. After taking office last year Mr Mnangagwa gave individuals and companies 90 days to […]

Donald Trump warned by Republicans over Mueller’s Russia inquiry

Donald Trump warned by Republicans over Mueller’s Russia inquiry

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Donald Trump’s use of Twitter to attack opponents is unprecedented US President Donald Trump has been warned by fellow Republican against interfering special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigations. It came after he attacked Mr Mueller’s inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. In tweets at the weekend, […]

Austin package bombs: Police increase reward for information

Austin package bombs: Police increase reward for information

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police chief Brian Manley addressed the suspect, or suspects on Sunday directly: “We want to listen to you” US officials are stepping up their response after a deadly wave of parcel bombings in Austin, Texas, by offering $100,000 (£71,000) for information. The new reward, announced on Sunday, comes on top […]

Somalia clans secure peace with death sentences and hefty fines

Somalia clans secure peace with death sentences and hefty fines

Image copyright AFP Image caption A Somali MP says anyone who refuses to hand over a gun to police should be shot “straight away in the head” Two rival Somali clans have signed up to a groundbreaking peace deal which aims to end the cycle of revenge killings. Following three weeks of mediation, the rival […]

Mauritius President Gurib-Fakim to resign – lawyer

Mauritius President Gurib-Fakim to resign – lawyer

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ameenah Gurib-Fakim became the first woman to be appointed president in 2015 Africa’s only female head of state, Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, has resigned and will leave office on Friday, her lawyer says. Ms Gurib-Fakim has been engulfed by an expenses scandal. She denied any misconduct amid claims that she […]

Former FBI deputy head Andrew McCabe sacked

Former FBI deputy head Andrew McCabe sacked

Image copyright AFP/Getty US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has fired FBI official Andrew McCabe, who had been accused of political bias by President Donald Trump. In January Mr McCabe resigned as deputy director and was placed on leave. He had been deeply involved in the FBI investigations into Hillary Clinton’s use of email and Russia’s […]