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Brazil President Rousseff suspended, new leader Temer calls for trust

Brazil President Rousseff suspended, new leader Temer calls for trust

Brazil’s new interim President Michel Temer has addressed the nation after the Senate voted to back the impeachment trial of Dilma Rousseff. “Trust in the values of our people and in our ability to rebuild the economy,” Mr Temer said. He has named a business-friendly cabinet that includes respected former central bank chief Henrique Meirelles as finance minster. Ms Rousseff ...

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Top Hezbollah commander Badreddine killed

Top Hezbollah commander Badreddine killed

Mustafa Amine Badreddine is believed to have been Hezbollah’s second most senior official A senior Hezbollah commander has been killed in an Israeli operation in Syria, the Lebanon-based Shia militant organisation says. It did not provide details, but Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen TV said Mustafa Amine Badreddine died in an Israeli air strike near Damascus airport. Israel has not commented on the ...

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India to ban unofficial maps and satellite photos

India to ban unofficial maps and satellite photos

The bill would require a licence for all existing photographs and maps. India is introducing legislation to ban maps or satellite images of the country unless they are approved by government. The new bill, which would affect digital maps from Google, Apple, and Uber, is facing stiff opposition from campaign groups. It also bans “wrong” information, including disputed international borders. ...

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EU mission ‘failing’ to disrupt Mediterranean people-smugglers

EU mission ‘failing’ to disrupt Mediterranean people-smugglers

The EU mission is authorised to board, search, seize and divert vessels suspected of being used for people smuggling The EU naval mission to tackle people smuggling in the central Mediterranean is failing to achieve its aims, a British parliamentary committee says. In a report, the House of Lords EU Committee says Operation Sophia does not “in any meaningful way” ...

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US gives directive to schools on transgender bathroom access

US gives directive to schools on transgender bathroom access

Public schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity, according to an Obama administration directive issued amid a court fight between the federal government and North Carolina. The guidance from leaders at the departments of Education and Justice says public schools are obligated to treat their transgender students in a way that ...

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US to continue support to Bangladesh in countering terrorism

US to continue support to Bangladesh in countering terrorism

The United States is willing to continue its support to Bangladesh in the fight to counter terrorism in the country. Elizabeth Trudeau, the state department Director of the US, reiterated the words of assurance in a daily press briefing at Washington DC on Thursday. “We continue to stand with the Government of Bangladesh as they take a look at violent ...

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Trump, House Speaker Ryan prepare to meet as Republicans call for unity

Trump, House Speaker Ryan prepare to meet as Republicans call for unity

Straining to mend their party after months of chaos, Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan declared themselves “totally committed” to working together after a fence-mending personal meeting on Thursday. Ryan praised Trump as “very warm and genuine,” and suggested that after initial hesitance he may well end up endorsing the GOP candidate for president. “We will have policy disputes. ...

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Uzbekistan: President’s daughter and the Panama Papers

Uzbekistan: President’s daughter and the Panama Papers

Once nicknamed “Princess”, Gulnara Karimova recorded catchy pop songs, wrote poetry, and designed clothes and jewellery. The 43-year-old elder daughter of Uzbek President Islam Karimov has also held several diplomatic jobs and built a sprawling business empire with interests in almost every branch of the economy of this resource-rich ex-Soviet nation. Leaked US diplomatic cables posted by the WikiLeaks website ...

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