Category Archives: Europe

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn to step down, to stay as Chairman

Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn will step down as chief executive at the Japanese automaker but will remain chairman as he focuses on its alliance with Renault and Mitsubishi, the company said Thursday. Ghosn, who is widely credited with turning around

Katy Perry skeletons resemble Trump, May at BRIT awards

A performance by Katy Perry at the Brit Awards on Wednesday saw skeletons wearing outfits matching those of US President Donald Trump and his British counterpart Theresa May. Pop superstar Perry took to the stage at London’s O2 Arena to

UN needs $4.4 bn for famine relief in four countries: Guterres

UN aid agencies need $4.4 billion in emergency funding to address famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday. More than 20 million people face starvation in the four countries and action is needed

British ISIS bomber was ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee

A suicide bomber from the ISIS group was a British citizen detained at Guantanamo Bay, a family member told The Times newspaper on Wednesday. The British fighter who ISIS claimed detonated a suicide bomb against Iraqi forces outside Mosul was

UN mediator expects ‘no breakthrough’ in Syria talks

UN mediator Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday that he expects no breakthrough at Syria peace talks starting on Thursday, but the beginning of a series of rounds of negotiations that aim to reach a political agreement. “We are not

UK appoints 1st female Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

Cressida Dick

The British government says senior officer Cressida Dick will be the next commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police — the first woman to lead Scotland Yard in its 188-year history. Dick, a former assistant commissioner of the force, succeeds Bernard Hogan-Howe,

WTO ratifies first multilateral trade deal

The first multilateral deal agreed at the World Trade Organization came into force on Wednesday, a step billed as a milestone for the body facing unprecedented threats from a hostile US administration. The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has now been

Airbus faces challenges as it enters new era

Airbus will draw a line under two decades of M&A dealmaking and frenetic orders on Wednesday as it reports its first results since the European aerospace and defense group unified under its dominant planemaking arm last month. The sense of

Le Pen refuses to wear headscarf to meet Lebanon’s Grand Mufti

Marine Le Pen, presidential candidate for France’s far-right National Front party, cancelled a meeting on Tuesday with Lebanon’s Grand Mufti after refusing to wear a headscarf for the encounter. “You can pass on my respects to the Grand Mufti, but

UN alarmed by upsurge in Syria fighting

Staffan de Mistura

The United Nations on Monday expressed alarm over escalating fighting in the Damascus area as the world body prepared to launch a new round of peace talks. UN officials have received reports of civilian deaths and injuries from shelling in

Trump’s envoy at UN warns Russia US stands firm on NATO, EU

US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday said the United States is ready to improve ties with Russia but will not compromise on its support for NATO and the European Union. Haley told a Security Council debate on conflicts in Europe

Trump baffles Sweden with crime comment, says it was based on TV report

Donald Trump.

A day after falsely suggesting there was an immigration-related security incident in Sweden, US President Donald Trump said on Sunday his comment was based on a television report he had seen. Trump, who in his first weeks in office has

Russian UN envoy reportedly dies after suffering heart problems

Vitaly Churkin

Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin has died on Monday morning, Russian news agency Interfax is reporting Churkin was at the Russian embassy on East 67th Street when he became sick with a “cardiac condition” around 9:30 am,

Le Pen in Lebanon for first head of state meeting

France’s far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen on Monday met for the first time with a foreign head of state, holding talks in Beirut with Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun. “We discussed the long and fruitful friendship between our

Zarif: Use of chemical weapons in Syria cannot be condoned

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, pointing to Sunni Islamist militants in Syria fighting against its allies in Damascus, told the Munich Security Conference that the use of chemical weapons can never be condoned. Damascus, an ally of majority-shi’ite Iran,

Al-Jubeir: Iran is the main sponsor of global terror

Adel al-Jubeir.

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Sunday rejected Iranian calls for dialogue saying Tehran was the main sponsor of terrorism in the world, a destabilizing force in the Middle East and wanted to “destroy us.” “Iran remains the single main sponsor

Meet the ‘silent sheikh’ who hasn’t spoken since 1990

More than 25 years ago, Sudanese Sheikh Bashir Mohammed Bashir decided to no longer talk and he’s been dubbed the silent sheikh since then. Bashir communicates with people by writing down what he wants to say on paper. He participates

Iran dismisses new US pressure, calls for ‘mutual respect’

Iran’s foreign minister brushed aside new pressure from the United States on Sunday, declaring that his country is “unmoved by threats” but responds well to respect. President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran, the US

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