President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday announced that France would withdraw its ambassador from Niger, followed by the French military contingent in the coming months, a move welcomed by Niger's military leaders as a "step towards sovereignty".Niger's military rulers responded swiftly in a statement read out on national television, "This Sunday, we celebrate a new step towards the sovereignty of Niger," said the statement from the military rulers, who seized power by overthrowing President Mohamed
President Emmanuel Macron's announcement is a significant blow to France’s policy in Africa, after French troops pulled out of neighboring Mali and Burkina Faso.
The standoff between gunmen and Kosovo authorities at a monastery near the border with Serbia ended Sunday night, authorities in Pristina said, following a police operation to regain control of the area. Kosovo police also confirmed that the Jarinje and Brnjak border crossings between Serbia and Kosovo had been closed following the incident.
At 32, Venezuelan Victor Manuel Atencio had finally had it: The crisis roiling his country, he felt, had ruined all his hopes for the future. Once he was finally standing on American soil, Atencio embraced a travel companion.
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has admitted she had hoped to do "better" on controlling irregular migration, which has surged since her far-right party won historic elections a year ago.Meloni's post-fascist Brothers of Italy party was elected in large part on a promise to reduce mass migration into Italy.
The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) on Sunday lost a tight mayoral race where the party had been tipped to secure the office of city mayor for the first time. The party secured its first district administrator position in June, also in Thuringia, and its first town mayor in July in neighbouring Saxony-Anhalt.
The Republican presidential candidate said he has "no interest" in becoming a senator, days after Menendez was accused of taking bribes from businessmen.
Ethnic Armenian refugees began to leave Nagorno-Karabakh on Sunday for the first time since Azerbaijan launched an offensive designed to seize control of the breakaway territory and perhaps end a three-decade-old conflict.But, bogged down in its own war in Ukraine, Russia refused to come to Armenia's assistance in the latest Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, arguing that Yerevan itself had recognised the disputed region as part of Azerbaijan.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Sunday signalled a major foreign policy shift away from Russia, following Moscow's refusal to enter the latest conflict with Azerbaijani over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.It argued that Yerevan itself had recognised the disputed region as part of Azerbaijan, and refused to come to Armenia's aid.
Nagorno-Karabakh pensioner Svetlana Isakhanyan walked into her new life in Armenia wearing green slippers and carrying only a handbag with a passport.But it also meant that Isakhanyan and a few dozen others, who became the first Nagorno-Karabakh refugees to enter Armenia since last year, needed to uproot their lives and start all over again.
President Joe Biden is set to host leaders of Pacific island nations with an aim of countering China's ever-growing influence, proffering goodies ranging from an American football experience to shiny new embassies.- Absence noted - China's influence will be felt through the absence of the prime minister of the Solomon Islands, now closely aligned with Beijing.
Lawmakers will on Tuesday begin debating Alberto Nunez-Feijoo's bid to become Spain's next prime minister a day before an inauguration vote the right-wing opposition leader is almost certain to lose. The parliamentary debate begins on Tuesday with a speech by Feijoo followed by a first vote on Wednesday when he will need to secure 176 votes in favour.
Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians in a pre-dawn raid Sunday in the West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said, as the army confirmed it dismantled a militant "operational command centre" in the occupied territory. During a raid by Israeli forces at the same camp on September 5, a member of the Islamic Jihad militant group was shot dead.
An open records request shows the GOP gubernatorial nominee sent 11 emails to top aides in a year and a half, and not one text message. His office won't say why.
Filipino fisherman Arnel Satam guns the motor of his tiny wooden boat as he makes a dash for the shallow waters of Scarborough Shoal in the disputed South China Sea, with Chinese coast guard speedboats in hot pursuit.China, which claims sovereignty over almost the entire South China Sea, snatched control of Scarborough Shoal from the Philippines in 2012.
The Red Sea's spectacular coral reefs face a new threat, marine biologists warn -- the mass death of sea urchins that may be caused by a mystery disease.Because the long-spined creatures feed on algae that can suffocate corals, their die-off could "destroy our entire coral reef ecosystem", warned scientist Lisa-Maria Schmidt.
A sleepy Bavarian village could decide the future of BMW's drive towards electromobility as it goes to the polls on Sunday over the German automobile giant's plans to build a huge battery factory.- High-voltage batteries - The factory would be "a huge opportunity for the region to invest in sustainable technologies and jobs for the future", he said.
Austrian company Doppelmayr is well known for making gondolas for ski resorts, but its workshop is increasingly building cable cars for congested cities as climate change has opened up new markets."But climate change will of course cause demand to shift," he said.
SEOUL (Reuters) -South Korea's LG Chem Ltd has entered a partnership with China's Huayou Group's subsidiary Youshan, it said on Sunday, to build a joint electric vehicle (EV) battery material plant in Morocco to diversify its portfolio. Huayou has joined the growing number of Chinese electric vehicle and battery companies seeking to expand overseas to get closer to their foreign clients and benefit from local incentives. In a separate statement, Huayou's listed unit Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Co said it intended to build plants with LG Chem in Indonesia and Morocco under a strategic partnership to promote international growth.
Armenia on Saturday urged the United Nations to send a mission to ensure the safety of ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh after the territory was seized back by Azerbaijan, which promised to respect minority rights.He called for the United Nations to send a mission immediately to Nagorno-Karabakh to "monitor and assess the human rights, humanitarian and security situation on the ground."
Ethiopia said Saturday it had begun a second round of talks with Egypt and Sudan over a controversial mega-dam built by Addis Ababa on the Nile, long a source of tensions among the three nations.Egypt and Sudan fear the massive $4.2-billion dam will severely reduce the share of Nile water they receive and had repeatedly asked Addis Ababa to stop filling it until an agreement was reached.