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Spain Prime Minister Forced to Quit in No Confidence Vote

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has been forced out of office by a no-confidence vote in parliament. Socialist Leader Pedro Sánchez, who filed the motion after Mr Rajoy’s party was implicated in an alleged corruption scandal, will now become the new PM. “We’re going to sign a new page in the history […]

Germany to Check 18,000 Asylum Decisions Amid Bribe Scandal

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) will check 18,000 decisions on granting asylum since 2000 on suspicion of corruption in its Bremen branch, local media reported on Friday. In April, a scandal erupted after it was revealed that a former official of BAMF’s Bremen regional office and his four other […]

Russia Moves to Deepen Ties With Iran Despite U.S. Sanctions

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Russia is to  deepen ties with Iran, in spite of  the U.S. decision to boycott international nuclear deal and impose new sanctions on Tehran,  Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday. President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that the U.S. was withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. He said […]

Putin Takes New Oath of Office

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken oath of office for a new six-year term. After taking the oath Monday, the Constitutional Court Chairman Valery Zorkin handed him over to him the symbols of state power as well as announced his assumption of office. It would be recalled that Presidential election held in […]

Armenian Prime Minister, Serzh Sargsyan Resigns

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Following the protest instigated by opposition, the Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan has resigned from the office. Mr. Sargsyan’s resignation occurred after 11 days of protests against his overdue stay in power. The opposition supporters accuse him of serving beyond the maximum and mandatory 10 years as President. The PM while making […]

German Police Raid Prostitution Ring, Detain More Than 100

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – More than 1,500 officers of German police on Wednesday carried out nationwide raids against members of suspected illegal prostitution ring in the biggest single operation in the history of German police. A police spokesperson confirmed media reports that seven arrest warrants were successfully delivered and more than 100 individuals were temporarily taken […]

Vatican Denies Pope Says “Hell Does Not Exist”

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Pope Francis has denied the Thursday’s story that reported him as saying “Hell Does Not Exist.” In an alleged interview for Italian journal La Repubblica, the pope told atheist journalist Eugenio Scalfari that bad souls “are not punished” and that “There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls.” The […]

Mob Protests Against Authority’s Laxity Over Russian Deadly Fire Disaster

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Thousands of protesters have stormed the Siberian city of Kemerovo, to express their dissatisfaction at Russian officials over the Sunday leisure complex fire incident which killed not less than 64, including 41 children. President Vladimir Putin arrived in the city earlier and blamed “criminal negligence” for Sunday’s blaze. Reports indicate that relatives […]

French Police Detains Sarkozy Over Gaddafi’s Election Funding

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A former French President Nicolas Sarkozy Tuesday was being held in police custody for questioning by Magistrates over allegations of benefitting from Libyan funding for his 2007 election campaign. France opened a judicial inquiry in 2013 into allegations that Sarkozy’s successful 2007 election bid benefited from illicit funds from late Libyan leader […]

26 Servicemen Killed as Russian Military Plane Crashes in Syria

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A Russian transport plane has crashed in Syria, killing 26 passengers and six crew members believed on board. The Defence Ministry was quoted as saying that the crash occurred during landing at the Hmeimim airbase, near the Syrian coastal city of Latakia. Russia has confirmed that the plane was not fired upon, […]

Russia Jet Carrying 71 People Crashes After Take-off

A Russian airliner has crashed after leaving Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, killing all 65 passengers and six crew on board. The Saratov Airlines jet vanished minutes after take-off and crashed near the village of Argunovo, about 80km (50 miles) south-east of Moscow. The cause of crash is unclear. Investigators and emergency crews are working at the […]

Theresa May: Trump Was Wrong to Retweet far-right Posts

Photo: UK Prime Minister Theresa May  (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said Donald Trump was “wrong” to retweet posts from a British far-right group. But she stressed the “special relationship” between Britain and the US was “in both our nations’ interests” and should continue. And she rejected calls to cancel a state […]

Ousted Catalonia’s Leader, 4 Aides Surrender To Belgian Police

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The deposed Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his former advisers have handed themselves to the Belgian police. A prosecutor’s’ spokesman who confirmed the development, said an investigating judge would decide by Monday morning whether to execute an EU arrest warrant issued by a Spanish judge last Friday. It […]

Jacinda Ardern Becomes New Zealand’s Youngest Prime Minister

Photo: Jacinda Ardern (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – New Zealand is set for a centre-left coalition government led by Labour head Jacinda Ardern. Ms Ardern has been opposition leader for the last three months. At 37, she is set to be the country’s youngest prime minister since 1856. Her Labour Party came second in September’s election, where no […]

Referendum: Spain Move to Suspend Catalonia Autonomy

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Spain is to start suspending Catalonia’s autonomy from Saturday, as the region’s leader threatens to declare independence. The government said ministers would meet to activate Article 155 of the constitution, allowing it to take over running of the region. Catalonia’s leader said the region’s parliament would vote on independence if Spain continued […]

German Polls: Angela Merkel Wins 4th Term As far-right Makes Gain

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Chancellor Angela Merkel clinched a fourth term in Germany’s election on Sunday, but her victory was clouded by the hard-right AfD party winning its first seats in parliament. Merkel, who after 12 years in power held a double-digit lead for most of the campaign, scored around 32.9 percent of the vote with […]

Russia Demands Return of its 2 Closed Compounds in US

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Russia demanded Monday that the United States return two compounds that were ordered closed last year after the U.S. intelligence community concluded that Moscow had interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the U.S. closure of the properties in the eastern states of New York and Maryland […]

G20 Summit Protesters Kick Against Trump, Putin Presence in Germany

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The US and Russian leaders have met face to face in Germany amidst protest against them by people over their presence. Although, the two leaders are in Germany for G20 summit holding in Hamburg, still, Mr. Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin declared that they wanted to repair ties damaged by […]

Drone Disrupts Flight Operations at Gatwick Airport

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A drone flying close to Gatwick airport has forced closure of the runway and subsequently diversion not less than two flights. A statement from the airport confirmed: “Due to reports of a drone observation in the vicinity of the airfield, runway operations at Gatwick were suspended between 18:10 BST and […]

French Police Tackle Another Suspected Terrorists’ Attack

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Security operatives are in action around the Champs Elysees area, Paris after a car crashed into a police van and burst into flames. The national Police Twitter account confirmed that there was an “ongoing police operation”, warning people to respect the security cordon. Security source told French news agency that the driver […]

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