President Donald Trump has been criticised at home and abroad after announcing he is ending US ties with the World Health Organization (WHO).
The EU urged him to reconsider the decision, while Germany's health minister called it a "disappointing setback for international health".
The head of the US Senate's health committee, a Republican like Mr Trump, said now was not the time to leave.
Mr Trump said the WHO had failed to hold China to account over coronavirus.
The WHO, a UN agency that helps countries promote healthcare and tackle outbreaks of disease, has faced regular criticism from the US president over its handling of the outbreak.
He suspended US funding to the WHO last month and on Friday permanently halted the payment, which last year stood at more than $400m (£324...
Twitter has hidden a tweet by President Donald Trump from his profile, saying it violates rules about glorifying violence.
It did the same hours later when the official White House account tweeted a copy of the president's words.
Instead of being deleted, both tweets can be viewed by clicking on a prominent warning.
It says that "Twitter has determined that it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain accessible."
This is the latest twist in an escalating row between Twitter and the White House.
Mr Trump was tweeting about the US city of Minneapolis, which has seen consecutive nights of protests following the death of a black man in police custody. Image copyright Twitter Image caption Users have to press the View button to be able to see the President's tweet...
A police station in Minneapolis has been set alight during a third night of protests over the death of an unarmed black man in custody on Monday.
A police officer was filmed kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, 46, despite him saying he could not breathe.
President Donald Trump said "thugs" were dishonouring his memory and called on the National Guard to restore order.
The incident has added to anger over police killings of black Americans, including Breonna Taylor in Kentucky.
Mr Floyd's family have demanded that the four police officers implicated in his death face murder charges. Prosecutors have said they are still gathering evidence.
A CNN journalist, Omar Jimenez, and his camera crew were arrested live on air by Minnesota state police officers on Friday morning, appa...
Police fired tear gas and protesters threw rocks and sprayed graffiti on police cars.
Video of the death shows George Floyd, 46, groaning "I can't breathe" as a policeman kneels on his neck.
Four police officers have been fired, with the mayor saying that being black "should not be a death sentence".
The incident echoes the case of Eric Garner, who was placed in a police chokehold in New York in 2014. His death became a rallying call against police brutality and was a driving force in the Black Lives Matter movement.
What happened at the protests?
They began in the afternoon on Tuesday, when hundreds of people came to the intersection where the incident had taken place on Monday evening.
Organisers tried to keep the protest peaceful and maintain coronavirus social distan...
the graduation ceremony, Regional English Language Officer, George M.
Chinnery commended the Access Program students for their dedicationDAR
ES SALAAM, Tanzania, February 17, 2020/ -- On February 15 and 16, 2020,
the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania awarded graduation certificates to the 47
students of the U.S. Embassy’s English ‘Access’ Microscholarship Program
in Tanga (13 female and 12 male) and Unguja – Zanzibar (12 female and
10 male). These students successfully completed their two-year biweekly
after-school English classes, focusing on English language, community
development, and civic engagement. The U.S. Embassy supports four
additional Access classes throughout Tanzania –in Mbeya, Lindi, Mwanza,
and Pemba. In early April 2020, the Embassy will open additional cla...
Iran will never hold talks with the United States under pressure,
President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, adding that Tehran's help was
essential in establishing security in the Middle East.
Relations between Tehran and Washington reached crisis point in 2018
after US President Donald Trump abandoned a 2015 pact between Iran and
world powers under which Tehran accepted curbs to its nuclear programme
in return for the lifting of sanctions.
Tensions spiked further following the killing of Iran's most
prominent military commander Qassem Suleimani on January 3 by US drone
attacks at Baghdad airport. In retaliation, Iran attacked US targets in
Iraq in January.
Mr Trump has adopted a policy of "maximum pressure" to force Tehran
to negotiate a broader deal that further curbs I...
The United States which denied entry visas to Sri Lanka Army
Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva and his family this week ‘officially’
reasoning that it has credible information he was “responsible for
gross violation of human rights and extrajudicial killings” earlier
revoked or denied visas to International Criminal Court (ICC) members
who were scheduled to visit the U.S. to investigate alleged war crimes
by the U.S. military in Afghanistan.Sri Lanka’s Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva
The Trump administration announced last year it was barring entry
into the U.S. to ICC investigators to probe into possible U.S. war
crimes in Afghanistan in 2017. A 2016 ICC report accused the U.S.
military of torturing at least 61 prisoners in Afghanistan and accused
the CIA of subject...
In last week’s State of the Union address, President Trump gave a
rosy portrayal of the US economy. American workers, according to Trump,
have never had it so good.
“Wages,” he declared, “are rising
fast.” Household income, he claimed, “is the highest ever recorded.” The
results of Trump’s policies, since first taking office three years ago,
is a “blue-collar boom.” This coincides, according to Trump, with a 70
percent run-up in the stock market, “adding more than $12 trillion to
our nation’s wealth.” For the American ruling class, the massive profits
they are making on the stock market is the real criterion of economic
success, not the conditions of life for the working class.
reality is very different than the fantasy which Trump delivered over
the country’s airwave...
Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were buried in a cemetery near the family's Southern California home, according to death certificates.
Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar features meticulous landscaping, open courtyards and fountains that “express the joy of living," according to its website. Actor John Wayne, who died in 1979, also is buried there.
The Bryants and seven others were killed in a Jan. 26 helicopter
crash. The retired basketball superstar, his daughter and the other
victims will be honored at a Feb. 24 public memorial at Staples Center,
where Bryant starred for most of his 20-year career with the Los Angeles
The date 2/24 corresponds with the No. 24 jersey he wore and the No. 2 worn by Gianna, whose team was coa...
called for cooperation among international partners and governments to
create economic opportunity and prosperity that is broadly sharedADDIS
ABABA, Ethiopia, February 10, 2020/ -- Canada’s Prime Minister Justin
Trudeau convened a meeting for African heads of state, foreign ministers
and representatives of the United Nations and other multilateral bodies
on Monday to discuss ways to secure peace across the continent as a
necessary condition for prosperity. Trudeau, the 2020 chair of
the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission, called for cooperation
among international partners and governments to create economic
opportunity and prosperity that is broadly shared, “…as a way not just
of countering the pull of extremism in some places or the cynicism of
African leaders on Sunday condemned US President Donald Trump's
Mideast peace plan as illegitimate, taking advantage of an African Union
summit to voice solidarity with "the Palestinian cause". AU
Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat told assembled heads of state
that the plan unveiled in late January represented the "umpteenth
violation of multiple United Nations and African Union resolutions".He
said that it was prepared without international consultation and that
it "trampled on the rights of the Palestinian people", a line that drew
applause in the main hall at AU headquarters.
long-delayed peace proposals were immediately rejected by the
Palestinians, who have boycotted his administration over its pro-Israel
stance.The proposals include giving Israel the gree...
A delegation of African American investors has pledged to invest to a
tune of s1.1 trillion ($300m) in the health and real estate sectors in
According to Mark Anthony Hernandez they chose to invest in Uganda because of the peace and security that the country enjoys.
are a delegation of African Americans from California interested in
bringing back African American dollars back to Africa,” Hernandez said
during a media briefing at the Entebbe international airport.
investors who are set to meet President Yoweri Museveni next week, were
received by Abbey Kigozi Walusimbi, the NRM chairman –Diaspora league.
the media about their planned investment in Uganda, Hernandez said they
plan to invest in Neurosurgery in the health sector.
A US Army officer who testified in President Donald Trump’s
impeachment probe was pushed out of his White House job on Friday, his
Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman was escorted out
of the White House where he worked on the National Security Council,
with his lawyer calling the move an act of revenge by the president.
“Vindman was asked to leave for telling the truth,” lawyer David Pressman said.
Hours earlier, Trump had said he wanted Vindman gone.
not happy with him,” Trump, who was acquitted by the Senate on
Wednesday of charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, told
“You think I’m supposed to be happy with him?” Trump said. “I’m not.”
who served as director of European affairs on the National Security
The Senate, run by the president's fellow Republicans, voted to
acquit him 52-48 on charges of abuse of power and 53-47 on obstruction
Democrats charged Mr Trump in December with pressuring Ukraine to smear a potential White House rival.
He will now become the first impeached president to seek re-election.
Impeachment allows Congress - the part of the US government that writes and brings in laws - to put presidents on trial.
It is a rare event and a political process, rather than a criminal one.
its historic vote on Wednesday, the Senate decided not to remove
America's 45th president from office on charges arising from his
dealings with Ukraine.
If convicted on either charge, Mr Trump would have had to turn over his office to Vice-President Mike Pen...
President Donald Trump believes security alliances with other countries are U.S. liabilities rather than assets.
on this outlandish view, Trump is seeking to force U.S. allies to pay
not just the cost of keeping American military troops stationed abroad
but also to pay part of the bill for core U.S. military
operations, including maintaining its "nuclear umbrella."
Trump administration, in talks with South Korea over the stationing of
U.S. troops in the country, is demanding that Seoul pay five times more
than it does now, according to U.S. media reports. It also looks likely
to demand that Japan cough up around four times more in host-nation
support, in talks slated for later this year.
cannot provide much more: As of fis...
Ambassador Mull Katende has on Friday, January 31 received paintings
of Uganda’s wildlife from Ugandan artist Solomon Jjagwe and his wife
Kim, as part of a cultural and tourism promotion partnership with the
Uganda Embassy, Washington, DC. His artwork will be on loan to the
Uganda Embassy and will be displayed on some of the Official Chancery
walls as well as at the Official Residence.
Solomon, is an independent film director, 3D artist and animator
originally from Uganda, currently based in the US. He attended Ohio
Valley University, Montgomery College and George Mason University,
majoring in Art and Visual Technology.
Since November of 2009, Solomon works full time on projects that
emphasize wildlife conservation through his animated mountain gorilla
film, Galiwango, Ob...
U.S. officials on Friday declared the coronavirus outbreak a public
health emergency. The declaration comes as American officials announced
the seventh confirmed case of coronavirus in the country in a patient
residing in Santa Clara, California, and Chinese officials announced
more than 10,000 confirmed cases.
As a result of the declaration,
foreign nationals who have traveled to China in the last two weeks and
aren't immediate family members of U.S. citizens or permanent residents
will be temporarily banned from entering the country, according to
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. Azar also announced that
anyone entering the U.S. who has been in China's Hubei province in the
last two weeks will be subject to a two-week quarantine.
US citizens returning from Hubei province, where the outbreak started, will be quarantined for 14 days.
Almost 12,000 cases of the new virus have been confirmed, most of them in China, since it emerged in December.
More than 100 cases have been reported outside China, in 22 countries.
On Friday, Beijing said the death toll had risen by 46 to 259 - all of them in China and 249 in Hubei.
it emerged that the number of new coronavirus cases worldwide had
overtaken that of the Sars epidemic, which spread to more than two dozen
countries in 2003.
There were around 8,100 cases of Sars - severe
acute respiratory syndrome - during the eight-month outbreak. In total,
774 people were killed by Sars.
On Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global he...
nations have been added to a new travel ban by United States president
Donald Trump. Incidentally, only one of the quartet is a Muslim-majority
nation i.e. Sudan.
The others are Eritrea, Nigeria and Tanzania. The quartet are joined
by the Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan. During an engagement on the sidelines of
the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump, told the
Wall Street Journal that plans were afoot to upgrade the controversial
The measure largely affects specific types of visas. Analysts have
averred that business or visitor visas could likely be impacted.
Barely a year after coming into office back in 2017, Trump issued
his first controversial travel ban which barred people from
Muslim-majority countries from entering the United Stat...
When a lawyer for President Donald Trump suggested to senators this
week that whatever a president does in pursuit of reelection is
inherently in the public’s interest, the moment crystallised fears among
some of Trump’s critics about creeping presidential autocracy.
“If a president does something which he believes will help him get
elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo
that results in impeachment,” said the lawyer, Alan Dershowitz. He
sought on Thursday to clarify or walk back his remarks, saying on
Twitter that they were mischaracterised.
But the wave of outrage underscored how the politics of the Trump era
— and his lawyers’ efforts to help Trump advance his agenda and defend
himself from scrutiny — have become infused with concerns abou...