Uneasy calm in Hong Kong after day of violence over extradition bill

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong authorities were shutting government offices in the city’s financial district for the rest of the week after a day of violence over an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial. Police officers fire tear gas during a demonstration against a proposed extradition

UK leadership hopefuls launch campaigns to take control of Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) – Several of the leading candidates to become Britain’s next prime minister and take on the challenge of delivering Brexit will launch their leadership campaigns on Monday, as the crowded contest officially begins. Britain is seeking a new leader after Theresa May announced she would resign, having failed to deliver Brexit on schedule

South Africa’s largest opposition party promises to lead coalitions, tackle racism

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), although heading for defeat in May 8 national elections, pledged to forge coalitions with smaller parties to break the dominance of the ruling ANC, especially at the local level. Supporters cheer Mmusi Maimane, leader of South Africa’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance

UPDATE 1-Tanzania denies blocking release of scathing IMF report

(Adds response from IMF) By Fumbuka Ng’wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM, April 23 (Reuters) – Tanzania on Tuesday denied blocking the publication of a critical International Monetary Fund report that accuses President John Magufuli’s government of undermining economic growth with “unpredictable and interventionist” policies. In the leaked report, seen by Reuters last week and which the

Home market still a dream for African carmakers

* Home-grown carmakers hope for slice of huge African market * Global car giants also making a push in Africa * Local firms face same obstacles but lack finance, infrastructure By Duncan Miriri NAIROBI, April 12 (Reuters) – Since its launch in 2014, Mobius Motors, Kenya’s only home-grown automaker, has only produced around 50 test

Weary EU set to give yet more time for Brexit

BRUSSELS/LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Brexit will not be on Friday, EU leaders will confirm when they meet British Prime Minister Theresa May at another crisis summit on Wednesday, but diplomats said they are still wrestling on how long it might be delayed and under what conditions. A man waves a European flag at a rally held

Millions of women still landless despite global push for equality

WASHINGTON, March 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Millions of women worldwide are still unable to access and own land despite laws recognising their rights, researchers and campaigners said on Monday as they urged countries to bridge the gap between policy and practice. Patriarchal attitudes towards women and girls and a lack of knowledge of their

Britain still hopeful of weekend Brexit breakthrough, says Hunt

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s government is still hopeful it can secure a Brexit breakthrough with the European Union this weekend ahead of a key parliamentary vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal next week, foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday. With only 22 days before Britain is due to leave the EU, May has

Algerian police disperse journalists protesting in capital

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Police in Algeria briefly detained several journalists at a protest in the capital on Thursday calling for the right to cover rarely seen anti-government demonstrations which began a week ago, according to witnesses and Reuters television footage. Journalists protest calling for the right to cover rarely seen anti-government demonstrations, which began a

Three UK Conservatives quit party in protest at disastrous Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) – Three pro-EU lawmakers from Britain’s governing Conservatives quit over the government’s “disastrous handling of Brexit” on Wednesday, in a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May’s attempts to unite her party around plans to leave the European Union. FILE PHOTO: British lawmaker Anna Soubry is seen outside the Houses of Parliament in London,

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