ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) - An Ivory Coast court has sentenced prominent opposition figure and former prime minister Guillaume Soro to life in prison for "undermining the security of the state." The criminal court in the West African country's largest city, Abidjan, also ordered the dissolution of Soro´s political movement, which was created after he resigned as speaker of the legislature in 2019.
ABUJA, June 23 (Reuters) - A week before the latest deadline to pass Nigeria's long-awaited oil overhaul bill, demands for big changes, including from community leaders seeking an increased share of revenues, could push its passage into late this year, four sources told Reuters.
(Reuters) - The party of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen came top in the first round of regional elections in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region around Marseille, beating the incumbent centre-right into second place, according to an exit poll. The Rassemblement National's Thierry Mariani garnered 33% of the vote, the exit poll showed, just ahead of the 30% won by the centre-right's Renaud Muselier, who had struck an alliance with President Emmanuel Macron's party.
For those who lean to the right and live in France, Tuesday night was magnificent. Not only did Les Bleus open their European Championship campaign with a 1-0 victory against Germany, but their boys defied expectation by not taking the knee before kick-off. The build-up to the match had been overshadowed by an announcement on Monday by the team captain, Hugo Lloris, that France would follow England and Wales in taking the knee.
On 14 June, 2021, thousands protested outside Hungary's parliament against a bill which has now passed, banning the mention of LGBT+ people in schools and in the media. (AFP via Getty/ GERGELY BESENYEI) Friends and Harry Potter could be banned in Hungary for “promoting homosexuality” under the country’s new anti-LGBT+ law.
A former presidential aide in DR Congo who had been sentenced to 20 years in a high-profile corruption case has had his term reduced by seven years on appeal, his lawyer said. Vital Kamerhe, 62, who was also a former speaker of the National Assembly, was sentenced last June for embezzling nearly $50 million (44 million euros) of public funds.
On 14 June, 2021, thousands protested outside Hungary's parliament against a bill which has now passed, banning the mention of LGBT+ people in schools. (AFP via Getty/ GERGELY BESENYEI) Lawmakers in Hungary have passed a bill that bans any discussion of LGBT+ people in schools and in the media, in an almost unanimous vote.
Right-wing lawmakers in Hungary have passed a bill that bans the representation of any sexual orientation that isn't heterosexuality in schools. The legislation prohibits sharing any content that portrays or promotes homosexuality or gender reassignment to anybody under the age of 18. It means all LGBT+ content will be banned from sex education in schools in the country, as well as in films and advertisements aimed at under-18s.
DUTY FREE will be returning to the Eurotunnel due to urgent demand since Brexit as the French bureaucracy has been defeated. The sale of duty free products will be able to reopen at the Coquelles terminal of the Eurotunnel, the French government announced on Thursday. The zones were authorised to reopen in the ports of Calais and Dunkirk.
French President Emmanuel Macron has been slapped in the face by a man during a visit to a small town in southeast France. Mr Macron’s office on Tuesday confirmed a video that is widely circulating online. The French president can be seen greeting the public waiting for him behind barriers in the town of Tain-l’Hermitage after he visited a high school that is training students to work in hotels and restaurants.
KINSHASA – Thirty-two members of parliament in the Democratic Republic of Congo, or about 5% of the total, have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, the vice president of the National Assembly said. Even as Congo, like many other African countries, has officially reported relatively few cases and deaths, the virus has rippled through the corridors of power, killing prominent lawmakers and members of the president’s entourage.
Conservative Guillermo Lasso assumed the presidency of Ecuador on Monday, becoming the country's first right-wing leader in 14 years. The 65-year-old former banker beat left-wing economist Andres Arauz in a second-round run-off last month and succeeds the hugely unpopular Lenin Moreno. Dressed in a dark suit with a light blue tie, Lasso was sworn into office by Guadalupe Llori, the president of the National Assembly.
Luong The Huy, 32, is the first openly gay candidate running for Vietnam's National Assembly and one of just nine independentsNhac NGUYEN AFP Hanoi (AFP) As an LGBTQ activist, legal whizz-kid and Vietnam's first openly gay candidate running for a seat in its rubber-stamp parliament, Luong The Huy is determined to lead long-lasting change for the country's marginalised communities.
Fewer independent candidates than before are standing in an election in Vietnam on Sunday to a largely rubber-stamp legislature that is dominated by the Communist Party but which has taken on a growing role in discussing social issues. Despite increasing openness to social change and a plethora of free trade deals, the party - one of the last ruling communist parties in the world - retains tight control over Vietnam and its media, and tolerates little dissent.
Police officers say they risk their lives dailyTHOMAS COEX AFP Paris (AFP) Thousands of French police officers rallied in Paris on Wednesday demanding better protection and harsher punishment for attacks against them, two weeks after the killing of an officer sent shockwaves through the force. Police unions had called for the gathering after officer Eric Masson was shot dead earlier this month while investigating activity at a known drug-dealing site in the southern city of Avignon.
Ecuador's National Assembly on Saturday evening elected a representative of the Pachakutik indigenous political party as its president for the next two years, with the support of allies of conservative President-elect Guillermo Lasso.Lawmaker Guadalupe Llori won the National Assembly presidency with 71 votes in the 137-seat chamber.
Two arrested after clash with crowd in southeastern France French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face on Tuesday by a man in a crowd of onlookers while on an official visit in southern France, in a filmed incident that quickly went viral online. The video shows a masked man in a green t-shirt slapping Mr Macron in the face before his security team quickly intervenes to separate them and whisk the president away.
EMMANUEL MACRON ally Clement Beaune was lambasted over claims the so-called health passport approved by the French National Assembly on Tuesday will serve as a joint European coordination tool.The French European Affairs minister told France 2 TV on Wednesday that the health pass will allow "harmonisation" across the whole of the European Union.