Canadian PM Trudeau cancels US visit marking new trade deal

MONTREAL (AFP) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not visit Washington this week to celebrate a new North American trade pact with his US and Mexican counterparts Donald Trump and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, his office said on Monday (July 6). "Despite recent discussions about Canada's possible participation, the Prime Minister will be in … Continue reading Canadian PM Trudeau cancels US visit marking new trade deal

French President Macron picks new interior minister in Cabinet revamp

PARIS (AFP) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday (July 6) replaced his embattled interior minister in a cabinet reshuffle days after changing his prime minister, as he seeks to stake out a "new path" for France through its worst economic crisis since World War II. After a weekend of painstaking consultations with new premier … Continue reading French President Macron picks new interior minister in Cabinet revamp

Dalai Lama channels ‘Inner World’ in album to mark 85th birthday

New Delhi (AFP) Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama launched an assault on the music charts on Monday by releasing his first album to mark his 85th birthday. "Inner World", in which the Dalai Lama chants meditations and Buddhist sayings, was inspired by New Zealand follower Junelle Kunin who spent five years working on the … Continue reading Dalai Lama channels ‘Inner World’ in album to mark 85th birthday

Son clashes with Lloris as Spurs beat Everton

London (AFP) Tottenham forward Son Heung-min was involved in a furious row with team-mate Hugo Lloris at half-time in their side's 1-0 win against Everton on Monday. As Son walked towards the players' tunnel at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, France goalkeeper Lloris confronted the South Korea star, shouting at him and shoving his shoulder. Tottenham … Continue reading Son clashes with Lloris as Spurs beat Everton

Peru president criticizes new immunity bill

Lima (AFP) Peru's President Martin Vizcarra on Monday lambasted a reform approved by Congress that strips presidents, ministers and lawmakers of their immunity, saying it was a smokescreen designed to maintain impunity. "It's a ploy to maintain parliamentary immunity," Vizcarra said, accusing Congress of using unconstitutional methods to approve the bill that would ensure it … Continue reading Peru president criticizes new immunity bill

Haiti police break up demo protesting worsening crime

Port-au-Prince (AFP) Police in Haiti fired tear gas Monday to disperse a protest over an uptick in violent crime in the capital, sparking alarm from rights groups. "Every day people are killed, either with guns or knives, in broad daylight in the poorer neighborhoods," said Marie-Rosy Auguste Ducena, who works with Haiti's National Network for … Continue reading Haiti police break up demo protesting worsening crime

US judge temporarily closes controversial oil pipeline

New York (AFP) A US judge on Monday ordered the closure, at least temporarily, of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which has been the subject of dispute and massive protest for years by Native American tribes and environmental groups. Activists protested and blocked construction of the controversial $3.8-billion, 1,172-mile oil pipeline for months in 2016, objecting … Continue reading US judge temporarily closes controversial oil pipeline

Brazil’s Bolsonaro dilutes face mask law again

Brasília (AFP) Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday made more changes to weaken a law requiring the wearing of face masks in public places in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. On Friday, the far right president had already watered down the bill by vetoing several articles, including ones requiring employers to supply … Continue reading Brazil’s Bolsonaro dilutes face mask law again

Iraqi jihadism expert Hisham al-Hashemi killed

Baghdad (AFP) Renowned jihadism expert Hisham al-Hashemi was shot outside his home in Baghdad on Monday and died shortly thereafter at a local hospital, Iraqi officials told AFP. Hashemi was an authoritative voice on Sunni jihadist factions including the Islamic State group, but was also frequently consulted by media and foreign governments on domestic Iraqi … Continue reading Iraqi jihadism expert Hisham al-Hashemi killed

Commonwealth should ‘acknowledge’ past wrongs, says Prince Harry

London (AFP) Prince Harry has urged the Commonwealth, which his grandmother heads, to acknowledge its uncomfortable colonial past, in video extracts published on Monday. The 35-year-old royal and his wife, Meghan, joined a video conference call with leaders organised by the Queen's Commonwealth Trust (QCT) from their base in the United States. Harry, Duke of … Continue reading Commonwealth should ‘acknowledge’ past wrongs, says Prince Harry

Russians, Saudis top UK ‘independent’ sanctions list for rights violators

London (AFP) Britain on Monday identified 49 "notorious" individuals and organisations, 25 of them Russian and 20 Saudis, to be sanctioned under its first post-Brexit targeting of accused human rights violators, prompting immediate anger from Moscow. The Russians are listed for their alleged involvement in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and the Saudis for … Continue reading Russians, Saudis top UK ‘independent’ sanctions list for rights violators

US lawmakers press Colombia on killings of rights activists

Washington (AFP) Nearly 100 Democratic lawmakers on Monday urged President Donald Trump's administration to press Colombia over attacks on rights activists and warned that US assistance should not contribute to surveillance. A UN report earlier this year found that 108 human rights defenders were killed last year in Colombia, with activists of indigenous and African … Continue reading US lawmakers press Colombia on killings of rights activists