Sudan: Prime minister and wife at home "under heavy security" after military coup – as ministers reject takeover

Sudan’s prime minister Abdalla Hamdock and his wife are at home “under heavy security” after the military seized control in a violent coup. The premier was allowed to return to his house in Kafouri, in the state of Khartoum on Tuesday, according to an official who asked to remain anonymous.

Exclusive-Myanmar junta minister blames economic woes partly on foreign-backed 'sabotage'

(Reuters) -Myanmar’s military-appointed authorities are doing their best to revive an economy in turmoil since a February coup and stabilise the kyat currency, a minister told Reuters on Tuesday, blaming the crisis partly on foreign backers of its opponents.Myanmar’s Investment and Foreign Economic Relations Minister Aung Naing Oo speaks during

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to UN General Assembly: We are all connected

By RNZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has urged world leaders to address rising inequality and make international trade “more open and inclusive” in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. She addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York today via video link. Ardern previously announced she would not travel

COVID-19: Minister wants staff in ‘at least’ two or three days a week with ‘cautious approach’ to civil servants returning to desks

A minister has told Sky News he would like staff in his department to be coming into the office “at least” two or three days a week, after the government insisted it would follow a “cautious” approach to civil servants returning to their desks. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng was asked

Mid-air drama: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s plane diverted, passenger suffers medical emergency

An Air New Zealand flight carrying Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has had to be diverted due to another passenger suffering a medical emergency. Ardern was flying from Auckland to Nelson on flight NZ5065 for an engagement at midday, the Herald understands. An Air NZ spokeswoman confirmed the flight had to

Watch live: Health Minister Chris Hipkins and health chief Ashley Bloomfield update on community cases

Health Minister Chris Hipkins and director general of health Ashley Bloomfield are giving an update on the response to Covid-19. The 1pm press conference was always scheduled for today to update on the results of the testing over the weekend. They will also be asked about the investigation into the

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hardens language on Trump’s presidency

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has loosened herself a little from diplomatic strictures to describe Donald Trump’s presidency of the United States as “tumultuous”. And she expressed a desire on behalf of the whole world for a more settled period under new US President Joe Biden who was sworn in today

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won’t say if she’s backing Chris Liddell for OECD’s top job

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won’t say whether or not she supports top Donald Trump official and New Zealand-born Chris Liddell to take charge of the all-important OECD. This is despite National and Act both withdrawing their previously pledged support for the entrepreneur-turned-top-political-player’s bid to become the next OECD Secretary-General. He

John Roughan: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has failed over Whakaari/White Island

OPINION: Throughout the recent election campaign, enthusiastic reviews of Jacinda Ardern’s performance as Prime Minister cited her response to three “crises”: the Christchurch mosque attacks, the Whakaari/White Island tragedy and the coronavirus. On the first and last, she did well. Her responses were decisive and made an international impact. But

Coronavirus: Business minister Nadhim Zahawi criticises ‘inappropriate’ plans to give MPs £3,500 pay rise

A government minister has criticised “inappropriate” plans to give MPs a pay rise in the middle of the coronavirus crisis. Business minister Nadhim Zahawi called on the independent body that decides MPs’ salaries to “explain themselves” after they recommended keeping the existing method of calculating pay. This has seen MPs