Turkish President orders removal of 10 ambassadors, including NZ representative

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that he had ordered 10 foreign ambassadors who called for the release of a jailed philanthropist to be declared persona non grata. The envoys, including the US, French and German representatives in Ankara, issued a statement earlier this week calling for a resolution

Afghanistan: US president Joe Biden promises to get Americans home but admits ‘cannot promise’ final outcome

President Joe Biden has told US citizens stuck in Afghanistan and allies who worked alongside American forces “we will get you home”, but admitted he cannot promise what the “final outcome” of the troop withdrawal will be. In a news conference at the White House, he admitted images of people

Official: Haiti President Jovenel Moïse assassinated at home

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated after a group of unidentified people attacked his private residence, the country’s interim prime minister said in a statement on Wednesday. First Lady Martine Moïse is hospitalised following the attack late Tuesday, interim Premier Claude Joseph said. Joseph condemned what he called a “hateful,

Honduras president Juan Orlando Hernandez ‘helped export cocaine to US’, federal prosecutors claim

New York federal prosecutors have alleged that Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández took bribes from drug traffickers to help export huge shipments of cocaine to the US. Documents submitted on Friday by prosecutors in the southern district of New York allege Mr Hernandez had the country’s armed forces protect a cocaine laboratory and

President Trump assails COVID relief bill, suggests he may not sign – The Denver Post

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is assailing the bipartisan $900 billion pandemic relief package that Congress just passed and is suggesting that he may not sign it. Trump complained in a video that he tweeted out Tuesday night that the bill delivered too much money to foreign countries, but not

Exiled president accused of statutory rape

The Bolivian justice ministry has filed a criminal complaint against former President Evo Morales for statutory rape and human trafficking. It comes after photographs were published in national media of the 60-year-old ex-leader with a young woman who was reportedly a minor at the time. He has not commented on

Mali president seized by mutinying soldiers

Mali President Ibrahim Boubakar Keïta has been arrested by mutinying soldiers, a government spokesman has confirmed to the BBC. Prime Minister Boubou Cissé has also been arrested, despite earlier appeals for “brotherly dialogue”. The coup attempt began with gunfire inside a key military base, some 15km (nine miles) from the

Democratic presidential candidate Biden says he is targeting early August to announce his vice presidential pick

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Tuesday he hoped to announce his choice of vice presidential candidate in early August. Biden has promised to pick a woman as his running mate for the Nov. 3 election where he hopes to unseat Republican President Donald Trump

Mexico: President admits he ordered El Chapo’s son’s release during cartel gun battle

Mexico’s president said he personally ordered the release of drug lord El Chapo’s son during a shoot-out between a cartel and security forces – and claimed he saved hundreds of lives in doing so. An operation in October caused Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s government considerable embarrassment after security forces briefly

Mexico president challenges critics to vote him out early

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday offered to bring forward a referendum on his presidency to June 2021 from 2022 as he sought to silence mounting criticism from businesses and the opposition of his record in power. In recent days, critics of Lopez Obrador’s