Angolans choose new leader to replace Jose Eduardo dos Santos

Angolans choose new leader to replace Jose Eduardo dos Santos

Angolans are heading to the polls to vote for a successor for their veteran leader. Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been in power in the oil-rich country since 1979, making him the world’s second-longest serving president. He is not contesting this election – Defence Minister Joao Lourenco is standing for the governing MPLA party. His main challenger is expected to be Isias Samakuva, from the MPLA’s rival in the 27-year civil war, Unita. Under Angola’s…

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May: Supreme Court will be ultimate arbiter of UK law after Brexit

May: Supreme Court will be ultimate arbiter of UK law after Brexit

The Supreme Court will be the ultimate arbiter of law in the UK after Brexit, Theresa May has said. The PM was speaking ahead of the publication of a paper that will set out the Government’s position on a new legal framework for Britain’s future relationship with the EU. The paper will say that “direct jurisdiction” of the European Court of Justice will end when Britain’s membership in the EU ends in March 2019. But…

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Trump: My Charlottesville response was ‘perfect’

Trump: My Charlottesville response was ‘perfect’

Donald Trump has said his much-criticised response to riots in Charlottesville was “perfect” – and claimed North Korea was starting to respect America. Mr Trump made his comments during a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, a day after his primetime speech outlining his strategy for Afghanistan. The rally drew many protesters who were angry for his failing to denounce white supremacists who had clashed with anti-fascist protesters earlier this month. The Charlottesville protests resulted in the…

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Trump vows to ‘close government’ to build Mexico wall

Trump vows to ‘close government’ to build Mexico wall

Donald Trump has vowed to close down the US government if necessary to build his wall along the Mexico border. The president told supporters at a “Make America Great Again” rally in Phoenix, Arizona, that the opposition Democrats were being “obstructionist”. During the 80-minute speech, he also took aim at the media, blaming them for giving far right groups “a platform”. But he selectively quoted his initial response to violence at a far-right rally that…

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Trump’s Phoenix speech was bizarre and dishonest

Trump’s Phoenix speech was bizarre and dishonest

When the clouds of pepper spray clear from the streets of Phoenix, Americans will survey the wreckage of Donald Trump’s latest assault on the rules of American politics. The uncompromising dispersal of protesters by police was a dramatic end to another extraordinary night in Trump world. Can there be any more telling image of the simmering temperature of American politics right now than what happened outside of where the President had just been speaking? ┬áPolice…

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May accused of Brexit climbdown over role of European Court of Justice

May accused of Brexit climbdown over role of European Court of Justice

Britain could still be subject to some rulings by the European Court of Justice after Brexit, after an apparent climbdown by Theresa May. A Government blueprint on how the UK will treat rulings by the court will say its “direct jurisdiction” will end when Britain leaves the EU. That appears to fall short of the Prime Minister’s pledge in her Lancaster House speech on Brexit in January and will anger hardline Tory Brexiteers. The Government…

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US Navy ‘to sack’ Fleet commander

US Navy ‘to sack’ Fleet commander

The US Navy is to dismiss Vice Adm Joseph Aucoin as commander of the Seventh Fleet following a string of collisions involving warships in Asia, US officials have said. Ten sailors are still missing after the USS John S McCain collided with an oil tanker near Singapore on Monday. Navy officials say human remains have since been found on the ship, which is now in port in Singapore. The crash was the fourth such incident…

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Trump’s North Korea phone call defended by Guam governor

Trump’s North Korea phone call defended by Guam governor

President Trump predicted Guam’s tourism would be boosted by North Korea’s threats – but the island’s governor is not insulted. There should be a “more aggressive position from all countries” in dealing with North Korea, the governor of Guam has told Sky News. On the eve of military drills in the Asia-Pacific region which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could view as provocative, Eddie Calvo also told us about his take on a phone…

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Trump rules out Afghan troops withdrawal

Trump rules out Afghan troops withdrawal

The US leader says that withdrawing troops would leave a vacuum which would be filled by terrorists. Donald Trump has laid the way for an increase in US troops in Afghanistan, vowing he would “fight to win” America’s longest war. The President said his original instinct was to pull US forces out but he now feared such a move would leave a vacuum for terrorists to fill. Mr Trump did not specify how many more…

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North Korea warns of nuclear war over US military drills with South

North Korea warns of nuclear war over US military drills with South

North Korea has warned the US will be “pouring gasolene on the fire”┬áby conducting a war game with its long-time southern foe. The 10-day joint military exercise with South Korea has been condemned by Pyongyang as “reckless behaviour driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war”. It views the annual drills, which have now got under way, as a provocation and a practice for invasion. The manoeuvres come amid a war of…

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