Washington DC: Mexico tariffs

Washington DC: Mexico tariffs

In a surprise move that rattled global stock markets, President Trump threatened to impose a 5% tariff on all imports from Mexico, in an attempt to put more pressure on its government to curb migrant numbers. Trump said the tariff would increase by five percentage points each month, up to Continue Reading

Rome: Fed-up PM

Rome: Fed-up PM

, unless they stop fighting each other. Conte, a former academic, was asked to become PM last year by both Luigi Di Maio of the Five Star Movement and Matteo Salvini of the far-right League. But since then, he has struggled to keep the peace between the two men: they Continue Reading

Gatineau, Canada Indigenous “genocide”

Gatineau, Canada Indigenous “genocide”

A landmark national inquiry has found that Canada has been complicit in a “race-based genocide of Indigenous peoples… empowered by colonial structures” and state inaction. The findings of the three-year government inquiry were unveiled at a solemn ceremony attended by PM Justin Trudeau, Indigenous leaders and families of some of Continue Reading

Paris: “March of the mutilated”

Paris: “March of the mutilated”

About 300 people, including many who have suffered injuries during gilets jaunes street protests in recent months, took part in a selfdescribed “march of the mutilated” through Paris on Sunday, to protest against what they say are brutally repressive police tactics. According to official statistics covering the period up to Continue Reading

America’s gun lobby

America’s gun lobby

The mass shooting in Virginia last week has thrown light on the key role of the National Rifle Association (NRA). What is it? Is there a call for tighter gun laws? Yes. The rate of mass shootings in the US – 59 people were killed in the Las Vegas shooting Continue Reading

New York: Whales return

New York: Whales return

Wildlife lovers in New York have been treated to the remarkable sight of humpback whales in the Hudson River. According to the group Gotham Whale, 272 cetaceans were spotted in New York City waters last year, up from only five in 2011. The group puts the surge in numbers down Continue Reading

Budapest: Recovery operation

Budapest: Recovery operation

Hungarian and South Korean diver rescue teams recovered more bodies from the Danube this week, the victims of last Wednesday’s pleasure boat disaster in Budapest. Strong currents and rising water levels on the Danube, swollen by weeks of heavy rain, have made the operation extremely difficult. One of the 13 Continue Reading

The race to replace May

The race to replace May

The Tory leadership contenders ratcheted up their campaigns this week in preparation for the formal launch of the contest. Nominations to replace Theresa May will close at 5pm on Monday, after which Tory MPs will embark on a series of votes to whittle down the number of contenders to two, Continue Reading