Trump administration moves to keep full CIA ‘torture’ report secret
03 June 2017 | 5:41 am
U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has begun returning to Congress copies of a voluminous 2014 report describing the CIA's harsh detention and interrogation programs, U.S. officials said on Friday.
24 Nov 2020
In an interview with FRANCE 24, Leon Panetta, a former US Secretary of Defense and former CIA director, discussed President Donald Trump's refusal to concede the presidential race to Joe Biden, a situation the US had never experienced. He added that Trump, who has 'operated by chaos for the last four years', is now making sure that the last few weeks of his administration 'are also chaotic'. Yet however long the current president 'will resist reality', Panetta said that he hopes 'the combination of the Republican leadership and the Congress' will finally persuade Trump that 'it is over'.
13 Dec 2020
The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that could kick Chinese companies off American stock markets if they don’t disclose more information and comply with US audit rules. A Senate version of the bill was already passed in May, and President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill into law before he leaves office. Plus, Uber is reportedly in advanced talks to sell its flying taxi unit to an American aviation firm, as it shifts its focus to food delivery from its pandemic-hit ride hailing business.
23 Dec 2020
US lawmakers in the House and Senate have approved a massive pandemic stimulus package. The bill would see most Americans receive a one-time $600 payment.
8 Jan 2021
Kim Jong Un said the country's economic goals were not met "in almost all areas to a great extent." New development policies are expected to be set during the ongoing party congress, which is being held after five years.
9 Jan 2021
A new Venezuelan parliament dominated by ruling socialists has been inaugurated, consolidating President Nicolas Maduro's grip. Out of a job as speaker, opposition head Juan Guido vowed to chair rival sessions online.
9 Jan 2021
US President-elect Joe Biden refuses to weigh in on moves to impeach President Donald Trump, saying the matter is up to Congress.
19 Feb 2021
The CEO of Robinhood, a Reddit influencer and Wall Street hedge fund managers have all faced a grilling from US lawmakers over the recent frenzy around GameStop. The House Financial Services Committee asked six key witnesses whether the extreme volatility in the shares last month, which rose almost 2,000 percent in a short space of time, exposed questionable market practices and potential conflicts of interest. But first, Renault booked a net loss of €8 billion for 2020 as global car sales dropped by more than a fifth, although the situation recovered strongly in the second half of the year.
8 Mar 2021
The NPC is China's biggest annual political event. On the agenda this year are the economy's "green transformation" and the nation's continued rise as a global power.
14 Mar 2021
Mexico's lower house of Congress has passed legislation that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Proponents believe the bill could help lessen the influence of the country's powerful drug cartels.
11 Mar 2021
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces the approval in Congress of a $1.9 trillion relief package, as the floor erupts into cheer and applause. The bill, which cleared the Senate last weekend, now heads to the White House, where Biden -- who made the American Rescue Plan his top legislative priority -- said he plans to sign the measure into law on Friday.
25 Mar 2021
President Joe Biden calls for the United States to ban assault weapons, as he urges Congress to act on gun control in the wake of a mass shooting in Colorado. "I don't need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common sense steps that will save lives in the future," says Biden in an address from the White House.
12 Apr 2021
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Official results have yet to be announced, but the two leading candidates are running neck and neck in results tallied by local media. Disappointingly, Tuesday's election witnessed a low voter turnout compared with 2017.
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A deadly fire at Cuba's main oil terminal Matanzas is still burning days after one of its gas tanks was struck by lightning. Mexico and Venezuela have deployed teams to help contain the blaze.
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Footage circulating on social media shows black smoke rising in the area of a Russian military air base in Crimea. Meanwhile, Russian oil transit has been reportedly halted to three EU countries.
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Serena Williams delivered an impressive physical performance in challenging conditions to return to winning ways at the Toronto Open on Monday and then said she can see the light at the end of the tennis tunnel in her career. Williams was forced to dig deep during her 6-3 6-4 first-round victory over Spain's Nuria Parrizas Diaz that saw the two women exchange blasts from the baseline in sweltering conditions on a hot and humid centre court.
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The leaders of Estonia and Finland have called for European nations to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians. Both nations are being used as a route for Russian tourists seeking to skirt an EU ban on air travel.
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Stacks of hairy yams line a market in Ibadan, Nigeria, where traders haggle over quality and price before loading them into cars for the last mile to consumers. Nearby, a man navigates heavy traffic with a hand cart piled high with the tubers. Yams - pounded into paste, ground into flour, boiled or fried – provide sustenance and livelihoods across West Africa.