HIROSHIMA, Japan, (Reuters) – Barack Obama yesterday became the first incumbent U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, site of the world’s first atomic bombing, in a gesture Tokyo and Washington hope will showcase their alliance and reinvigorate efforts to rid the world of nuclear arms.
San Diego, Calif, (Reuters) – Donald Trump brought his message of walls and deportations to the doorstep of America’s busiest border crossing on Friday as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee greeted supporters in San Diego, California, amid one of the largest counter-demonstrations organized against him.
PARIS, (Reuters) – French riot police forcibly removed striking workers blocking a large fuel distribution depot yesterday as President Francois Hollande warned anti-reform protesters he would not let them strangle the economy.
DAR ES SALAAM, (Reuters) – Tanzania’s president has sacked his home affairs minister after he turned up to parliament and answered questions while under the influence of alcohol, the presidency said late yesterday.
JOHANNESBURG, (Reuters) – South African President Jacob Zuma yesterday ordered a review of spending on cars for his four wives following a public outcry when the government said it cost 8.6 million rand ($554,000) to buy the vehicles over a three-year period.
CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuelan authorities seized 3.7 metric tons (4.08 U.S. tons) of cocaine and dismantled a drug trafficking ring linked to the bloody Mexican Zetas drug cartel this month, the country’s National Guard said on Thursday.
(Grey Frandsen served as chief of staff of the State Department’s Office for Stabilization Operations after 9/11. He wrote the Defense Department’s guide for civilian-military collaboration in humanitarian emergencies.
JOHANNESBURG, (Reuters) – South Africa’s parliament yesterday approved a bill allowing state expropriations of land to redress racial disparities in land ownership, an emotive issue two decades after the end of apartheid.
SAN SALVADOR, (Reuters) – El Salvador’s Congress yesterday approved a bond issuance of $152 million to finance a series of measures aimed at tackling endemic gang violence in the poor Central American country.
MONROVIA, (Reuters) – A grand jury in Liberia has indicted government officials, including the speaker of parliament and the head of the ruling party, along with London AIM-listed Sable Mining on charges including bribery.
KIEV, (Reuters) – Ukraine has banned former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev from entry for the next five years over his support for Russia’s seizure of Crimea, a spokeswoman for Ukraine’s State Security Service (SBU) said yesterday.
UNITED NATIONS, (Reuters) – The Committee to Protect Journalists, a press freedom watchdog group, was denied consultative status at the United Nations yesterday, with South Africa, Russia and China among the countries that opposed it.
HARARE, (Reuters) – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has granted amnesty to all female prisoners except those on death row or serving life sentences, as prisons struggle to feed inmates due to lack of funding from the government.
DAKAR, (Reuters) – Forests in Senegal’s lush Casamance region risk disappearing within two years because of illegal timber smuggling, one of the West African country’s foremost environmentalists said yesterday.
HAVANA, (Reuters) – Cuba will recognize small and medium-sized private firms as legal entities, a Communist Party document published yesterday showed, a move that could remove obstacles for businesses and foster the emerging private sector.