Macron On to Africa,

French President Emmanuel Macron is heading to Africa to try to revive French influence and move beyond post-colonial tensions, despite skepticism and threats of demonstrations, AP reports. Unions in Burkina Faso have called for protests for Macron’s trip, which starts Monday night. In his first big speech on Africa policy, the 39-year-old leader is expectedContinue reading “Macron On to Africa,”

Putin urges all states to eliminate chemical weapons

President Vladimir Putin has called on all countries to destroy their chemical weapons stockpiles, following the example of Russia. He sent greetings to the delegates of the 22nd Session of the Conference of the States Parties of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). “We call on the countries which have chemical weapons toContinue reading “Putin urges all states to eliminate chemical weapons”

Merkel: EU needs stable German

Chancellor Angela Merkel shed pressure on Monday on the Social Democrats (SPD) to rejoin a “grand coalition” with her conservatives. She argues that the EU and the wider world urgently needs a stable German government in place, media  said. “There are European elections in 2019… so there is a big expectation that we take positions,” she toldContinue reading “Merkel: EU needs stable German”

Xi calls for a ‘toilet revolution’

President Xi Jinping clarion call, the country to push ahead with its so-called “toilet revolution” to clean up bathrooms nationwide. State-run China Central Television gave wide coverage to Xi’s direction on Monday. Xi hailed the achievements of the program his administration launched 2 years ago. He said the issue must be tackled not just inContinue reading “Xi calls for a ‘toilet revolution’”

Japan, Israel to ink infrastructure project MOU

Japan and Israel are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding to make it easier for Japanese firms to take part in Israeli infrastructure projects. The deal will likely be signed by Israel’s Economy and Industry Ministry and a public-private fund, Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport & Urban Development. Covenants,  Israel will provide biddingContinue reading “Japan, Israel to ink infrastructure project MOU”

Eastern Europe, China summit

Leaders and ministers from 16 countries in Central and Eastern Europe, including Balkan nations, met in the Hungarian capital of Budapest on Monday. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also took part. Eastern and Central European countries are stepping up their pursuit of investment from China for infrastructure and economic development. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban toldContinue reading “Eastern Europe, China summit”

Pak PM Abbasi visit Saudi Arabia

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia discussed bilateral relations as well as the regional and international issues of mutual interest in a meeting here on Monday during the former’s one-day visit to the Kingdom. During his meeting with the King, the two dignitaries reviewed theContinue reading “Pak PM Abbasi visit Saudi Arabia”

8th edition of Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Ivanka Trump, the daughter and adviser of U.S. President Donald Trump, has arrived in India for the annual global entrepreneurship summit, foreign ministry officials said Tuesday. The summit scheduled to held in the southern city of Hyderabad Tuesday is being co-hosted by India and the United States. Ivanka accompanied by several top administration officials reached India lateContinue reading “8th edition of Global Entrepreneurship Summit”