INTERNATIONAL

Armenian leaders face crunch talks after protests

Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan has called for a "velvet revolution"

The organiser of anti-government protests in Armenia says he will hold talks with Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan early on Sunday. Nikol Pashinyan has been leading calls for Mr Sargsyan to resign over a constitutional change that opponents say is an attempt to retain power. The change transferred significant power to the prime minister, a role Mr Sargsyan only took on ...

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Syria ‘chemical’ attack: Experts head to site, says Russia

International chemical weapons experts are finally on their way to the site of the suspected attack in Syria, Russia’s foreign ministry says. The team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) left Damascus for the nearby town of Douma on Saturday, it adds. Western states say Syria’s government mounted chemical air attacks on the town on 7 ...

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Prince Charles to be next Commonwealth head

The Queen had given her backing to Prince Charles replacing her as Commonwealth head

The Prince of Wales will be the next head of the Commonwealth, the BBC understands. The Queen had said it was her “sincere wish” that Prince Charles would succeed her in the role “one day”. Leaders of the Commonwealth have been discussing the issue at a meeting behind closed doors at Windsor Castle. The non-hereditary role would not have automatically ...

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Refugees on Greek islands angry at freedom for new arrivals

Refugees in Greece are now subject to different legal rulings, depending on the time of their arrival [Yannis Behrakis/Reuters]

Athens, Greece – Elation has turned to anger for refugees on Greece‘s eastern Aegean islands, following a court ruling that prolongs their confinement to those islands, but allows new arrivals to leave immediately. Greek authorities were reportedly already allowing free movement for refugees arriving on Wednesday, a day after the ruling by the Council of State. Dozens of refugees on Wednesday occupied ...

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South Africa: Ramaphosa leaves Commonwealth summit to deal with protests

Cyril Ramaphosa has been attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has cut short his attendance at the Commonwealth summit in London to deal with violent protests at home. Clashes have taken place in North West province where protesters are demanding jobs, housing and an end to corruption. Shops have been looted, roads barricaded and vehicles set alight. President Ramaphosa, who took office in February, has ...

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Trump ‘will walk out’ if North Korea talks not fruitful

The aim Mr Pompeo's mission was to pave the way for a Trump-Kim summit

US President Donald Trump says that if his planned talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are not fruitful he will “walk out”. At a joint news conference, he and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said maximum pressure must be maintained on North Korea over nuclear disarmament. Mr Abe is at the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida for talks. Earlier, Mr ...

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Trump hails CIA chief Mike Pompeo’s secret trip to N Korea

The aim Mr Pompeo's mission was to pave the way for a Trump-Kim summit

CIA director Mike Pompeo forged a “good relationship” with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un when they met last week, US President Donald Trump has tweeted. Confirming media reports of the secret meeting in Pyongyang, Mr Trump said it had gone “very smoothly”. The surprise visit marks the highest-level contact between the United States and North Korea since 2000. Mr Trump ...

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Zimbabwe sacks thousands of nurses on strike

Zimbabwe's nurses' association said it "taken note" of the mass sacking - but that the strike would go on

Zimbabwe’s government has sacked more than 10,000 nurses who went on strike on Monday, in an apparently hardline attempt to quell labour unrest. Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga said the nurses had refused to return to work after $17m (£12m) was released to increase their pay. He chided them for not going back “in the interest of saving lives”. But the extraordinary ...

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Former US First Lady Barbara Bush dies at 92

Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush, the former US first lady and literacy campaigner, has died at the age of 92. She was the matriarchal figure of a political dynasty that included two presidents – her husband George HW Bush and son George W Bush. Mrs Bush, who was first lady from 1989 to 1993, had been in failing health for some time and ...

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France’s Macron urges EU to shun nationalism

Outgoing French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron attends a news conference after his resignation, at Bercy Finance Ministry in Paris, France, August 30, 2016.     REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

He urged the EU to renew its commitment to democracy, in a passionate speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. “I don’t want to belong to a generation of sleepwalkers that has forgotten its own past”, he said. Populists dominated recent elections in states like Hungary and Italy, fuelled by the continuing EU migrant crisis. Hungary’s right-wing Prime Minister Viktor ...

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