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Trump ex-lawyer Michael Cohen’s help with Russia probe revealed

President Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer has given substantial help on how Russian nationals tried to affect the 2016 election, a legal memo has revealed.

Michael Cohen’s help is detailed in the memo from Robert Mueller, who is heading the probe into alleged Russian collusion with the Trump team.

The memo is mainly to guide sentencing for crimes Cohen has admitted.

How Trump feud with ‘dumb as a rock’ Tillerson erupted

On Thursday night, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a rare public appearance that he had to repeatedly tell Donald Trump that some of the things the president wanted to do were impossible because they were against the law or violated a treaty.

“I’d say here’s what we can do,” the former Exxon CEO said in a Houston speech. “We can go back to Congress and get this law changed. And if that’s what you want to do, there’s nothing wrong with that.”

Syria war: US and UK say alleged rebel chemical attack ‘fabricated’

The US and the UK have accused the Syrian government and its Russian allies of fabricating a story accusing rebel fighters of a chemical attack.

The US state department said the purpose was to “undermine confidence” in the ceasefire in Idlib province.

Syria and Russia said shells carrying chlorine gas injured about 100 people in the government-held city of Aleppo last month.

France protests: students ‘humiliated’ by police

Footage of school students being forced to kneel with their hands behind their heads by French riot police has sparked outrage on social media.

The students were demonstrating outside a school in Mantes-la-Jolie, west of Paris, which ended in clashes with police and more than 140 arrests.

Students are angry at plans to reform the exam system, which they say will limit opportunity and breed inequality.

Burundi president: Rwanda is our enemy

Burundi’s president has called neighboring Rwanda an enemy in a letter to the Ugandan president.

Pierre Nkurunziza wrote to Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni, who is chair of the six-nation East African Community (EAC), saying he regards Rwanda not as a partner but as an enemy.

President Nkurunziza wants a special summit of the EAC – which comprises Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan – to discuss the conflict.

Rwigara’s acquittal welcomed by democrats

The acquittal of Diane Rwigara and her mother Adeline could be seen as a significant step in Rwanda’s democracy.

But it is also hard to ignore the fact that there was international pressure, including from the US Congress, to drop charges against her – not that Rwandan authorities are in the habit of listening to external voices.

Trump picks Heather Nauert as new US envoy to UN

US President Donald Trump has picked state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be America’s new UN ambassador.

The president also nominated William Barr as the new attorney general.

Ms Nauert, a former Fox News presenter, was made state department spokeswoman in April 2017, her first government position.

Militia ‘behead two Islamist militants’ in Mozambique

A militia in Mozambique has captured and beheaded two Islamist militants, according to Carta de Moçambique newspaper.

Residents in Cabo Delgado, in northern Mozambique, are reported to have taken the law into their own hands in retaliation for the sporadic raids and killings carried out by Islamist militant group Ahlu Sunna Wa-Jama, locally known as al-Shabab

Breaking :Zambian president ‘allowed to run for third term’

Zambia’s Constitutional Court has ruled that President Edgar Lungu can stand in presidential elections due in 2021, reports Reuters news agency.

The court found that he would not be breaching a constitutional two-term limit, the agency reports.

‘At least 17 killed’ in DR Congo near Uganda border

 

Liberia leader orders officials to declare assets

Liberian President George Weah has ordered those officials who are yet to declare their assets to do so in one week “or face punitive action consistent with law”.

He said asset declaration under his regime “will be enforced to the letter and there will be no sacred cows”.

Merkel’s choice elected ruling party leader

Germany’s ruling Christian Democrat Union has chosen Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as the new party leader, but Angela Merkel plans to serve out her term as chancellor.

The former chief minister of Saarland won 517 of the 999 votes cast.

William Barr nominated by Donald Trump to be US attorney general

President Donald Trump has nominated William Barr to be the new attorney general, a post he held in the 1990s.

By replacing Jeff Sessions, who was fired by Mr Trump last month, the 68-year-old will take charge of the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

US media report he has been critical of some aspects of that inquiry.

Vote condemning Hamas for firing rockets into Israel fails at UN

A US-sponsored resolution condemning militant group Hamas for firing rockets into Israel has failed to pass at the UN General Assembly.

The resolution won a majority of 87 to 57, with 33 abstentions, but did not reach the required two-thirds backing.

US envoy Nikki Haley had said adoption would right a “historic wrong” as the UN has not passed such a condemnation.

Huawei arrest: Justin Trudeau denies political motivation

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government had no involvement in the arrest of a top executive from Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer and the daughter of its founder, was detained at Vancouver airport on a US extradition request.

China has demanded her release, calling the arrest a human rights violation

Acid attack on Nicaragua priest during confession

A 59-year-old priest has been injured in an acid attack in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua.

Miguel Guevara had just finished hearing confession in the Metropolitan Cathedral when a woman threw acid at him.

Fr Guevara is being treated in hospital for serious burns to his face, arms and shoulders.

Worshippers detained the woman and locked her in a room until police arrived.