• Trump looking forward to interview by Special Counsel

    Trump looking forward to interview by Special Counsel0

    President Donald Trump has said he is “looking forward” to being interviewed in an investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the US election. He said he expected to be questioned by justice department special counsel Robert Mueller within two to three weeks, with approval from his lawyers. “I would love to do that as soon

  • Jailed Cameroon journalist named winner of top press freedom prize47

    Radio France International’s Hausa service journalist Ahmed Abba who was sentenced to 10 years in prison this year by a Cameroon military tribunal has been named the 2017 International Press Freedom Award recipient. The annual prize is awarded by media rights body Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) to honour journalists who show courage in defending

  • EU and Japan reach free trade deal

    EU and Japan reach free trade deal173

    The European Union and Japan have formally agreed an outline free-trade deal. The agreement paves the way for trading in goods without tariff barriers between two of the world’s biggest economic areas. However, few specific details are known and a full, workable agreement may take some time. Two of the most important sectors are Japanese

  • Turkey police hold rights activists including Amnesty chief

    Turkey police hold rights activists including Amnesty chief49

    Turkish police have arrested eight leading human rights activists including Amnesty International’s Turkey director Idil Eser in Istanbul. Two trainers – from Germany and Sweden – were also arrested in the raid on a digital security workshop run by Amnesty at a hotel in Buyukada. The police raid was “blatantly without cause”, an Amnesty statement

  • Alibaba reveals Echo-like smart speaker

    Alibaba reveals Echo-like smart speaker193

     Alibaba is the latest technology giant to unveil a smart speaker. The voice-controlled Tmall Genie can be used to play music, run third-party apps and buy goods from the Chinese retail giant’s online stores. Like many such devices, it lacks a display. At launch, it will understand only Mandarin and be sold in the company’s

  • Trump travel ban comes into effect for six countries

    Trump travel ban comes into effect for six countries50

    People from six mainly Muslim countries and all refugees now face tougher US entry due to President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban. It means people without “close” family or business relationships in the US could be denied visas and barred entry. Lawyers took up positions at US airports, offering free advice. But there was no