Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann steps down

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann steps down

Werner Faymann has resigned as Austrian chancellor and leader of the Social Democrats. There have been growing calls for his departure following the party’s failure in the first round of the presidential election. After almost eight years in office, Werner Faymann confirmed on Tuesday that he was resigning as Austrian chancellor and leader of the […]

China’s exports and imports slow more than expected

China’s exports and imports slow more than expected

New fears about the health of China’s economy have been sparked by figures showing that both exports and imports fell more than expected last month. Exports fell 1.8% compared with April last year, according to official figures, reversing a recovery in March. Imports sank by 10.9% compared with the same month in 2015. That marked […]

SPD denies rumors over Sigmar Gabriel’s resignation as party leader

SPD denies rumors over Sigmar Gabriel’s resignation as party leader

The deputy leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD), Ralf Stegner, has dismissed reports of the resignation of party chairman Sigmar Gabriel. There have been growing concerns over Gabriel’s health in recent weeks. Ralf Stegner’s denial of the rumors on Sunday came hours after Helmut Markwort, editor of German news magazine “Focus,” claimed on Bavarian television […]

U.S.-funded Somali intelligence agency has been using kids as spies

U.S.-funded Somali intelligence agency has been using kids as spies

MOGADISHU, Somalia — For years they were children at war, boys given rifles and training by al-Qaeda-backed militants and sent to the front lines of this country’s bloody conflict. Many had been kidnapped from schools and soccer fields and forced to fight. The United Nations pleaded for them to be removed from the battlefield. The […]

North Korea ‘will not use nuclear weapons’ unless threatened

North Korea ‘will not use nuclear weapons’ unless threatened

The leader of North Korea has said the country will not use nuclear weapons unless its sovereignty is threatened, state media report. North Korea first tested nuclear weapons in 2006, after withdrawing from an international treaty. It has made repeated threats of nuclear strikes against South Korea and the US. But Kim Jong-un reportedly told […]

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