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Israel scraps plan to forcibly deport African migrants

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The fate of the African migrants has become hugely contentious Israel has scrapped a plan to forcibly deport tens of thousands of illegal African migrants. In a written response to the country’s Supreme Court, the government said forced removal of the migrants “is no longer on the agenda”. However, Israel’s immigration authorities are still seeking ways to deport migrants voluntarily, it said. The fate of Israel’s roughly 30,000 illegal African migrants has become a hugely contentious issue. Israel’s unwanted African migrants The ‘baby warehouses’ which cater for Israel’s unwanted migrants The supreme court previously suspended a plan to expel the migrants – mostly from Eritrea and Sudan ...

Trump Wants Macron to Be Perfect—and to Know Who’s Boss

The latest installment of Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron’s alpha-male one-upmanship played out at the White House Tuesday during a state visit by the French leader. As the two presidents spoke to cameras in the Oval Office, Trump, 71, flicked at 40-year-old Macron’s shoulder. “I’ll get that little piece of dandruff off,” he said. “We have to make him perfect — he is perfect.” Trump and Macron have had a muscular relationship since their first meeting at a NATO summit last year, when the French head of state gripped his counterpart’s hand so hard he couldn’t pull it away, even though he tried. Both men have consistently talked up their special relationship. But they also share a particular rivalry. — With assistance by Helene Fouquet https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-2...

Trump Wants ‘Detente’ With Russia, U.S. Envoy to Moscow Says

By Henry Meyer April 24, 2018, 11:52 AM EDT President Donald Trump is seeking a “detente” with Russia and wants to work with his counterpart Vladimir Putin to achieve this, according to the U.S. ambassador in Moscow. “My president has said repeatedly that he wants a better relationship with Russia. Repeatedly. And he has said quite clearly that he would like to engage personally with President Putin,” Jon Huntsman said Tuesday at a roundtable in Vladivostok, according to a transcript posted on the U.S. Embassy website. “You can call it a desire for detente or a desire for a healthier relationship.” Trump last month invited Putin to hold talks in Washington when he called to congratulate the Russian president on winning a record fourth term. So far, there have been no preparations for the s...

Trump Says Mnuchin Going to China to Negotiate Trade in Days

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will depart for China to negotiate over U.S. trade disputes within days, President Donald Trump said. “We have a very good chance of making a deal,” Trump said in a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron. If the two sides can’t reach agreement, he said, proposed U.S. tariffs on billions of dollars in Chinese goods will take effect as planned. The trip to China will be Mnuchin’s first as Treasury secretary. While he’s met with Chinese counterparts in Washington and during G-20 meetings in Europe, Mnuchin hasn’t traveled to meet them on their home turf. His last three predecessors visited China within the first months of their tenures as Treasury secretary. The Treasury Department said Saturday that Mnuchin would travel to China but didn’t say when he...

Trump Welcomes Macron for First State Visit

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Trump’s Pick for Veterans Affairs Chief Delayed by Senate Panel

A Senate panel delayed hearings for President Donald Trump’s nomination of White House physician Ronny Jackson to be Veterans Affairs secretary as lawmakers demand more information about his background and about allegations of improper conduct. Senator Johnny Isakson, chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, said he and the panel’s ranking Democrat, Jon Tester, have decided to delay a hearing on Jackson’s nomination that had been scheduled for Wednesday and sent a letter to Trump seeking more information. “The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is postponing the hearing to consider the nominee to be secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in light of new information presented to the committee,” Isakson and Tester said in a joint statement released Tuesday. “We will conti...

Trump Threatens Iran Over Nuclear Program in Macron Meeting

President Donald Trump warned Iran not to restart its nuclear program as French President Emmanuel Macron urged him to remain in the international agreement curbing the Islamic Republic’s atomic efforts. Trump made his differences with Macron clear from the outset of a state visit on Tuesday, beginning an Oval Office meeting by saying the Iran deal was “insane, ridiculous, should never have been made.” The U.S. president also threatened Iran if it resumes its nuclear program, even if the international accord collapses and U.S. sanctions are re-enacted. “If they restart their nuclear program, they’re going to have bigger problems than ever before,” Trump said. Macron’s office later issued a statement characterizing Trump’s remarks as “‘the expression of strong positions.” “We knew the topic...

White House Stands by Veterans Affairs Pick After Senate Delay

The Trump administration is standing behind White House physician Ronny L. Jackson after his confirmation to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs was slowed by questions about his background and experience. “Admiral Jackson has been on the front lines of deadly combat and saved the lives of many others in service to this country,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement. “He’s served as the physician to three Presidents — Republican and Democrat — and been praised by them all. Admiral Jackson’s record of strong, decisive leadership is exactly what’s needed at the VA to ensure our veterans receive the benefits they deserve.” Senate lawmakers postponed Jackson’s confirmation hearing Monday after Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs rai...

Former France and Ivory Coast coach Michel dies

Henri Michel scored four goals for France Former France midfielder Henri Michel, who coached eight countries during a 30-year managerial career, has died aged 70. He was capped 58 times by France and coached them from 1984 to 1988. Michel led France, Cameroon, Morocco, Tunisia and Ivory Coast at the World Cup, and also had spells in charge of the United Arab Emirates, Equatorial Guinea and Kenya. Michel won three league titles during a 16-year playing career with Nantes. His coaching career began with the France team, who won gold at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. They also reached the World Cup semi-finals in 1986. He was appointed Cameroon boss in 1994; began the first of two spells with Morocco in 1995; took charge of the United Arab Emirates in 2000; was appointed Tunisia coach...

‘Bin Laden’s Tunisian bodyguard’ on welfare

Image copyright Bild screenshot Image caption The popular German tabloid Bild headlines the case of Sami A A Tunisian man who once allegedly protected Osama Bin Laden has lived in Germany since 1997 and gets €1,168 (£1,022) a month in welfare payments. The figure was revealed by a regional government, after the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) asked about the man, known as Sami A. German media have not reported the man’s full name for privacy reasons. He denies jihadist links. Deportation to Tunisia was ruled out because of fears that he could be tortured there. Bin Laden ran the al-Qaeda jihadist network and approved the devastating 9/11 terror attacks on the US in 2001. He was shot dead by US special forces in Pakistan in 2011. The long search for Osama bin Laden What we lea...

Licence to blog: Will ‘Swahili WikiLeaks’ have to close?

Image copyright AFP Image caption Official figures say there are 23 million internet users in Tanzania out of a population of 55 million Bloggers in Tanzania will have to pay $920 (£660) for the privilege of posting content online, according to new regulations. The government says it wants to protect the East Africa nation from “lies” being spread online though critics see it as a way of muzzling freedom of expression. What are the rules? All online publishers including bloggers, vloggers and podcasters have up to 5 May to register and are required to pay $480 for a three-year licence, plus an annual fee of $440. Radio and TV stations must also apply for licences to share their content online. To get a permit, applicants must fulfil a list of requirements, like submitting staff...

World’s Richest Country Showcases Ancient Books in New Library

By Mohammed Sergie April 24, 2018, 8:47 AM EDT Thousand year-old books have settled in the most futuristic of homes, gently cooled and shielded from the sun in an underground chamber of Qatar’s National Library. Designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Rem Koolhaas, the library was opened by Qatar’s emir and his parents, who started the project in 2012. The family rules the world’s richest people, and that wealth has its perks. ======== Shelves sit inside Qatar’s National Library. Source: Qatar National Library Credit: Qatar National Library Caption 1- Shelves rise above the central space, and include lighting, ventilation and a book return system. ======= The Heritage Collection, six meters (19.7 feet) below the main floor, includes maps and letters tracing the history of Qatar, fro...