US prepares for solar eclipse

US prepares for solar eclipse

Across the US today, 21st August, Americans will huddle together in excitement looking up at the skies to watch as the moon entirely eclipses the sun. At about 5pm British time a shadow will begin to travel at 5,400 kilometres an hour across 14 American states. The journey from Oregon...

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Notes on Singapore’s Oxley Road scandal

Notes on Singapore’s Oxley Road scandal

Number 38, Oxley Road appears to be a fairly unassuming, stuccoed, gated residence in Singapore’s central River Valley area. However the old colonial bungalow’s political capital has soared in recent weeks as it has become the centre of a convoluted and heated debate surrounding Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong....

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The new White House Communications Director: Who is Hope Hicks?

The new White House Communications Director: Who is Hope Hicks?

The White house has named its new Communications Director as 28-year old Hope Hicks. Trump calls her “Hopester” and she appeared in Forbes 30 Under 30. She has carefully stayed out of the spotlight but will now take the government’s primary spokesperson role. The position was recently vacated by Anthony...

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Theresa May’s much awaited response to Trump Charlottesville rhetoric

Theresa May’s much awaited response to Trump Charlottesville rhetoric

Theresa May has spoken to criticise Donald Trump’s response to white supremacist violence and demonstrations in Charlottesville. Her words come after the PM originally declined to condemn the President’s remarks. On Monday, her spokesman said, “What the president says is a matter for him.” Trump claimed there was “blame on...

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Mass burial planned for nearly 400 dead in Sierra Leone mudslide

Mass burial planned for nearly 400 dead in Sierra Leone mudslide

Nearly 400 people have died and 600 more are still missing in a mudslide in the Regent area of Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital. The mudslide happened on Monday 14th August after three days of rain. The UN have said that “contingency plans are being put in place to mitigate any...

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Iran ready to abandon nuclear deal “within hours”

Iran ready to abandon nuclear deal “within hours”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that Iran would be ready to start their nuclear programme “within hours” if the US imposes any more sanctions on them. Rouhani claims the US have broken their agreement. Unilateral US sanctions target the Iranian ballistic missile programme. The US say Iran have violated...

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Trump criticised for not calling the violence in Charlottesville an act of terror

Trump criticised for not calling the violence in Charlottesville an act of terror

  US President Trump has come under criticism for failing to condemn the violence committed by white nationalists at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left a woman dead. On Saturday 12th August, violence broke out in Charlottesville when a “Unite the Right” rally was met with counter-protests. The rally...

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Saudi Airlines tightens dress code

Saudi Airlines tightens dress code

Saudi Airlines have tightened their passenger dress code. The airline has stated that women are forbidden from “exposing legs or arms; or wearing too thin; or too tight clothes.” Men, on the other hand, are prevented only from “wearing short exposing legs.” The airline has its origins in the conservative...

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FBI search home of former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort

FBI search home of former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort

The FBI searched the home of Paul Manafort on 26th July. Manafort is the former chair for US president Trump’s campaign. The search was conducted the day after Manafort’s voluntary Senate Intelligence Committee meeting. The meeting and the search are in connection with the investigation into Russian meddling in the...

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Kenyan election begins

Kenyan election begins

Kenyans are voting today, 8th August, to elect a president, governors, senators and members of parliament. The two candidates for the presidential office are Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga. Kenyatta is the current sitting president and is the son of Kenya’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta who was elected in 1963...

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