US cuts 285M in UN Funding
The United States has claimed to have negotiated a significant cut to the United Nations budget.
The US Mission to the UN said the 2018/19 budget would be slashed by over $285m and reductions would also be made to the UN’s support functions.
But the announcement did not make clear what effect the budget reduction will have on the US contribution.
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to..
Embattled Mugabe in first public appearance
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the army took over on Wednesday, BBC report.
He attended a graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare, handing out degrees.
Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days. The army made its move after a power struggle over his successor.
The military said on Friday it was "engaging" with Mr Mugabe and would..
Spain’s PM vows to end ‘separatist havoc’
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said regional elections next month in Catalonia will help end "separatist havoc" in the north-eastern region, BBC report.
He addressed a campaign event on his first visit there since imposing direct rule on the region a fortnight ago.
Defending his decision in Barcelona, he said he had "exhausted all roads" after the Catalan government's unilateral..
Donald Trump says Putin insulted by US election meddling claim
President Vladimir Putin feels insulted by allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US election, Donald Trump has said after meeting him briefly at an Asia-Pacific summit in Vietnam, BBC report.
"He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election," the US leader said.
Mr Trump, who defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, said the allegations were a "Democratic hit job".
Catalan ex-leader vows to resist takeover
Sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has called for "democratic opposition" to direct rule from Madrid, BBC report.
He condemned the suspension of Catalonia's autonomy and promised to continue to "work to build a free country".
He made the call in a pre-recorded TV address to Catalans broadcast on Saturday afternoon.
The Spanish government has stripped Catalonia of its autonomy and..
Current Chinese President most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong’
China's ruling Communist Party has voted to enshrine Xi Jinping's name and ideology in its constitution, elevating him to the level of founder Mao Zedong, BBC report.
The unanimous vote to incorporate "Xi Jinping Thought" happened at the end of the Communist Party congress, China's most important political meeting.
Mr Xi has steadily increased his grip on power since becoming leader in..
Naya Sakti Party-Nepal exits left electoral alliance
Naya Shakti Party-Nepal has decided to go it alone in the upcoming provincial and parliamentary elections and exited the left electoral alliance, THT report.
The extended meeting of the party’s Provincial Secretariat today decided to contest the polls with its own symbol of the ‘eye’. In a statement issued after the meeting, the party said it took the decision after alliance..
Raila Odinga quits Kenya’s election re-run
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has pulled out of October's election re-run, BBC report.
Mr Odinga said his withdrawal would give the electoral commission enough time to introduce reforms that will help deliver a more credible election.
The Supreme Court annulled the result of the original 8 August poll, which saw Uhuru Kenyatta declared winner, after finding irregularities.
Kim Jong-un promotes sister to politburo
North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un has given his sister more power by promoting her to the nation's top decision-making body, BBC report.
Kim Yo-jong, the youngest daughter of late leader Kim Jong-il, will be replacing her aunt as a member of the Workers Party's Politburo.
Ms Kim, 30, was referred to as a senior party official three years ago.
The Kim family has ruled North Korea..
Protesters rally across Russia on Putin birthday
More than 130 people have been arrested as supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny hold protests in some 80 cities across Russia, reports say, according to BBC.
They are demanding he be allowed to stand in 2018 presidential elections.
Clashes and arrests have been reported in St Petersburg, where the main protest is taking place.
The rallies coincide with President Vladimir Putin's..
Spanish court bars MPs’ independence move
Spain's Constitutional Court has suspended next Monday's session of the Catalan parliament, in a bid to pre-empt a possible push for independence, BBC report.
The court said such a move would be "a breach of the constitution".
Earlier Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned Catalonia's regional government against declaring independence after a disputed vote last Sunday.
Catalan leader Carles..
Three Nepali left parties to unify after poll-partnership
The CPN-UML, CPN Maoist Centre and Naya Shakti Party Nepal have formed an electoral alliance to contest the upcoming provincial and parliamentary elections, amid a press conference organised in Kathmandu today.Reading the agreement, CPN MC leader and Minister for Home Affairs Janardan Sharma said that after allocating the share of canidacy for the House of Representative elections, it would be..
Nepali Congress leads in third phase local level election
Of the 136 local levels in eight districts of Province 2, the counting of votes has been completed in 17 local units including 578 wards, and their results have been made public, THT report.
As per the details made public by the Joint Election Operation Centre (JEOC) at the Election Commission till 1:00 pm today, Nepali Congress emerged victorious in six local units, CPN-UML in four, CPN-Maoist..
Vote counting underway in Nepal’s 135 local levels in Province 2
Of the 136 local levels, the counting of votes is underway at 135 local levels of eight districts in Province 2, said the Election Commission, THT report.
According to the recent update by the Joint Election Operation Centre, under the EC, the counting of votes is ongoing in 135 local levels.
The final phase of local level elections could not be held in Rajbiraj Municipality-15 as..
Nepal election commision sets deadline to apply for PR electoral system
The Election Commission has issued a notice asking the political parties wishing to take part in the proportional representation (PR) electoral system during the upcoming parliamentary and provincial elections to apply for so from September 10 to 12, THT report.
The government has announced to hold the elections in two phases in coming November 26 and December 7.
According to EC..
FARC rebel transforms into a political party
Colombia's former FARC rebel group has relaunched as a political party, changing their logo of rifles for a red rose after disarming to end a half-century civil conflict, Al Jazeera report.
"We want to build a new country together with you," FARC commander Rodrigo Londono told a rally of thousands of supporters in the capital Bogota on Friday.
"A nation in which no one is persecuted or..
Kenya presidential election cancelled
Kenya's Supreme Court has annulled the result of last month's presidential election, citing irregularities, and ordered a new one within 60 days, BBC report.
The election commission had declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the winner by a margin of 1.4 million votes.
Raila Odinga, Mr Kenyatta's opponent, said the commission was "rotten" and demanded resignations and prosecutions.
Nepal Election Commission directs NC to furnish clarification within 24 hours
The Election Commission has directed the Nepali Congress to furnish clarification why not to take action against NC Birgunj Metropolis-15, President Anil Singh for breaching the electoral code of conduct, BBC report.
The EC came up with the tough directive, acting on a tip-off, that more than 400 NC cadres under the leadership of Birgunj Metropolis, Ward President Singh were involved in polls..
Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba expands cabinet
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has inducted 15 more State Ministers in his Cabinet on Tuesday, according to THT.
PM Deuba administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly appointed State Ministers at the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers today.
The latest expansion to the cabinet has led to a 46-member Council of Ministers including three Deputy Prime..
Nepali President, top leaders discuss contemporary issues
President Bidya Devi Bhandari has drawn the attention of senior leaders of major three parties— Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and CPN Maoist Centre on various contemporary issues including flooding, inundation and landslide witnessed in various parts of the country and the constitution amendment bill registered in the parliament and foreign policy, THT report.
At a meeting with the senior leaders..