Algeria election: A dismal vote that hardly anyone wants

On Thursday, the country’s authorities will stage a presidential poll that was twice deferred this year in the wake of a startling anti-establishment uprising that dramatically ended President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s two-decade-long rule in April. But the protest movement, known as the Hirak, resolutely opposes the election. All five candidates are closely linked to Algeria’s ruling […]

DVLA driving test: Jeremy Vine caller savages plan to make over-70s RETAKE driving test | UK | News

Jeremy Vine caller Pam from Essex raged against proposals to have people retake their driving test once they turn 70. Research conducted after Prince Philip was involved in a car crash earlier this year showed there is a widespread belief older drivers should undergo stricter monitoring. But Pam was left seething at the suggestion,  claiming […]

Accelerating SDG Progress in Asia – Pacific — Global Issues

Opinion by Kaveh Zahedi, Van Nguyen (bangkok, thailand) Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Inter Press Service Kaveh Zahedi is Deputy Executive Secretary for Sustainable Development, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Van Nguyen is Sustainable Development Officer, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) BANGKOK, […]

Judge blocks Trump from using military funds for border wall

A judge has blocked Donald Trump’s administration from spending $3.6bn (£2.7bn) of military funds on the president’s long-promised border fence. David Briones, a federal district judge in El Paso, Texas, issued a permanent injunction that prevents the administration from using money previously set aside for a string of military construction projects. It is a major […]

Pelosi brokers deal with liberals on drug pricing bill

Top Democrats are also restoring a progressive provision previously cut from the bill that would mandate the federal government eventually issue regulations restricting drugmakers’ ability to raise prices above the rate of inflation in workplace health plans, the largest source of coverage in the country. The House Rules Committee later Tuesday night approved, 8-3, the […]

Somalia hotel attack: Al-Shabaab claims responsibilty for Mogadishu raid on SYL hotel

The attack began when five heavily armed gunmen overpowered security guards and stormed the upscale SYL hotel, according to police and government officials. Eleven people were injured, including two members of the country’s security forces, police said. The attackers, claimed by terrorist group Al-Shabaab, began shooting at responding Somali security forces, said police officer Ali […]