Killing Of 71 Soldiers In Niger Shows Islamic State Expanding At Breakneck Speed Across West Africa

New Delhi: The killing of 71 soldiers in Niger, which had been spared the surge in major militant attacks that have destabilized Mali and Burkina Faso, shows that Islamic State is expanding at breakneck speed across West Africa.

The raid on the Inates base, less than 200 kilometers (124 miles) from the capital, Niamey, is the deadliest-ever on Niger’s army and follows a spate of attacks on military outposts in neighboring Mali that left more than 100 troops dead last month. It also came days before leaders of five West African nations were due to convene in France on Dec. 16 to discuss security and the French military deployment in the region as anti-French sentiment escalates. French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday postponed the summit to January because of the attack.


Johnson’s Thumping Election Victory Clears Way For UK To Finally Leave The EU Next Month

New Delhi: Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday hailed a political “earthquake” in Britain after a thumping election victory which clears the way for the country to finally leave the EU next month after years of paralysing deadlock.

With all but one result declared for the 650-seat parliament, Johnson’s Conservative party has secured 364 seats -- its biggest majority since the heyday of Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.

Condemning more than three years of political wrangling over Brexit, Johnson vowed in his victory speech on Friday to “put an end to all that nonsense” and “get Brexit done on time by January 31, no ifs, no buts”.


Boris Johnson Looks Set To Return To 10 Downing Street With A Comfortable Majority

New Delhi: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson looks set to return to 10 Downing Street with a comfortable majority and a victory for his “Get Brexit Done” message in the General Election based on forecasts as early results poured in on Friday.

The first sign of what the results held in store came with a definitive exit poll released at the close of voting at 2200 GMT on Thursday, which predicted the Johnson-led Conservative Party winning 368 seats, with the Labour Party way down at 191 in a predominantly Tory blue versus Labour red contest. The forecast not only pegged the Tories way past the 326-mark required for the all-important majority in the 650-member House of Commons, but also meant Johnson’s so-called divorce agreement struck with the European Union (EU) to take the UK out of the 28-member economic bloc set to be turbo-charged to go full speed ahead.


United Kingdom Deeply Divided By Brexit Goes To The Polls For The Third Time In Four Years

New Delhi: A United Kingdom deeply divided by Brexit goes to the polls for the third time in four years on Thursday in a febrile context marred by allegations of lies, blurred party loyalties and uncertainties in an election considered ‘critical’ for its future.

After Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered milk and rustled up a pie for photo ops on Wednesday, a poll of opinion polls suggested two close scenarios: a slender Conservative majority or a hung parliament, both of which may not exactly resolve the Brexit imbroglio.

Conservative and Labour – the two main contenders – had Brexit as their core message: the former sought a majority to deliver it by the deadline of January 31, while the latter promised to re-negotiate it and hold another referendum, with the ‘remain in EU’ option.


Aung San Suu Kyi Faces Calls For Myanmar To Stop The Genocide Of Rohingya Muslims

New Delhi: Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi faced calls for Myanmar to “stop the genocide” of Rohingya Muslims as she personally led her country’s defence at the UN’s top court on Tuesday.

Suu Kyi, whose silence about the plight of the Rohingya has tarnished her reputation as a rights icon, sat through graphic accounts of murder and rape in the wood-panelled courtroom in The Hague.

Rights groups have criticised her decision to represent Myanmar at the International Court of Justice against accusations by the west African state of The Gambia that it has breached the 1948 Genocide Convention.