Islamist rebel apologises for destroying Timbuktu shrines at ICC trial

An Islamist militant has admitted destroying cultural sites in Timbuktu, Mali, in a landmark trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi said he was “really sorry” for his actions and asked for forgiveness. He was accused of leading rebel forces who destroyed historic shrines at the world heritage site in 2012. It is the first time that ...

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Trump campaign spending still lags far behind Clinton

Donald Trump’s election campaign doubled its spending last month but still lagged far behind US presidential rival Hillary Clinton, figures show. The Trump campaign spent $18.5m (£14.1m) in July, compared to his Democratic rival’s $38m. Mr Trump spent more than $420,000 on hats, but only started major TV adverts this month. Separately, the New York Times said an investigation had ...

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Brexit pushes Opel to cut staff hours in Germany

German carmaker Opel plans to cut its workers’ hours this year because it expects Brexit to hurt its UK sales. A spokesman for Opel said about 5,000 workers at its Ruesselsheim and Eisenach factories would be affected. Opel is owned by US car giant GM. The pound has weakened against the dollar and euro since the UK’s 23 June vote ...

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US election: Trump campaign chairman quits

Paul Manafort, campaign chairman for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, has resigned just two months after taking the helm. Mr Trump confirmed Mr Manafort’s departure in a statement. He first took control of Mr Trump’s campaign after the businessman’s campaign manager was fired in June. Mr Manafort, 67, has come under fire for his ties to Russian interests and former ...

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Syria conflict: Government jets ‘bombs Kurds in Hassakeh’

Syrian government jets have reportedly bombed Kurdish-held areas of the north-eastern city of Hassakeh for the first time since the civil war began in 2011. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Kurdish security forces had been targeted. The Syrian military has not commented, but sources said the Kurds had seized government buildings in Hassakeh and nearby Qamishli. ...

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Rousseff’s impeachment trial set for late August

The Brazilian Senate ruled on Wednesday that the impeachment trial for suspended President Dilma Rousseff will last for four sessions on Aug. 25-26 and Aug. 29-30. The decision was taken in a joint meeting between Senate President Renan Calheiros, the president of the Supreme Court, Ricardo Lewandowski, and leaders of different political parties. Thursday, Aug. 25, and Friday, Aug. 26, ...

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US election 2016: Trump overhauls campaign team again

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has overhauled his campaign team for the second time in two months, with two new leaders. Pollster Kellyanne Conway becomes campaign manager and Stephen Bannon of Breitbart News the CEO. Paul Manafort remains campaign chairman, but analysts say he has effectively been demoted. Mr Trump told AP the new leaders were “terrific people… they’re champs”. ...

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Turkey set to release 38,000 prisoners, makes space in jails after coup

Turkey will release 38,000 prisoners under a penal reform announced on Wednesday after the arrests of tens of thousands of people suspected of links to last month’s attempted coup added to pressure on overstretched jails. The reform was one of a series of measures outlined on Wednesday in two new decrees under a state of emergency declared after the July ...

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Obama ‘tired’ of talking about Trump

President Obama took a brief respite from his two-week summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard to attend a Democratic fundraiser for Hillary Clinton on the island Monday night. And with more than two months to go before the Nov. 8 election, the commander in chief said he’s already tired of talking about Donald Trump. “You notice I haven’t said much about ...

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Trump to form committee ‘on radical Islam’ if president

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said he will introduce “extreme vetting” of immigrants and set up a new “commission on radical Islam” if he wins the US election in November. In a foreign policy speech on Monday, the billionaire businessman said the goal of the new commission would be to “expose” networks within the US “that support radicalisation”. As ...

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