Nigeria president ‘sacks’ acting chief judge

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari suspended Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen just weeks before what’s set to be a tight presidential vote, in a move the main opposition party condemned as an “act of dictatorship.” Buhari, 76, appointed Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad in…

As EU nations stick to Venezuela 8-day ultimatum, heated UN Security Council meeting

The UN Security Council met on Saturday to discuss the situation in Venezuela, showing a divided council as a number of countries called for Venezuela to hold new elections and for President Nicholas Maduro to step down, while others, notably…

EU, US demand Venezuela vote at heated UN Security Council meeting

A divided UN Security Council has met to discuss the situation in Venezuela, as a number of countries called for Caracas to hold new elections and for President Nicolas Maduro to step down, while others, notably Russia, China and South…

Nigeria’s main opposition PDP party halts campaign over suspended chief justice

Nigeria’s main opposition party has halted its presidential election campaign for 72 hours weeks ahead of the vote in protest at the suspension of the country’s most senior judge by President Muhammadu Buhari, it said on Saturday. The president on…

Trump relents to bring temporary halt to government shutdown

US President Donald Trump has agreed a deal to temporarily end the longest government shutdown in history, dropping his insistence on immediate funding for his wall along the border with Mexico. The announcement in the White House Rose Garden on…

French Oscar-winning composer Michel Legrand dies

Prolific French composer Michel Legrand, who won three Oscars during a career spanning more than half a century, has died aged 86, his spokesman said Saturday. Legrand first won an Academy Award in 1969 for the song “The Windmills of…

Who are France’s Red Scarves?

Thousands of demonstrators known as foulards rouges or Red Scarves are to march in Paris on Sunday to call for an end to violence at Yellow Vest protests. The police are bracing themselves for clashes between some members of the…

Yellow Vests call yellow night of protests in Act 11

France’s Yellow Vest movement is hoping to keep the heat on President Emmanuel Macron with calls for demonstrations to continue into the night for the 11th weekend of nationwide protests. Four separate marches have been registered with the Paris prefecture…

Australia Day – Let’s call the whole thing off?

On Saturday 26 January, Australia marks its national holiday. But “celebrate” has become a dirty word and for a growing number it has become a day of protest and indignation at a dark colonial past which for Aboriginal and Torres…

Who is buried in the 4,400-year-old Egyptian tomb?

This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about the recently discovered tomb in Egypt. There’s “On This Day”, music by request from listener Jayanta Chakrabarty – and of course, the new quiz question. Just…