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USA POLITICS: Lady Liberty Shows First African-American Woman on US Coin

USA POLITICS: Lady Liberty Shows First African-American Woman on US Coin

United States Mint unveiled $100 gold coin featuring African-American woman as the face of Lady Liberty for the first time in the history of U.S. currency.

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UK POLITICS: Britain May Change ‘Economic Model’ If Shut Out of EU Single Market: Hammond

UK POLITICS: Britain May Change ‘Economic Model’ If Shut Out of EU Single Market: Hammond

“But if we are forced to be something different, then we will have to become something different,” Hammond said about Britain’s plans to lower corporate tax.

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EUROPE POLITICS: EU Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier Sees Special Care For Financial Service Ties

EUROPE POLITICS: EU Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier Sees Special Care For Financial Service Ties

Barnier tweeted: “When asked on equivalence I said: EU would need special vigilance on financial stability risk, not special deal to access the City.”

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Abbas Says US Embassy Move in Israel to Jerusalem Bad For Peace

PALESTINE POLITICS: Abbas Says US Embassy Move in Israel to Jerusalem Bad For Peace

“We are waiting to see if it happens. If it does, it will not help peace and we hope it does not happen,” Palestinian President Mahmoud told reporters.

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SUDAN POLITICS: Trump Approval Facilitates Lifting Sudan Sanction

SUDAN POLITICS: Trump Approval Facilitates Lifting Sudan Sanction

Obama administration’s preliminary decision to ease sanctions on Sudan came with approval of the Trump administration and after months of secret meetings.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Suggests He May Free Russia From Sanctions

USA POLITICS: Trump Suggests He May Free Russia From Sanctions

President-elect Trump: “If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody’s doing some really great things?”

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CUBA POLITICS: Raul Castro Meets With Thomas Donohue US Chamber of Commerce President

CUBA POLITICS: Raul Castro Meets With Thomas Donohue US Chamber of Commerce President

A brief government statement said chamber President Thomas Donohue and Cuban President Raul Castro discussed “issues of mutual interest.”

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USA POLITICS: Sabotage! How Al Sharpton, Angry Civil Rights Activists Vow to Disrupt Trump’s Inauguration

USA POLITICS: Sabotage! How Al Sharpton, Angry Civil Rights Activists Vow to Disrupt Trump’s Inauguration

Civil rights leader the Reverend Al Sharpton said. “Donald Trump and his administration need to hear our voice and our concerns.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Japan, Australia Agree to Strengthen Defence Ties

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Japan, Australia Agree to Strengthen Defence Ties

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Australia is the first since Malcolm Turnbull became prime minister in late 2015.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Adviser: TPP ‘Dead,’ Will Move Quickly On Bilateral Trade Deals

USA POLITICS: Trump Adviser: TPP ‘Dead,’ Will Move Quickly On Bilateral Trade Deals

President-elect Donald Trump will not revive his predecessor’s stalled Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in any form, but will quickly pursue bilateral trade agreements, a Trump transition policy adviser said.

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UK POLITICS: Here’s MPs February Deadline to Theresa May On Brexit

UK POLITICS: Here’s MPs February Deadline to Theresa May On Brexit

“The government needs to publish its Brexit plan by mid-February at latest, including its position on membership of the single market,” said Hilary Benn.

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GAMBIA POLITICS: 19 January African Union Will Not Recognize Yahya Jammeh

GAMBIA POLITICS: 19 January African Union Will Not Recognize Yahya Jammeh

Yahya Jammeh, whose authoritarian rule began with a 1994 coup, lost the Dec. 1 election to Adama Barrow by a slim margin.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu Tried to Negotiate Good Press in Return For Benefits

ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu Tried to Negotiate Good Press in Return For Benefits

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, under police investigation for suspected corruption, was caught on tape negotiating mutual benefits with arch-foe.

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UK POLITICS: I’ll Set Out Brexit Strategy Over Coming Weeks: Theresa May

UK POLITICS: I’ll Set Out Brexit Strategy Over Coming Weeks: Theresa May

“First of all I will be setting out some more details in the coming weeks as we look ahead to triggering Article 50,” British PM Theresa May said.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Accepts US Intelligence On Russia Hacking

USA POLITICS: Trump Accepts US Intelligence On Russia Hacking

It was the first acknowledgement from a senior member of the president-elect’s team that Trump has accepted that Moscow was involved in the hacking.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Shan Ju Lin Disendorsed For Saying, ‘Gays Should Be Treated As Patients’

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Shan Ju Lin Disendorsed For Saying, ‘Gays Should Be Treated As Patients’

Taiwanese-born Ms Lin was dropped as the Bundamba candidate on Saturday night a day after she posted on Facebook that “gays should be treated as patients”.

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USA POLITICS: ‘Only Stupid People or Fools’ Would Dismiss Closer Ties With Russia: Trump Says

USA POLITICS: ‘Only Stupid People or Fools’ Would Dismiss Closer Ties With Russia: Trump Says

“Having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing,” President-elect Donald Trump said in a series of tweets.

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FRANCE POLITICS: Sakine Cansiz Death Sparks Massive Protests

FRANCE POLITICS: Sakine Cansiz Death Sparks Massive Protests

Sakine Cansiz, a founder of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in early 1980s, and two Kurdish women were found dead in the Kurdish Information Centre in Paris.

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GHANA POLITICS: Nana Akufo-Addo Prmises Tax Cuts

GHANA POLITICS: Nana Akufo-Addo Prmises Tax Cuts

Ghana’s new President Nana Akufo-Addo pledged to cut taxes to boost the economy at his swearing in ceremony on Saturday, whilst also promising to protect the public purse by getting value for money on services.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Formally Announces Dan Coats As National Intelligence Director

USA POLITICS: Trump Formally Announces Dan Coats As National Intelligence Director

“Dan has clearly demonstrated the deep subject matter expertise and sound judgment required to lead our intelligence community,” Trump said in a statement.

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