The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, on Wednesday delivered a rare criticism of President Donald Trump for retweeting anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant videos originally posted by a far-right U.K. political group.
Mr. Trump recirculated the video posted by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the fringe group Britain First, which opposes alleged “Islamisation” of Britain and known for inflammatory tactics, including occupying mosques.
“It is wrong for the president to have done this,” Ms. May said in a statement.
The footage Mr. Trump retweeted purportedly showed a Muslim migrant beating up a Dutch boy on crutches. The second was captioned “Muslim destroys a statute of Virgin Mary,” and the third read: “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!”
Mr. Trump retweeted the videos, even though their authenticity was still in doubt.
The British Foreign Office said it had summoned the North Korean ambassador to condemn Wednesday’s ballistic missile test.
North Korea said it had successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile in a “breakthrough” that put the U.S. mainland within range of its nuclear weapons.
“I summoned the North Korean Ambassador to the Foreign Office to make clear to him our condemnation of this latest ballistic missile test,” Minister for Asia and Pacific, Mark Field, said in a statement.
Pope Francis met leaders of several faiths in majority-Buddhist Myanmar on Tuesday, stressing the importance of “unity in diversity”.
Pope Francis made no mention the Muslim Rohingya who have fled en masse to Bangladesh after a military crackdown.
The pope held private talks with Myanmar’s military chief in Yangon on Monday, the first day of a visit fraught with tension after the United States accused the Southeast Asian nation of “ethnic cleansing” against its Muslim Rohingya people.
The leader of the Roman Catholic church will also travel to Bangladesh, where more than 620,000 Rohingya have fled to escape what Amnesty International has dubbed “crimes against humanity”.
The Zimbabwean government has officially declared February 2 Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Day, thereby making the former president’s birthday a public holiday.
According to Zimbabwe’s Herald newspaper, calls for the former president’s birthday to be made a national holiday were adopted by the government in August, following intense lobbying by the Zanu-PF Youth League.
The decision was, however, officially recorded on Friday, it adds.
Mr. Mugabe resigned last week after a military intervention and days of mass protests.
After his sensational resignation from Chelsea last month, Nigeria’s former international, Michael Emenalo, has joined Monaco as the club’s new sports director, the French side confirmed Monday.
It was already rumoured at the time of his departure that Emenalo was destined for the principality.
Emenalo spent 10 years at the Bridge, where he rose to become one of the most powerful people in the team hierarchy and in an interview on the Monaco website, Emenalo said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for me in a high-quality project.
“AS Monaco has shown great progress for several seasons and I am convinced that the future will be just as ambitious.”
Several international bankers have sounded a warning about the mega risks involved in embracing bitcoin, which this week soared to a new record high of more than $8,000. Six years ago, it traded for just one dollar.
“It’s the exact definition of a bubble,” the head of Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse, Tidjane Thiam, warned recently in comments that immediately sparked an uproar on social media among bitcoin’s supporters.
The head of the French central bank or Banque de France, Francois Villeroy de Galhau, warned in the summer: “People are using the bitcoin today are clearly doing it at their own risk and at their own peril.”
Nobel laureate, Jean Tirole, also insisted that the current bitcoin boom was a “bubble”.
China said on Wednesday that it respects Robert Mugabe’s decision to resign as Zimbabwe’s president, a week after the African country’s army and Mugabe’s former political allies moved to end his four decades of rule.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, made the remark during a news conference, adding that China’s policy toward Zimbabwe would not change.
The 93-year-old Mr. Mugabe finally resigned on Tuesday, moments after parliament began an impeachment process, prompting dancing in the streets of the capital, Harare.