Ivory Coast defense minister says deal reached with soldiers

Ivory Coast defense minister says deal reached with soldiers

The current round of trouble began late Thursday when a soldier presented as a spokesman for the former rebels said they wished to apologise to Ouattara for the January mutiny and were renouncing their demand for huge payouts. On Sunday, armed forces' chief of staff General Sékou Touré vowed to end the mutiny, but the mutineers said they would fight back if loyalist troops intervened.

German state vote shows Merkel on track

The SPD vote slumped from 39.1 percent in the last election in 2012 to just 31.1 percent yesterday. Schulz shrugged off the two disappointments. Martin Schulz said the loss in the state, Germany's most populous and regarded as a centre-left stronghold, was "a hard day for the Social Democrats, a hard day for me personally as well".

South Korea's new president questions Japan 'comfort women' deal

Tensions in Korean Peninsula escalated in recent months after Pyongyang conducted a number of nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches. Press secretary Yoon Young-chan said separate delegations would hold talks with their Chinese counterparts on the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system and North Korea's nuclear program.

Theresa May vows to advance workers' rights if she wins election

Labour accused May of making "ridiculous claims". May will enshrine workers' rights to leave for training or to take care of a family member, as well as protect staff pensions from "unsustainable" corporate takeovers and dividends, according to the FT.

Putin says ready to play 'constructive role' on N Korea

The Russian leader congratulated his South Korean counterpart upon his election as the head of state and wished him continued success. "And I think we've handled it very well, very firmly". A U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Thursday Washington remained open to talks with North Korea, but needed to see that it would "cease all its illegal activities and aggressive behavior in the region".