LONDON (Reuters) – When Henry Buckley crossed the Pyrenees in 1939 with the remnants of the defeated Spanish Republican forces, he had reported on Spain for 10 years, witnessed the great battles of the civil war, and won a reputation as the most informed of all the foreign correspondents who had covered it.
The next year, he had written his account of the turbulent years leading up to the war and the conflict itself, “The Life and Death of the Spanish Republic”, just as the wider fight against fascism that he had predicted engulfed Europe.
LONDON (Reuters) – African diva Angelique Kidjo was named Best Artist in Songlines magazine’s annual world music awards on Friday, lauded for her high-energy shows and her championing of social causes.
French veterans Lo’jo, who mix French folk with African and Arabic sounds, picked up the Best Group award and the young Zimbabwean band Mokoomba was chosen as top Newcomer.
LONDON (Reuters) – The Battle of Imphal/Kohima, when British troops fighting in horrendous jungle conditions turned the tide against the Japanese army in World War II, has been chosen as Britain’s greatest battle.
Kohima was picked over the more celebrated battles of D-Day and Waterloo in a contest organised by the National Army Museum.
LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – As musicians from Mali took to a
London stage on Saturday night, news was announced that back
home French troops had captured the airport of the
Islamist-controlled city of Gao.
A cheer went up – and not surprisingly.
Since Islamist militants seized control of Mali’s north
following a military coup in March 2012, the country has been
convulsed by conflict.
London (Reuters) – Ray Mouton was a successful young lawyer in Lafayette, Louisiana, respected in the community and blessed with a loving family, when he received a call from a vicar in the Roman Catholic diocese for a lunch meeting on a fateful day in 1984.
The diocese asked him to defend an errant priest, accused of abusing dozens of children in a rural community. Mouton reluctantly agreed to take on the task.
CADIZ, Spain, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Spain and Portugal sought
help on Friday from their former Latin American colonies to
rescue them from economic crisis through a new wave of trade and
investment across the Atlantic Ocean.
Suffering deep recession and with their citizens protesting
at job losses and austerity measures, the two European countries
hope the Ibero-American Summit of leaders in the historic port
of Cadiz can open up desperately needed business opportunities.
CADIZ, Spain (Reuters) – Spain and Portugal sought help on Friday from their former Latin American colonies, looking for a wave of trade and investment across the Atlantic Ocean to rescue them from economic crisis.
Suffering deep recession and with their citizens demonstrating against job losses and public spending cuts, the two European countries hope the Ibero-American Summit can open up desperately needed trading opportunities.
CADIZ, Spain, Nov 15 (Reuters) – In past centuries, the
Atlantic port of Cadiz played a central role in trade between
Spain and its Latin American colonies, with merchants and
adventurers bringing treasure back to the mother country from
the mines and plantations of the empire.
In recent decades, Spanish and Portuguese businessmen
roamed the continent in a wave of investment known as the
BEIRUT (Reuters) – At least seven people were killed and dozens wounded in gunbattles in the Lebanese capital Beirut and coastal Tripoli on Monday in further unrest linked to the conflict in neighbouring Syria, security and hospital sources said.
The clashes have heightened fears that Syria’s civil war with its sectarian dimensions is now spreading into Lebanon, pitting local allies and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against each other.
BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Lebanese army promised decisive action to quell unrest linked to the Syria conflict as gunbattles flared in the capital Beirut and elsewhere on Monday after the assassination of a senior intelligence officer last week.
The army command urged political leaders to be cautious in their public statements so as not to inflame passions further.