The World Economic Forum kicks off on Tuesday as some of the world's most influential people gather in the Swiss mountain town of Davos. The headline act is a speech by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. It marks his first speech in front of an international audience since he took power and he is expected to outline his ideas for a "new Brazil". Broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough is holding a number of sessions today, most notably one with Britain's Prince William who will be interviewing the 92-year-old. Attenborough received a ‘Crystal Award’ at Davos yesterday. Other speakers today include New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and former US Vice-President Al Gore. The World Economic Forum plays host to more than 3,000 participants including business and political leaders as well as leaders of NGOs. “I think we see today that a gap between what we should do and what we are able to do is increasingly big — in a place like Davos we need to … [Read more...] about Davos: What’s on the agenda for Tuesday?
LISBON (Reuters) - Unidentified attackers threw petrol bombs at a police station in the Portuguese city of Setubal and torched cars in the capital Lisbon, hours after a protest against police violence ended in clashes, authorities said. Police said in a statement that three Molotov cocktails caused unspecified damage to the station in the early hours of Tuesday but nobody was hurt. They reinforced patrols to guarantee residents' safety. Police said their investigation could not establish any links to a rally in central Lisbon on Monday night, which followed a police raid on a slum in Seixal, on the outskirts of the capital south of the Tagus River. Setubal is about 50 kilometres south of Lisbon. On Sunday police responding to a call about a brawl between two women entered the Jamaican neighbourhood in Seixal, where mostly black local residents allegedly greeted them with a hail of stones. A video published on the internet showed police officers beating up several black men. Four … [Read more...] about Police station attacked, cars torched in Portugal protests
The Pompidou Centre in Paris is hosting France's first exhibition devoted to Cubism since 1953. Displayed in chronological order, 300 pieces from Cubist artists including Pablo Picasso, George Braque, Paul Cézanne, Juan Gris and Paul Gauguin among others. Brigitte Leal, curator of the exhibition said: "They believed that Cubism was a story of cubes but there are no cubes, it’s a geometrisation, a painting of form abstraction." … [Read more...] about Pompidou Centre hosts France’s first Cubism exhibition for 65 years
By Abdirahman Hussein and Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - As the rubbish built up on the rubble of Mogadishu's wrecked streets, Ahmed Abdullahi saw a business opportunity. He recruited a team of workers - many of them refugees from Somalia's long conflict - and sent them out to collect plastic bags, bottles and wrappers to turn into roof tiles and other recycled goods. "They cannot break, you see," Abdullahi said has he threw some of his tiles onto the floor to show their strength. "They are made of the recycled plastics and soil." Years of fierce fighting in the coastal city have destroyed its infrastructure and left the surviving buildings pocked with bullet holes. The cash-strapped government is struggling to control a vast, divided country where Islamist militants from the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group still launch regular attacks on the capital. Regular rubbish collection is way down the state's list of priorities. "A lot of rubbish like plastics, paper bags ... are thrown … [Read more...] about Somalis turn a profit by transforming their scrap plastic
By Rami Ayyub HAIFA (Reuters) - Israel's Arab lawmakers plan to commandeer Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim in the last election that Arabs were heading to the polls "in droves" to encourage their own voters in April's election. Netanyahu's election-day message to mobilise his right-wing voter base became a defining moment of the 2015 election, drawing criticism and accusations of racism from across the globe. Netanyahu, who won the election, later apologised. Now Ayman Odeh, head of the Arab Joint List party said he plans to use Netanyahu's phrase, which has become an iconic and sometimes ironic part of the language in Israel, to whip up turnout amongst the Arab minority in the April 9 vote. "Arabs are not going to forget Netanyahu's incitement," Odeh told Reuters. "Netanyahu benefited from the slogan the first time around. Now it is our turn to benefit." Netanyahu is seeking a fifth term in office. If successful, he will become Israel's longest-serving prime minister. The … [Read more...] about Israel’s Arabs to embrace Netanyahu’s anti-Arab slogan in election