Top Indian politician Jayalalithaa Jayaram, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, dies aged 68

Top Indian politician Jayalalithaa Jayaram, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, dies aged 68

The Chief Minister of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa Jayaram, has died at the age of 68. Also known as Amma (mother), she suffered a cardiac arrest on 4 December. She had been ailing in hospital since September. Jayalalithaa was a controversial figure with a string of corruption scandals throughout her political career. She served as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister three times. Dec 6, 2016
Donald Trump to meet the leaders of tech world

Donald Trump attacks China in Twitter tirade

US President-elect Donald trump has criticised China over its monetary policy and operations in the South China Sea. Posted on social media platform Twitter, the attacks came after he angered China by speaking to the President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen. Taiwan sees itself as an independent state but Beijing considers it as a breakaway province. The US cut off diplomatic relations to Taiwan in 1979, recognising Beijing’s claim. Dec 5, 2016
Tim Farron: Lib Dem leader refuses to rule out going into coalition with Tories

Tim Farron: Lib Dem leader refuses to rule out going into coalition with Tories

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has refused to rule out taking his party back into a coalition government with the Conservatives. “Any serious politician who rules out going into power isn’t a serious politician,” he told IBTimes UK on Monday (5 December). The comments come just days after Liberal Democrat Sarah Olney beat independent candidate and former Conservative MP in the Richmond Park and North Kingston by-election on 1 December. Dec 6, 2016
Protests staged by Bexit rivals as historic Article 50 appeal begins

Protests staged by Bexit rivals as historic Article 50 appeal begins

Tens of pro-Brexit and Eurosceptic activists staged rival demonstrators outside the Supreme Court in London on 5 December. The protests coincided with the first day of the government appealing a ruling from the High Court in November. The decision meant MPs would have to vote on triggering Article 50, the mechanism to split from the EU. The British government, led by Attorney General Jeremy Wright, had unsuccessfully argued that Theresa May and her ministers had the legal authority – residual prerogative powers – to make such a move. Dec 5, 2016