Trump to invite France’s Macron for first state visit

France's president Emmanuel Macron (L) laughing with US President Donald Trump. (AFP)
Updated 24 January 2018
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Trump to invite France’s Macron for first state visit

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump is expected to invite French President Emmanuel Macron to the US on the first state visit of the Trump administration.
That’s according to a senior US official who was not authorized to discuss the visit before it was announced and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Trump is the first US president in decades to close his first year without welcoming a counterpart on a state visit.
The designation means Macron will be welcomed to the White House with a South Lawn arrival ceremony followed by talks with Trump. He’ll also be the honored guest at a glitzy state dinner.
Trump was Macron’s special guest at a Bastille Day celebration last year that coincided with the 100th anniversary of the US entry into World War I.


Kanye West meets Uganda’s president, gifts pair of sneakers

Updated 15 October 2018
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Kanye West meets Uganda’s president, gifts pair of sneakers

  • Museveni said he and the American rapper held “fruitful discussions”
  • Uganda’s presidency released photos of a hoodie-wearing West meeting Museveni at the State House and exchanging gifts

KAMPALA, Uganda: Kanye West has met with Uganda’s president during a visit to the East African nation and given the 74-year-old leader a pair of white sneakers.
President Yoweri Museveni said he and the American rapper held “fruitful discussions” on Monday about promoting tourism and arts.
West and his wife, reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, have been vacationing in a national park in Uganda. He is said to be recording music in a tent.
Uganda’s presidency released photos of a hoodie-wearing West meeting Museveni at the State House and exchanging gifts.
While excited tourism officials see the visit as an endorsement of the country’s tourism potential, some Ugandans wryly pointed out that Museveni cracked down on hoodies earlier this year when he announced that motorcycle riders could no longer wear them in a bid to fight rising crime.
The president, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, has been at the center of unrest in recent weeks as Uganda’s large youth population increasingly expresses frustration over unemployment and accuses Museveni of being out of touch.
Uganda’s government has been criticized over its treatment of a local pop star-turned-opposition lawmaker, Bobi Wine, who alleges torture by security forces. The government denies it.