Category: World

FRANCE – PM Édouard Philippe seeks ‘unity’ after unrest

BBC – French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe has vowed to “restore national unity” after violence broke out during a fourth consecutive weekend of protests. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets on Saturday – the latest day of “yellow vest” demonstrations against fuel tax rises and high living costs. More than 1,700 people were arrested, […]

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PM Mottley extend condolences to the US on the passing of 41st president

Prime Minister Mia Mottley has issued a statement on the passing of the President George Bush. Following is the text of the statement. “It is with a sense of regret that we in Barbados note the passing of the 41st president of the United States, the late George Herbert Walker Bush. Mr Bush, who served […]

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George Bush Senior dies at the age of 94

Former US President George HW Bush has died at the age of 94 at home in Houston, Texas. Bush Sr served as the 41st US president between 1989 and 1993, his term defined by the end of the Cold War and the first Iraq war against Saddam Hussein. While his health had been failing in […]

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WORLD – Russia starts prosecuting Ukrainians after sea clash

KIEV, Ukraine — Russia on Tuesday began prosecuting the crew of Ukrainian navy vessels captured over the weekend in a confrontation off Crimea, putting some of the seamen on camera, where they confessed to intruding into Russian waters. Ukraine demanded that Russia stop using “psychological and physical pressure” on the sailors, as tensions between the […]

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USA – Watts sentenced for ‘inhumane’ killings of daughters and pregnant wife

Before learning he would never walk out of prison Monday, Chris Watts sat at the defense table, head down and leg bobbing, as his mother told him she loved him and his slain wife’s family called him a monster. Calling it perhaps “the most inhumane and vicious crime that I have handled out of the […]

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Stan Lee, creator of Marvel superheroes passes away

SOURCE: REUTERS: Stan Lee, who dreamed up Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Panther and a cavalcade of other Marvel Comics superheroes that became mythic figures in pop culture with soaring success at the movie box office, died at the age of 95, his daughter said on Monday. As a writer and editor, Lee was […]

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WORLD – Sanctions resume

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran greeted the re-imposition of US sanctions on Monday with air defense drills and a statement from president Hassan Rouhani that the nation faces a “war situation”, raising Mideast tensions as America’s maximalist approach to the Islamic Republic takes hold. The sanctions end all economic benefits America had granted Tehran for its […]

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WORLD – Officials fear all 189 people on plane that crashed were killed

JAKARTA — After retrieving six bodies from the sea where an Indonesian passenger plane crashed near Jakarta Monday, search and rescue officials say they fear there will be no survivors. Lion Air flight JT 610 was carrying 189 people, including three children, when it disappeared from radar just 13 minutes after takeoff, according to Basarnas, […]

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UK – Thai Leicester City owner, four others, were on crashed helicopter: source

(Reuters) – Leicester City soccer club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, a Thai tycoon, was among five people who were in a helicopter which crashed in a ball of flames after a Premier League match on Saturday, a source close to the club said. Also on board were one of Vichai’s two daughters, two pilots and a […]

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USA – Gunman opens fire at U.S. synagogue

A gunman has entered a synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and opened fire, police report. Emergency services arrived at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue at about 10 a.m. local time, according to reports. There are multiple casualties, a spokesman for the Pittsburgh police department said. A service was taking place at […]

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USA – Police: Florida schoolgirls planned to kill students, drink their blood

BARTOW – Two girls at a middle school in central Florida were waiting in a bathroom, planning to overpower at least 15 smaller students, kill them with knives and drink their blood, authorities said Wednesday. The Bartow Middle School students were arrested Tuesday and charged with conspiracy to commit murder, possession of a weapon on […]

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WORLD – Migrants pause to honour dead man

HUIXTLA, Mexico — Still more than 1,000 miles from their goal of reaching the United States, a caravan of Central American migrants briefly halted their arduous journey Tuesday to mourn a fellow traveler killed in a road accident, and to rest weary, blistered feet and try to heal illnesses and injuries suffered on the road. […]

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WORLD – Saudi Arabia says missing journalist is dead

ISTANBUL — Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a “fistfight” in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, the kingdom said early Saturday, acknowledging the writer’s death for the first time. Authorities said 18 Saudi suspects were in custody for his slaying and intelligence officials had been fired. The overnight announcements in Saudi state media came […]

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USA – ‘Rogue killers’

WASHINGTON — In a comment that could give Saudi officials a route to climb down from outright denials, president Donald Trump suggested Monday that “rogue killers” could be responsible for the disappearance and presumed murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who hasn’t been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago. Trump’s comment […]

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U.S. – Hurricane Michael kills 17, death toll expected to rise

Rescuers are picking their way through devastated areas of north-west Florida, in the United States (U.S.), amid fears that the death toll from Hurricane Michael will rise. The hurricane, one of the most powerful in US history, struck on Wednesday with winds of up to 155 miles per hour. According to officials, at least 17 […]

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USA -Governor: Limo that crashed shouldn’t have been on the road

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. — The supersized limousine that crashed and killed 20 people outside a country store failed a safety inspection last month and shouldn’t have been on the road, and the driver wasn’t properly licensed, New York’s governor said Monday. The state moved to shut down the owner, Prestige Limousine, as state and federal authorities […]

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China confirms detention of Interpol chief

SOURCE: BBC NEWS: China has confirmed it is holding the missing head of Interpol, Meng Hongwei. Beijing said he was under investigation by the country’s anti-corruption body for unspecified breaches of the law. Mr Meng, also a vice-minister of public security in China, was reported missing after travelling from the city of Lyon in France, […]

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