Category: World

British PM May wins confidence vote

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May won a confidence vote in the British parliament on Wednesday before proposing immediate talks with other party leaders in an attempt to break the deadlock on a Brexit divorce agreement. Lawmakers voted 325 to 306 that they had confidence in May’s government, just 24 hours after handing her […]

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Paris ‘gas explosion’ kills three in city centre

BBC – Two firefighters and a Spanish woman have been killed after a huge blast at a bakery in France’s capital, Paris. The emergency services were responding to a gas leak when “a dramatic explosion” occurred, said Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. Forty-seven people were injured, 10 seriously, in the blast on rue de Trévise at […]

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Trump threatens ‘national emergency’ over wall

BBC – U.S. President Donald Trump has said he could declare a national emergency to build a US-Mexico border wall without the approval of Congress. It came after he met senior Democrats, who refused his requests for funding. The stand-off has seen Trump withhold support for a bill to fully fund the government until he […]

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German mass data attack ‘known for weeks’ by cyber officials

BBC – Germany’s cybersecurity authorities have been criticised after it emerged they knew about a mass data attack on hundreds of politicians for weeks, but did not tell the police. Journalists, celebrities and politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, are among those whose personal data was published online. The attacks took place throughout December, but did […]

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Bangladesh opposition demand new vote

BBC – Bangladesh’s opposition has condemned what it has called a “farcical” election and demanded a new vote. Early results show Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s party in the lead, and she is likely to win a large majority. But there have been claims of vote-rigging, and a BBC correspondent saw filled ballot boxes at a […]

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222 people killed after tsunami hit coastal towns on Indonesia

BBC – At least 222 people have been killed and 843 injured after a tsunami hit coastal towns on Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, government officials say. The tsunami waves struck at night without any warning, destroying hundreds of buildings. Officials say the tsunami could have been caused by undersea landslides after Anak Krakatau volcano erupted. The […]

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UK – Local pair quizzed over Gatwick drones

BBC – A 47-year-old man and 54-year-old woman from Crawley are being questioned over multiple drone sightings that brought Gatwick Airport to a standstill. Flights were grounded for more than 36 hours when drones were first spotted close to the runway on Wednesday night. The airport has since reopened and flights were operating on schedule, […]

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British PM delays crucial Brexit vote

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May abruptly postponed a parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal on Monday, throwing Britain’s plan to leave the European Union into chaos after admitting that she faced a rout. May’s move on the eve of the scheduled parliamentary vote opens up an array of possible outcomes ranging from a […]

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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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