Category: World

SPAIN – Thousands protest over rape ruling

MADRID – A Spanish court has jailed five men for sexually abusing a young woman during the famous San Fermin bull-running festival but acquitted them of rape. All five were sentenced to nine years in prison for their part in the attack, which they filmed, during the festival in Pamplona in July 2016. The 18-year-old […]

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USA – Cosby convicted

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — After decades of whispers, lawsuits, investigations and close calls — and a multitude of women who lost hope anyone would ever believe their word against that of America’s Dad — Bill Cosby could be on his way to prison at age 80 for the remainder of his life. The comedian was convicted […]

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USA – France’s Macron challenges Trump in Congress speech

WASHINGTON – A day after flaunting his friendship with Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron forcefully challenged many of the United States (US) president’s policies on Wednesday, urging the United States to engage more with the world, step up the fight against climate change and stay in the Iran nuclear pact for now. Capping a […]

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CANADA – Canada van suspect had ‘cryptic’ Facebook post before attack

TORONTO – The man accused of plowing a rental van into pedestrians on a crowded Toronto sidewalk, killing ten people, in Canada’s deadliest mass killing in decades left a “cryptic message” on social media before his attack, police said on Tuesday. Suspect Alek Minassian, 25, was charged with ten counts of murder and 13 counts […]

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USA – Trump says Iran will pay if it restarts nuclear program

WASHINGTON — Weighing US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord, president Donald Trump declared on Tuesday that if the Iranians “restart their nuclear program, they will have bigger problems than they’ve ever had before”. Trump issued his warning alongside French president Emmanuel Macron in the Oval Office, where the two allies discussed the multinational nuclear […]

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UK – Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to boy

LONDON – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, the wife of Prince William, gave birth to the couple’s third child on Monday, a son who becomes the fifth in line to the British throne. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth, at 11 a.m. local time at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London, Kensington […]

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CANADA – Van kills nine, injures 16 on Toronto street

TORONTO — A rented van jumped onto a crowded Toronto sidewalk Monday, killing nine people and injuring 16 before the driver fled and was quickly arrested in a confrontation with police, Canadian authorities said. Witnesses said the driver was moving fast and appeared to be acting deliberately, but police said they did not yet know […]

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Syria ‘chemical’ attack: Experts finally visit Douma site

International chemical weapons experts have finally inspected the site of a suspected attack near Damascus which caused an international crisis. The team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) travelled to the town of Douma and collected samples and other items. Last week Western states bombed several Syrian government sites in retaliation […]

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ENGLAND – Rapist who pretended to be ghost jailed for 26 years

EXETER – A rapist who manipulated a girl into having sex with him by pretending to be a ghost has been jailed for 26 years. Liam Clarke knew she was terrified of evil spirits and used that to exploit her, Exeter Crown Court heard. Clarke, 35, of Crediton, Devon, was convicted of four rapes, three […]

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ENGLAND – Commonwealth urged to name Prince Charles as its next leader

LONDON – The Queen has appealed to Commonwealth leaders to appoint her son, Prince Charles, to succeed her as their head. She said it was her “sincere wish” that Prince Charles takes over “one day”, as she opened the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London. The role is not hereditary and will not […]

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INDIA – Indian women’s commissioner push for stricter laws for rape

New Delhi – The head of Delhi’s Commission for Women (DCW) is staging an indefinite hunger strike to push for stricter laws for rape in India, including the death penalty, after a series of horrific attacks on young girls. Swati Maliwal, chairwoman of the DCW, has been refusing food since April 13, as protests flared […]

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USA – One dead after jetliner blows an engine in flight

PHILADELPHIA — A Southwest Airlines jet apparently blew an engine at about 30,000 feet and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window and damaged the fuselage Tuesday, killing a passenger and injuring seven others, authorities said. The plane, a twin-engine Boeing 737 bound from New York to Dallas with 149 people aboard, made an […]

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USA – Efforts on to arrange unprecedented meeting between US and North Korean

PALM BEACH  – President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States is engaged in direct talks at “extremely high levels” with North Korea to try to set up a summit between him and its leader, Kim Jong Un. Trump made the comment as he and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe opened two days of […]

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Thousands attend Winnie Mandela’s funeral

WORLD – Crowds gathered in South Africa for the funeral of the anti-apartheid campaigner, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Thousands of mourners crowded into a stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, where the campaigner was given a high-level send-off. Her casket was draped in the national flag, and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the eulogy. Mrs Madikizela-Mandela, former […]

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ALGERIA – Algerians mourn victims of deadly military plane crash

ALGIERS – Algerians, many of them weeping, queued at a hospital on Thursday to identify the victims of the country’s worst plane disaster which killed 257 people. The Russian Ilyushin Il-76 military transporter crashed on Wednesday after takeoff from the Boufarik air base southwest of Algiers. Witnesses said a wing had caught fire. Most of […]

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USA – Trump puts off Syria strike decision, will talk to allies

WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS –  President Donald Trump and his national security aides on Thursday discussed United States (US) options on Syria, where he has threatened missile strikes in response to a suspected poison gas attack, as a Russian envoy voiced fears of wider conflict between Washington and Moscow. Worries about a confrontation between Russia, Syria’s big […]

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ALGERIA – Military plane Crashes, kills 257

ALGIERS — A hulking military transport plane crashed just after takeoff in Algeria Wednesday, killing 257 people in the worst aviation disaster in the North African nation’s history and plunging the country into mourning. Soldiers, their family members and a group of 30 people returning to refugee camps from hospital stays in Algeria’s capital died […]

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