Mubarak, Egypt's toppled Pharaoh, is free after final charges dropped

24 March 2017

CAIRO – Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president overthrown in 2011 and the first leader to face trial after the Arab Spring uprisings that swept the region, was freed on Friday after six years in detention, his lawyer said. The 88-year-old was cleared of the final... Read More


Middle-aged London attacker was criminal who wasn't seen as threat

24 March 2017

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – Before he killed at least four people in Britain's deadliest attack since the 2005 London bombings, Khalid Masood was considered by intelligence officers to be a criminal who posed little serious threat. A British-born convert to Islam, Masood... Read More


Trump ultimatum on new healthcare act

24 March 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump warned House Republican lawmakers that he will leave Obamacare in place and move on to tax reform if they do not get behind new healthcare legislation and support it in a vote on Friday. It was not clear late on Thursday evening... Read More


Man held after car speeds into Antwerp shopping street

23 March 2017

ANTWERP, Belgium – A man drove a car at speed into a pedestrianised street in Antwerp on Thursday, forcing people to jump out of its path, a day after an assailant rammed a vehicle into crowds in central London, police said. The car sped away in the Belgian port... Read More


Scotland suspends independence vote after terror attack

23 March 2017

EDINBURGH – Scotland’s devolved parliament suspended a planned vote on Wednesday to give its government a mandate to seek a new independence referendum after an attack on Britain’s Houses of Parliament in London which police said they were treating as a terrorist incident.... Read More


Lawmaker suggests US surveillance of foreigners picked up Trump calls

22 March 2017

WASHINGTON – The Republican chairman of the US House of Representatives intelligence committee said on Wednesday some of President Donald Trump's personal communications may have been caught up in "incidental" surveillance involving a foreign power in the months after... Read More


Two dead, others injured in UK parliament 'terrorist incident'

22 March 2017

LONDON – An assailant stabbed a policeman and was shot by police just outside Britain's parliament building in London on Wednesday in what police described as a "terrorist incident". Amid confusing scenes, it appeared the incident may have unfolded in several locations,... Read More


Crisis-hit Venezuela halts publication of another major indicator

21 March 2017

CARACAS – Venezuela has stopped publishing money supply data, depriving the public of the best available tool to ascertain soaring inflation in one of the world's worst-performing economies. The country quit issuing inflation data more than a year ago, but annual... Read More


Pink Star back on sale next month

21 March 2017

LONDON – A 59.60-carat diamond known as The Pink Star is returning to auction next month and could fetch a record $60 million, three years since it was sold for even more – only for the buyer to pull out of the deal. The diamond was presented by Sotheby’ in London... Read More


FBI: No proof Trump was wiretapped

21 March 2017

WASHINGTON – FBI Director James Comey on Monday confirmed for the first time that the bureau is investigating possible ties between Republican Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia as Moscow sought to influence the 2016 U.S. election. Comey and Admiral... Read More


US to ban some airline passengers from carrying electronics

20 March 2017

WASHINGTON – US authorities are planning to ban passengers travelling on certain US-bound foreign airline flights from carrying into the cabin larger electronic devices in response to an unspecified terrorism threat, US officials told Reuters on Monday. The new rule... Read More


Britain's May to launch EU divorce proceedings on March 29

20 March 2017

LONDON/BRUSSELS – Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Britain's divorce proceedings with the European Union on March 29, launching two years of negotiations that will reshape the future of the country and Europe. May's government said her permanent envoy to the... Read More


Republicans revamp Health Bill

20 March 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. House Republicans are working on changes to their healthcare overhaul bill to provide more generous tax credits for older Americans and add a work requirement for the Medicaid program for the poor, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday. Ryan said... Read More


Homeland Security issues RFPs for border wall

19 March 2017

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT of Homeland Security has issued requests for proposals for prototypes for a wall along the Mexican border, saying ideally it should be 30 feet (9 metres) high and the wall facing the U.S. side should be “aesthetically pleasing in colour”. A wall... Read More


Chuck Berry dies at age 90

18 March 2017

CHUCK BERRY, who duck-walked his way into the pantheon of rock'n'roll as one of its most influential guitarists and the creator of raucous anthems that defined its early sound and heartbeat, died on Saturday at his Missouri home. He was 90. Police in St Charles County,... Read More


Judges deployed to 12 cities to speed deportations

18 March 2017

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Justice Department is developing plans to temporarily reassign immigration judges from around the country to 12 cities to speed up deportations of illegal immigrants who have been charged with crimes, according to two administration officials.... Read More


Brazil's Temer says economy turning around, confidence rising

17 March 2017

BRASILIA – The Brazilian economy has begun to turn around, jobs are being created, and business confidence is slowly recovering, President Michel Temer said on Friday, touting initial successes of his recovery plan. Speaking at a business meeting in Sao Paulo, Temer... Read More


White House says Trump stands by claim Obama wiretapped him 

16 March 2017

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump stands by his accusation that the Obama administration tapped his phones during the 2016 presidential campaign, the White House said on Thursday, despite three senior lawmakers rejecting Trump's claim. The Republican and Democratic... Read More


'Now is not the time,' UK's May tells Scotland on independence vote

16 March 2017

LONDON/EDINBURGH – British Prime Minister Theresa May told the Scottish government on Thursday "now is not the time" for a second independence referendum, saying it would be unfair to ask people to vote without knowing the result of Brexit talks. While May fell short... Read More


Letter bomb at IMF's Paris office injures woman employee

16 March 2017

PARIS – A female employee of the International Monetary Fund suffered injuries to her face and arms on Thursday when a letter bomb mailed from Greece and addressed to the world lender's European representative blew up as she opened it, officials said. The letter,... Read More


White House wants to cut EPA budget

16 March 2017

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s administration is proposing a 31 per cent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget, eliminating its climate change programmes and trimming back core initiatives aimed at protecting air and water quality, according... Read More




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