Britain to leave EU single market as May sets course for 'hard Brexit'

17 January 2017

LONDON – Britain will quit the EU single market when it leaves the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday, in a decisive speech that set a course for a clean break with the world's largest trading bloc. Setting out a vision that could determine... Read More


Northern Ireland sets March 2 election after government collapse

16 January 2017

BELFAST – Britain's Northern Ireland minister called an early election on Monday for March 2 following the collapse of the region's power-sharing government that risks a lengthy period of political paralysis just as Britain prepares for talks to leave the EU. Northern... Read More


At least five dead, 15 hurt in shooting at Mexico's BPM music festival

16 January 2017

MEXICO CITY – At least five people, including four foreigners, were killed and 15 were wounded early on Monday when a shooter opened fire at a nightclub in Mexico's Playa del Carmen resort during the BPM electronic music festival, state officials said. Quintana Roo... Read More


Trump threatens BMW with border tax

16 January 2017

PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP has warned the United States will impose a border tax of 35 per cent on cars that German carmaker BMW plans to build at a new plant in Mexico and export to the U.S. market. Trump was speaking in an interview with German newspaper Bild,... Read More


Trump warned to watch his words

15 January 2017

WASHINGTON – CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday had a stern parting message for Republican Donald Trump days before he assumes the U.S. presidency, cautioning him against loosening sanctions on Russia and warning him to watch what he says. Brennan rebuked the president-elect... Read More


Anti-Trump protests in DC

14 January 2017

WASHINGTON – United States civil rights activists vowed on Saturday to defend hard-fought gains in voting rights and criminal justice during the presidency of Donald Trump, kicking off a week of protests ahead of the Republican’s inauguration. About 2 000 mostly... Read More


Moody’s agrees to multimillion dollar settlement with US

14 January 2017

NEW YORK – Moody’s Corp has agreed to pay nearly $864 million to settle with U.S. federal and state authorities over its ratings of risky mortgage securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday. The credit rating... Read More


Cubans on road to US distraught about newly closed border

13 January 2017

MEXICO CITY – Cuban Jose Enrique Manreza, who sold his house and belongings to embark on a epic journey by plane, bus and on foot in pursuit of the American dream, is now stranded in a Mexican border town after Washington abruptly ended a lenient immigration policy.... Read More


Sources: Obama ending special immigration policy for Cubans

12 January 2017

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION is ending a policy that granted residency to Cubans who arrived in the United States without visas, several congressional sources said on Thursday. The change in the policy, known as "wet foot, dry foot," is effective immediately. The Department... Read More


Facing death, South Carolina church gunman stands by killings

10 January 2017

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Convicted murderer Dylann Roof was unrepentant at his federal capital trial on Tuesday, telling jurors who will decide whether he should be executed that he still felt killing nine black people at a South Carolina church was something he had to do.... Read More


Mexico again says there is 'no way' it will pay for Trump wall

10 January 2017

MEXICO'S NEW FOREIGN Minister Luis Videgaray said on Tuesday there is no way his country will pay for the wall that United States. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to build on the United States' southern border to keep out illegal immigrants. "There's no... Read More


Florida airport shooting suspect appears in federal court

09 January 2017

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. – The 26-year-old Iraq war veteran accused of killing five people at a busy Florida airport in the latest United States gun rampage appeared in a federal court on Monday on charges that could bring him the death penalty. Esteban Santiago, who... Read More


Sheeran releases two new singles

09 January 2017

BRITISH SINGER-SONGWRITER Ed Sheeran ended a near-two year hiatus from music by releasing two new singles, Shape of You and Castle on the Hill, on Friday. “Cause I’ve been away for a bit here’s two singles rather than one,” the 25-year-old Grammy and BRIT Award-winner... Read More


Republicans moving to repeal ‘Obamacare’

09 January 2017

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate will take its first steps toward repealing President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform act by the end of the week, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday. Speaking on CBS’s Face the Nation, McConnell... Read More


Scotland still exploring best EU option

08 January 2017

EDINBURGH – Scotland could suspend its drive to become independent if Britain avoids a “hard Brexit” in which it loses access to the European Union’s single market, the head of its secessionist government said on Friday. Nicola Sturgeon said she still wanted Scotland... Read More


Tube strike expected to cause chaos on Monday

07 January 2017

LONDON – A 24-hour strike by rail workers is set to close most underground stations in central London on Monday, transport bosses said, causing travel chaos for millions of commuters. Transport for London (TfL), which operates the “Tube” network, warned it would... Read More


At least five dead in Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting

06 January 2017

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – A shooter wearing a Star Wars T-shirt opened fire at a baggage carousel at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday, killing at least five people before being taken into custody, officials and witnesses said. Five people... Read More


Venezuela opposition seeks new polls, military help, against Maduro

05 January 2017

CARACAS – Venezuela's opposition, still smarting from its failure to remove President Nicolas Maduro last year, installed a new congress head on Thursday who demanded across-the-board elections and sought military help to end "dictatorship". In a renewal of Venezuela's... Read More


Nigerian soldiers find Chibok girl kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014

05 January 2017

NIGERIAN SOLDIERS HAVE found a schoolgirl who was one of more than 200 pupils kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram from their school in the north-eastern town of Chibok in April 2014, an army spokesman said on Thursday. The troops had found Rakiya Abubkar... Read More


Pence says repealing Obamacare 'first order of business'

04 January 2017

WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump has made repealing President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law the "first order of business" and intends a smooth transition to a "market-based" medical insurance system, Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Wednesday. ... Read More


Reports: Convicted mass killer Manson hospitalised outside prison

04 January 2017

CONVICTED MASS MURDERER Charles Manson was taken from a California prison, where he is serving a life term, to a hospital for an undisclosed medical issue on Tuesday, news media reported. Manson, 82, was seriously ill, a source told the Los Angeles Times, but could... Read More




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