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    June 21

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After compromise, May set to avoid defeat in parliament on customs

13 June 2018

LONDON – Prime Minister Theresa May looked set to avoid an embarrassing defeat in parliament on Wednesday over her post-Brexit trade plans, a day after she defused a rebellion in her party over control of Britain’s exit from the European Union. On the second day... Read More


Trump says North Korea no longer a nuclear threat; North highlights concessions

13 June 2018

SEOUL – North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat, nor is it the “biggest and most dangerous problem” for the United States, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday on his return from a summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The summit was... Read More


New Jersey governor's signature paves way for sports betting

12 June 2018

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on Monday signed a bill to legalise sports betting, opening the door for the state to begin regulating and taxing the activity at casinos and racetracks. “Our casinos in Atlantic City and our racetracks throughout our state can attract... Read More


Trump and North Korea's Kim in Singapore for historic summit

10 June 2018

SINGAPORE – United States President Donald Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday for a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that could lay the groundwork for ending a nuclear stand-off between the old foes and the transformation of the isolated Asian... Read More


Safety first: Afghan shoppers go online to avoid bombs, harassment

09 June 2018

KABUL – Shoppers in the Afghan capital are going online for everything from fashion to furniture to avoid bomb attacks and sexual harassment, with dozens of start-ups doing a brisk trade where there were few on the ground two years ago. Suicide bombings and other... Read More


Muhammad Ali family lawyer to Trump: thanks, but no pardon needed

08 June 2018

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump’s comment on Friday that he might pardon boxing legend Muhammad Ali drew a prompt response from the late heavyweight champion’s estate: thanks but no thanks. “We appreciate President Trump’s sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary.... Read More


Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain dead

08 June 2018

United States celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN’s food-and-travel-focused Parts Unknown television series, hanged himself in a French hotel room, CNN said on Friday, in the second high-profile suicide of a US celebrity this week. He was 61. Bourdain was... Read More


Some US states taking electoral maps out of politicians' hands

07 June 2018

WASHINGTON – The US Supreme Court is due to rule by the end of June on the contentious practice called partisan gerrymandering in which state legislators draw electoral maps designed to entrench their own party in power, but states in growing numbers already are taking... Read More


Afghanistan's Ghani announces his first ceasefire with Taliban

07 June 2018

KABUL – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced for the first time an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban, coinciding with the end of the Muslim fasting month, but excluding other militant groups, such as Islamic State. The decision came after a... Read More


US says diplomats in China hit by mystery illness

07 June 2018

WASHINGTON/GUANGZHOU – The US State Department has brought a group of diplomats home from Guangzhou, China, over concern they were suffering from a mysterious malady that resembles a brain injury and has already affected US personnel in Cuba, a spokeswoman said. ... Read More


Sixty-two dead in Guatemala volcano eruption

04 June 2018

MEXICO CITY – The number of fatalities from a massive volcano eruption in Guatemala rose to 62 on Monday, an official in the Central American country said. Only 13 of the dead have been identified so far, Mirna Zeledon, a spokeswoman for Guatemala’s National Institute... Read More


Philippines Duterte tells UN human rights expert: 'Go to hell'

03 June 2018

MANILA – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has told a UN human rights expert who said the country’s judicial independence was under threat to ‘go to hell’, warning against interference in domestic affairs. The Philippine Supreme Court voted last month to remove... Read More


Building collapse kills at least three in Kenyan capital

03 June 2018

NAIROBI – At least three people were killed after a five-story building collapsed in the Kenyan capital Nairobi in the early hours of Sunday, officials said. It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse but the authorities say 30 000 to 40 000 buildings... Read More


Trump makes an about-face, revives summit with North Korean leader

02 June 2018

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump, in a complete reversal, said on Friday he would hold a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore in the latest twist in the high-stakes diplomacy over eliminating Pyonyang’s nuclear arms program. ... Read More


Catalonia revamps cabinet list, paving way for Madrid to end direct rule

01 June 2018

MADRID – Catalan authorities announced their new cabinet on Friday, paving the way for Madrid to end direct rule over the region by excluding four nominees under investigation for their role in its independence drive. The news coincided with the departure of Mariano... Read More


Danish parliament bans the wearing of face veils in public

31 May 2018

COPENHAGEN – Denmark has banned the wearing of face veils in public, joining France and other European countries in outlawing the burqa and the niqab worn by some Muslim women to uphold what some politicians say are secular and democratic values. Parliament voted... Read More


Trump and Mexican president spar over border wall again

30 May 2018

NASHVILLE – United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused Mexico of doing “nothing” to stop illegal immigrants crossing into the United States, and repeated his election campaign pledge that Mexico would pay for his planned border wall. Very quickly Mexico... Read More


President readies Italy for snap polls to be fought on EU, euro

28 May 2018

ROME – Italy’s president set the country on a path to fresh elections on Monday, appointing a former International Monetary Fund official as interim prime minister with the task of planning for snap polls and passing the next budget. The decision to appoint Carlo... Read More


Former US President George H.W. Bush taken to hospital in Maine

28 May 2018

Former US President George H.W. Bush, 93, was taken to a hospital in Maine on Sunday after experiencing low blood pressure and fatigue, a family spokesman said on Twitter. Bush, the oldest living former US president, will likely remain at Southern Maine Health Care... Read More


Thousands evacuate as Storm Alberto powers toward Florida

28 May 2018

Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to bring drenching rains to the Florida Panhandle when it makes landfall on Monday, the day after a separate storm triggered a flood that tore through a historic Maryland town and swept away a man who was trying to help rescue people,... Read More


Actor Morgan Freeman apologises after accusations

26 May 2018

Actor Morgan Freeman said on Friday any suggestion he assaulted women or created an unsafe workplace is false and apologised to anyone he may have upset after media reported that women have accused him of inappropriate behaviour or harassment. The accusations against... Read More




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