Independent Bloomberg throws support behind Hillary

27 July 2016

PHILADELPHIA – New York media mogul Michael Bloomberg assailed fellow billionaire Donald Trump on Wednesday, calling his U.S. presidential race a “con” and ripping into his history of bankruptcies and lawsuits. “Trump says he wants to run the nation like he's running... Read More


French government faces security criticisms after church attack

27 July 2016

PARIS/SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY – France's government faced criticism of its security record on Wednesday in the wake of revelations that one of the assailants who slit the throat of a priest at a church altar was a known would-be jihadist under police surveillance.... Read More


Hillary the Change Maker

27 July 2016

PHILADELPHIA – Former President Bill Clinton portrayed his wife Hillary on Tuesday as a dynamic force for change and a longtime fighter for social justice as he made a case for her historic 2016 bid for the White House. The ex-president told the Democratic Party... Read More


Hillary Clinton clinches historic nomination

26 July 2016

PHILADELPHIA – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic Party’s 2016 nomination for the White House on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in U.S. history. Delegates from South Dakota gave Clinton 15 votes,... Read More


Democrats in disarray on eve of convention to nominate Clinton

25 July 2016

PHILADELPHIA – The head of the Democratic Party resigned on Sunday amid a furore over embarrassing leaked emails, hoping to head off a growing rebellion by Bernie Sanders supporters on the eve of the convention to nominate Hillary Clinton for the White House. Lingering... Read More


New York subway line to close for 18 months

25 July 2016

NEW YORK – One of New York City’s busiest subway lines will cease running between Manhattan and Brooklyn for 18 months starting in 2019, transit officials said on Monday, creating a massive service disruption in an already overtaxed system. The Metropolitan Transportation... Read More


Shooting at Florida nightclub leaves two dead, up to 16 wounded

25 July 2016

At least two people were killed and more than a dozen others, many of them teenagers, were wounded in a shooting early on Monday outside a Florida nightclub that was hosting a party for all age groups, authorities said. The shooting in Fort Myers took place just... Read More


Russia escapes blanket Olympic ban

24 July 2016

LAUSANNE – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has rejected clarion calls for Russia to banned from next month’s Rio Olympics over the nation’s doping record, offering athletes a lifeline by ruling that decisions on individual competitors will be left to the international... Read More


Pokemon Go blamed for illegal border crossing

23 July 2016

TWO YOUTHS unaware of their surroundings when they were playing Pokemon GO on their cell phones, made an illegal border crossing this week from Canada into the United States in a remote part of Montana, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said. The two, who were not identified,... Read More


Mugabe loses war vets’ support

23 July 2016

HARARE – Zimbabwean war veterans turned on their long-time ally President Robert Mugabe, describing him as a dictator in a jolting rebuke underlining political manoeuvring over his succession and mounting anger over economic woes. The veterans, who have campaigned,... Read More


Obama denies US involvement in Turkey uprising

23 July 2016

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Friday denied any U.S. role in Turkey’s failed coup and insisted that an extradition request for a U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused of orchestrating the putsch would have to go through normal channels. Obama, speaking at a news... Read More


Clinton picks “boring” Kaine as running mate

23 July 2016

HILLARY CLINTON named U.S. Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate on Friday, opting for an experienced governing partner who will help her present the Democratic ticket as a steady alternative to the unpredictable campaign of Republican presidential rival Donald Trump.... Read More


Gunmen launch deadly attack on Munich shopping mall

22 July 2016

MUNICH – Gunmen attacked a busy shopping mall in the German city of Munich on Friday evening, spraying bullets as people fled in horror for safety from what police said was a terrorist attack. Police said six people had been killed and the attackers were still at... Read More


NGO: French state of emergency a threat to human rights

22 July 2016

France's decision to extend a state of emergency for six months undermines human rights and the rule of law, Human Rights Watch said on Friday, joining the country's top magistrate union in criticising the legislation. French lawmakers approved a six-month extension... Read More


White House to review ban on military gear for police

21 July 2016

THE WHITE HOUSE will revisit a 2015 ban on police forces getting riot gear, armoured vehicles and other military-grade equipment from the US armed forces, two police organisation directors told Reuters on Thursday. Shortly after the recent shooting deaths of police... Read More


Brazil arrests 'amateur' group accused of Olympics terror plot

21 July 2016

BRASILIA – Brazil arrested 10 people on Thursday suspected of belonging to a poorly organised group supporting Islamic State (IS) and discussing acts of terrorism during next month's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The group, described as "absolutely amateur" by Justice... Read More


Cruz booed, didn’t endorse Trump

21 July 2016

CLEVELAND – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz refused to endorse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the party’s convention on Wednesday, drawing angry jeers from Trump supporters and shattering the facade of party unity that has been carefully built up in Cleveland... Read More


Writer takes the blame for Melania Trump speech mess

20 July 2016

CLEVELAND – A speechwriter on Wednesday took responsibility for parts of a speech Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's wife Melania gave at the Republican convention this week that drew accusations of plagiarism. Meredith McIver, a staff writer for the... Read More


Twitter cracks down on abuse

20 July 2016

TWITTER INC SAID TUESDAY it had moved to permanently suspend a number of user accounts for abuse and harassment after Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones on Monday drew renewed attention to the issue and announced she would quit the social media site. Jones retweeted... Read More


Top Republicans missing from convention

20 July 2016

CLEVELAND – As Republicans spilled into Cleveland on Monday to nominate Donald Trump as their presidential candidate, 2012 nominee Mitt Romney had an equally crucial task – entertaining his grandchildren at his lakeside summer house in New Hampshire. U.S. Senator... Read More


Britain's Pippa Middleton engaged to hedge fund beau

19 July 2016

Pippa Middleton, sister of Britain's Duchess of Cambridge and possibly the country's most eligible single woman, is engaged to marry a hedge fund millionaire. Boyfriend James Matthews went down on one knee to propose to Pippa, 32, on a walk last weekend in the picturesque... Read More




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