Trump fires FBI director Comey

09 May 2017

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Tuesday abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey in the fallout over Comey's probe of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's emails last year, saying Comey was no longer able to effectively lead the agency. "It is... Read More


Jakarta's Christian governor jailed for blasphemy against Islam

09 May 2017

JAKARTA – Jakarta's Christian governor has been sentenced to two years in jail for blasphemy, a harsher-than-expected ruling critics fear will embolden hardline Islamist forces to challenge secularism in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority nation. Tuesday's... Read More


Wall Street flat; fear barometer falls to 1993 low

09 May 2017

NEW YORK – The S&P 500 ended flat on Monday after briefly touching a record high, while Wall Street’s “fear gauge” dropped to its lowest in over two decades following centrist Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French presidential election. The CBOE Volatility index... Read More


Plans to move 9 000 jobs from Britain due to Brexit

08 May 2017

LONDON – The largest global banks in London plan to move about 9 000 jobs to the continent in the next two years, public statements and information from sources shows, as the exodus of finance jobs starts to take shape. Last week Standard Chartered (STAN.L) and... Read More


Street artist Banksy tackles Brexit

08 May 2017

DOVER – British street artist Banksy has taken on Brexit with a mural of a workman chipping away one of the 12 gold stars on the flag of the European Union on a wall in Dover, the ferry port that connects England with Calais in France. Banksy, whose identity is a... Read More


Canada increases age for dependent child in immigration programme

08 May 2017

OTTAWA – The Canadian Government has published regulatory changes to increase the maximum age of a dependent child in new applications for all immigration programmes. According to a government statement, the changes will allow more families to stay together, adding... Read More


Macron wins French presidency

07 May 2017

PARIS – Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France today with a business-friendly vision of European integration, defeating Marine Le Pen, a far-right nationalist who threatened to take France out of the European Union. The centrist’s emphatic victory, which... Read More


Reporters barred from Kushner Companies event in China

07 May 2017

SHANGHAI – Organisers barred journalists on Sunday from a publicly advertised event in Shanghai that offered Chinese investors the chance to get U.S. immigrant visas if they put money in a real estate project linked to the family of President Donald Trump's son-in-law.... Read More


Vogue editor Anna Wintour made a dame

07 May 2017

LONDON – Anna Wintour, the British-born editor of US Vogue, was made a dame by Queen Elizabeth on Friday for services to fashion and journalism. Wintour, 67, has been at the helm of the magazine for almost 30 years, a reign that has made her one of the most influential... Read More


Boko Haram releases girls

06 May 2017

ABUJA – Boko Haram militants have released dozens of schoolgirls out of a group of more than 200 whom they kidnapped from the north-eastern town of Chibok in April 2014, officials said. A government minister, asking not to be named, said 82 girls had been released.... Read More


Miley Cyrus changes image

06 May 2017

LOS ANGELES – Miley Cyrus says she is steering away from marijuana, alcohol and nipple pasties and rolling out a new sound that could help people take her more seriously after she was dubbed one of pop music’s bad girls. Speaking to Billboard Magazine in an interview... Read More


Email hack hits French presidential election

06 May 2017

PARIS – France sought to keep a computer hack of frontrunner Emmanuel Macron’s campaign emails from influencing the outcome of the country’s presidential election with a warning on Saturday it could be a criminal offence to republish the data. Macron’s team said... Read More


Macron’s French presidential campaign emails leaked online

06 May 2017

PARIS – Leading French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s campaign said on Friday it had been the target of a “massive” computer hack that dumped its campaign emails online one and a half days before voters choose between the centrist and his far-right rival Marine... Read More


Young protester dies, taking Venezuela unrest death toll to 37

05 May 2017

CARACAS – A 20-year-old Venezuelan protester died today after being shot in the head, authorities said, taking fatalities from a month of anti-government unrest to at least 37 as the opposition geared up for more demonstrations. Hecder Lugo was hurt during fighting... Read More


The Eagles sue Hotel California

05 May 2017

LOS ANGELES – The Eagles have filed a lawsuit accusing the owners of a Mexico hotel of using the name “Hotel California”, arguably the band’s most famous song, without permission. In a complaint filed late Monday, the Eagles said owners of the 11-room Todos Santos... Read More


Trump and Pope to meet on May 24

05 May 2017

VATICAN CITY – United States President Donald Trump will meet Pope Francis on May 24, the Vatican said on Thursday, a potentially awkward encounter given their diametrically opposing positions on immigration, refugees and climate change. Trump will be coming from... Read More


US House repeals Obamacare; bill faces higher hurdles in Senate

04 May 2017

WASHINGTON – The United States House of Representatives narrowly approved a bill to repeal Obamacare today, handing Republican President Donald Trump a victory that could prove short-lived as the healthcare legislation heads into a likely tough battle in the Senate.... Read More


Britons vote in local elections

04 May 2017

LONDON – Britons began voting on Thursday in local and regional elections expected to give a taste of how far Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May’s dominance extends before next month's national election. Thousands of local-level government seats will be up for... Read More


Prince Philip retiring from royal duties

04 May 2017

LONDON – Prince Philip, the 95-year-old husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, joked on Thursday about no longer being able to “stand up much” as Buckingham Palace announced he would retire later this year from active public life. Philip, who is also known as the... Read More


House to vote on healthcare bill

04 May 2017

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s effort to roll back Obamacare gained momentum on Wednesday as Republican leaders scheduled a vote in the House of Representatives on Thursday on newly revised legislation. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy expressed confidence... Read More


Senators moving to address issues on Venezuela

03 May 2017

WASHINGTON – An influential group of Republican and Democratic U.S. senators will file sweeping legislation on Wednesday to address the crisis in Venezuela, including sanctioning individuals responsible for undermining democracy or involved in corruption, Senate aides... Read More




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