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US orders expulsion of 15 Cuban diplomats

03 October 2017

WASHINGTON/HAVANA – The Trump administration on Tuesday ordered the expulsion of 15 Cuban diplomats after pulling more than half of its own embassy staff out of Havana last week, further escalating tensions between the United States and Cuba. United States Secretary... Read More


Police seek clues to Las Vegas mass shooting, bloodiest in modern U.S. history

03 October 2017

LAS VEGAS – Police sought clues on Tuesday to explain why a retiree with a penchant for gambling but no criminal record set up a sniper’s nest in a high-rise Las Vegas hotel and poured gunfire onto a concert below, slaying dozens of people before killing himself. ... Read More


Trial of alleged ringleader of Benghazi attack begins in Washington

02 October 2017

WASHINGTON – Federal prosecutors opened their case against Ahmed Abu Khatallah on Monday by telling jurors he orchestrated the 2012 attack on a United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that killed US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.... Read More


US travel warning sends chill across Cuban tourism industry

02 October 2017

HAVANA – Businesses catering to US tourists visiting Cuba have had a rude awakening in the last few months after enjoying a 2-1/2-year boom. First, US President Donald Trump in June ordered tighter restrictions on travel to the Caribbean island. Then the US State... Read More


Gunman kills at least 50, wounds 200 in Las Vegas concert attack

02 October 2017

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – A gunman killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 200 at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, raining down rapid fire from the 32nd floor of a hotel for several minutes before he was shot dead by police. The death... Read More


Man shouting “Allahu Akbar” kills two at French train station before being shot dead

01 October 2017

MARSEILLE/PARIS, France – Two women were stabbed to death and their assailant shot dead by soldiers in the southern French port city of Marseille on Sunday in what police sources described as a “likely terrorist act”. Three police sources said the suspect had shouted... Read More


Violence erupts as Catalans vote on split from Spain

01 October 2017

BARCELONA – Spanish riot police burst into polling stations across Catalonia on Sunday, confiscating ballot boxes and voting papers to try to halt a banned referendum on a split from Spain as Madrid asserted its authority over the rebel region. Police broke down... Read More


US invests $170 million in late-stage Ebola vaccines, drugs

01 October 2017

CHICAGO – The US government is investing more than $170 million to help two new vaccines against the Ebola virus and two Ebola drugs complete the steps needed for approval from the Food and Drug Administration. The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority... Read More


Dozens arrested during neo-Nazi march in Sweden

30 September 2017

GOTHENBURG, Sweden – Dozens of people were arrested on Saturday as neo-Nazis and anti-fascists clashed with police during a march by the extreme right-wing Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR) in Gothenburg, Sweden on Saturday, police said. The NMR gathered hundreds... Read More


Russia says ready to work with North Korea to resolve missile crisis

30 September 2017

MOSCOW – Moscow is prepared to work with Pyongyang to try to find a peaceful resolution to the North Korean missile crisis, the Russian Foreign ministry said on Friday. The comments came in a statement issued by the ministry after a meeting between Russian ambassador-at-large... Read More


Saudi man arrested after threatening women drivers

29 September 2017

KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia – A Saudi man was arrested for allegedly threatening to attack women drivers, the Interior Ministry said on Friday, following a royal decree that ends a ban on women driving in the kingdom. Many Saudis welcomed Tuesday’s announcement by King... Read More


South Korea expects more provocative acts by North Korea in mid-October

28 September 2017

SEOUL – South Korea expects more provocative acts by North Korea next month, to coincide with the anniversary of the founding of the North Korean communist party and China’s all-important Communist Party Congress. During a meeting with President Moon Jae-in on Thursday,... Read More


Qatar must protect workers from lethal heat, rights group says

27 September 2017

DUBAI – Qatar must do more to protect construction workers from heat which often reaches levels that are potentially fatal, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. HRW and other rights campaigners are frequent critics of Qatar’s treatment of migrant labourers whose... Read More


Trump scrambles to convince Americans he can handle Puerto Rico crisis

27 September 2017

WASHINGTON – After well-received responses to two major hurricanes that hit the US mainland, President Donald Trump is battling to show Americans he can handle yet another natural disaster - this time in Puerto Rico - despite being caught up in another Twitter war.... Read More


Saudi king decrees women be allowed to drive

27 September 2017

RIYADH/WASHINGTON – Saudi King Salman on Tuesday ordered that women be allowed to drive cars, ending a conservative tradition seen by rights activists as an emblem of the Islamic kingdom’s repression of women. The kingdom, the birthplace of Islam, has been widely... Read More


British police arrest seventh man over bomb attack on London train

26 September 2017

LONDON – British police made a new arrest on Monday in their investigation into a bomb attack on a London underground train earlier this month. The man, 20, was detained at a house in the Welsh capital Cardiff by counter-terrorism officers, London police said. He... Read More


Melania Trump meets Prince Harry, Trudeau, thanks US Invictus team

25 September 2017

TORONTO – US first lady Melania Trump, on her first solo international trip on Saturday, to Toronto, met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and invited Britain’s Prince Harry to visit the White House. Trump, 47, who is leading the US delegation attending... Read More


North Korea says rockets to US ‘inevitable’ as US bombers fly off North Korean coast

24 September 2017

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON – North Korea said on Saturday targeting the US mainland with its rockets was inevitable after “Mr Evil President” Donald Trump called Pyongyang’s leader “rocket man”, further escalating rhetoric over the North’s nuclear weapons and missile... Read More


Latest Mexico quake spreads alarm, rescue efforts suspended

23 September 2017

MEXICO CITY – A magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook southern Mexico on Saturday and spread alarm in the capital, where rescuers temporarily suspended a search for survivors of a bigger tremor earlier this week out of fear of further building collapses. The United States... Read More


UK's May sets out transition plan in bid to unlock Brexit talks

23 September 2017

FLORENCE, Italy - Prime Minister Theresa May set out a plan on Friday to retain full access to the EU’s single market for two years after Brexit to try to reassure business and reset the tone of stalled negotiations with Brussels. But her proposals for such a transition,... Read More


Trump orders new sanctions against North Korea, Kim calls him 'deranged'

22 September 2017

NEW YORK – US President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions against North Korea on Thursday and Pyongyang’s leader defiantly vowed to persist with its nuclear and missile programs and said it would consider measures against the United States. Tensions have risen... Read More



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