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Trump pushes hardline immigration policies even as he urges unity

31 January 2018

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump urged lawmakers on Tuesday to work toward bipartisan compromises, but pushed a hard line on immigration, insisting on a border wall and other concessions from Democrats as part of any deal to protect the children of illegal immigrants.... Read More


Mexico may allow US air marshals to use stun guns on flights: official

30 January 2018

MEXICO CITY – Mexico is in talks with the United States on whether to allow US federal air marshals to travel with Taser stun guns on cross-border flights with US airlines, National Security Commissioner Renato Sales said in a TV interview on Tuesday. Sales’ comments... Read More


Swedish IKEA founder Kamprad dies at 91

28 January 2018

STOCKHOLM − Billionaire IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, who turned a business he launched as a teenager into one of the world’s best known furniture brands, has died at the age of 91, the Swedish company said on Sunday. IKEA’s simple but sturdy designs and self-assembly... Read More


South Sudan, facing humanitarian crisis, waives some fees for aid groups

27 January 2018

JUBA − South Sudan has temporarily abandoned some of the fees it charges foreign and local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in a bid to encourage groups to help with a humanitarian crisis, a senior government official said. The government and the United Nations... Read More


Baboons go on the run after jumping Paris zoo enclosure

27 January 2018

PARIS – Several baboons escaped from their enclosure at a zoo in Paris on Friday, prompting evacuation of the premises while police hunted for the missing monkeys. The alarm was raised when an employee bumped into one of the baboons in a corridor, the zoo said in... Read More


Trump says Republicans will accept citizenship for 'Dreamers'

26 January 2018

WASHINGTON – United States President Donald Trump said on Friday he would be willing to shift his stance on immigration to push through a deal that protects illegal immigrants brought to the country as children from deportation and offer them citizenship. In an... Read More


EU signals some flexibility on Brexit transition

25 January 2018

BRUSSELS - The European Union is willing to be flexible on the duration and other terms of a Brexit transition period, EU diplomats said as Britain prepares to detail its hopes for what happens after it leaves the bloc in March 2019. A document to be formally endorsed... Read More


US sparks fears of trade war as Trump arrives in Davos

25 January 2018

DAVOS, Switzerland – A day after sending the dollar reeling with comments supportive of a weak US currency, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Trump administration was not seeking a trade war but would defend its economic interests. At a news conference... Read More


Canadian politician steps down, denies misconduct allegations

25 January 2018

TORONTO – The leader of the main opposition party in Canada’s Ontario province said early on Thursday that he would step down from his post, a few hours after broadcaster CTV News reported allegations of sexual misconduct that he strongly denied. By resigning as... Read More


Louvre shuts art display due to rising river Seine

25 January 2018

PARIS − The Louvre museum in Paris closed its basement display of Islamic art on Wednesday following a sharp rise in the level of the river Seine, which has been swollen by weeks of heavy rain. The Seine swallowed its own quayside walkways earlier in the week and... Read More


Brazil braces for ruling that could bar Lula from 2018 race

24 January 2018

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil – An appeals court will decide on Wednesday whether to uphold the corruption conviction of Brazil’s most influential politician, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a decision that would likely bar him from running in the presidential race... Read More


Democrats withdraw offer to fund Trump's border wall

24 January 2018

WASHINGTON – Democrats said on Tuesday they had withdrawn an offer to fund United States President Donald Trump’s border wall, as tough negotiations over the future of young illegal immigrants known as “Dreamers” resumed in the Senate. A day after the end of a government... Read More


Venezuelan President Maduro set to run for re-election in 2018 vote

23 January 2018

CARACAS – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro looked sure to stand for re-election in a presidential vote due by the end of April where the ruling Socialists hope to trump a squabbling opposition despite an economic crisis and foreign sanctions. The unpopular leader,... Read More


Gas leak in central London closes train station, hotels evacuated

23 January 2018

LONDON – A major gas leak in central London forced the closure of Charing Cross train station and the evacuation of hundreds of people from nearby nightclubs and hotels on Tuesday. Police closed the Strand, a major road artery that leads into Trafalgar Square -... Read More


US West Coast braces for possible tsunami after Gulf of Alaska quake

23 January 2018

ANCHORAGE – A 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck the Gulf of Alaska early on Tuesday, prompting warnings of a possible tsunami down the West Coast of North America. Evacuation orders were in place in parts of Alaska and as far south as San Francisco as officials urged... Read More


Trump's attendance at Davos economic forum in doubt due to shutdown

22 January 2018

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s attendance at the World Economic Forum in Davos in the Swiss Alps was in doubt on Monday as the US government shutdown stretched into a third day. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the departure of a high-profile US... Read More


Contrite pope apologises for sexual abuse comments that 'wounded many

22 January 2018

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE – Pope Francis, in an extremely rare act of self-criticism, apologised to victims of clerical sex abuse on Sunday, acknowledging he had “wounded many” in comments defending a Chilean bishop who is under scrutiny. But while the pope said he... Read More


At least 19 dead after overnight battle at Kabul hotel

21 January 2018

KABUL − Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed at least 19 people and wounded 12 more, although the final toll of dead and wounded may still be higher. Wahid Majroh,... Read More


In New York, tourists left high and dry as Statue of Liberty shuts down

21 January 2018

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON − Tourists who came to Battery Park in lower Manhattan hoping to catch a ferry to the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbour got an unpleasant surprise on Saturday, learning the must-see destination was closed because of the US government shutdown.... Read More


Women's March draws thousands as Trump term enters second year

20 January 2018

WASHINGTON − Thousands of protesters turned out across the nation for the second Women’s March on Saturday, marking the first anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration with rallies aimed at channelling female activism into political gains in elections this... Read More


US government shutdown looms, lawmakers in hectic negotiations

20 January 2018

WASHINGTON − US lawmakers raced against the clock to avert a federal government shutdown on Friday but it was not clear if hectic negotiations would bring a deal before a midnight deadline. The vast majority of Democratic senators have said they would not support... Read More




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