Scotland postpones second independence vote until after Brexit

27 June 2017

EDINBURGH – Scotland’s secessionist leader on Tuesday postponed plans for a second independence referendum until the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) are clear. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was putting on hold plans to introduce... Read More


California to add ingredient in weed killer to cancer-causing list

27 June 2017

GLYPHOSATE, a herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto Co’s popular Roundup weed killer, will be added to California’s list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7, the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) said on Monday.... Read More


Former Brazilian Finance Minister sentenced to 12 years for corruption

26 June 2017

Brazilian court yesterday sentenced former finance minister Antonio Palocci to 12 years in prison for corruption and money laundering Read More


Search continues for missing after Colombia tourist boat accident

26 June 2017

RESCUE WORKERS SEARCHED on Monday for 13 people believed to be missing after a tourist boat sank the previous day in a reservoir in north-central Colombia, killing seven. The cause of the accident was still unclear, officials said. Use of the Penol-Guatape reservoir,... Read More


Asylum seekers in Canada who fled Trump now trapped in legal limbo 

26 June 2017

TORONTO/WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Thousands of people who fled to Canada to escape President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal migrants have become trapped in legal limbo because of an overburdened refugee system, struggling to find work, permanent housing or enrol their... Read More


Frustration mounts at site of landslide

26 June 2017

MAO COUNTY – Frustration grew on Monday among family members of victims of a landslide that buried a mountain village in southwestern China, with some complaining about a lack of information and asking why they had not been moved from an area prone to land slips. ... Read More


Temer charged with taking bribes

26 June 2017

BRASILIA – Brazil’s top federal prosecutor charged President Michel Temer with taking multimillion-dollar bribes on Monday in a stinging blow to the unpopular leader and to political stability in Latin America’s largest country. Rodrigo Janot submitted the charge... Read More


Paris Agreement in focus

25 June 2017

The following article on Climate Diplomacy Week was submitted by Ambassador Daniela Tramacere, Head of the European Union Delegation to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States, the OECS, and CARICOM/CARIFORUM. AS WE APPROACH the start of the 2017 edition of the internationally... Read More


34 high-rise blocks fail fire test

25 June 2017

LONDON – Britain said 34 high-rise apartment blocks had failed fire safety checks carried out after the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze, including several in north London where residents were forced to evacuate amid chaotic scenes. British officials have conducted tests... Read More


Thousands evacuated over new fire fears

24 June 2017

LONDON – Investigators said on Friday they would consider manslaughter charges over the London tower block fire that killed at least 79 people, as thousands of apartment-dwellers a few miles away were told to leave their homes due to fire risk. The outside cladding... Read More


North Korea says US student's death a 'mystery to us as well' 

23 June 2017

SEOUL — North Korea said on Friday the death of US university student Otto Warmbier soon after his return home was a mystery and dismissed accusations that he had died because of torture and beating during his captivity as "groundless". The North's foreign ministry... Read More


Catholic Church in Brooklyn to compensate sexual abuse victims

22 June 2017

NEW YORK – The Roman Catholic Church in the New York City borough of Brooklyn has set up a compensation program for victims of sexual abuse by its clergy, the Diocese of Brooklyn said on Thursday. The program is modelled on one set up last year by the neighbouring... Read More


Four Republic senators oppose new healthcare bill

22 June 2017

WASHINGTON – Senator Rand Paul said on Thursday he and three of his fellow Republicans in the Senate oppose the draft healthcare bill put forward by party leaders as it is currently written, potentially imperilling the legislation’s passage, the Associated Press reported.... Read More


Powerful quake shakes Guatemala and El Salvador, no casualties reported 

22 June 2017

GUATEMALA CITY — A major earthquake struck off the coast of Guatemala on Thursday, damaging buildings and downing trees as well as causing powerful tremors in neighbouring El Salvador. There were no reports of casualties. The quake, measured at a magnitude of 6.8... Read More


Officer stabbed in attack at Michigan airport

21 June 2017

BISHOP INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT in Flint, Michigan, was evacuated on Wednesday after a police officer was stabbed in the neck in what a US government official familiar with the situation said was being investigated as a possible act of terrorism. All passengers were... Read More


Trump lawyers make final Supreme Court pitch on travel ban

21 June 2017

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Wednesday made its final plea to the US Supreme Court to allow its proposed ban on travellers from six Muslim-majority countries to go into effect as the justices weigh how to handle the hotly contested dispute. The court... Read More


Journalists file suit against Mexico government

20 June 2017

MEXICO CITY – Activists, human-rights lawyers and journalists in Mexico filed a criminal complaint on Monday following a report that their smartphones had been infected with spying software sold to the government to fight criminals and terrorists. The complaint to... Read More


Autopsy shows cocaine, heroine and ecstasy in Carrie Fisher’s system

20 June 2017

LOS ANGELES – Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher had traces of cocaine, heroin and party drug MDMA, also known as ecstasy, in her system when she died suddenly in December, according to a full autopsy report released on Monday. The autopsy report from the Los Angeles... Read More


US student in coma dies days after release from North Korea

19 June 2017

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA student Otto Warmbier died on Monday in a Cincinnati hospital only days after being released in a coma from 17 months of detention in North Korea, his family said in a statement. Warmbier, 22, who was arrested in North Korea while visiting... Read More


Van rams Muslim worshippers in London, PM May condemns 'sickening' attack

19 June 2017

LONDON – A van ploughed into worshippers near a London mosque in the early hours of Monday, injuring 11 people, two of them seriously, in what Prime Minister Theresa May said was a sickening, terrorist attack on Muslims. The vehicle swerved into a group of mainly... Read More


Trump lawyer says president not under investigation, despite tweets

19 June 2017

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer said on Sunday that Trump is not under investigation in the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential race, a statement that appeared to contradict a comment Trump himself made on Twitter last... Read More





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