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    February 25

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Harry and Meghan lose public funds and HRH titles

18 January 2020

LONDON – Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will no longer be working members of Britain’s royal family and they will not use their “royal highness” titles as they embark on a more independent future, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday. Read More


20 000 after billionaire’s heart

18 January 2020

TOKYO – Applications to become Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa’s girlfriend have topped 20 000, streaming service AbemaTV said on Thursday, ahead of its documentary on his search for a “life partner” to take on a moon voyage. Read More


Seven killed by cult

18 January 2020

PANAMA – A pregnant woman and six children, including a one-year-old baby and a three-year-old, were tortured, slaughtered and buried in a mass grave in Panama as part of a bizarre, ritualistic killing by a religious cult, authorities have said. Read More


Weinstein wants case heard outside of Manhattan

16 January 2020

NEW YORK – Former film producer Harvey Weinstein on Wednesday asked a New York state appeals court to delay his rape trial and move it out of Manhattan, the day before the final phase of jury selection is scheduled to begin. Read More


Pope names first woman to senior Vatican post

16 January 2020

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis yesterday named the first woman to hold a high-ranking post in the Secretariat of State, the male-dominated Vatican’s diplomatic and administrative nerve center. Read More


Oil price falls after USA, China reach trade deal

15 January 2020

SINGAPORE – Oil prices slipped on Wednesday on concerns that the pending Phase 1 trade deal between the United States and China, the world’s biggest crude users, may not lead to more fuel demand as the U.S. intends to keep tariffs on Chinese goods in place. Read More


Protests in Iran after military admits shooting down plane

12 January 2020

DUBAI – Protests erupted across Iran for a second day on Sunday, piling pressure on the leadership after the military admitted it had mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian airliner at a time when Tehran had feared United States (US) air strikes. Read More


Hamilton donates to help wildlife affected by Australia fires

10 January 2020

LONDON – Six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said on Thursday he was donating $500 000 (382,819 pounds) towards the rescue and care of wildlife caught in bushfires ravaging southeast Australia. Read More


Move could be costly for Canadians

10 January 2020

TORONTO – Canadian taxpayers could be on the hook for millions of dollars a year in security expenses if Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan move there, even part time, as they step away from their royal duties, security experts said. Read More


House votes to rein in Trump’s war powers

10 January 2020

WASHINGTON/BAGHDAD – The United States House of Representatives voted on Thursday to stop President Donald Trump from further military action against Iran as the Middle East remained tense after the U.S. killing of a top Iranian commander and Iran’s retaliatory missile... Read More


British lawmakers to decide on Brexit

09 January 2020

LONDON – British lawmakers are expected later on Thursday to approve legislation which will allow the country to leave the European Union (EU) on January 31 with an exit deal, ending more than three years of wrangling over the terms of the unprecedented divorce. Read More


Deadly plane crash over Iran

08 January 2020

DUBAI/KIEV – A Ukrainian airliner crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran on Wednesday, bursting into flames and killing all 176 people on board. Read More


Iran strikes back

07 January 2020

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON – Iran said it launched a missile attack on U.S.-led forces in Iraq in the early hours of Wednesday in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike on an Iranian commander whose killing has raised fears of a wider war in the Middle East. Read More


Bolton willing to testify in impeachment trial

07 January 2020

WASHINGTON – United States President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton, said on Monday he is willing to testify in the expected Senate impeachment trial of the president, a surprise development that could potentially strengthen the case that... Read More


Iran promises revenge during Soleimani funeral

06 January 2020

DUBAI/WASHINGTON – Iran’s supreme leader wept in grief with hundreds of thousands of mourners thronging Tehran’s streets on Monday for the funeral of military commander Qassem Soleimani, killed by a U.S. drone on the orders of U.S. President Donald Trump. Read More


Australians assessing damage from wildfires

06 January 2020

SYDNEY – Australian authorities began assessing the damage on Sunday from heatwave-spurred bushfires that swept through two states a day earlier, as cooler conditions provided a temporary respite from blazes that have scarred the country’s east coast for weeks. Read More


Man arrested and charged in attack on Jews

04 January 2020

NEW YORK – The man accused of going on a machete rampage at the New York-area home of a Hasidic rabbi during a Hanukkah celebration was indicted on Friday on six counts of attempted murder, up from five counts the suspect was charged with previously. Read More


Pope apologises, denounces violence against women

02 January 2020

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis apologised on Wednesday for having angrily slapped a woman’s arm when she had grabbed hold of his hand and yanked him towards her, saying he had lost his patience and set a “bad example”. Read More


Protesting troops withdraw from US embassy in Baghdad

02 January 2020

BAGHDAD – Supporters of Iranian-backed Iraqi paramilitary groups who stormed the U.S. Embassy’s perimeter and hurled rocks in two days of protests withdrew on Wednesday after Washington dispatched extra troops and threatened reprisals against Tehran. Read More


Pope slaps woman’s hand to get free

01 January 2020

ROME – A visibly indignant Pope Francis had to pull himself away from a woman in a crowd in St Peter’s Square on Tuesday after she grabbed his hand and yanked him toward her. Read More


Britain to increase minimum wage

31 December 2019

LONDON – Britain’s national minimum wage will rise by more than 6 per cent next year, taking it to 8.74 pounds ($11.49) an hour, the government announced on Tuesday. Read More


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