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At UN, Trump focuses on religious freedom, not climate

United Nations, Sept 24 (AP/UNB) — President Donald Trump made his political priorities clear Monday within an hour of arriving at the United Nations for a three-day visit: He breezed by a major climate change summit to focus instead on religious persecution, an issue that resonates with his evangelical supporters. Read More »

Patients die as Manila traffic jams block ambulances

Gridlock in Manila is costing lives as ambulances stuck in traffic face severe delays in the race against the clock to reach the city’s hospitals, medics warn. Special lanes for emergency vehicles are not enforced, the infrastructure is outdated, and local drivers are often unwilling or unable to make way — a situation experts say is causing patients to die ... Read More »

Russian pilot safely lands jetliner disabled by bird strike

Moscow, Aug 16 (AP/UNB) — A Russian pilot whose passenger jet lost power in both engines after colliding with a flock of gulls shortly after takeoff Thursday managed to land in a cornfield smoothly enough that only one of the 233 people on board was hurt seriously enough to be hospitalized. The quick thinking of the captain, 41-year old Damir ... Read More »

Saudi King Salman’s elder brother, Prince Bandar, dies at 96

Riyadh, Jul 29 (AP/UNB) — King Salman’s elder half brother, who was the 10th son of Saudi Arabia’s founding monarch, has died at age 96, the Saudi royal court said late Sunday. Prince Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was not an actively political royal within the ruling Al Saud family and had been passed over in the line of succession ... Read More »

Nelson Mandela International Day Thursday

Dhaka, July 17 (UNB) – Paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said Mandela’s calls for social cohesion and an end to racism are particularly relevant today, with hate speech casting a growing shadow around the world. “We pay tribute to an extraordinary global advocate for dignity and equality, and one of the most iconic and inspirational ... Read More »

No 500 total but big hits still decide World Cup champion

London, Jul 16 (AP/UNB) — Expecting the first 500 total in limited-overs history, Cricket World Cup organizers reprinted the scorecards that are sold to fans at venues in England. The original designs only went up to 400. Then in the week after the tournament began, the British weather turned cold and wet. The flat, dry pitches that had been like ... Read More »

Leave the US, Trump tells liberal congresswomen of color

Washington, July 15 (AP/UNB) — Starkly injecting race into his criticism of liberal Democrats, President Donald Trump said Sunday that four congresswomen of color should go back to the “broken and crime infested” countries they came from, ignoring the fact that all of the women are American citizens and three were born in the US His attack drew a searing ... Read More »

Border security deal reached to avert new US shutdown

Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement in principle over border security to fund the US government and avert another partial shutdown. Lawmakers said the deal had been struck in a closed-door meeting in Washington. No details have been released. Talks had stalled on the detention of undocumented migrants and funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall. Speaking late on ... Read More »

May set for further talks with EU leaders

Theresa May is expected to continue talks with EU leaders in the coming days after MPs backed a proposal for her to renegotiate her Brexit deal. MPs voted 317 to 301 in favour of replacing the backstop – the insurance policy designed to avoid a hard border in Ireland in the event of no deal. But the EU has said ... Read More »

May says MPs must ‘work together’ to deliver Brexit

Theresa May has called on MPs to “put self-interest aside” and “work constructively together” to find a way forward for Brexit. Earlier, the prime minister won a vote of no confidence by 325 to 306, as rebel Tory MPs and the DUP backed her to stay in No 10. But just 24 hours before, both groups ensured her Brexit plan ... Read More »

Donald Tusk suggests UK should stay in EU

European Council President Donald Tusk has suggested that the UK should stay in the EU, after the prime minister’s Brexit deal was rejected in parliament. “If a deal is impossible, and no one wants no deal, then who will finally have the courage to say what the only positive solution is?”, he tweeted. MPs voted by 432 votes to 202 ... Read More »

May’s Brexit deal voted down in historic Commons defeat

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been rejected by 230 votes – the largest defeat for a sitting government in history. MPs voted by 432 votes to 202 to reject the deal, which sets out the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU on 29 March. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has now tabled a vote of no confidence in ... Read More »

King ousted from House panels over race remarks

US Republican Steve King has been stripped of his congressional committee seats over comments he made about white supremacy. Republican leaders in the US House of Representatives voted to remove the Iowa congressman from the Judiciary, Agriculture and Small Business panels. Mr King sparked furore for questioning why terms like “white supremacy” are controversial. Read More »

Iran summons Polish top envoy over US summit

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called the planned conference an anti-Iran “circus.” Warsaw has expressed the hope that the summit will help unite the EU and US positions towards Tehran. Iranian authorities summoned Poland’s top envoy to Tehran on Sunday to express their outrage at the news that Warsaw would host a conference on Middle East policy that they ... Read More »

Israeli missiles hit Damascus airport warehouse

Syrian air defenses shot down missiles fired by “Israeli military planes” at around 11.00 p.m. local time (2100 UTC), Syria’s official SANA news agency reported, citing a military source. “Only a ministry of transport warehouse at Damascus international airport was hit,” SANA said. Israel has previously carried out missile strikes against what it says are Iranian military targets and arms ... Read More »

Florida pardons wrongly accused Groveland Four

Four black men who were wrongly accused of raping a white teenager in Florida 70 years ago have been pardoned. Officials voted unanimously to issue the pardon at a meeting in the state capital of Tallahassee on Friday. None of the men are still alive, but their family members were in attendance to plead their innocence. Read More »

German WW1 sub emerges off French coast

The wreck of a World War One German submarine is gradually resurfacing on a beach in northern French after decades of being buried in the sand. Shifting sand off Wissant, near Calais, is exposing the remains of the UC-61 which was stranded there in July 1917. The crew flooded the vessel and abandoned it and by the 1930s the submarine ... Read More »

Trump renews national emergency threat over wall

US President Donald Trump has renewed a threat to declare a national emergency to fund the construction of a wall on the Mexican border. A row with Democrats over funding the wall has left the government partially shut down for 20 days, leaving some 800,000 federal employees unpaid. On Saturday, the shutdown becomes the longest in US history. Read More »

Trump demands funding to end border ‘crisis’

US President Donald Trump has demanded funding for his long-promised US-Mexico border wall to halt “a growing humanitarian and security crisis”. But in his first TV address to the nation from the Oval Office, Mr Trump did not declare a national emergency to bypass Congress and build the barrier. In a televised rebuttal, Democratic leaders accused him of holding the ... Read More »

Saudi woman arrested for disobeying her father

Saudi Arabia drew international plaudits last year when it lifted a longstanding ban on women driving. The conservative Gulf kingdom also reversed a ban on sports for women and girls in public schools, and allowed women to watch football matches in stadiums. But activists said the biggest impediment to women’s rights remained in effect. Under what is known as the ... Read More »

Kim Jong-un in Beijing for an unannounced visit

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has arrived in Beijing for an unannounced visit, at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Mr Kim will be in China until 10 January with his wife Ri Sol-ju, according to state media reports. The visit comes amid reports that negotiations are under way for a second summit between Mr Kim and US President ... Read More »

Trump threatens ‘national emergency’ over wall

US President Donald Trump has said he could declare a national emergency to build a US-Mexico border wall without the approval of Congress. It came after he met senior Democrats, who refused his requests for funding. The stand-off has seen Mr Trump withhold support for a bill to fully fund the government until he gets money for the border wall. Read More »

US House Democrats challenge Trump on shutdown

The Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives has voted to end a partial government shutdown, but the move looks certain to be vetoed by President Donald Trump. Mr Trump has said he will reject any measure that does not provide funding for his proposed US-Mexico border wall. New House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has branded the wall “an immorality”. Read More »

Indian women make history by entering Sabarimala temple

Two Indian women have made history by entering a prominent Hindu shrine in the southern state of Kerala, following months of protests against their entry. The Sabarimala temple was historically closed to women of “menstruating age” – defined as between 10 and 50. The Supreme Court overturned that ban but protesters then attacked women and stopped them from going in. Read More »

Raul Castro denounces US ‘confrontation’

Former Cuban President Raul Castro has accused the US of returning to its policy of confrontation. Mr Castro, who is still head of Cuba’s ruling Communist Party, was speaking on the 60th anniversary of the revolution led by his brother, Fidel. He urged Cubans to prepare for all scenarios to defend their independence and said the revolution “had not aged”. Read More »

Taiwan ‘must and will be’ reunited with China: Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the people of Taiwan to accept it “must and will be” reunited with China. In a speech marking 40 years since the thaw in cross-strait relations, he reiterated Beijing’s call for peaceful unification on a one-country-two-systems basis. However, he said China reserved the right to use force. Read More »