EU ministers say still time for Brexit deal as failure looms

15 October 2018, 4:19 PM
Frustrated European ministers on Monday insisted there was still time to reach a Brexit deal despite the latest failed round of divorce talks, but the EU warned it was stepping up preparations for failure.
May to deliver Brexit update in parliament later Monday: spokesman 15 October 2018, 2:39 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May will update parliament on the status of Brexit negotiations later on Monday, her spokesman said, a day after last-ditch talks in Brussels failed to agree a draft divorce settlement.

France floods
At least 6 people killed in flash floods in southern France, waters rising 15 October 2018, 11:24 AM

At least six people were killed in flash floods in the south-western Aude district of France after several months' worth of rain fell in just a few hours overnight, the local government prefect said on Monday.

Indian minister M.J. Akbar
Indian minister calls allegations of sexual misconduct against him “baseless” 15 October 2018, 5:43 AM

Indian minister M.J. Akbar described multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him as "wild and baseless" on Sunday and added he plans to take legal action against the women who have made the accusations.

Jamal Khashoggi
London, Paris, Berlin demand ‘credible’ Khashoggi probe 14 October 2018, 8:48 PM

Britain, France and Germany insisted Sunday that "light must be shed" on the whereabouts of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as they called for a credible investigation into his disappearance. In a joint statement, Britain's foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian and Germany's Heiko Maas said whoever was responsible for the Saudi journalist's disappearance must be held to account. Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain official documents for his upcoming marriage. "Defending freedom of expression and a free press and ensuring the protection of journalists are key priorities for Germany, the United Kingdom and France," the ministers said in a statement issued by the Foreign Office in London. "In this spirit, light must be shed on the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi," it said, indicating all three countries were treating the matter "with the utmost seriousness". "There needs to be a credible investigation to establish the truth about what happened, and -- if relevant -- to identify those bearing responsibility for the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, and ensure that they are held to account. While expressing support for joint Saudi-Turkish efforts to look into his disappearance, they said the Saudi government must provide "a complete and detailed response", indicating that such a message had been conveyed "directly" to Riyadh. Turkish officials say they believe Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi mission and lurid claims suggesting he was tortured and even dismembered have been leaked to the media. Following the statement, Hunt spoke to media at the foreign secretary's Chevening country residence, and challenged Riyadh to explain what happened to Khashoggi. "The country that can help us get to the bottom of this is Saudi Arabia," he says. "If, as they say, this terrible murder didn't happen then where is Jamal Khashoggi? That is what the world wants to know. "If they have got nothing to hide then they will, and should, co-operate." Saudi Arabia warned Sunday it would retaliate against any sanctions imposed on the oil-rich kingdom over Khashoggi's disappearance, as the Riyadh stock market plunged on growing investor jitters.

Saudi Arabia vows retaliation if punished over missing critic 14 October 2018, 3:58 PM

Saudi Arabia warned Sunday it would retaliate against any sanctions imposed on the oil-rich kingdom over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as the Riyadh stock market plunged on growing investor jitters.

Pastor Andrew Brunson with Donald Trump
Trump thanks Turkey for pastor’s release, denies cutting deal 14 October 2018, 8:58 AM

President Donald Trump said on Saturday the release of US pastor Andrew Brunson after two years in Turkish custody was a "tremendous step" towards improved relations with Turkey but he denied cutting a deal with Ankara.

Journalist’s disappearance divides Saudis 13 October 2018, 2:39 PM

Some Saudis are treating Turkish allegations that prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in their country’s consulate in Istanbul as fake news. Others see the alleged murder of Khashoggi, as a chilling message for opponents of the Saudi government.

Snowstorm kills nine climbers on Nepal peak 13 October 2018, 2:32 PM

Nine members of a South Korean climbing expedition were killed after a violent snowstorm swept them off a cliff on Nepal’s Mount Gurja, one of the deadliest mountaineering accidents to hit the Himalayan nation in recent years. The bodies of eight climbers — four South Koreans and four Nepali guides — were spotted near the […]

People under tent shelter
Israeli police investigating Palestinian woman’s death in car 13 October 2018, 1:28 PM

Israeli police said on Saturday they were investigating the death of a Palestinian woman in the occupied West Bank, after her husband said he suspected Israeli settlers had pelted their car with rocks.

Trees blowing in the wind
Hurricane Michael death toll hits 17 13 October 2018, 9:17 AM

The death toll from Hurricane Michael has risen to at least 17 with fears it would continue to climb Saturday as search-and-rescue teams scour the debris of the Florida town that bore the brunt of the monster storm.

UN criticized over latest picks for rights council 12 October 2018, 8:58 PM

Bahrain, Cameroon and the Philippines were among a number of nations controversially elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday, sparking sharp criticism from rights groups.

Pope Francis
Pope accepts resignation of US cardinal over abuse cover-up claim 12 October 2018, 8:15 PM

Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation of Washington DC archbishop Donald Wuerl, who has been blamed for not doing enough to deal with paedophile priests.

Woman’s body found after Australian crocodile attack 12 October 2018, 4:05 PM

The body of indigenous women was recovered by Australian police Friday following a reported crocodile attack in a remote part of the country's north.

Rwandan foreign minister elected Francophonie head 12 October 2018, 3:42 PM

The world organisation of French-speaking nations on Friday elected Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo as its new head despite her country's shift to English a decade ago and controversy over its rights record.

Search teams comb debris for victims of deadly Hurricane Michael 12 October 2018, 7:16 AM

Search and rescue teams combed through shattered US communities on Thursday looking for victims of Hurricane Michael, a Category 4 monster storm which carved out a swathe of destruction in the Florida Panhandle, killing at least six in three states. In Mexico Beach, a seafront town where the hurricane made landfall, houses had been razed […]

Donald Trump
Trump says Fed ‘making a big mistake’ by being too aggressive 11 October 2018, 6:00 PM

President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on the US central bank on Thursday, saying it was "too aggressive" in raising interest rates.  "I think they're making a big mistake," Trump said during a broadcast of Fox & Friends.

The earthquake aftermath
Taking a toll: Indonesia quake-disaster in numbers – searched called off 11 October 2018, 12:53 PM

Indonesia has called off the search for those killed in a 7.5-magnitude earthquake and tsunami on Sulawesi island on September 28. Here are the latest figures from the disaster. – 2,073 – The total number of bodies recovered by Indonesian search and rescue teams, the national disaster agency said Thursday. – 5,000 – Those still […]

One dead as monstrous Hurricane Michael tears into Florida 11 October 2018, 6:08 AM

Hurricane Michael claimed its first life after roaring ashore in Florida on Wednesday, flooding homes and streets and toppling trees and power lines in the Gulf of Mexico beachfront.

Global religious leaders speak out against extremism 10 October 2018, 9:51 PM

Global religious leaders are speaking out against religious extremism. They have gathered in Kazakhstan to deal with some of the most pressing problems facing humankind.

Indonesia disaster agency to call off search on Thursday 10 October 2018, 6:21 PM

All eyes will be on the earthquake and tsunami struck Indonesian coastal region of Sulawesi in south east Asia on Thursday.

Hurricane Michael
Time runs out for Florida residents to leave ahead of Hurricane Michael 10 October 2018, 2:44 PM

Hurricane Michael grew into a potentially deadly Category 4 storm on Wednesday before it was due to smash into Florida's Gulf shore with towering waves and roof-shredding winds as 500,000 people were under evacuation orders and advisories.

Syria jihadists who hold key to Idlib truce 10 October 2018, 2:11 PM

A buffer zone separating warring parties is taking shape around Syria's last rebel bastion Idlib but the success of the Russian-Turkish truce plan lies largely in the hands of jihadists.

Rescuers race to find Indonesia quake victims, a day before search halts 10 October 2018, 10:36 AM

Rescuers raced to find victims beneath the rubble of Indonesia's Balaroa village on Wednesday, one day before a government-set deadline to halt the search following last week's powerful earthquake and tsunami.

Trump says America owes Kavanaugh apology after Supreme Court battle 10 October 2018, 8:20 AM

President Donald Trump said he was apologizing on behalf of the whole country to his new conservative Supreme Court justice after one of the most contentious confirmation processes in US history.

Hurricane Michael gains strength as Floridians flee to higher ground 10 October 2018, 6:39 AM

Hurricane Michael howled closer to Florida’s Gulf shore on Tuesday as a major Category 3 storm.

Nikki Haley and Donald Trump
Nikki Haley resigns as Trump’s UN ambassador 9 October 2018, 7:05 PM

Nikki Haley resigned Tuesday as the US ambassador to the United Nations, in the latest departure from President Donald Trump's national security team.

Hurricane Michael reaches Category 2, threatens southern US 9 October 2018, 5:10 PM

Hurricane Michael strengthened to a Category 2 storm with 100-mile-per-hour winds on Tuesday as Florida's governor warned it could bring "total devastation" to parts of the southern US state.

Syria issues pardon for army deserters, draft dodgers 9 October 2018, 4:19 PM

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad issued a general amnesty Tuesday for army deserters and those who have avoided compulsory military service during the country's seven-year civil war, state media said.

Eight killed in suicide attack on Afghan election candidate 9 October 2018, 3:45 PM

A suicide bomber targeting an Afghan election candidate on Tuesday killed at least eight people, officials said, days ahead of a parliamentary vote that militants have vowed to disrupt.

Airport guards an people walking around
No smile please: Indian airport police to go grumpy 9 October 2018, 10:46 AM

Armed police at Indian airports have been told to cut down on smiling, with officials blaming the 2001 US terror attacks partly on an excessive focus on friendliness, local media reported Tuesday.