France’s Macron pushes back at ‘America First’ agenda

25 April 2018, 7:15 PM
Iran rejects any new nuclear deal proposed by US, France 25 April 2018, 4:58 PM

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani rejected any hopes of rewriting a nuclear deal with world powers Wednesday, after the leaders of the United States and France suggested a new pact covering Tehran’s missile programme and regional interventions. “We have an agreement called the JCPOA,” said Rouhani in a fiery speech, using the technical name for the […]

Donors set to stump up billions for Syria 25 April 2018, 8:27 AM

International donors are expected Wednesday to pledge billions of dollars for Syria after the UN's special envoy warned of a looming humanitarian disaster in the rebel-held region of Idlib.

Flowers and messages are left by mourners at a makeshift memorial a day after a van struck multiple people along a major intersection in north Toronto.
Toronto police eye deadly van attack suspect’s ‘cryptic message’ 25 April 2018, 8:09 AM

The man accused of plowing a rental van into pedestrians on a crowded Toronto sidewalk, killing 10 people in Canada’s deadliest mass killing in decades, left a “cryptic message” on social media before his attack, police said.

Trump hails N.Korea’s ‘honorable’ Kim but tempers summit expectations 24 April 2018, 8:57 PM

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had been “very honorable” and discussions on a planned summit were going well, but tempered expectations for any quick denuclearisation deal by saying “it may be we’re all wasting a lot of time.” Trump told reporters during a meeting with French President […]

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Iran says Europe must not pay Trump ‘ransom’ over nuclear deal 24 April 2018, 3:10 PM

A top Iranian official on Tuesday welcomed European powers' efforts to salvage a historic nuclear deal, but warned they should not simply hand over "a ransom" to US President Donald Trump.

EU, UN seeks aid boost for Syria at major conference 24 April 2018, 7:38 AM

The EU and UN on Tuesday begin a two-day conference to drum up fresh aid pledges for wartorn Syria and reinvigorate the faltering Geneva peace process as the conflict enters its eighth year.

Driver kills 10, injures 15 plowing van into Toronto sidewalk crowd 24 April 2018, 5:39 AM

A driver deliberately plowed his white Ryder rental van into a lunch-hour crowd in Toronto on Monday, killing 10 people and injuring 15.

Saudi-led air strike kills top Houthi official in Yemen 23 April 2018, 9:22 PM

A Saudi-led coalition air strike last week killed the top civilian leader in the armed Houthi movement in Yemen, the group reported on Monday, the most senior official to be killed by the Western-backed alliance in the three-year-old war. Saleh al-Samad held the post of president in the Houthi-backed political body which runs most of […]

Prince William and his wife Kate.
New son for Britain’s Prince William and Kate 23 April 2018, 2:51 PM

Kate, the wife of Prince William, gave birth to a baby son on Monday, the couple's third child who is fifth in line to the British throne.

US hunts semi-nude gunman disarmed by ‘hero’ after 4 killed 23 April 2018, 6:54 AM

US police hunted a semi-nude gunman who shot four people dead at a waffle restaurant Sunday after he fled from a "hero" who disarmed him.

Polish men detained for Hitler birthday concert 22 April 2018, 2:34 PM

Two men have been detained in Poland on suspicion of spreading fascism by organising a concert to mark Adolf Hitler's birthday, a prosecutor told AFP on Sunday.

Red Cross says employee killed in Yemen 22 April 2018, 8:04 AM

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Saturday (April 21) one of its employees had been killed in a shooting in the Yemeni city of Taiz.

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India approves death sentence for child rapists 21 April 2018, 4:31 PM

India's government on Saturday approved the death penalty for child rapists, after the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl and a series of other horrific sexual assaults caused nationwide outrage.

Australia cautiously welcomes North Korea’s announcement of an end to nuclear tests 21 April 2018, 11:57 AM

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop cautiously welcomed North Korea's announcement of a halt in its nuclear and missile tests on Saturday (April 21), adding that Pyongyang needed to show verifiable steps to show it is genuine in abandoning its weapons programs.

Comey memos add to Trump legal woes 21 April 2018, 7:00 AM

Donald Trump lashed out Friday after memos of his meetings with the FBI’s then chief James Comey depicted the president as obsessed with the Russia probe and a smutty video allegedly showing him with two prostitutes. But the memos were just the latest twist in a week of awful headlines for Trump: from the release […]

UK PM May says will consider compensating affected Windrush migrants 20 April 2018, 7:55 PM

Britain will consider compensating members of the “Windrush generation” of post-War Caribbean immigrants who may have suffered after being wrongly labelled as illegal entrants, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday. Thousands of workers from the Caribbean were invited to Britain to plug labour shortfalls between 1948 and 1971, but some of their descendants have […]

Commonwealth backs Prince Charles as next head 20 April 2018, 3:44 PM

Commonwealth leaders agreed Friday that Prince Charles should follow his mother Queen Elizabeth II as the next head of the group.

North and South Korea open hotline between leaders 20 April 2018, 11:45 AM

The two Koreas opened a hotline between their leaders Friday, a week before a summit between North Korea's Kim Jong Un and the South's President Moon Jae-in in the Demilitarized Zone.

Despite strikes, Syria’s Assad can still wage chemical attacks: US sources 20 April 2018, 6:07 AM

US assessments following the US, British and French missile strikes on Syria show they had only a limited impact on President Bashar al-Assad's ability to carry out chemical weapons attacks, US officials told Reuters.

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Comey memos show Trump obsessed about Russia probe 20 April 2018, 5:58 AM

US President Donald Trump repeatedly complained to FBI director James Comey in early 2017 that the Russia meddling investigation was a cloud over his young administration, weeks before firing him, leaked memorandums showed on Thursday.

Diaz-Canal sworn in to replace Castro as Cuban president 19 April 2018, 4:57 PM

Cuban Communist Party stalwart,Miguel Diaz-Canel ,replaced Raul Castro as president on Thursday a new chapter for the island after nearly sixty years of rule by the Castro brothers, but a change that is aimed at preserving Cuban socialism.

Taliban releases kidnapped Afghan election staff 19 April 2018, 4:45 PM

Five people kidnapped from a voter registration centre in a largely Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan were freed on Thursday, officials said.

Queen puts forward son as next head of Commonwealth 19 April 2018, 3:14 PM

Queen Elizabeth II, the Head of the Commonwealth, opened the Commonwealth summit for what may be the last time on Thursday voicing hope that her son would be allowed to carry on her role.

Ramaphosa among leaders to be received by Queen Elizabeth 19 April 2018, 2:48 PM

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is among the 53 leaders from the Commonwealth group of nations to be received by Britain's Queen Elizabeth the Second at Buckingham Palace, for the official opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.  

German jihadist tied to 9/11 attacks caught in Syria 19 April 2018, 10:48 AM

A Syrian-born German national accused of helping to plan the September 11, 2001 attacks has been detained by Kurdish forces in Syria, a senior Kurdish commander told AFP Wednesday.

UN in security talks with Syria after chemical probe put on hold 19 April 2018, 6:52 AM

UN security experts have said they were negotiating with Syrian and Russian authorities for international chemical inspectors to deploy to the site of an alleged toxic gas attack near Damascus, after a reconnaissance mission came under fire.

Germany busts massive sex trafficking ring in biggest raid to date 18 April 2018, 4:31 PM

German federal police said they carried out the biggest raids in their history on Wednesday against an alleged organised crime ring suspected of trafficking hundreds of women and transsexuals from Thailand for prostitution.

Russia plans to probe Facebook after Telegram crackdown 18 April 2018, 2:55 PM

Russia's telecoms watchdog plans to probe Facebook before the end of the year after blocking access in the country to the popular messaging app Telegram.

21 dead in truck accident in India 18 April 2018, 10:25 AM

At least 21 revellers were killed en route to a wedding when their truck flew off a bridge, police said Wednesday, the latest horrific crash on India’s accident-prone roads. The truck, carrying more than 40 passengers, smashed through a protective railing in central Madhya Pradesh state late Tuesday and plunged nearly 20 metres to a […]

CIA chief in secret meeting with North Korean leader 18 April 2018, 7:35 AM

CIA Director Mike Pompeo's trip made him the most senior US official ever known to have met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.