Saudi women gear up for new freedom as driving ban ends

23 June 2018, 5:19 PM
Women will hit the roads in Saudi Arabia on Sunday with the lifting of the world’s last ban on female drivers, long seen as an emblem of women’s repression in the conservative kingdom.
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Myanmar army, govt hold rare meeting over Rohingya crisis 8 June 2018, 2:20 PM

Myanmar's army and civilian leadership held a rare "national security" meeting on Friday and discussed an internal investigation into the Rohingya crisis in Rakhine state, the president's office said.

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US Intel veteran arrested for lying to FBI over leaks 8 June 2018, 7:10 AM

A former US Senate Intelligence Committee staff member was arrested and indicted on charges of lying to FBI agents over press leaks.

Ramaphosa to attend 2018 G7 summit in Canada 7 June 2018, 9:41 PM

Leaders of the Group of Seven nations meeting in Quebec, Canada over the next two days will pressure the United States President on the tariffs he’s imposed on their imports of steel and aluminum sparking fears of a trade war that could undermine global economic growth.

SA prepares to join UN body for peace, security 7 June 2018, 8:34 PM

South Africa is preparing to join the United Nations world body for peace and security for the third time in just over a decade.

Afghanistan’s Ghani announces ceasefire with Taliban 7 June 2018, 4:09 PM

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced for the first time an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban, coinciding with the end of the Muslim fasting month, but excluding other militant groups, such as Islamic State.

British human rights campaigners lose abortion challenge to Ireland 7 June 2018, 1:00 PM

Britain's Supreme Court on Thursday said it could not rule on an appeal against Northern Ireland's strict abortion laws, but that it would have declared them incompatible with human rights laws otherwise.

Afghanistan announces ceasefire with Taliban for religious holiday 7 June 2018, 11:52 AM

Afghanistan announced Thursday a week-long ceasefire with the Taliban for Eid, the holiday that caps off Ramadan, though operations against other groups including Islamic State will continue.

Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa to attend G7 Leaders’ Summit 7 June 2018, 9:27 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa will arrive in Toronto, Canada on Friday morning for meetings with potential investors and business people before travelling onto Charlevoix, Quebec later Friday to join leaders of the G7 who are gathering for their annual retreat.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un
Singapore to restrict airspace during US – N.Korea summit 7 June 2018, 6:47 AM

Singapore airspace will be restricted during the planned US - N.Korea summit next week, according to a notice to airmen posted by aviation authorities on Wednesday, which is likely to result in delays at one of Asia's busiest airports.

Iran ‘preparing activities’ in case nuclear deal fails 6 June 2018, 5:03 PM

Iran said Wednesday it was in "preparatory works" to restart nuclear activities in the event of the failure of the 2015 accord between Iran and world powers.

Nearly 200 missing, 75 dead from Guatemala volcano 6 June 2018, 7:35 AM

Nearly 200 people are missing and at least 75 have been killed since Guatemala's Fuego volcano began erupting over the weekend, officials said Tuesday.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un
Trump’s North Korea summit may bring peace declaration but at a cost 6 June 2018, 7:23 AM

The two Koreas, ahead of a leaders' summit next week are discussing a peace agreement that could officially end the state of war that has technically lasted since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice but no treaty.

Putin says EU should lift sanctions 5 June 2018, 9:08 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday the Europan Union should end damaging sanctions against Moscow imposed over the Ukraine crisis and its annexation of Crimea. “The sanctions and all the restrictions imposed for political reasons… are no way to resolve political issues,” Putin said after talks in Vienna with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Van der […]

María Fernanda Espinosa elected UN General Assembly president 5 June 2018, 8:05 PM

A woman has been elected to lead the next session of General Assembly – only the 4th time the President will not be a man in the United Nation’s 73 year history.

Trump may seek separate trade deals with Canada: Official 5 June 2018, 5:43 PM

U.S. President Donald Trump may seek separate talks with Canada and Mexico in a bid to get individual trade deals with the two countries, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Tuesday.

Jordan king calls for review of bill that sparked protests 5 June 2018, 5:09 PM

Jordan's King Abdullah II called on Tuesday for a review of a controversial draft tax law that has sparked a wave of anti-austerity protests and led to the prime minister's resignation.

Iran uranium enrichment plan aims to destroy Israel: Netanyahu 5 June 2018, 3:22 PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that the Iranian plan to increase its nuclear enrichment capacity was aimed at producing nuclear weapons to be used against Israel.

Volcano
The deadliest volcanic eruptions of the past 25 years 5 June 2018, 6:29 AM

After Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted on Sunday killing at least 65 people, here is a list of the most deadly volcanic eruptions over the last quarter century.

Ramaphosa to join world leaders in G7 summit 4 June 2018, 9:36 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa will join the leaders of the world’s most industrialized nations later this week when the two-day G7 leaders summit kicks off in Quebec City Canada on Friday.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un
First Trump-Kim meeting scheduled for 9am June 12 4 June 2018, 8:53 PM

The White House said on Monday that a first meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place at 9:00am Singapore time on June 12.

Syria roadside bomb kills one near coalition base: monitor 4 June 2018, 3:50 PM

A roadside bomb killed an unidentified fighter Monday near a base in northern Syria used by the US-led coalition battling the Islamic State group, a monitor said.

Fuego volcano
Search for missing after Guatemala volcano kills 25 4 June 2018, 12:03 PM

Emergency workers will resume the search on Monday for Guatemalans missing after the eruption of the Fuego volcano, which belched out clouds of ash and flows of lava and left at least 25 people dead.

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Anti-nuke Nobel winner ICAN offer to pay Trump-Kim summit 4 June 2018, 8:55 AM

ICAN has offered to pay for the cost of the historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump, including the hotel bill for the impoverished state's leader.

Trump lawyer says he believes president has power to pardon himself 3 June 2018, 9:46 PM

A lawyer for Donald Trump said Sunday that the president "probably" had the power to pardon himself from any charges stemming from the probe into Russian meddling.

Merkel offers Macron concessions on eurozone reforms 3 June 2018, 4:14 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered a long-awaited answer to French President Emmanuel Macron's call for ambitious European Union reforms Sunday.

Israel, Gaza exchange fire after Palestinian woman killed at border 3 June 2018, 7:41 AM

Israeli aircraft pounded over a dozen militant targets in Gaza, the army said Sunday, after Palestinian projectile fire shattered a ceasefire reached just days ago after the worst flare-up since a 2014 war.

US isolated as G7 ministerial draws to a close 2 June 2018, 10:16 PM

The United States faced unified opposition from the world's top economies to President Donald Trump's escalating, multi-front trade offensive at the end of high-level meetings Saturday soured by the imposition of tariffs.

Catalan nationalists back in power, target secession in challenge to Sanchez 2 June 2018, 3:01 PM

Nationalists regained control of Catalonia's government on Saturday and immediately pledged to seek independence for the wealthy region, posing a swift challenge to new Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez who took office on the same day.

Socialist Pedro Sanchez sworn in as new Spanish PM 2 June 2018, 12:14 PM

Spain's Socialist chief Pedro Sanchez was sworn in as prime minister on Saturday.

Gunmen kill six traffic police in central Mexico 2 June 2018, 9:32 AM

Gunmen shot dead six traffic police in the central Mexican city of Salamanca on Friday, authorities said, one of the deadliest attacks on security forces in recent months.