Johnson says he will obey the law but still take UK out of EU

17 September 2019, 12:48 PM
A law passed by Britain’s parliament this month requires PM Boris Johnson to ask the EU for a three-month delay to Brexit if a deal is not approved by October 19.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves after a meeting with Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel in Luxembourg.
Kathmandu airport scare after plane skids off runway 2 September 2018, 12:21 PM

Nepal's only international airport had to be closed for some 11 hours after a domestic aircraft skidded off the recently repaired runway, officials said Sunday.

Former US presidents Bush and Obama
Two presidents honor McCain at funeral as Trump heads to golf club 2 September 2018, 8:38 AM

Two ex-presidents from opposing parties united Saturday to honor US senator John McCain, in a momentous funeral that championed his aspirations of political comity but also rebuked the tribalism and division trafficked by Donald Trump. As millions tuned in to the nationally televised memorial attended by the breadth of Washington powerbrokers, Trump himself was notably […]

Migrant crisis haunts EU three years after Merkel’s fateful call 2 September 2018, 6:50 AM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel won accolades for her stunning call on September 4, 2015 to keep open Germany's doors to hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers, many fleeing war-torn Syria or Iraq.

Former US presidents Bush and Obama
Two ex-presidents, not Trump, pay tribute to McCain at Washington funeral 1 September 2018, 7:39 PM

Two ex-presidents from opposing parties united Saturday in homage to late senator and American patriot John McCain, in a momentous farewell ceremony that also rebuked the politics of toxicity and division trafficked by Donald Trump.

Palestinians waving their red, white, green and black flag
Palestinian anger as US ends funding for UN agency 1 September 2018, 3:23 PM

Palestinians reacted angrily Saturday to a United States decision to end all funding for the UN agency that assists 3 million needy refugees, seeing it as a new policy shift aimed at undermining their cause.

Bush, Obama to eulogize McCain at US senator’s final farewell 1 September 2018, 9:49 AM

Late US senator John McCain will receive his final public sendoff Saturday in a nationally televised ceremony featuring eulogies from two ex-presidents...

From palace to prison: Brazil’s ex-president Lula in dates 1 September 2018, 6:45 AM

Brazil's ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, better known as Lula, was Friday dealt a blow by an electoral court that barred him from running in October's presidential election.

Catholic Church in showdown with Australian government over mandatory reporting of child abuse 31 August 2018, 7:33 AM

The Catholic Church in Australia on Friday rejected laws forcing priests to report child abuse when they learn about it in the confessional, setting the stage for a showdown between the country's biggest religion and the government.

Myanmar dam failure floods 85 villages, thousands driven from homes 30 August 2018, 11:52 AM

As many as 85villages were flooded in Myanmar after a dam failed, unleashing waters that blocked a major highway and forced more than 63,000people from their homes, a state-run newspaper said on Thursday.

John McCain casket
Thousands endure blazing Arizona heat to view Senator John McCain’s casket 30 August 2018, 6:15 AM

Thousands of admirers of the late Senator John McCain stood in line for hours on Wednesday in the blazing Arizona sun and triple-digit heat for a chance to pay final respects to the war hero and two-time Republican presidential candidate.

US president Donald Trump
U.S. to challenge Russian response to Trump’s steel tariffs 29 August 2018, 8:28 PM

The United States launched a complaint against Russia at the World Trade Organisation (WTO)on Wednesday, challenging measures introduced by Russia in response to recent U.S. tariffs on global steel and aluminum exports.

Antonio Guterres
UN Chief appeals for safe return of Rohingya refugees 29 August 2018, 8:49 AM

The United Nations Secretary General has appealed directly to the Security Council for help in urging the authorities of Myanmar to cooperate with the global organisation and allow its agencies unimpeded access to the country.

Vietnam sentences SA drug trafficker to death 29 August 2018, 7:35 AM

A South African man has been sentenced to death in Vietnam for drug trafficking.

White US cop found guilty of black teen murder 29 August 2018, 7:01 AM

A Texas jury found a white police officer guilty of murder Tuesday for the shooting to death of a 15-year-old African American boy, a rare conviction resulting from a high-profile police shooting case.

White House probes Google after Trump accuses it of bias 29 August 2018, 6:05 AM

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused Google's search engine of promoting negative news articles and hiding "fair media" coverage of him, vowing to address the situation without providing evidence or giving details of action he might take.

Hassan Rouhani speaking
Iran parliament censures Rouhani in sign pragmatists losing sway 28 August 2018, 6:15 PM

Iran’s parliament voted on Tuesday to reject President Hassan Rouhani’s explanations for economic hardship after a dramatic grilling on live TV, a sign his pragmatic faction is losing sway to hardline rivals as new US sanctions begin to bite. 

Africa, Europe face threats of terrorism: May 28 August 2018, 12:44 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May says the decline of state based war and conflict has now been replaced by new threats which include terrorism.

Trump welcomes Kenyan president 28 August 2018, 6:00 AM

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and first lady Margaret have been welcomed to the White House in Washington.  

President Joseph Kabila
Electoral processes remain a concern in DRC 27 August 2018, 7:25 PM

The credibility of the electoral process in the Democratic Republic of Congo remains a concern while the decisions of the Constitutional Court to resolve any ambiguities and instill confidence will be important.

Pope Francis with a mic
Pope silent on claim he ignored abuse 27 August 2018, 3:15 PM

Pope Francis has declined to comment on a growing scandal after a former Vatican official claimed the pontiff ignored sexual abuse allegations against a senior clergyman and called on him to resign.

Italy lets migrants off stranded boat as deal reached 27 August 2018, 6:40 AM

Nearly 140 migrants who had been stranded on a boat at a port in Sicily were allowed to disembark early on Sunday after Ireland and Albania agreed to take some of them in. The boat docked at Catania port on Monday but Italy had refused to let those on board disembark in the absence of any EU commitment to relocate them, prompting a new bitter row with Brussels. But following a deal brokered by the Catholic Church late on Saturday, Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini agreed to allow them to leave the Diciotti, the Italian coastguard ship which rescued them some 10 days ago. There were initially around 180 migrants on board when it arrived at Catania but Rome allowed 27 unaccompanied minors to disembark on Wednesday and another 12 people left on Saturday following a health authority request. Albania, which is not a member of the EU, offered safe haven to 20 of the migrants, with Ireland saying it would take up to 25. It was not immediately clear what would happen to the others, although Italian media reports suggested Rome was in talks with Serbia and Montenegro. The migrants disembarked several hours after Sicilian prosecutors said they had opened an inquiry into Salvini for "illegal confinement, illegal arrest and abuse of power" over his refusal to authorise their disembarkation, reports said. EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos welcomed the deal, saying it was the result of "solidarity across borders and communities". "But we cannot always wait for this type of goodwill solidarity. We need to have structural measures," he said in a statement. The Diciotti standoff was the latest in a string of incidents involving Italy's recently-installed populist government, which has vowed to stop taking in migrants rescued off Libya. On Friday, Rome threatened to pull its EU funding unless other states agreed to take some of the Diciotti migrants. But Avramopoulos warned Italy would end up "shooting itself in the foot" by its ongoing attacks on the EU. "Politicians in your country need to understand that you are not alone, that Europe is trying to help you. On the contrary, anyone who attacks the EU is shooting himself in the foot," he told Sunday's edition of La Repubblica newspaper. "We cannot move ahead with ad hoc solutions for each boat. The migration phenomenon is not going to stop overnight so we need to manage it together as one European family." Italy's economy minister Luigi Di Maio, however, remained defiant, saying Rome would be within its rights to hold back its annual EU budgetary contributions. "If their system of solidarity works like that, we will not give another euro to the EU," he said in a televised interview. Migration is a hot-button issue in Italy, where hundreds of thousands of people have arrived since 2013. Under EU rules people must seek asylum in their country of arrival but Rome has recently moved to block boats from docking at its ports. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi had on Friday rebuked European nations over the standoff. "The time has come to end the back-and-forth that has seen countries competing in a race to the bottom on who can take the least responsibility for people rescued at sea," he said. "It is dangerous and immoral to put the lives of refugees and asylum-seekers at risk while states engage in a political tug-of-war on long-term solutions."

Three killed in mass shooting at US video game tournament 27 August 2018, 5:51 AM

Two people were killed and 11 others wounded Sunday when a video game tournament competitor went on a shooting rampage before turning the gun on himself in the northern Florida city of Jacksonville, local police said.

Pope Francis
Pope begs forgiveness for ‘state of shame’ inflicted on Ireland 26 August 2018, 9:47 PM

Pope Francis on Sunday begged forgiveness for the multitude of abuses suffered by victims in Ireland at the hand of the church over decades.

Pope Francis
Former top Vatican official calls on Pope to resign 26 August 2018, 3:08 PM

A former top Vatican official accused Pope Francis of having known of allegations of sex abuse by a prominent U.S. cardinal for five years before accepting his resignation last month and he called on the pontiff to resign.

America is waging ‘psychological war’ against Iran: foreign minister 26 August 2018, 11:59 AM

America is waging a psychological war against Iran and its business partners, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday, according to the Tasnim news agency.

John McCain, war hero and political maverick, dead at 81 26 August 2018, 6:58 AM

John McCain, a war hero and towering figure in American politics, known for reaching across the aisle in an increasingly divided nation, died Saturday following a battle with brain cancer.

Women in the farm
SA farmers ‘furious’ over Trump land reform tweet 26 August 2018, 6:41 AM

South African farmers have demanded Donald Trump "leave us the hell alone" after the US president criticised the country's land reform plans, accusing him of trying to deflect attention from his own scandals.

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Austrian minister says curtsey to Putin was not a sign of submission 25 August 2018, 2:47 PM

Austria's foreign minister on Saturday rejected fierce criticism over her deep curtsey to Russian President Vladimir Putin at her wedding last week, saying the gesture was not an act of submission.

Donald Trump
Trump scraps Pompeo trip to N.Korea, citing stalled nuclear diplomacy 25 August 2018, 7:10 AM

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday abruptly cancelled his top diplomat's planned trip to North Korea, publicly acknowledging for the first time that his effort to get Pyongyang to denuclearize had stalled since his summit with North Korea's leader.

UN ready to help government, people of Zimbabwe: Dujarric 24 August 2018, 7:54 PM

The United Nations has reacted to the Constitutional Court ruling in Zimbabwe, urging the country to come together in the aftermath of Friday’s judgement.