Trump defiant as lawmakers blast his ‘racist’ remarks

16 July 2019, 9:20 AM
President Donald Trump did not identify the lawmakers by name in his Sunday tweets, but he appeared to refer to representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib.
U.S. Reps Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) hold a news conference after Democrats in the U.S. Congress moved to formally condemn President Donald Trump's attacks on the four minority congresswomen on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Vatican revives pope’s sexual abuse panel 17 February 2018, 6:53 PM

The Vatican said Saturday it has renewed its anti-paedophile panel as Pope Francis acts to quell the global scandal over the sexual abuse of children by priests.

Trump visits Florida shooting survivors, FBI admits it missed tip 17 February 2018, 9:37 AM

US President Donald Trump on Friday visited a Florida hospital to offer comfort to those wounded in a mass school shooting, after the FBI admitted it mishandled a tip about the troubled teen behind the massacre that left 17 dead.

Strong 7.2 Mexico quake cuts power and damages homes; no deaths reported 17 February 2018, 7:15 AM

A prolonged 7.2 magnitude quake that rocked Mexico on Friday left nearly a million homes and businesses without power in the capital and four southwest states, the federal electricity commission said, but no deaths were reported. At least 50 homes suffered damage in the southern state of Oaxaca, which, along with Mexico City, is still […]

Russians charged with 2016 U.S. election tampering to boost Trump 16 February 2018, 10:14 PM

A Russian Internet agency and more than a dozen Russians interfered in the 2016 U.S. election campaign in a multi-pronged effort to support Donald Trump and disparage rival Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Special Counsel said in an indictment on Friday. The charges by the office of Robert Mueller described a conspiracy that started in 2014 […]

Sydney lets the dogs out to usher in Lunar New Year 16 February 2018, 2:26 PM

Sydney welcomed in the Lunar New Year on Friday (February 16), heralding the Year of the Dog by illuminating the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge in bright red.

Loud call for gun control at US school shooting vigil 16 February 2018, 12:01 PM

Thousands of people gathered in Parkland, Florida Thursday night for a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of the second deadliest school shooting in US history.

Former student confesses to Florida school shooting 16 February 2018, 6:45 AM

A troubled teen has confessed to gunning down 17 people at his former high school in Florida, court documents showed Thursday, as the FBI admitted it had received a tip-off about the 19-year-old gunman yet failed to stop him.

US Council on Foreign Relations is excited to see a new leadership in SA 15 February 2018, 9:02 PM

The Council on Foreign Relations in the United States says its healthy to see South Africa emerge from a state of limbo with the election of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

17 killed in Florida school shooting by former student: sheriff 15 February 2018, 5:55 AM

A former student armed with an AR-15 rifle opened fire at a Florida high school on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people, officials said, in a harrowing shooting spree that saw terrified students hiding in closets and under desks as they texted for help.

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New Dutch law makes any adult an organ donor 14 February 2018, 5:30 PM

The Dutch Senate on Tuesday passed a new organ donor law which will register everyone over the age of 18 as an organ donor unless they have indicated otherwise.

Prince Henrik, husband of Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II, dies 14 February 2018, 7:20 AM

Prince Henrik, the French-born husband of Denmark's Queen Margrethe II, has died, the palace announced Wednesday.

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Three dead after migrant boat capsizes near Turkey-Greece border 13 February 2018, 9:33 PM

Three people died and four are missing after a migrants boat carrying eight people capsized on Tuesday in a river that flows between Turkey and Greece, a spokeswoman for Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Organisation (AFAD) said.

Israeli military trial of Palestinian teen opens behind closed doors 13 February 2018, 12:04 PM

The Israeli military trial of a Palestinian teenager charged after a viral video showed her hitting two soldiers in the occupied West Bank began Tuesday behind closed doors.

President Trump’s second U.S. government budget unveiled 12 February 2018, 7:01 PM

President Donald Trump unveiled his second budget on Monday seeking to make good on his promise to bolster military spending.

British aid department meets Oxfam to discuss sexual exploitation reports 12 February 2018, 4:33 PM

Oxfam representatives met with Britain's international development department on Monday to consider what further steps needed to be taken over a sexual misconduct scandal in Haiti.

Investigators brave snow in hunt for clues over Russian plane crash 12 February 2018, 11:21 AM

 Investigators scoured the scene Monday after a passenger plane crashed near Moscow minutes after take-off, killing all 71 people on board, in one of Russia's worst-ever plane crashes.

Russian plane carrying 71 people crashes near Moscow 11 February 2018, 3:45 PM

A Russian passenger plane carrying 71 people crashed outside Moscow on Sunday after taking off from the capital's Domodedovo airport, Russian media reported.

Police shoot man during sword attack on Indonesian church 11 February 2018, 8:28 AM

Indonesian police have shot a sword-wielding man who attacked church congregation during Sunday Mass, injuring four people including a priest.

Russian Election Commission completes presidential vote candidate registration 10 February 2018, 5:32 PM

Russian Central Election Commission says it has registered all eight candidates for the March 18 presidential election. Among the contenders are current Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian Communist party nominee Pavel Grudinin, the head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of Yabloko party Grigory Yavlinksy, the leader of Communists of […]

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Trump blocks release of Democratic memo on Russia probe 10 February 2018, 9:20 AM

President Donald Trump is refusing to declassify a high-profile memo written by Democratic lawmakers about the Russia probe.

One dead, 149 wounded in mosque attack in Libya’s Benghazi 9 February 2018, 8:18 PM

Twin bomb blasts struck a mosque in Benghazi in eastern Libya on Friday, killing at least one person and wounding 149 in the latest attack to target worshippers in the city.

U.S. Congress votes to end brief government shutdown 9 February 2018, 2:59 PM

The U.S. House of Representatives joined the Senate early on Friday morning in approving a bill to end an overnight federal shutdown, sparing Republicans further embarrassment and averting serious interruption of the government's business.

North, South Korea heads of state meet, shake hands 9 February 2018, 11:48 AM

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the North's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam met and shook hands Friday ahead of the Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

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Concerns raised after Trump’s military parade request 9 February 2018, 6:10 AM

The United States Defence Department has confirmed it is exploring options for a military parade at the request of President Donald Trump prompting four Democratic Senators to demand answers on the estimated cost from the Pentagon.

North Korea is a ‘world-class military power’: Kim Jong Un 8 February 2018, 2:10 PM

North Korea staged a military parade in Pyongyang Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of its armed forces, putting its intercontinental ballistic missiles on show just a day before the Winter Olympics open in the South.

Venezuela presidential vote set for April 22 8 February 2018, 8:27 AM

Venezuela's electoral council has set April 22 as the date for a controversial presidential election, which the opposition accuses President Nicolas Maduro of using to engineer a second term for himself.

California will block crude oil from Trump offshore drilling plan 8 February 2018, 7:31 AM

California will block the transportation through its state of petroleum from new offshore oil rigs a move meant to hobble the Trump administration’s effort to vastly expand drilling in US federal waters.

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US Senate rushes to conclude budget deal 7 February 2018, 8:21 PM

Leaders in the United States Senate are rushing to conclude a two-year budget deal ahead of a government shutdown at midnight Thursday.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
US envoy Tillerson pushes counternarcotics effort in Americas 7 February 2018, 7:49 PM

Washington's top diplomat wrapped up a trip through Latin America on Tuesday buoyed by support for the US approach to Venezuela but with a warning against backsliding in the drug war.

Rescuers scour toppled buildings after Taiwan quake 7 February 2018, 6:39 AM

Rescue workers in the Taiwanese city of Hualien scrambled to search for survivors in buildings left tilting precariously on their foundations Wednesday, after an overnight earthquake killed two and injured more than 200.