‘Brexit closure’-Johnson wins commanding victory in UK election

13 December 2019, 9:12 PM
Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on Friday for “closure” over the Brexit divisions that have riven the United Kingdom, saying his election victory provided an overwhelming mandate to take Britain out of the European Union on 31 January.
Pompeo calls for pressure to be maintained on N. Korea 4 August 2018, 6:28 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Saturday for pressure to be maintained on North Korea as a UN report warned Pyongyang is circumventing tough sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons programme.

Sanctions on North Korea include a ban on exports of coal and iron.
US hits Russian bank with sanctions for North Korea-related activity 3 August 2018, 7:53 PM

The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on a Russian bank it said had facilitated a transaction with a person blacklisted by Washington for involvement with North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. 

Pompeo suggested that continued work on weapons programmes by North Korea was inconsistent with its leader's commitment to denuclearise.
Pompeo says North Korea weapons work counter to denuclearization pledge 3 August 2018, 3:34 PM

Less than two months after a landmark US-North Korea summit in Singapore, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew back to the city state on Friday and said North Korea’s continued work on weapons programs was inconsistent with its leader’s commitment to denuclearize.

US President Donald Trump
U.S. states vow to fight Trump rollback on auto emissions 3 August 2018, 6:15 AM

California and 18 other U.S. states promised on Thursday to fight a Trump administration proposal to weaken fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks and force states into line, arguing the United States has an obligation to protect the environment for future generations.

In June, the US and North Korea announced an agreement to denuclearize
Trump received letter from North Korea’s Kim on 1 August: White House 2 August 2018, 8:04 PM

US President Donald Trump received a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday that followed up on their recent discussions about denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, the White House said on Thursday.

Trump's pick, Vaughn Bishop, has expertise in Africa
Trump taps retired senior CIA analyst as agency deputy head 2 August 2018, 3:01 PM

United States President Donald Trump plans to appoint a retired senior Central Intelligence Agency analyst with expertise in Africa as the spy agency's new deputy director, the White House said on Wednesday.

Israel warns Iran of military response if it closed key Red Sea strait 2 August 2018, 9:03 AM

Iran has not threatened to block Bab al-Mandeb but has said it would block the Strait of Hormuz, at the mouth of the Gulf, if it were prevented from exporting its own oil.

Trump tells attorney general to end Russia probe 2 August 2018, 6:00 AM

Donald Trump on Wednesday told his attorney general to end the high-profile investigation into Russian election meddling that has ensnared key members of his presidential campaign.

The UN has called for restraint as Zimbabwe's election results are awaited
UN calls for leaders, people of Zimbabwe to reject violence 1 August 2018, 8:21 PM

The United Nations (UN) has called on the leaders and people of Zimbabwe to exercise restraint and reject all forms of violence.

Voters in Afghanistan will go to the polls on 20 April 2019
Afghanistan sets April 20 as date for next presidential election 1 August 2018, 3:45 PM

Afghanistan Wednesday announced April 20 next year as the date for its presidential election, amid concerns that growing insurgent violence could threaten the poll.

Passengers ‘grateful to God’ that Mexico plane crashes with no deaths 1 August 2018, 7:12 AM

Dozens of people were injured when a packed Aeromexico-operated jet crashed right after take-off in Mexico’s state of Durango on Tuesday.

Former Trump campaign chief goes on trial for bank and tax fraud 31 July 2018, 7:34 PM

US President Donald Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort went on trial on Tuesday on charges brought by the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Iran says talks with Trump would be ‘humiliation’ 31 July 2018, 5:11 PM

Scepticism was rife in Iran on Tuesday after US President Donald Trump offered talks, with one lawmaker saying negotiations would be a "humiliation".

Malaysia civil aviation chief resigns over MH370 lapses 31 July 2018, 10:12 AM

The chief of Malaysia's civil aviation authority resigned on Tuesday after an investigation report on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 showed lapses by the air traffic control centre in Kuala Lumpur.

US spy satellites detects activity at ICBM factory in N Korea 31 July 2018, 6:08 AM

Photos and infrared imaging indicate vehicles moving in and out of the facility at Sanumdong.

Spain denies ‘mass’ migration, says Europe needs ‘new blood’ 30 July 2018, 7:45 PM

Spain's Foreign Minister Josep Borrell denied Monday that the country was experiencing "mass" immigration and said Europe needed "new blood" to compensate for a low birth rate.

A woman with a baby on her back casting her ballot.
EU observers offer mixed picture of first Zimbabwe vote since Mugabe’s fall 30 July 2018, 5:30 PM

Zimbabwe held its first election on Monday since former President Robert Mugabe was ousted in a de facto coup and European Union observers said the vote was “very smooth” in some places and “totally disorganised” in others.

Trump threatens U.S. government shutdown over border wall 30 July 2018, 3:08 PM

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would allow the federal government to shut down if Democrats do not fund his border wall and back immigration law changes, betting that maintaining a hard line will work in Republicans’ favor in November congressional elections. However, a disruption in federal government operations could backfire on Trump […]

MH370 families hope for answers from official report 30 July 2018, 11:06 AM

Relatives of people aboard Flight MH370 said Monday they hoped a long-awaited report into the plane's disappearance might give them answers about one of the world's most enduring aviation mysteries.

The aftermath of the earthquake.
More than 500 hikers stranded on mountain after Indonesia quake 30 July 2018, 8:24 AM

Indonesia mounted a rescue operation Monday to reach more than 500 hikers and guides stranded by landslides on an active volcano on Lombok, a day after a powerful earthquake struck the holiday island.

A wildfire raged through an area of northern California.
California wildfire spreads, killing six and destroying more homes 30 July 2018, 6:09 AM

A 70-year-old woman and her two great-grandchildren were among six killed when a wildfire raged through an area of northern California and engulfed entire communities, officials and family members said.

Powerful quake kills 14 on Indonesian tourist island Lombok 29 July 2018, 4:32 PM

The death toll from a Northern California wildfire rose to five with the discovery of human remains believed to be those of a missing elderly woman and her two great-grandchildren, even as fire crews battled on to quell flames that have devastated entire neighborhoods. 

US government approves aid as California battles raging wildfires 29 July 2018, 6:56 AM

The US federal government approved aid Saturday for California as thousands of fire fighters battled to contain a series of deadly raging wildfires that have killed six people, including two young children and their great grandmother, and destroyed hundreds of buildings.

33 killed as Indian bus plunges off mountain road 28 July 2018, 3:17 PM

A bus carrying university workers plunged off a mountain road into a valley in western India on Saturday killing 33 people, police said.

Disaster-hit Japan braces for powerful typhoon 28 July 2018, 1:02 PM

A powerful typhoon hurtled towards Japan on Saturday, prompting local authorities to issue early evacuation orders, with western areas recently devastated by floods and landslides in the storm's crosshairs.

Vladimir Putin met Donald Trump during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany last year.
Putin says Trump can ‘be my guest’ in Moscow 28 July 2018, 8:09 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he wanted United States President Donald Trump to be his guest in Moscow, an idea that the White House welcomed despite lingering criticism over the Helsinki summit.

UN facing cash flow problem 27 July 2018, 8:45 PM

The United Nations is facing a cash flow problem due to member states not meeting their funding obligations on time.

Trump denies knowing about 2016 Russian lawyer meeting 27 July 2018, 6:10 PM

President Donald Trump denied Friday that he knew in advance about a meeting during the 2016 election campaign at which Russians promised to share dirt on his rival Hillary Clinton

Putin reiterates Russia’s prowess to help Africa with nuclear 27 July 2018, 5:05 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin has reiterated his country's prowess and expertise to help the African continent in nuclear energy.

700 separated children still in US custody after deadline 27 July 2018, 8:47 AM

The US government said Thursday that hundreds of families it broke up at the border with Mexico have not been reunited as a court-ordered deadline to return all children to their parents elapsed.