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British PM Theresa May’s premiership hangs by a thread

News 24 Theresa May’s premiership is hanging by a thread as a high-profile Cabinet minister quit and a growing revolt over Brexit looked set to force the British leader from power. Andrea Leadsom resigned late on Wednesday, saying she no longer believed the government’s approach will honor the result of the 2016 referendum. May said

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Ship which transported African slaves ‘discovered’

BBC A team of historians and archaeologists say they’ve discovered the last ship known to have smuggled slaves from Africa to the US. It’s believed the Clotilda was sunk just a few years before former US President Abraham Lincoln signed the emancipation proclamation and declared an end to slavery. The Clotilda was used to smuggle

Supporters of the losing presidential candidate clash with police Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

6 die in Indonesia riots; Widodo says he won’t allow unrest

Associated Press Indonesian President Joko Widodo said authorities have the volatile situation in the country’s capital under control after six people died Wednesday in riots by supporters of his losing rival in last month’s presidential election. The clashes began Tuesday night when supporters of former Gen. Prabowo Subianto tried to force their way into the

French woman sues Boeing seeking at least R3.9bn over Ethiopian crash

Times Live A French woman whose husband was killed in the March crash of a Boeing 737 MAX airliner in Ethiopia has filed a US lawsuit against the planemaker seeking at least $276m (R3.9bn) in damages, her lawyer said on Tuesday. The crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 near the capital Addis Ababa killed all

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US Congress asks Donald Trump not to withdraw from Syria

Aljazeera Hundreds of US congressmen and senators have sent a letter to the White House urging US President Donald Trump not to pull troops out of Syria. The bipartisan plea argues the United States should remain engaged in the conflict to protect regional allies. Democrats and Republicans have voiced concerns after Trump announced the withdrawal

Christchurch attacker charged with terrorism: police

AFP The man accused of shooting dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks was formally charged with terrorism for the first time on Tuesday, New Zealand police said. In addition to the terror charge, Brenton Tarrant also faces 51 charges of murder and 40 of attempted murder over the March 15 attacks that

Modi’s party confident after polls predict India election victory

Times Live Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party said Monday that exit polls from the country’s marathon election showed an “overwhelming” vote in favour of a second term for the Hindu nationalist leader. About 65 percent of India’s 900 million-strong electorate turned out over the six weeks of voting, the election commission said. While the

Boeing says 737 MAX software update is complete

AFP Boeing said Thursday that it completed its software update on the 737 MAX after two deadly crashes resulted in a global grounding of the aircraft. The proposed fix, which addresses a problem with a flight handling system thought to be a factor in both crashes, must now win approval from US and international regulators

French doctor charged with poisoning 17 patients

BBC A criminal investigation has been launched against a French doctor over the poisoning of 17 people in France. Frédéric Péchier, an anaesthesiologist, has already been investigated for seven other cases of poisoning, in total leading to nine deaths. Prosecutors allege he deliberately tampered with his colleagues’ anaesthesia pouches to create an emergency and show

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Taiwan gay marriage: Parliament legalises same-sex unions

BBC Taiwan’s parliament has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage following a vote on Friday. In 2017, the island’s constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry. Parliament was given a two-year deadline and was required to pass the changes by 24 May. Lawmakers debated three different bills

Nine trapped in Shanghai building collapse

AFP Nine people were trapped after an automotive dealership building collapsed in Shanghai Thursday as it was undergoing renovation, but rescue personnel managed to pull 11 others to safety, Chinese authorities said. The accident occurred around 11:30 am (0330 GMT) in an area of central Shanghai, the fire rescue bureau of China’s Ministry of Emergency

Prime Minister Theresa May.

British govt to put forward Brexit bill in June

AFP Prime Minister Theresa May’s government will publish draft legislation in the first week of June that would allow Brexit to proceed if approved by parliament, a Downing Street spokesman announced on Tuesday. The statement came after talks between May and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on a possible compromise that would end a deadlock

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Outcry over killing of Afghan TV presenter

BBC Afghan politicians and women’s rights activists are demanding justice after a prominent journalist and political adviser was murdered in broad daylight. Mina Mangal, who worked as a television presenter before entering politics, was shot dead at close range in Kabul on Saturday. Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah vowed her killers would be caught. Police are

Saudi Arabia says 2 oil tankers damaged by sabotage attacks

Associated Press Saudi Arabia said Monday two of its oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in attacks that caused “significant damage” to the vessels, one of them as it was en route to pick up Saudi oil to take to the United States. The announcement by the kingdom’s energy

India’s marathon election reaches next-to-last phase

Associated Press Indians voted Sunday in the next-to-last round of a six-week-long national election marked by a highly acrimonious campaign that has seen Prime Minister Narendra Modi blame opposition party chief Rahul Gandhi’s family for the country’s ills. Sunday’s voting in 59 constituencies, including seven in New Delhi, the capital, completed polling for 483 of

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Pope Francis orders priests and nuns to report sex abuse

Aljazeera The Roman Catholic Church’s approximately one million clergy must report all suspicions of sexual abuse by church leaders at any and all levels, Pope Francis ordered on Thursday in a landmark decree. Each diocese or district of church governance must set up clear and accessible reporting systems by June 2020, the pope declared, in

Royal baby: Meghan gives birth to boy, Harry announces

BBC The Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a boy, the Duke of Sussex has announced. Prince Harry said they were “absolutely thrilled” and thanked the public for their support during the pregnancy. He said Meghan and the baby were doing “incredibly well”, adding that they were still thinking about names for the infant,