French minister warns of new Cold War from US/China tensions

By Associated Press PARIS: French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned that the trade dispute between the United States and China could escalate into a fresh Cold War. Le Maire made the alarm-sounding comments at a Friday conference in Paris on the World Trade Organization’s future. He said there’s a “real risk” that a Cold

North Korea deports American even as it boasts of new weapon

By Associated Press SEOUL: North Korea on Friday said it will deport an American citizen it detained for illegal entrance, an apparent concession to the United States that came even as it announced the test of a newly developed but unspecified “ultramodern” weapon that will be seen as a pressuring tactic by Washington. The two

Punch-up in Sri Lankan parliament as thousands rally

By AFP Sri Lanka’s political crisis descended into farce Thursday with MPs throwing punches and projectiles in parliament, a day after voting the disputed prime minister out of office and leaving the country without a government. Meanwhile, police said tens of thousands of people took part in a rally in Colombo in support of Ranil

Palestinians launch dozens of rockets into Israel after raid

By Associated Press GAZA CITY: Palestinian militants on Monday fired dozens of rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel, critically wounding an Israeli teen in what appeared to be an act of revenge after a deadly undercover Israeli military raid the day before. The Israeli military responded by dispatching fighter jets to strike “terror targets”

France seizes jet at takeoff after Ryanair doesn’t pay bill

By Associated Press PARIS: Storms, strikes, computer failures — you can now add “your plane has been seized by the government” to the list of things that can delay your flight. In France, 149 passengers were preparing to take off for London late Thursday when French authorities ordered their Ryanair Boeing 737 impounded. The budget

Police stop protesters approaching Trump motorcade in Paris

By AFP French police stopped two topless protesters who approached the motorcade of US President Donald Trump as he made his way up the Champs-Elysees to a ceremony in Paris marking 100 years since the end of World War I. One of the protesters, with slogans written on her body, got within metres of the

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Trump slams Macron’s ‘insulting’ EU army proposals

AFP PARIS – US President Donald Trump blasted calls by Emmanuel Macron for a European army to defend against threats from powers including the US as “very insulting”, setting a combative tone for his World War I commemorative visit to Paris. No sooner had Trump touched down in Paris for a weekend of events to

HIV-infected Thai soldier accused of raping 70 teenage boys

By Associated Press BANGKOK: Police in Thailand say they have arrested an HIV-infected soldier who allegedly blackmailed and raped more than 70 teenage boys. Police said they received a complaint that the suspect was using fake social media profiles on Facebook and the gay dating app Blued to win the trust of his victims, so

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White House bars CNN reporter after verbal duel with Trump

By AFP The White House on Wednesday suspended the press pass of a CNN reporter who sparred with Donald Trump at a news conference, during which the president branded him the “enemy of the people.” A visibly angry Trump called reporter Jim Acosta a “rude, terrible person,” after the CNN White House correspondent refused the

US: Combat veteran kills 12 in California bar shooting

By AFP A 28-year-old Marine Corps veteran opened fire in a country music bar packed with college students in California overnight, killing 12 people including a police officer who exchanged shots with the gunman, authorities said Thursday. Terrified patrons scrambled for the exits after the gunman started shooting a handgun in the Borderline Bar and

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Obama: change ‘won’t come in one election cycle’

By AFP Former US president Barack Obama spoke of his pride on Wednesday over Democratic gains made in the midterm congressional elections – but warned the battle for much-needed reforms had only just begun. Democrats won the House of Representatives on Tuesday but Republicans increased their majority in the Senate in an election which revealed

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US mid-term elections 2018: Americans vote in ‘poll of a lifetime’

BBC Americans are voting in nationwide elections that are being seen as a referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency. Polling stations opened at 06:00 (11:00 GMT) on the East Coast, as Republicans and Democrats battle for control of the two houses of Congress. Governor posts and seats in state legislatures are also up for grabs. The

70 UK business bosses add voices to call for new Brexit vote

By Associated Press LONDON: More than 70 British business leaders have signed a letter urging a new referendum on whether the U.K. should leave the European Union. The executives say the government’s plan for a divorce deal would impose barriers between Britain and the EU, its biggest trading partner. The letter obtained by the Sunday

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Why it’s still in Russia’s interest to mess with US politics

By Associated Press PARIS: Sweeping accusations that the Kremlin tried to sway the 2016 U.S. election haven’t chastened Russian trolls, hackers and spies — and might even have emboldened them. U.S. officials and tech companies say Russians have continued online activity targeted at American voters during the campaign for Tuesday’s election, masquerading as U.S. institutions

Australian man jailed for assisting wife’s suicide in court first

By AFP An Australian man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday for helping his wife commit suicide so he could access her life insurance, in what the judge called a precedent-setting case. Graham Morant, 69, was found guilty last month of counselling and aiding his wife Jennifer Morant to kill herself in