Suicide bomb in southern Afghanistan kills 20

Associated Press A powerful suicide truck bomb devastated a hospital in southern Afghanistan early Thursday morning, killing 20 people and wounding 97 others, according to the province’s governor, while a deadly drone strike in the country’s east was blamed on U.S. forces. The Taliban, who claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing, have carried out nearly

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Black panther found prowling roofs in French town

BBC A young black panther found prowling the roofs of a northern French town has been captured by emergency services. Astonished residents in Armentières near Lille gazed at the powerful feline walking along a second-floor ledge and going in and out of an open window for nearly an hour on Wednesday. Police made a cordon

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New York state bans flavoured e-cigarettes over vaping concerns

Times Live New York became the second US state to ban flavoured e-cigarettes  following several vaping-linked deaths that have raised fears about a product long promoted as less harmful than smoking. A health council passed emergency legislation proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo outlawing flavoured vaping products amid an outbreak of severe pulmonary disease that has

French lawyers, doctors, nurses protest pension changes

Associated Press Thousands of French professionals, including lawyers and doctors, took to the streets of Paris Monday in the latest protest against the government’s planned pension changes. The protest saw lawyers, doctors, nurses and others in regulated professions vent their displeasure at the proposed changes that President Emmanuel Macron’s government says will simplify France’s convoluted

New EU Commission team enshrines gender equality

BBC Incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has named her choices for the EU’s new top team. Those on her list face some difficult challenges, including handling the UK’s exit from the 28-nation bloc and the fight against climate change. If approved by the European Parliament,  von der Leyen’s executive team will be

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John Bolton: Trump sacks national security adviser

BBC US President Donald Trump has fired his National Security Adviser John Bolton. “I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House,” he wrote. “I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions,” Trump wrote, adding that a new national security adviser would be appointed next week. The

Commuter chaos after powerful typhoon hits Tokyo

AFP A powerful typhoon that battered Tokyo overnight with ferocious winds and driving rain caused commuter chaos on Monday morning, with trains halted and more than 100 flights cancelled. Typhoon Faxai, packing winds of up to 216km per hour, made landfall in Chiba just east of the capital before dawn, after barrelling through Tokyo Bay.

British Airways faces first global pilots’ strike

AFP British Airways faced its first global strike by pilots on Monday and the possibility of almost all its flights being grounded for two days. The UK flag carrier and its 4,300 pilots have been locked in a nine-month pay dispute that could disrupt or alter the travel plans of nearly 300,000 people. British Prime

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Hurricane Dorian moves towards US coast as seven killed in Bahamas

AFP Hurricane Dorian churned towards the United States Wednesday after leaving seven dead in the Bahamas, where the prime minister said terrified residents had endured “days of horror” at the hands of the monster storm. Aerial footage showed scenes of catastrophic damage with hundreds of homes missing roofs, cars submerged or overturned, widespread flooding and

Hong Kong students defy China warnings with boycott

AFP Thousands of black-clad students rallied Monday at the start of a two-week boycott of university classes, piling pressure on Hong Kong’s leaders to resolve months of increasingly violent anti-government protests that show no sign of easing. Students have been the backbone of a movement that sprang up to oppose government plans to allow extraditions

Hong Kong police round up activists as major demo called off

AFP Prominent Hong Kong democracy activists including a lawmaker were arrested Friday in a protest crackdown — a move described by rights groups as a well-worn tactic deployed by China to suffocate dissent ahead of key political events. The sweep comes after a major rally planned for Saturday was banned by police on security grounds,

Two dead as Japan orders 870,000 to flee heavy rains

AFP Two people were confirmed dead on Wednesday as heavy rains pounded southwest Japan, prompting flood and landslide warnings and orders for 870,000 people to seek safety. More than a million more people were advised to leave their homes after the country’s weather agency raised the alert to its highest level for parts of northern

Amazon fires: Brazil to reject G7 offer of $22m aid

BBC The Brazilian government has said it will reject an offer of aid from G7 countries to help tackle fires in the Amazon rainforest. French President Emmanuel Macron – who hosted a G7 summit that ended on Monday – said $22m (£18m) would be released. But Brazilian ministers say the money is not needed and

CITES agrees on near-total ban on sending wild elephants to zoos

AFP The regulator of global wildlife trade will impose a near-total ban on sending African elephants captured from the wild to zoos after a final vote on the issue on Tuesday. Following a heated debate at a meeting of parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Geneva, countries approved a

Hong Kong police say radical protesters forced use of water cannon, warning shot

AFP Hong Kong police said Monday they were forced to fire water cannon and a warning shot to fend off “extremely violent” demonstrators, following another weekend of clashes at pro-democracy rallies. Sunday’s violence in the district of Tsuen Wan, around 10 kilometres (six miles) from the city centre, was some of the worst in twelve

Amazon fires: G7 to release funds for fire-fighting planes

BBC International leaders at the G7 summit have agreed to provide logistical and financial support to help fight fires in the Amazon rainforest. French President Emmanuel Macron said G7 countries would release $22m (£18m). However, President Jair Bolsonaro said Mr Macron’s plan of an “alliance” to “save” the Amazon treated Brazil “as if we were