Canadian Minister for Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland (R) said Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, is "very, very happy" to be in Canada which gave her asylum after she fled her Saudi homeland

Runaway Saudi teen settles in Canada after being granted asylum

By AFP A “very, very happy” Saudi teenager who caused a sensation by defying her family and seeking asylum abroad was welcomed with open arms in Toronto Saturday at the end of a dramatic but exhausting international odyssey. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland greeted Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun after she landed in Toronto, wearing a skirt, a

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Russia dismisses reports of prisoner swap with US

AP Russia’s Foreign Ministry has dismissed suggestions that an American arrested in Moscow on suspicion of spying could be used in a prisoner swap for a Russian held in the United States. Paul Whelan, a former US Marine, was arrested in Moscow last month on suspicion of spying. Whelan’s arrest raised speculation that he could

Spanish police seize marijuana heading to UK, Netherlands

By Associated Press Spanish police say they have seized 2,700 kilograms (6,000 pounds) of marijuana bound for the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The Interior Ministry said in a statement Friday that Civil Guard officers in Barcelona arrested 25 people in the operation, which the ministry said was the largest-ever seizure of marijuana in Spain.

US shutdown: Trump renews national emergency threat over wall

BBC US President Donald Trump has renewed a threat to declare a national emergency to fund the construction of a wall on the Mexican border. A row with Democrats over funding the wall has left the government partially shut down for 20 days, leaving some 800,000 federal employees unpaid. On Saturday, the shutdown becomes the

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Michael Jackson estate slams sex abuse documentary

By AFP A new documentary that accuses Michael Jackson of sexually abusing two boys has been denounced by the late pop star’s estate as an “outrageous and pathetic” attempt to exploit his name. “Leaving Neverland,” which is to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month, recounts the story of two men who are

Australians hold topless protest in support of Saudi runaway

By Associated Press Four women held a topless protest in Sydney on Thursday to support runaway Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, as Australia began considering her bid to settle in the country as a refugee. Alqunun was on Wednesday deemed a refugee by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, after being detained in Bangkok en

Trump’s son appears to liken migrants to animals

By AFP President Donald Trump’s eldest son appeared to liken migrants to dangerous animals, his latest controversial remarks on desperate people seeking to enter the US. “You know why you can enjoy a day at the zoo? Because walls work,” Donald Trump Jr wrote in a post on Instagram. Trump’s father has doubled down on

German airports strike slashes 600 flights

By AFP Almost 640 flights were cancelled in Germany Thursday as security staff went on strike at three airports, meaning disruption for around 100,000 passengers. The number of flights blocked was more than half the 1,050 planned for Duesseldorf, Cologne-Bonn and Stuttgart. Duesseldorf — the country’s third-largest airport — said in a statement that 370

The revelation that a Phoenix woman in a vegetative state recently gave birth has prompted Hacienda HealthCare CEO Bill Timmons to resign, putting a spotlight on the safety of long-term care settings for patients who are severely disabled or incapacitated.

Family outrage as woman in a coma for years gives birth; police seek DNA of male staff

By Associated Press UNITED States: Police have served a search warrant to get DNA from all male employees at a long-term care facility in Phoenix where a patient who was in a vegetative state for years gave birth, triggering reviews by state agencies and putting a spotlight on safety concerns for severely disabled or incapacitated

China faces ‘unstoppable’ population decline by mid-century

By CNN China will face an “unstoppable” population decline over the coming decades, with fewer and fewer workers struggling to support an increasingly aging society, according to a report by a leading state-sponsored Chinese thinktank. The report, which comes more than three years since China officially ended its controversial decades-long one-child policy, warns that the

Trump pleads on TV for wall money; Dems say he ‘stokes fear’

By Associated Press US President Donald Trump urged congressional Democrats to fund his long-promised border wall on Tuesday night in a sombre televised address that was heavy with dark immigration rhetoric but offered little in the way of concessions or new ideas to break the standoff that has left large swaths of the government shuttered

Man confesses to cyberattack on German politicians

By CNN A 20-year-old man arrested in connection with a data breach that affected thousands of people in Germany has confessed to police, the country’s federal prosecutor, Georg Ungefuk, told reporters at a press conference in Wiesbaden on Tuesday. Hundreds of politicians and public figures were among those affected by the attack, with personal data

How Trump’s long shutdown could destabilise the world

By Bloomberg news President Donald Trump in a meeting with congressional Democrats on Friday said he was prepared for the partial government shutdown to continue for months — or even years — if he doesn’t get the money he wants for a wall along the Mexican border. It’s not hard to see how that prediction

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announces resignation

By AFP World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced Monday he would step down next month, more than three years before his current term was due to expire. The decision is likely to give US President Donald Trump decisive influence over the next leadership of the institution although Washington’s control over the 189-member global development

Democrats plan more pressure on Trump to reopen government

By Associated Press With no weekend breakthrough to end a prolonged partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump is standing firm in his border wall funding demands and newly empowered House Democrats are planning to step up pressure on Trump and Republican lawmakers to reopen the government. Trump showed no signs of budging on his demand

‘Vast areas of impunity’ for people trafficking – UN report

By AFP A UN report has warned that “vast areas of impunity” remain globally for people traffickers, with victims subjected to crimes ranging from sexual exploitation to organ removal.Despite a recent trend towards more people trafficking convictions in many African and Middle Eastern countries, the report from the UN Office and Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

One fish goes for $3 million at first 2019 sale at Tokyo market

By Associated Press TOKYO: A 278-kilogramme bluefin tuna sold for a record US$3 million at the first auction of 2019, after Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji market was moved to a new site on the city’s waterfront. The winning bid for the prized but threatened species at the predawn auction Saturday was more than double the 2013

‘Yellow vests’ storm French ministry as protests turn violent

By AFP “Yellow vest” protesters returned in force to the streets of France this weekend, clashing with police in several cities and smashing their way into a government ministry in Paris with the help of a forklift truck. The interior ministry put the number of protesters who took to the streets on Saturday at 50