Over 750,000 EU nationals seek UK residence for Brexit

AFP Britain has received 750,000 applications from EU citizens seeking to settle in the UK in the first four months of 2019, with Poles leading the way, official data showed Thursday. The government’s scheme for offering an estimated 3.8 million EU nationals the right to live permanently in Britain after Brexit has been riddled with

Israel faces repeat 2019 election after parliament dissolves

Associated Press Israel embarked Thursday on an unprecedented snap election campaign the second this year after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition and instead dissolved parliament. In what seemed an improbable scenario just days ago, Israel’s newly elected Knesset dissolved itself in an early morning 74-45 vote and set a new

Fresh strikes on Syria jihadist enclave kill 13

AFP The latest strikes in an unprecedented wave of regime bombardment on a jihadist enclave in northwestern Syria killed at least 13 civilians on Wednesday, a war monitor said. Air strikes, some using deadly barrel bombs, and shelling by both government and Russian warplanes have claimed a mounting civilian death toll over the past few

A US climber died after descending from Everest.

US climber becomes 11th Everest fatality

AFP A US climber has died after descending from Everest, officials said Tuesday, taking this season’s toll to 11 including several deaths blamed on overcrowding on the world’s highest mountain. Christopher John Kulish, 61, had already climbed the 8,848-metre (29,029-feet) peak, and was safely back at a camp below the summit on Monday evening. “All

Two dead, including schoolgirl, after Japan mass stabbing

AFP A knife-wielding attacker killed a 12-year-old schoolgirl and a man before stabbing himself to death in a rampage outside Tokyo Tuesday that also injured more than a dozen, including several children. The mass stabbing in the town of Kawasaki, south of the Japanese capital, was a rare attack in a country with one of

Brazil jail violence: Forty inmates found dead at separate prisons

BBC At least 40 inmates have been found dead at separate prisons in northern Brazil a day after 15 prisoners were killed in gang clashes, officials say. The latest deaths, which were reported in Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state, all appeared to be the result of asphyxiation, authorities said. They added that staff had

Fight for top EU jobs begins after European elections

AFP The tussle for top EU jobs got under way Monday after European Parliament elections delivered a fragmented result, with gains for eurosceptic and green parties as the traditional mainstream groups took a hit. The main centre-right and centre-left groups lost their combined majority in the 751-seat parliament in the face of a challenge by

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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