India’s capital restricts cars as people choke in dirty air

AP New Delhi restricted many private vehicles from the roads Monday to try to lessen pollution as people gasped and their eyes burned in toxic smog that exacerbated a public health crisis. The “odd-even” scheme will restrict private vehicles with odd-number license plates to driving on odd dates while even-numbered plates are allowed on even-numbered

Vietnamese turn to traffickers to help chase fortunes abroad

AP For many Vietnamese, a job in a Western European country is seen as a path to prosperity worth breaking the law. But the risks of doing so are high and the consequences can be deadly, as the discovery of 39 bodies in a truck in England last week proved. The victims were believed to

17 killed in police action in Brazil

AFP A shoot-out in the northern Brazilian city of Manaus between police and suspected drug traffickers left 17 people dead, local authorities announced on Wednesday. “The individuals exchanged fire with the police, 17 were hit by bullets and transported to hospital, where they were confirmed dead,” the state security secretariat said of the incident late

Some of the passengers -- many of whom were religious pilgrims travelling to a congregation in the eastern city of Lahore -- had been cooking breakfast when two of their gas cylinders exploded, officials said

At least 71 killed in Pakistan train fire

AFP At least 71 people were killed and dozens injured after cooking gas cylinders exploded on a train packed with pilgrims in Pakistan on Thursday, some dying after leaping from carriages to escape the inferno, authorities said. Television footage showed flames pouring out of three carriages as people could be heard crying during the incident,

‘Boeing 737 Max 8 will be one of the safest airliners flying’

BBC Dennis Muilenburg, chief executive of Boeing, was quizzed on Tuesday by the Senate Commerce Committee over the deadly 737 Max 8 crashes. Two deadly 737 Max 8 crashes killed a total of 346 people. Muilenburg admitted the firm had made “mistakes”. The fleet has been grounded for 10 months and BBC Radio 4’s Today

UK set for 12 December general election after MPs’ vote

BBC The UK is set to go to the polls on 12 December after MPs backed Boris Johnson’s call for an election following months of Brexit deadlock. By a margin of 438 votes to 20, the House of Commons approved legislation paving the way for the first December election since 1923. The bill is still

EU agrees to delay Brexit until Jan. 31

AP The European Council president says the bloc has agreed to grant Britain a new Brexit delay to Jan. 31 next year. Donald Tusk said on Twitter “the EU 27 has agreed that it will accept the UK’s request for a Brexit flextension. The decision is expected to be formalized through a written procedure.” Tusk’s

67-year-old becomes ‘oldest new mother’ in China

AFP A 67-year-old woman has given birth in China, a hospital said on Monday, with the parents claiming they are the country’s oldest couple to have a natural birth. The woman, surnamed Tian, delivered a healthy girl by Caesarean section on Friday, Zaozhuang city’s Maternity and Child Health Care Hospital told AFP. “The child was

Floods in Southern Europe: Dead and missing in Spain and Italy

BBC A body has been found and four people are missing in flooding that has hit parts of north-east Spain. A woman and her son were inside a mobile bungalow when the River Francolí burst its banks and washed it away. Flash floods in northern Italy left two people dead on Tuesday and roads in

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Gay rights across the globe

AFP Thirty years after the first-ever gay civil unions in Denmark, same-sex marriages are today allowed in 28 countries, but homosexuality remains illegal in some parts of the world. After the liberalisation of same sex marriage came into force in Northern Ireland on Monday, here is an overview of the global situation. On October 1,

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Canada election: Trudeau’s Liberals win but lose majority

BBC Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party has retained power in a narrow Canadian election win, but he will now be prime minister of a minority government. The Liberals are projected to win 156 seats, 14 short of a majority, and will find it harder to pass legislation in Mr Trudeau’s second term. The opposition Conservatives are

Japan in non-stop search for typhoon survivors; toll at 74

AFP Rescuers in Japan worked around the clock on Tuesday in an increasingly desperate search for survivors of a powerful weekend typhoon that killed more than 70 people and caused widespread destruction. Hagibis slammed into Japan on Saturday, unleashing fierce winds and unprecedented rain that triggered landslides and caused dozens of rivers to burst their

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Republicans can’t hide as new week of impeachment drama consumes Washington

CNN Republican lawmakers will face fraught questions most have tried to dodge over President Donald Trump’s fight against impeachment as they return to Washington for a week pulsating with political drama. First up on Monday, Trump’s former top National Security Council Russia specialist Fiona Hill is expected to give a deposition to House committees  and

Britain, EU enter make-or-break Brexit week

AFP Britain and the European Union on Monday entered a pivotal week that will determine if they are still on course to reach amicable divorce terms  and when Brexit might finally occur. Queen Elizabeth II is due to step into the fray by performing her ceremonial duty of informing parliament about the government’s agenda for