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breaking .... Former US President George HW Bush dies at 94 1 December 2018 WASHINGTON - Former United States president George HW Bush has died at the age of 94, a family spokesperson has announced. Bush Senior died on Friday, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. "Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkab...
China-US tensions rise ahead of G20 Summit 28 November 2018 BEIJING - Hopes this week's meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the G20 in Argentina will achieve a trade breakthrough are fading with analysts and business leaders expressing disappointment over intensifying tensions in the lead up to the summit. ...
Theresa May on the latest on Brexit 23 November 2018 BBC - Theresa May has said the UK will not get a "better deal" from the EU if MPs reject the agreement she has struck. She told a BBC phone-in that there would be just "more division and uncertainty" if Parliament voted against the agreement next month. But she declined to say whether the U...
Michelle Obama opens up about her friendship with George W. Bush 18 November 2018 CNN - Former first lady Michelle Obama said that her oft-admired friendship with former President George W. Bush serves as a reminder of how relationships should be during a time when America only sees all the "nasty parts" of political discourse. In an interview released Wednesday on NBC, Oba...
Why Francis and Benedict won't answer the accusations dividing their church 23 September 2018 VATICAN CITY - One rarely leaves his monastery high on a hill in Vatican City. The other speaks freely -- too freely, critics say -- but has vowed silence on this matter, for now. Two men, both clad in white, both called Holy Father, and now, both facing questions about a crucial facet of the ...
Trump slaps tariffs on $200bn of China goods 18 September 2018 US President Donald Trump has said he will impose 10 percent US tariffs on about $200bn worth of Chinese imports, but he spared some consumer products. The new tariffs will take effect from September 24, Trump said in a statement on Monday. It will increase to 25 percent on January 1 unless th...
India decriminalizes gay sex in landmark ruling 6 September 2018 NEW DELHI - India's Supreme Court has struck down a colonial-era law criminalizing consensual gay sex, overturning more than 150 years of anti-LGBT legislation. The landmark decision Thursday by five Supreme Court judges to repeal the law and legalize gay sex between consenting adults comes as...
John McCain: Hero at home, hawk in Middle East 28 August 2018 UNITED STATES  - Veteran senator dies at 81 from brain cancer after an eventful life that saw him go from POW to presidential candidate. The US has no royalty but the late US Senator John McCain was born into the closest thing the country has to an aristocracy. He began life in 1936 at a US...
Traditional burial for Annan 21 August 2018 Former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan is expected to be given a special traditional burial and funeral rites by Manhyia in line with the highest traditional title bestowed on the International diplomat by the Asante Kingdom. Annan who served two terms as the UN chief died last Sat...
Former UN chief Kofi Annan dies 18 August 2018 BERN - Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has died at a hospital in the Swiss capital, Bern, after a brief illness. The 80-year-old served as the seventh UN chief for almost 10 years from 1997 to 2006 and was awarded a Nobel Prize in 2001, which he shared with the UN. A stat...
Failure to reach Brexit deal looking more likely, says UK minister 7 August 2018 London - Britain is looking more likely than ever to crash out of the European Union without a deal, according to the UK's international trade secretary Liam Fox. Fox put the chances of failure to reach a deal on Brexit at "60-40," placing blame on the "intransigence" of the European Commissio...
FBI spied on Mandela after prison release 19 July 2018 WASHINGTON - Newly released US intelligence documents showed that the FBI continued to investigate South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela as a potential "communist menace" even after his release from prison in 1990, a Washington-based group which sued to obtain the papers said. Prop...
Theresa May battles for political survival as ministers resign over Brexit 10 July 2018 LONDON - UK Prime Minister Theresa May is attempting to face down the biggest crisis of her leadership, as she denounced her former Foreign Secretary for resigning over her Brexit strategy and demanded loyalty from the rest of her Cabinet. May delivered a stinging rebuke to Boris Johnson, who ...
Trump and Putin to hold talks in Helsinki in mid-July 9 July 2018 US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are set to hold talks in the Finnish capital Helsinki on July 16, the White House said on Thursday. The meeting, which comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow due in no small part to allegations of Russia...
Mark Zuckerberg now third richest person in the world 7 July 2018 WASHINGTON - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is now the third richest person in the world, surpassing famed investor Warren Buffett. Zuckerberg's net worth increased to $81.6 billion on Friday, Bloomberg reported, after Facebook shares went up 2.4%. That is the equivalent of around R1.11 trillion...
Trump to meet Queen Elizabeth 5 July 2018 LONDON - When Donald Trump meets Queen Elizabeth next week, he will become the 12th U.S. President that the monarch has met during her 66 years on the throne, the longest in British history. Apart from Lyndon Johnson, Elizabeth has met every U.S leader since Harry S. Truman but no other U.S. p...
Trump demands increased defense spending from NATO allies 3 July 2018 WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump sent letters to the leaders of NATO allies, including Germany, Belgium, Norway and Canada, demanding that they increase their defense spending and threatening to alter the US global military presence if they do not, according to a report in the New York Times o...
North Korea satellite images show missile plant construction 2 July 2018 NORTH KOREA appears to be finalizing the expansion of a key ballistic missile manufacturing site, according to an analysis of satellite imagery by researchers in the United States. The images come as leaked reports from US intelligence officials appear to cast doubt on North Korea's willingnes...
European Union leaders agree on combined migration accord 29 June 2018 BRUSSELS - European Union leaders agreed on Friday a hard-fought accord on migration after more than nine hours of talks. The European Council reconfirms that a precondition for a functioning EU policy relies on a comprehensive approach to migration which combines more effective control of the...
Saudi women drive ban lifted 27 June 2018 RIYADH - Careem — the Middle East's answer to Uber — is aiming to change that in one of the most conservative societies in the world by recruiting Saudi women to take the wheel after a female driving ban was lifted on Sunday. Careem has received over 2,000 applications since announcing it woul...
UK MP's say Defence spending raise needed to keep influence 26 June 2018 LONDON - The UK will have to significantly increase defence spending if it is to maintain influence with Washington and Nato allies, MPs have warned. A Commons Defence Committee report says the defence budget should rise from 2% of GDP (£40bn) to 3% (£60bn). Defence Secretary Gavin Williams...
Oxfam banned from Haiti over sex scandal 15 June 2018 PORT-AU-PRINCE - Haiti has permanently banned UK-based charity Oxfam from operating in the country following allegations of sexual misconduct by its employees while working in the country in the aftermath of the devastating January 2010 earthquake. A government statement said on Wednesday that...
Oil prices drop on rising supplies 13 June 2018 SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices fell on Wednesday, hit by rising supplies in the United States and expectations that producer cartel OPEC could relax voluntary output cuts. Brent crude futures LCOc1, the international benchmark for oil prices, were at $75.36 per barrel by 0708 GMT, down 52 ce...
Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un meet 12 June 2018 SINGAPORE - Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have sat down for unprecedented talks between the leaders of two long-hostile nations, as the world watches anxiously for signs of a peace deal and an agreement on the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. Trump and Kim met privately from 9:05am loc...
Italy shuts ports to migrant rescue ship 11 June 2018 A rescue vessel carrying 629 migrants is stranded in the Mediterranean after Italy's new interior minister refused permission for it to dock. Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing League, said Malta should accept the Aquarius but he was rejected. Malta says the German charity SOS Méditer...
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