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Macedonian president stands by wire-tap pardons despite protests

Share This: SKOPJE Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov said on Friday he stood by his decision to grant pardons to 56 officials in a wire-tapping scandal despite days of…

Ireland could have a government by next week – minister

Share This: DUBLIN Ireland could have a government in place by next week, a senior minister from acting prime minister Enda Kenny’s party said on Friday after it…

Afghan air strike against Islamic State kills 40 – official

Share This: JALALABAD, Afghanistan Afghan aircraft killed more than 40 fighters loyal to Islamic State in a raid in the eastern province of Nangarhar, officials said on Friday.…

Air raids intensify in Syria’s Homs, prayers cancelled – doctor, monitors

Share This: BEIRUT Syrian government air strikes hit rebel-held areas north of the city of Homs for a second day, forcing authorities to cancel Friday prayers for the…

Germany accepts Turkish request to seek prosecution of German comedian

Share This: BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Germany had accepted a request from Turkey to seek prosecution of a German comedian who read out a…

Islamist militants in Philippines set deadline to execute foreign captives

Share This: Islamist militants in the Philippines on Friday announced a new deadline of April 25 for the execution of three foreign captives and a Filipino, but scaled…

Belgian transport minister quits over airport security

Share This: BRUSSELS Belgium’s transport minister resigned on Friday following opposition accusations she lied about an EU report that criticised security at Brussels Airport a year before last…

News

UK opposition split after Brexit vote

UK opposition split after Brexit vote

Share This: Image copyright AFP Shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn has been sacked from the…

Spanish voters head back to polls in bid to break deadlock

Share This: Media captionSarah Rainsford reports: “For the first time in Spain’s history, people have…

Prince’s Yellow Cloud guitar fetches $137,500 at US auction

Prince’s Yellow Cloud guitar fetches $137,500 at US auction

Share This: Image copyright AP/Heritage Auctions Image caption Prince was a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and…

Brexit: EU spells out procedure for UK to leave

Brexit: EU spells out procedure for UK to leave

Share This: Image copyright AFP Image caption Negotiations to unravel Britain from the EU will…

Draft of Dems’ policy positions reflects Sanders’ influence

Share This: ST. LOUIS (AP) — A draft of the Democratic Party’s policy positions reflects…

24 dead in West Virginia floods; search and rescue continues

Share This: CLENDENIN, W.Va. (AP) — Surrounded by muddy devastation, Cathy Light and her husband…

French, German business groups urge EU to ‘reunite’ after Brexit

Share This: Business groups in France and Germany on Sunday said EU nations should respond…

Johannesson leads Iceland’s presidential vote: partial result

Share This: Political newcomer Gudni Johannesson looked headed for victory in Saturday’s presidential election in…

Brexit: Merkel says ‘no need to be nasty’ in leaving talks

Share This: Media captionAngela Merkel: “No need to be particularly nasty” German Chancellor Angela Merkel…

Officials: 150 homes burned in deadly California wildfire

Share This: LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) — A voracious and deadly wildfire in central California…

US News

West Virginia’s worst flooding in a century kills 24

Share This: West Virginia’s three most devastated counties and possibly others will receive federal assistance after the state’s worst flooding in more than a century killed at least…

West Virginia deadly floods: Obama declares major disaster

Share This: Media captionFlooding and wildfires have killed dozens and forced thousands of people from their homes, as Reged Ahmad reports US President Barack Obama has declared a…

US military ‘to lift transgender ban’

US military ‘to lift transgender ban’

Share This: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Each branch of the US military will have to implement new policies US officials say the Pentagon will lift its…

Los Angeles glass slide opens 1,000ft up skyscraper

Share This: Media captionA lucky few become the first to ride LA’s glass ‘Skyslide’ A glass slide fixed 1,000ft (305m) along the outside of a skyscraper in Los…

Prince’s Yellow Cloud guitar fetches $137,500 at US auction

Prince’s Yellow Cloud guitar fetches $137,500 at US auction

Share This: Image copyright AP/Heritage Auctions Image caption Prince was a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and recorded more than 30 albums A Yellow Cloud electric guitar owned and played…

West Virginia’s worst flooding in a century kills 24

Share This: West Virginia’s three most devastated counties and possibly others will receive federal assistance after the state’s worst flooding in more than a century killed at least…

West Virginia’s worst flooding in a century has killed 23

Share This: West Virginia’s three most devastated counties and possibly others will receive federal assistance after the state’s worst flooding in more than a century killed at least…

West Virginia death toll at 23 in deadliest U.S. flooding this year

Share This: West Virginia’s governor on Saturday asked for a federal major disaster declaration for three counties devastated by the state’s worst flooding in more than a century…

Deadly California wildfire spreads, 1,500 structures threatened

Share This: A California wildfire that has killed two people and destroyed about 100 structures has spread and is threatening about 1,500 structures, fire officials said on Saturday.…

Australian News

Yes, that cold snap was the worst

Yes, that cold snap was the worst

Share This: Video Image An Antarctic freeze continues to bring snow and icy conditions to the east coast, closing country NSW…

Yes, it really is that cold

Yes, it really is that cold

Share This: Video Image An Antarctic freeze continues to bring snow and icy conditions to the east coast, closing country NSW…

‘Stop being so grey and vanilla’

‘Stop being so grey and vanilla’

Share This: John Safran has spent months looking into a part of Australian politics that fascinates him. SATIRIST John Safran is…

’I’m sorry I killed your boy’

’I’m sorry I killed your boy’

Share This: Michael Jones makes his tearful apology to the Lane family. Picture: 7 News A YOUNG American jailed over the…

Chris Lane’s killer begs for forgiveness

Chris Lane’s killer begs for forgiveness

Share This: Michael Jones makes his tearful apology to the Lane family. Picture: 7 News A YOUNG American jailed over the…

‘Don’t underestimate Labor’

‘Don’t underestimate Labor’

Share This: Video Image Bill Shorten and Cathy O’Toole speaking to the media in Townsville. Mr Shorten has announced his plans…

Politics

Hilary Benn sacked as Corbyn faces ‘no confidence’ pressure

Share This: Image copyright AFP Shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn has been sacked from the shadow cabinet amid claims he was encouraging ministers to resign should Jeremy…

EU referendum: UK’s EU commissioner Lord Hill to resign

Share This: The UK’s European Commissioner Lord Hill is to stand down, saying “what is done cannot be undone” after the UK voted to leave the European…

Hilary Benn sacked from shadow cabinet

Share This: Image copyright AFP Shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn has been sacked from the shadow cabinet by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Labour’s leader is facing a…

EU referendum: UK’s EU commissioner Lord Hill to resign

Share This: The UK’s European Commissioner Lord Hill is to stand down, saying “what is done cannot be undone” after the UK voted to leave the European…

EU referendum: UK’s EU commissioner Lord Hill to resign

Share This: The UK’s European Commissioner Lord Hill is to stand down, saying “what is done cannot be undone” after the UK voted to leave the European…

EU referendum: Corbyn tells activists ‘I did all I could’

Share This: Jeremy Corbyn has told angry Labour activists he did all he could to prevent the UK leaving the EU. The Labour leader is facing a…

Finance

China’s HNA buys currency exchange firm ICE as European deals spree continues

Share This: LONDON, April 15 Chinese conglomerate HNA Group has agreed to buy British bureau-de-change operator International Currency Exchange (ICE), the companies said on Friday, the latest…

UPDATE 2-Second time lucky: BATS shares soar in debut

Share This: Shares of BATS Global Markets Inc (BATS.Z) jumped as much as 23 percent in their debut on the company’s own exchange – redemption after a…

Banks on Argentina bond to earn up to US$27m in total fees

Share This: NEW YORK, April 15 (IFR) – Banks leading Argentina’s jumbo bond sale, which is set to price next week, could earn up to US$27m in…

REFILE-UPDATE 1-Argentina wins WTO appeal in case targeting Panama tax practices

Share This: GENEVA The World Trade Organization’s appellate body on Thursday threw out a complaint from Panama about Argentina’s efforts to combat alleged tax evasion and avoidance.…

UPDATE 2-Kenya central bank evaluates offers for closed Chase Bank

Share This: * Central bank reassures market with liquidity offer * Banks seeking extra liquidity face more scrutiny * Spate of smaller bank closures could spur consolidation…

UPDATE 2-Citi profit slumps on weak trading, investment banking revenue

Share This: Citigroup Inc’s (C.N) quarterly profit plunged 27 percent as it earned less from trading and investment banking and incurred higher costs related to shrinking some…

Travel Advice

Uzbekistan

Share This: The Shanghai Co-operation Organisation annual summit is taking place in Tashkent from 23 to 24 June 2016, expect security to be tightened. Identity checks in…

Gambia

Share This: Demonstrations took place in April and May 2016 in Banjul. Demonstrations could occur at any time in any part of the country prior to presidential…

Haiti

Share This: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to the Carrefour, Cite Soleil, Martissant and Bel Air neighbourhoods in Port-au-Prince due…

Laos

Share This: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all but essential travel to Xaisomboun province and along Route 13 from Kasi to Phou Khoun On 1…

Solomon Islands

Share This: On 7 June 2016 Solomon Airlines suspended all operations, including international and domestic flights and ground operations. All international carriers and domestic air services are…

Kazakhstan

Share This: There is a general threat from terrorism. See Terrorism The British Embassy is aware of the situation in Aktobe. The Kazakhstan Ministry of Interior has…

All Sports

Young Gun: George Nott – England flanker

Share This: George Nott might look like a lock but is desperate to prove he has the athleticism to play in the back-row –…

Peter Jackson column: Jonathan Davies loses his mentor and Wales lose a star

Share This: A beacon of pure brilliance went out shortly before midnight on Thursday.    Peter Corrigan, for so long a permanent fixture among the…

Jeff Probyn column: Eddie Jones is making history with every passing week

Share This: As a sportsman, you get the chance to write history every time you take part, whether in the Olympics or your local…

I was a fat-arse at Bath admits Stephen Donald

Share This: Stephen Donald outdid Warren Gatland in the home hero stakes in Hamilton, leaving the field to a standing ovation after guiding the…

Room 101: Jack Preece – Moseley flanker and hooker

Share This: 1. Needless chat I find it very frustrating whenever someone starts up another conversation following a meeting/team huddle. I just want to…

London Irish confirm Tom Coventry departure

Share This: London Irish have confirmed today that head coach Tom Coventry has resigned from his position to return home to New Zealand. His…

Sport UK

Wales into Euro 2016 quarters after own goal – report & highlights

Share This: Media playback is not supported on this device Euro 2016: Wales 1-0 Northern Ireland highlights Wales reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 as Gareth McAuley’s…

Joshua knocks out Breazeale in seventh to retain IBF heavyweight title

Share This: Joshua was taken past the third round for only the second time in his career Anthony Joshua defended his IBF heavyweight title for the first…

Wiggins ‘may not retire from cycling after Rio’

Share This: Media playback is not supported on this device Wiggins not ruling out competing after Rio Sir Bradley Wiggins says he may continue to race on…

Portugal edge out Croatia after extra time – report & highlights

Share This: Media playback is not supported on this device Highlights: Croatia 0-1 Portugal Ricardo Quaresma scored late in extra time as Portugal defeated Croatia to set…

Anthony Joshua looking to recharge his batteries after successful IBF title defence

Share This: Anthony Joshua successfully defends IBF title at first time of asking after knocking out American Dominic Breazeale after a dominant seven rounds The 26-year-old reveals…

Anthony Joshua knocks out Dominic Breazeale in seven to continue march towards heavyweight glamour clashes

Share This: A braver American came. An idolised Englishman still sent him the same way as the paper champion who came to these shores and went home…

Sport US

Sizzling Ko seizes share of LPGA lead in Arkansas

Share This: Los Angeles (AFP) – New Zealand’s world number one Lydia Ko fired a record-equalling second-round 62 on Saturday to seize a share of the lead…

Deadly California wildfire destroys 150 homes, more threatened

Share This: By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A massive wildfire burning out of control in the foothills of central California has left at least 150…

Irving, Barnes to complete US Olympic basketball team: report

Share This: Washington (AFP) – Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving and Golden State forward Harrison Barnes have agreed to play for the United States at the Rio…

Els surges to second but Hurley leads at PGA National

Share This: Bethesda (United States) (AFP) – Ernie Els, a four-time major winner trying to end a three-year title drought, fired a six-under par 65 and leaped…

Hurley moves two ahead at Congressional, Els lurks

Share This: (Reuters) – Local favorite Billy Hurley III moved one step closer to a first PGA Tour victory as he seized a two-shot lead after Saturday’s…

Ezspk opinion

To leave or not to leave, that is the question.

Share This: As a large sub-chapter of ‘Where the UK Went Wrong [Post 1945]’ was dedicated to the ‘Brexit’ debate it was imperative to research the subject…

Mental health issues tragically brought to the fore.

Share This: For many years the issues of the mentally ill has been a bone of contention with organisations such as ‘Mind’ highlighting the woefully inadequate state…

Health

Abortion demand ‘soars’ over Zika

Share This: Image copyright Getty Images Fears over the Zika virus have contributed to a “huge” increase in the number of women in Latin America wanting abortions,…

Ginger and acupressure ‘options for morning sickness’

Share This: Image copyright monkeybusinessimages Taking ginger or using acupressure on the wrist may help some women with mild morning sickness, the Royal College of Obstetricians and…

Abortion demand ‘soars’ over Zika

Share This: Image copyright Getty Images Fears over the Zika virus have contributed to a “huge” increase in the number of women in Latin America wanting abortions,…

Ginger and acupressure ‘options for morning sickness’

Share This: Image copyright monkeybusinessimages Taking ginger or using acupressure on the wrist may help some women with mild morning sickness, the Royal College of Obstetricians and…

Abortion demand ‘soars’ over Zika

Share This: Image copyright Getty Images Fears over the Zika virus have contributed to a “huge” increase in the number of women in Latin America wanting abortions,…

Ginger and acupressure ‘options for morning sickness’

Share This: Image copyright monkeybusinessimages Taking ginger or using acupressure on the wrist may help some women with mild morning sickness, the Royal College of Obstetricians and…