WORLD NEWS

Radioactive leak in Delhi was sodium iodide – regulator

NEW DELHI There was a leak of radioactive material on Friday on board a Turkish Airlines freight plane at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, government and airport officials…

World football rocked by U.S., Swiss arrests of officials for graft

ZURICH/NEW YORK The world’s most popular sport was plunged into turmoil on Wednesday as seven senior football officials were arrested on U.S. corruption charges and faced extradition from…

Hundreds evacuated in Texas after storms leave at least 15 dead

AUSTIN, Texas Hundreds of people were ordered to evacuate flood-threatened areas of Texas on Wednesday as torrential rains battered the state, where at least 15 people have been…

Malaysia says only one body per grave found at trafficking camps

WANG KELIAN, Malaysia The 139 graves uncovered near people-smuggling camps in northern Malaysia appear to hold only one body each, Malaysia’s deputy home minister said on Thursday, after…

Lagarde says still much work to do in Greek debt talks

DRESDEN, Germany The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in a German television interview on Thursday that there was still a lot of work to do…

Arrested FIFA officials face extradition to U.S.

ZURICH Six high-ranking football officials, including two vice-presidents of world governing-body FIFA, were arrested by Swiss police on Wednesday and detained pending extradition to the United States. The…

Arab forces strike Houthi-held Yemen military port – local official

CAIRO Arab warplanes and ships bombed Yemen’s largest military port in the Red Sea city of Hodaida on Wednesday, a local official said, in the most serious attack…

Danish PM calls general election on June 18

COPENHAGEN Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Wednesday called a general election for June 18 in which her centre-left Social Democrats will face stiff competition from the centre-right…

NEWS

US demands China halt reclamations

US demands China halt reclamations

The US has called for an “immediate and lasting halt” to land reclamation in disputed…

Lung cancer therapy is ‘milestone’

Lung cancer therapy is ‘milestone’

A lung cancer therapy can more than double life expectancy in some patients, a “milestone”…

Europe concern at Blatter re-election

Europe concern at Blatter re-election

Many European football nations have reacted with concern to Sepp Blatter’s re-election as Fifa president.…

Silk Road drug site founder jailed

Silk Road drug site founder jailed

Ulbricht was given two life sentences The founder of online illegal drug marketplace the Silk…

Myanmar hits back on migrant blame

Myanmar hits back on migrant blame

Myanmar has refused to be singled out for blame for the Asia migrant crisis at…

Embattled Fifa votes on presidency

Embattled Fifa votes on presidency

The 209 members of Fifa are to vote for their new president at a congress…

North Korean hackers ‘could kill’

North Korean hackers ‘could kill’

Prof Kim says around 10-20% of Kim Jong-un’s military budget is being spent on cyber-attack…

Sleep training ‘can reduce prejudice’

Sleep training ‘can reduce prejudice’

Levels of unconscious racist and sexist bias have been reduced by manipulating the way the…

Fifa arrests spark sponsor concerns

Fifa arrests spark sponsor concerns

Football’s governing body Fifa is due to open its annual congress despite warnings from sponsors…

US News

US discovers more anthrax shipments

US discovers more anthrax shipments

The Pentagon said that it accidentally sent shipments of live anthrax bacteria from the Dugway Proving ground facility (pictured) The US military has ordered a review of how…

FIFA Scandal: Blatter ‘Shocked’ By US Action

Sepp Blatter says he is “shocked” at the way the US judiciary has targeted FIFA and slammed a “hate” campaign by Europe’s football leaders. His comments come as…

US, Iran accelerate nuclear talks a month before deadline

GENEVA (AP) — A month out from a nuclear deal deadline, the top U.S. and Iranian diplomats are gathering in Geneva this weekend, hoping to bridge differences over…

Turkey seizes bank associated with US-based Muslim cleric

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s banking regulator says a state fund has seized a bank associated with a movement led by the U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, which…

US Admits It Sent Lethal Anthrax To Australia

The US military is accused of a “serious breach of trust” in its obligations to protect civilians after admitting it accidentally sent more live samples of anthrax to…

US ex-speaker charged over payments

US ex-speaker charged over payments

Dennis Hastert is the longest-serving Republican House speaker in US history Former US House of Representatives speaker Dennis Hastert has been charged over illegal cash withdrawals to pay…

6.8 magnitude quake strikes offshore Alaska – USGS

(Reuters) – An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck off the southwest coast of Alaska on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The USGS said the quake’s…

Israel begins honoring long-overlooked Jewish WWII veterans

JERUSALEM (AP) — As a proud patriot, Brooklyn-born Dan Nadel enlisted in the U.S. army right after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But there was another force…

FIFA should be Swiss-regulated, says one-time reformer Pieth

ZURICH (Reuters) – A former FIFA reformer told Swiss radio on Friday that soccer’s world governing body should be regulated by Switzerland, after seven senior soccer officials were…

Thailand says agrees to US flights to search for boat people

BANGKOK (AP) — Bangkok has agreed to allow the U.S. military to operate flights out of Thailand to search for migrants stuck on boats, a Thai official said…

Australian News

Anthrax ‘no danger’ to Australia

Anthrax ‘no danger’ to Australia

Video Image US authorities investigating the mistaken shipment of live anthrax have discovered another batch of the lethal bacteria dating back…

Plug pulled on racist fight site

Plug pulled on racist fight site

Horrific imagry from a facebook page which was shut down. Picture: N.T Fights/Facebook Source: Supplied FACEBOOK has slammed shut a racist…

Woman tied up by fake cops in sex attack

A WOMAN has been sexually assaulted during an armed burglary in regional Victoria by attackers wearing vests with the word “police”…

‘Major threats’ to Great Barrier Reef

‘Major threats’ to Great Barrier Reef

Video Image UNESCO has advised against placing the Great Barrier Reef on the World Heritage ‘in danger’ list. Great Barrier Reef…

Media Release: Lone Wolf outlaw motorcycle gang arrests

Media Release: Lone Wolf outlaw motorcycle gang arrests Release Date: Thursday, May 28 2015, 10:00 AM Four…

Joyce wants watchdog to act on ‘w–ker’ jibe

Joyce wants watchdog to act on ‘w–ker’ jibe

Agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce isn’t happy. Source: News Corp Australia FEDERAL minister Barnaby Joyce has asked the broadcast watchdog to investigate…

Correction and apology

Correction and apology

Video Image Moira Geddes chats with property buyers agent Simon Cohen about what every first time buyer needs to know. Buying…

Woman found dead on lawn, daughter detained

Woman found dead on lawn, daughter detained

Police gather at the suspicious death scene at Hanson Rd, Woodville Gardens. Picture: Roy VanDerVegt Source: News Corp Australia A forensic…

Our staggering daily defence bill

Our staggering daily defence bill

Video Image Rick Morton explains how the Abbott Government has invested in the future with the 2015 budget. The high cost…

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POLITICS

Merkel: I’ll work with UK on EU change

Merkel: I’ll work with UK on EU change

Angela Merkel has said she does not rule out future treaty changes in Europe and will be a “constructive partner” to the UK in getting reforms. After…

Labour ‘squeamish’ on immigration

Labour was “squeamish” about talking about immigration in the past, Yvette Cooper has said. In an interview broadcast on BBC Newsnight, the party’s leadership contender said immigration…

Legal bid to oust Carmichael as MP

Legal bid to oust Carmichael as MP

Alistair Carmichael is the only remaining Lib Dem MP in Scotland Campaigners have begun a legal attempt to overturn the election of the former cabinet minister Alistair…

Jewish sect female drive ban condemned

Jewish sect female drive ban condemned

Stamford Hill in north London is home to a community of Hasidic Jews, including members of the Belz sect A ban on women driving their children to…

Jail terms under ‘legal highs’ law

Jail terms under ‘legal highs’ law

Legal highs can be smoked, snorted or swallowed A new “blanket ban” on so-called legal highs will carry prison sentences of up to seven years, the government…

Cameron and Merkel in EU reform talks

Cameron and Merkel in EU reform talks

David Cameron will hold talks with Angela Merkel later David Cameron will try to persuade German Chancellor Angela Merkel to back him over EU reforms as the…

Finance

Bulgarian central bank governor says he is prepared to step down

SOFIA May 30 Bulgarian central bank governor Ivan Iskrov said on Saturday that he was ready to step down if there was enough support in parliament for…

President Obama signs disaster declaration over deadly Texas storms

May 29 U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday signed a disaster declaration for areas in Texas hit by storms and flooding that killed at least 21 people…

UPDATE 7-Presidential disaster declaration signed after Texas storms kill 21

(Adds additional evacuation order, paragraph 12) By Lisa Maria Garza and Jim Forsyth DALLAS May 29 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration late…

Mexico lawmakers demand president detail wealth after misrepresentation

MEXICO CITY May 29 Mexico’s president came under pressure on Friday to fully disclose his financial assets following a Reuters report on Thursday that he had misrepresented…

UPDATE 1-Skanska consortium preferred bidder for $3.6 bln LaGuardia project

(Adds detail) STOCKHOLM May 29 (Reuters) – Swedish builder Skanska said on Friday its LaGuardia Gateway Partners consortium had been selected as preferred bidder in a $3.6…

Japan regulator urges banks to brace for Fed hike, market volatility

TOKYO May 29 Japan’s financial regulator is urging banks to strengthen safeguards against potential market turbulence from a U.S. interest rate hike expected later this year, according…

TRAVEL ADVICE

Ukraine

29 December 2014 29 December 2014 Summary – Isolated explosions and other security incidents in Kharkiv city, Odesa, Kherson and Lviv. Remain vigilant, avoid demonstrations and public…

Sri Lanka

21 December 2014 21 December 2014 Latest update: Summary section – Flooding in Anuradhapura and Habarana areas. Risk of flooding has led to the temporary closure of…

Congo

Congo

18 December 2014 18 December 2014 Latest update: Summary – addition of new a map Download map (PDF) The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all…

India

18 December 2014 18 December 2014 Latest update: Summary section – SpiceJet flight cancellations The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel in the immediate…

Ghana

16 December 2014 16 December 2014 Latest update: Summary – information about UK screening for travellers returning to the UK from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia An…

Solomon Islands

10 December 2014 10 December 2014 Latest update: Summary and Safety & security section – removal of advice about general elections on 19 November The Royal Solomon…

OPINIONS

Scotland, the prodigal son?

Scotland, the prodigal son?

Scotland, the prodigal son? The parochial nation that Scotland has become is a country I no longer recognise. True I left many years ago and have few…

Open letter to Ed Miliband MP and Nick Clegg MP.

  Dear Sirs, As potential leaders of this once great country what gives you the right to totally ignore the feeling and wishes of the population. It…

Is ‘The terrifying reality that the Scots could influence the UK’ so bad?

Is ‘The terrifying reality that the Scots could influence the UK’ so bad?

  This headline has become the latest Tory scare story and dire warning in certain, what could be loosely described as, newspapers. ‘The terrifying reality that the Scots could rule…

Paris. To go or not to go? That is the question.

Paris. To go or not to go? That is the question. Lately I am more likely to be put off visiting Paris by the price of even…

France’s ‘Charlie Hebdo’ now a worldwide phenomenon.

A magazine which was once a very clique publication with a circulation of 20,000 has become a world wide phenomenon today. The Paris based publication renowned for its…

The hypocrisy of the ideological middle classes.

The hypocrisy of the ideological middle classes. In the week prior to the Local and European elections the National press, Twitter and the blogosphere were, to a…

SPORT UK

England & Scotland set for Cup drama

England & Scotland set for Cup drama

The showpiece English FA Cup and Scottish Cup…

England beaten in World Cup warm up

England were defeated 1-0 by host nation Canada in their final warm-up game before the World Cup. Sophie Schmidt scored with a brilliant…

Khan claims points win over Algieri

Khan claims points win over Algieri

Amir Khan wants to fight Floyd Mayweather next after claiming an unanimous points victory over American Chris Algieri in their welterweight bout in New…

Amir Khan calls out Floyd Mayweather after beating Chris Algieri but Brit was far from his best against rugged challenger

Amir Khan calls out Floyd Mayweather after beating Chris Algieri but Brit was far from his best against rugged challenger

Amir Khan outpointed Chris Algieri after 12 exciting rounds in New York Khan won by scores of 117-111 (twice) and 115-113 at the Barclays Center The British…

FRENCH OPEN 2015: All the results from the men’s and women’s singles

 MEN’S FIRST ROUND Gilles Muller (Lux) bt Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) 4-6 4-6 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 Pablo Carreno Busta (Spa) bt Victor Estrella Burgos (Dom) 6-3, 6-1,…

Arsenal vs Aston Villa: The three key battles in the FA Cup final at Wembley

Arsenal vs Aston Villa: The three key battles in the FA Cup final at Wembley

Arsenal’s defence will need to deal with the threat of Christian Benteke Aaron Ramsey could cause problems for Aston Villa when he cuts inside Jack Grealish and…

SPORT US

Aussie Bowditch shares lead at rain-soaked PGA stop

Aussie Bowditch shares lead at rain-soaked PGA stop

Irving (United States) (AFP) – Australia’s Steven Bowditch birdied three of his last five holes to claim a share of the lead when play was suspended at…

Pressel grabs first-round LPGA lead

Galloway (United States) (AFP) – American Morgan Pressel fired a five-under par 66 to seize a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Shoprite LPGA Classic.…

Hamilton laps up Texas homecoming with double blast

(Reuters) – Josh Hamilton has returned to Texas with a bang, hitting two home runs in his second game in front of the Arlington crowd as he…

Rookie Curran in tie for lead at weather-hit Byron Nelson

(Reuters) – PGA Tour rookie Jon Curran capitalized on a fast start and some pinpoint iron shots to surge into a three-way tie for the lead in…

Warriors’ Thompson better after blow to head: father

(Reuters) – Golden State guard Klay Thompson was recovering well from a blow to the head that caused headaches and vomiting and should be ready for the…

Bowditch leads Byron Nelson with blistering first round

Dallas (AFP) – Steven Bowditch, an Australian who has made his home in Texas, upstaged native son Jordan Spieth, grabbing a two-shot lead in the Byron Nelson…

ALL SPORTS

My Life in Rugby: Jason Forster – former Wales, Dragons and Bedford flanker

My Life in Rugby: Jason Forster – former Wales, Dragons and Bedford flanker

It’s only when you look back on your career that you realise how special your time as a professional sportsman was; the camaraderie, banter…

Jennings to captain Barbarians against Ireland

Leinster flanker Shane Jennings will captain the Barbarians against Ireland at Thomond Park on Thursday. Ulster scrum-half Ruan Pienaar is also included the side…

James Haskell won’t be giving up to Sam Burgess without a fight

James Haskell won’t be giving up to Sam Burgess without a fight

James Haskell will not give up his England No.6 jersey lightly and has warned Sam Burgess he faces a major battle for that World…

Championship final 2nd leg teams

Worcester v Bristol Worcester: Chris Pennell; Tom Biggs, Alex Grove, Ryan Mills, Cooper Vuna; Ryan Lamb, JB Bruzulier; Val Rapava Ruskin, Agustin Creevy, Nick…

Jeff Probyn’s column: World Cup wage cap would promote level playing field

Jeff Probyn’s column: World Cup wage cap would promote level playing field

With the domestic season more or less over and sights set firmly on the World Cup, we are once again forced to confront the…

Dean Mumm on mission to prove he’s World Cup ready

Dean Mumm on mission to prove he’s World Cup ready

Exeter skipper Dean Mumm insists he will have no qualms over returning to England as ‘public enemy No.1’ if he achieves his dream of…

HEALTH

Germany ‘hits global birth rate low’

Germany ‘hits global birth rate low’

A study says Germany’s birth rate has slumped to the lowest in the world, prompting fears labour market shortages will damage the economy. Germany has dropped below…

Transplant man meets donor’s sister

Transplant man meets donor’s sister

A woman, whose brother was killed in a traffic accident, has met the man who was given his face in a pioneering transplant operation. Footage from Channel…

Pocket optician ‘good as eye charts’

Pocket optician ‘good as eye charts’

A smartphone app is as effective at testing eyesight as an optician’s clinic, a trial suggests. The team, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine,…

Concern over Mers spread in S Korea

Concern over Mers spread in S Korea

Seven people have been confirmed with the virus in South Korea Concern is growing in South Korea over the spread of the Mers virus after a man…

‘Give HIV drugs at diagnosis’

‘Give HIV drugs at diagnosis’

HIV drugs should be given at the moment of diagnosis, according to a major trial that could change the way millions of people are treated. People currently…

Breast cancer ‘alters bone to spread’

Breast cancer ‘alters bone to spread’

Breast cancers can manipulate the structure of bone to make it easier to spread there, a study has found. Researchers at the University of Sheffield said the…