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Ireland votes overwhelmingly to relax divorce law provision similar to Malta's

Ireland votes overwhelmingly to relax divorce law provision similar to Malta's

Ireland has voted by an overwhelming majority to relax its constitutional restriction on divorce,the latest in a series of reforms to modernise the charter of the once-devoutly Catholic nation. Some 82 percent of voters cast their ballots in favour of removing a provision, which also exists in Maltese divorce law, requiring couples to live separately for...

  • Colorado marks 20 years since the Columbine high school massacre

    Colorado marks 20 years since the Columbine high school massacre

    It has been 20 years since two heavily armed young men in dark trenchcoats entered a Colorado high school and launched a bloody attack that seared the word "Columbine" into the American psyche, forever transforming the debate on gun rights and...

  • Anti-Haftar forces launch counter-attack just outside Tripoli

    Anti-Haftar forces launch counter-attack just outside Tripoli

    Forces loyal to Libya's unity government said Saturday they have launched a counter-attack against strongman Khalifa Haftar's fighters just south of the capital Tripoli. "We have launched a new phase of attack. Orders were given early this morning...

  • Watch: Two teens held after killing of N. Irish journalist

    Watch: Two teens held after killing of N. Irish journalist

    Two teenagers have been arrested over the killing of a journalist shot dead in Northern Ireland, police said Saturday, after a murder that has triggered international condemnation. The 18 and 19-year-old men were arrested in Londonderry under...

  • Killer nurse jailed for life in Italy

    Killer nurse jailed for life in Italy

    A serial killer Italian nurse was on Friday sentenced to life in prison for killing four patients although police suspect she could have been responsible for as many as 10 fatalities. Investigators believe the patients, all seriously but not...

  • In suicide note, Peru's ex-president denies corruption claims

    In suicide note, Peru's ex-president denies corruption claims

    A suicide note in which Peru's Alan Garcia denied corruption charges against him set the backdrop Friday for the ex-president's funeral, two days after he put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger as police arrived to arrest him on bribery...

  • 'House of Horrors' parents jailed for torture, abuse

    'House of Horrors' parents jailed for torture, abuse

    A California couple were handed life sentences Friday after admitting to imprisoning and torturing 12 of their 13 children in a grisly "House of Horrors" case that shocked the world. David Allen Turpin, 57, and his wife Louise Anna Turpin, 50, had...

  • Trump speaks with Libya warlord Haftar, in sign of US support

    Trump speaks with Libya warlord Haftar, in sign of US support

    The White House revealed Friday that President Donald Trump reached out personally to Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar, as a push at the United Nations to broker a ceasefire hit trouble. Observers see Trump's words of praise for the strongman, at the...

  • Bangladesh girl burned to death on teacher's order

    Bangladesh girl burned to death on teacher's order

    A schoolgirl was burned to death in Bangladesh on the orders of her head teacher after she reported him for sexually harassing her, police said Friday. The death of 19-year-old Nusrat Jahan Rafi last week sparked protests across the South Asian...

  • Endgame in 'historic' 4-year Greek neo-Nazi party trial

    Endgame in 'historic' 4-year Greek neo-Nazi party trial

    A four-year-old bid to jail members of Greece's neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn accused of murder, billed as one of the most important trials in modern Greek history, could be nearing its conclusion. With a log of some 350 witnesses, more than 100...

  • Athens installs first Alexander the Great statue - after 27-year delay

    Athens installs first Alexander the Great statue - after 27-year delay

    Athens on Friday installed its first Alexander the Great statue, a project mired in bureaucratic delays for nearly three decades. The 3,50-metre equestrian statue of a young Alexander, cast in bronze, was erected in central Athens opposite a...

  • 13 killed as church roof collapses in South Africa

    13 killed as church roof collapses in South Africa

    The roof of a church collapsed during mass near the eastern South African city of Durban, killing 13 people and injuring at least 16, officials said Friday. The accident happened on Thursday evening in the town of Dlangubo, north of Durban, after...

  • Maltese professor with ‘Russian dirt’ claims gave ‘inaccurate statements’ – Mueller report

    Maltese professor with ‘Russian dirt’ claims gave ‘inaccurate statements’ – Mueller report

    A Maltese professor who told the Trump campaign in April 2016 that Russia had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of e-mails” gave “inaccurate statements” about the extent of his contact with former campaign advisor George...

  • UN begins evacuating refugees from Libya to Niger

    UN begins evacuating refugees from Libya to Niger

    The UN said Friday it had evacuated 163 refugees from war-ravaged Libya to neighbouring Niger, but more than 3,000 others were still trapped in detention centres affected by clashes. The move marked the first evacuation of refugees and migrants...

  • Extreme Easter: Flogging, crucifixions in Philippines

    Extreme Easter: Flogging, crucifixions in Philippines

    A man was nailed to a cross with up to 10 more to follow while barefoot men beat themselves with flails on Good Friday, in a blood-soaked display of religious fervour in the Philippines. Frowned upon by the Church, the ritual crucifixions and...

  • 'It's a witch hunt': Trump's brash fight against Mueller

    'It's a witch hunt': Trump's brash fight against Mueller

    President Donald Trump's strategist warned him not to fire FBI director James Comey. His advisors told him to stop tweeting about the Russia investigation. And his lawyers encouraged him to cooperate. Trump ignored them all, and could still claim...

  • Bangladesh teenager burned to death on teacher's order: police

    Bangladesh teenager burned to death on teacher's order: police

    A schoolgirl was burned to death in Bangladesh on the orders of her head teacher after she reported him for sexually harassing her, police said Friday. The death of 19-year-old Nusrat Jahan Rafi last week sparked protests across the South Asian...

  • Journalist shot dead in N.Ireland in 'terrorist incident'

    Journalist shot dead in N.Ireland in 'terrorist incident'

    Updated 6.30pm A journalist was shot dead during riots in Northern Ireland in what police Friday were treating as a terrorist incident following the latest upsurge in violence to shake the troubled region. "Lyra McKee was murdered during...

  • Man jailed for sending email threats to anti-Brexit MPs

    Man jailed for sending email threats to anti-Brexit MPs

    A man in Britain was jailed for 10 months on Thursday after sending threatening and racially aggravated emails to seven MPs who have previously opposed Brexit. Jarod Kirkman, 51, admitted in court last week that he used a fake email address to...

  • 'End of my presidency': Trump reacts to special counsel appointment

    'End of my presidency': Trump reacts to special counsel appointment

    US President Donald Trump reacted with dismay when told a special counsel had been appointed to look into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to the Mueller report published Thursday. Trump was informed on May 17,...

  • Trump took no action to thwart Mueller probe

    Trump took no action to thwart Mueller probe

    Updated US Attorney General Bill Barr said Thursday that President Donald Trump took no action to thwart the special counsel's probe into Russian election interference, ahead of the long-awaited release of the final investigation report. The...