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  • Trump grounds all Boeing 737 MAX planes

    Trump grounds all Boeing 737 MAX planes

    US President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a plan to ground all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft amid intense international and political pressure following the second deadly crash in less than five months. "We're going to be issuing an emergency...

  • Trump ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort jailed for 43 more months

    Trump ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort jailed for 43 more months

    President Donald Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort, already facing 47 months in prison for tax and bank fraud, was sentenced to an additional 43 months in prison Wednesday on conspiracy charges. "The defendant is not public enemy number...

  • French 'yellow vest' fake news gets 100 million Facebook hits

    French 'yellow vest' fake news gets 100 million Facebook hits

    Fake news circulating within the French "yellow vest" protest movement has been viewed more than 100 million times on Facebook, according to a study published Wednesday. The US-based Avaaz human rights and climate change campaign site tracked the...

  • Watch: School children trapped as building collapses in Lagos

    Watch: School children trapped as building collapses in Lagos

    At least 10 young children were trapped when a four-storey building collapsed in a densely-populated area of Lagos Wednesday, and rescuers were trying to reach them through the damaged roof.  The children were attending a nursery and primary...

  • Environment damage behind 1 in 4 global deaths, disease: UN

    Environment damage behind 1 in 4 global deaths, disease: UN

    A quarter of all premature deaths and diseases worldwide are due to manmade pollution and environmental damage, the United Nations said Wednesday in a landmark report on the planet's parlous state. Deadly smog-inducing emissions, chemicals...

  • EU warns of no-deal Brexit, says cannot offer more

    EU warns of no-deal Brexit, says cannot offer more

    The British parliament's rejection of the Brexit agreement makes crashing out of the EU without a deal much more likely, the bloc said Tuesday, as it warned there is no more it can do. Lawmakers inflicted another crushing defeat on beleaguered...

  • Britain expands airport drone no-fly zones

    Britain expands airport drone no-fly zones

    Britain on Wednesday expanded the no-fly zones around airports in response to a spate of drone sightings that temporarily shut down some of London's biggest hubs. The new law extends the radius around which drone flights are not permitted to five...

  • Landmark Australian ruling could spark land compensation claims

    Landmark Australian ruling could spark land compensation claims

    Australia's High Court on Wednesday ruled that Aboriginal owners stripped of land rights should be compensated for "spiritual harm," in a landmark ruling that could spark a slew of cases countrywide. The court ruled that the Ngaliwurru and Nungali...

  • Life's a ball in Vienna as city tops world rankings for 10th year

    Life's a ball in Vienna as city tops world rankings for 10th year

    Vienna has been named the city with the best quality of life for a 10th consecutive year in a survey published Wednesday. The Austrian capital was one of eight European cities in the top 10 in the survey by Mercer, a human-resources...

  • Six years for disgraced cardinal who abused teen choirboys

    Six years for disgraced cardinal who abused teen choirboys

    Disgraced Australian Cardinal George Pell was on Wednesday sentenced to six years in prison for the "brazen" sexual abuse of two choirboys, in what the judge lambasted as a "grave" abuse of power. The former Vatican number three - who managed...

  • US envoy says 'real strides' made in longest Taliban talks

    US envoy says 'real strides' made in longest Taliban talks

    US and Taliban negotiators wrapped up their latest round of marathon peace talks on Tuesday with "real strides" made but no agreement on a timetable for troop withdrawal, the US special envoy said. "Just finished a marathon round of talks with the...

  • Brexit Mayhem as withdrawal deal is defeated again

    Brexit Mayhem as withdrawal deal is defeated again

    Updated with initial reactions - British MPs overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal for a second time on Tuesday, pitching Britain into the unknown just 17 days before it is due to split from the European Union. The...

  • No Brexit transition period without withdrawal agreement: EU's Barnier

    No Brexit transition period without withdrawal agreement: EU's Barnier

    The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned British lawmakers Tuesday against the "dangerous illusion" that they could benefit from a transition arrangement even without a proper divorce deal. "Listening to debate in @HouseofCommons:...

  • Italian cargo ship sinks off France's Atlantic coast after fire

    Italian cargo ship sinks off France's Atlantic coast after fire

    An Italian cargo ship sank about 330 kilometres (200 miles) off the western Atlantic coast of France on Tuesday after rescue vessels were unable to put out a fire that broke out late Sunday, officials said. All 27 people aboard the "Grande...

  • UK PM May headed for defeat in big Brexit vote

    UK PM May headed for defeat in big Brexit vote

    British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal was headed for defeat in a historic vote in parliament Tuesday, pitching Britain into the unknown just 17 days before it is scheduled to leave the European Union. Parliament's failure to back the...

  • UK, France and Germany join countries banning Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

    UK, France and Germany join countries banning Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

    Britain, France and Germany have banned Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from their airspace following a deadly plane crash in Ethiopia, mirroring a decision taken by other nations. The UK Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement headlined "Boeing 737...

  • Brexit backstop legal risk 'unchanged': UK attorney general

    Brexit backstop legal risk 'unchanged': UK attorney general

    The legal risk of Britain being stuck in EU trade arrangements after Brexit fundamentally "remains unchanged", the UK government's chief legal advisor said Tuesday. Attorney General Geoffrey Cox said last-minute new agreements "reduce the risk" of...

  • Algerian students protest against Bouteflika 'tricks'

    Algerian students protest against Bouteflika 'tricks'

    Hundreds of students protested in the Algerian capital on Tuesday, accusing ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of seeking to prolong his two-decade rule despite abandoning his bid for a fifth term. "The students are resisting the extension of...

  • 'Reassurance' but no changes to backstop: Irish PM

    'Reassurance' but no changes to backstop: Irish PM

    Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said Britain had been offered "reassurance and guarantees" over the Brexit deal as MPs in London prepare to vote Tuesday on whether to accept the withdrawal agreement. But Varadkar denied that a last-ditch...

  • Reform global economy - or risk collapse of global infrastructure: UN

    Reform global economy - or risk collapse of global infrastructure: UN

    Extracting and processing materials, fuel and food contributes as much as half of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, the UN said Tuesday, as experts gathered in Kenya to find ways to rein in exploding global consumption. Using dozens of data...