Category: World
World 16:04

Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi names sister to party post

Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi appointed his charismatic sister to a senior party position on Wednesday that officials say will energize the campaign to oust Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national election expected in a few months, Reuters reports. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, 47, has campaigned...

World 15:41

Inequality could crush capitalism, French finance minister warns

France’s conservative finance minister said capitalism could collapse if global inequality continues to rise, Reuters reports. In a speech marking the start of France’s presidency of the G7, Bruno Le Maire said the Group of Seven economic powers should consider setting a joint minimum corporate tax...

World 14:54

EU pushes for crackdown on ‘golden visas’

A European Commission report has warned against the risks of handing out so-called golden visas to wealthy foreigners. The Commission said it will recommend a set of security checks for member states to implement. The European Commission on Wednesday warned that “golden visa” programs of...

World 12:07

John Kerry told an audience at Davos that President Donald Trump should resign

John Kerry had a one-word answer when asked his message for President Donald Trump: “Resign.” The former secretary of State and Democratic U.S. senator from Massachusetts made the declaration while speaking on a CNBC panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Kerry, who lost in his...

World 10:52

France on alert for snowfall, Eiffel Tower closes

Light snow fell on the French capital on Tuesday, causing some minor travel and transport disruptions and closures of monuments, as well as leading some enthusiasts to go snowboarding and take pictures. A winter storm began to spread from the Atlantic coast at daybreak on Tuesday, covering Normandy,...

World 10:42

Top US court allows Trump to restrict transgender military service

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed President Donald Trump’s restrictions on transgender military service to take effect pending the outcome of litigation on the sensitive issue, AFP reports. The White House had asked the Supreme Court to intervene after lower courts prohibited Trump’s administration...

World 09:51

Germany suspends participation in EU’s Mediterranean naval mission

Germany is suspending participation in Operation Sophia, the EU naval deployment to counter human trafficking across the Mediterranean. Following the deployment of the frigate Augsburg, no other German navy ship will participate, dpa reports. Operation Sophia was launched in 2015. It is tasked with apprehending...

World 15:28

Macedonian stabs own wife in Austria parking lot

The eerie series of blood in the new year will not break, especially in Lower Austria: Monday afternoon was a 32-year-old already fifth murder victim in 2019. According to first reports, the bloody murder occurred in the parking lot of a large food store in the Frauentorgasse in Tulln. There a Macedonian...

World 14:14

France, Germany strengthen treaty ties to tackle EU crisis

France and Germany Tuesday signed a new friendship treaty to deepen their alliance at a time of crisis for the EU, drawing fire from the far right whom President Emmanuel Macron slapped down for “spreading lies” about the pact, AFP reported. Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel inked the accord...

World 13:48

FT forecasters: Brexit will be stopped, Trump impeached

The Financial Times has once again shared its forecast for the new year. What follows is an excerpt of their predictions for 2019, from Brexit to Trump. Will Brexit be stopped? Yes, according to FT’s Philip Stephens. “At the eleventh hour Britain will rescue itself from this act of self-harm....

World 12:35

Viral video shows employees who missed targets forced to crawl along road as punishment

Footage filmed in China of workers forced to crawl in the road has gone viral online with social media users blaming both the company and the workers for the display. The video, filmed in Zaozhuang City in eastern Shandong Province, shows the female workers crawling on all fours down a road, busy with...

World 12:17

Germany disappointed by May’s Brexit plan, suggests second referendum

German Justice Minister Katarina Barley said on Tuesday she was disappointed by British Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to break a deadlock over Brexit and suggested Britain hold a second referendum, Reuters reports. May on Monday sought to break the parliamentary impasse over Britain’s exit from...

World 11:54

EU warns of crime risk from passport-for-sale schemes

The European Commission will warn that schemes in EU states to sell citizenship or residence to wealthy individuals could help foreign organized crime groups infiltrate the bloc and increase the risk of money laundering, corruption and tax evasion, Reuters reports. The warnings are included in a draft...

World 11:37

Davos Summit 2019 kicks off Tuesday

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is set to hold its annual Davos Summit from January 22 to January 25 in the namesake Swiss town. The event will be attended by world leaders, economists, business persons, journalists and political leaders. It will also witness participation of around 3,000 individuals. A...

World 11:21

Ten crew members dead after two ships catch fire near Crimea

Ten crew members have been found dead and 14 have been rescued after two ships caught fire in the Kerch Strait near Crimea, Russia’s transport ministry said on Monday with a rescue operation still underway, Reuters reports. The ministry said earlier on Monday that crew members were jumping into the...

World 09:43

UK leader snubs Brexit delay, sticks to her EU divorce deal

Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday rejected calls to delay Britain’s departure from the European Union, and said her Plan B was to get her rejected Brexit deal approved by Parliament after securing changes to a contentious Irish border measure, AP reported. Outlining what she plans to do after her...

World 13:24

52 al-Shabab extremists killed in U.S. airstrike in Somalia

The U.S. military on Saturday said it had carried out its deadliest airstrike in Somalia in months, killing 52 al-Shabab extremists after a “large group” mounted an attack on Somali forces. The U.S. Africa Command said the airstrike occurred near Jilib in Middle Juba region. There were no reports...

World 17:06

Nicaragua paper runs blank front page in protest of Ortega government

Nicaragua’s oldest and most widely read newspaper published its Friday edition with a blank front page in protest against what it says is the government’s withholding of ink, paper and other materials needed for its printing press since September, Reuters reports. In a Friday editorial, the La Prensa...

World 11:52

Swedish Social Democrat leader Lofven confirmed as PM, challenges ahead

Sweden’s parliament voted on Friday to give Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven a second term in office, ending more than four months of deadlock after an inconclusive election, Reuters reports. Lofven agreed an historic deal with the Centre, Liberal and Green parties last week, bringing together...

World 11:47

US backs NATO ‘100%’ but allies must ‘step up’, says Trump

President Donald Trump said Thursday the United States is fully committed to NATO but repeated his insistence that other members pay more for their own security, AFP reports. “We will be with NATO 100 percent, but as I told the countries, you have to step up and you have to pay,” Trump said in a...

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