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  • Farage withdraws Brexit threat to PM

    Populist Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage yesterday withdrew his threat to challenge the governing Conservatives at every seat in next month’s election, in a boost for Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

  • Spain’s repeat election fails to break deadlock

    Spain’s Socialists faced tough talks to form a government yesterday after the party emerged on top but weakened from a repeat election which produced an even more divided parliament and propelled far-right Vox into third place.

  • Police find 41 migrants alive in truck in Greece

    Greek police found 41 migrants hiding in a refrigerated truck at a motorway in northern Greece yesterday, police officials said.

  • US white supremacist arrested in Norway

    Norwegian authorities have arrested a high-profile American white supremacist, hours before he was due to give a speech at a far-right conference in Oslo on Saturday.

  • World in ‘colossal danger’ from nuclear weapons

    Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says the world is in “colossal” danger from nuclear weapons held by global powers amid continued tensions since the end of the Cold War.

  • UK's Johnson 'sorry' for Brexit delay

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologises for not taking Britain out of the European Union by October 31, while Brexit figurehead Nigel Farage says he will not stand in next month's general election.

  • Chile president lifts state of emergency

    Chilean President Sebastian Pinera yesterday ended a state of emergency that lasted more than a week amid mass protests, but demonstrations continued nonetheless.

  • First woman named as Belgian PM

    Belgian Budget Minister Sophie Wilmes, 44, has been chosen as the country’s new caretaker prime minister -- a first for a woman, the current premier Charles Michel said yesterday.

  • UK’s Telegraph put up for sale

    The owners of Britain’s Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph have put them up for sale, a rival newspaper reported yesterday.

  • Lebanon unites hands for change

    Lebanon unites hands for change

  • Stop plundering the Earth for financial gains: Pope

    Pope Francis yesterday said it was time for “predators” to stop plundering the Earth for financial gain, holding up the “scarred face of the Amazon” as a warning.

  • British police charge truck driver with 39 counts of manslaughter

    British police say they had charged Maurice Robinson, the 25-year-old driver of a truck who was arrested when 39 people were found dead in the back of his container this week.


    Britain’s three-year Brexit saga took another dramatic twist on Tuesday, with the outcome still tortuously tough to predict. In a landmark vote, MPs finally backed an EU divorce deal -- only then to reject Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s rushed timetable to turn it into law ahead of the country’s scheduled October 31 departure date.

  • Norway at top, Yemen at bottom of rankings

    Norway and Switzerland are the best countries to be a woman and Yemen and Afghanistan the worst, said research on Tuesday which found the state of women’s rights is not “all doom and gloom” around the world.

  • N Ireland liberalizes restrictive laws

    Same-sex marriage and abortion laws in Northern Ireland were liberalised on Monday in a landmark shift for the province aimed at bringing it into line with mainland Britain.

  • Britain's Johnson puts Brexit deal to 'final' vote

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces two crucial Brexit votes in parliament on Tuesday that will determine if he can fulfil his "do or die" promise to take Britain out of the European Union next week.

  • Green Party makes gains in Swiss vote

    Switzerland’s Green Party made historic gains in national elections Sunday, while the anti-immigrant right wing remained the largest party in parliament despite a slip in its support.

  • Chile is ‘at war’

    Chile is “at war”, President Sebastian Pinera said Sunday, as the country reels from three days of violent demonstrations and looting that have left 11 dead and almost 1,500 detained in the worst outbreak of social unrest in decades.

  • Harry: William and I ‘on different paths’

    Prince Harry has admitted he and his brother are now “on different paths” and have “good days” and “bad days” in their relationship.

  • Trudeau fights to retain power as Canada votes

    Canadians began voting in a general election yesterday, with surveys predicting that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party could return with a weakened minority government or lose his grip on power entirely.

  • Assange in UK court ahead of extradition hearing

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange yesterday appeared in public for the first time in six months, seeming frail and confused during a British court appearance ahead of his extradition hearing.

  • Australian newspapers black out front pages

    Newspapers across Australia yesterday ran heavily redacted front pages in protest against government secrecy and a crackdown on press freedom, a rare show of unity in a fractious media landscape.

  • British PM Johnson prepares fresh Brexit push

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to make a second attempt to ram his EU divorce deal through parliament and avoid the political damage of delaying Brexit next week.

  • Swiss vote in possible ‘green wave’ election

    Switzerland was counting votes yesterday in an election that could see unprecedented gains for parties demanding bold climate action and a possible slip for the anti-immigrant right-wing.

  • Trudeau in tight race with Scheer

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, facing the loss of his Parliamentary majority in an election next week, traded attacks with his main rival on Saturday as a bad-tempered campaign entered its last few days.

  • Spanish PM under pressure over Catalan protests

    Ahead of next month’s general election, Spain’s Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez yesterday faced sharp criticism for his handling of violent Catalan separatist protests even as calm returned to Barcelona and other cities overnight.

  • ‘She’s favourite of the Russians’

    US Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has fired back at Hillary Clinton after the former secretary of state appeared to call her “the favourite of the Russians” in the 2020 elections race.

  • Brexit since 2016 vote

    Vote to leave: In an advisory referendum on June 23, 2016, Britons choose to leave the 28-nation EU by 52 to 48 percent. The shock outcome prompts Conservative PM David Cameron to resign the next day.

  • ‘We are voiceless’

    Hundreds of thousands of Britons marched through London on Saturday to demand a new Brexit referendum, saying their views were being ignored as lawmakers in parliament decided the fate of Britain’s departure from the European Union.

  • Tragedy at Siberian gold mine kills 15

    Fifteen people were killed and another 13 missing after an illegally built dam collapsed at a gold mine in a remote Siberian settlement yesterday.