Category Archives: World

28 killed, including Germans, in Portuguese tourist bus crash: Officials

Twenty-eight people, including German nationals, were killed when a tourist bus crashed on the Portuguese island of Madeira on Wednesday, local officials said.

6.1 quake causes light damage in Taiwan capital, east coast

Indonesia warns against unrest as Widodo rival rejects results

While official results are not due until next month, a series of so-called “quick counts” by pollsters, which are based on samples, showed Widodo between 9-11 percentage points ahead.

North Korea wants Mike Pompeo removed from nuclear talks: KCNA

North Korea on Thursday demanded the removal of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from stalled nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington, accusing him of derailing discussions.

Gunmen kill 14 passengers after hijacking bus in southwestern Pakistan

North Korean claims test of new weapon with ‘powerful warhead’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the testing of a new tactical guided weapon, state media said on Thursday. The weapon has a “peculiar mode of guiding flight” and “a powerful warhead”, The official KCNA agency said.

Brunei accused of ‘abusive lobbying’ before critical EU vote

EU officials accused Brunei of “rude” and “abusive” lobbying against a resolution condemning the Muslim-majority sultanate for imposing the death penalty for gay sex and adultery. Brunei has drawn global condemnation from the UN, govts and celebrities for Islamic laws introduced on April 3.

Britain must boost support for modern slaves, court rules

Survivors of modern slavery in Britain should no longer have support cut off six weeks after they are officially recognised as victims by the government, the high court ruled on Wednesday.

France launches global contest to replace Notre-Dame spire

France on Wednesday announced it would invite architects from around the world to submit designs for replacing the spire of Notre-Dame cathedral after a devastating blaze, as the government braced for a mammoth restoration challenge.

France to try Syrian President Assad’s uncle on graft charges

The uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is to stand trial in France on charges of building up a big property empire in the country using funds from Syrian state coffers, legal sources said on Wednesday.