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Former German chancellor Kohl dies at 87

Only Otto von Bismarck, who first unified Germany in the 1870s, was chancellor longer, for 19 years. He says the world has benefited from his vision and efforts. Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili also offered his condolences to the German people. "In Russia, he will be remembered as a principled advocate of friendly relations between our countries", Putin said. Read More »

Amnesty warns that May-DUP negotiations must not undermine abortion law reform

The Orange Lodge of Portadown, a fraternal order of anti-Catholics that counts among its members David Simpson, one of the DUP's 10 members of Parliament, issued a statement over the weekend calling on the party to use its leverage with the prime minister to get her to permit its annual parade to once again pass through Catholic areas. Read More »

At least 58 likely dead in London fire


On Friday, grief over the disaster turned into anger as protesters took to the streets to vent over the fire which killed at least 30, with dozens more deaths feared. Earlier this week, the London Fire Brigade was called to the fire in Kensington at 12:54 a.m. (BST) and at least 40 fire engines turned up to the scene and 200 firefighters spent almost a while day tackling the flames. Read More »

People Still Missing After Grenfell Tower Fire Assumed Dead

Firefighters are still searching for victims in the 24-story Grenfell Tower that went up in flames early Wednesday. He also reiterated the Government's promise to rehouse those displaced by the fire within three weeks, either in Kensington, or neighbouring boroughs. Read More »

Trump 'has no qualms' about throwing Rosenstein 'under the bus,' says source

One person Trump has said nothing but glowing things about is former nat sec adviser Michael Flynn, who is largely the reason the president is in this mess in the first place. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the lawyer's internal order, which was sent Thursday. The official demanded anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named discussing the deliberations. Read More »

7 crew members missing after container ship hits US destroyer

Seven Navy sailors went missing and at least two, including the captain, were injured after a U.S. destroyer collided with a Philippine-flagged merchant ship off the coast of Japan on Saturday morning. The other two sailors suffered lacerations and bruises. It was unclear how many others may have been hurt. At around 29,000 tons displacement, the ship is about three times the size of the USA warship USS Fitzgerald and was carrying 1,080 containers from the port of Nagoya to ... Read More »

Hammond to push for UK to stay in EU customs union

She reportedly apologised to Tory MPs, accepting personal responsibility for failing to win an outright victory and sacrificing the parliamentary majority she inherited from David Cameron when she became leader after the Brexit referendum past year. Read More »

Irish PM Varadkar to meet DUP and Sinn Féin

Conservative MP Bob Stewart said it was unlikely the party would oppose the Conservatives at Westminster anyway. Almost a fifth of the UK's food and drink exports go to the Republic of Ireland and in March industry bodies from across the British food and drink sector wrote an open letter to various government departments calling for "frictionless" tariff-free trade with Ireland to continue post-Brexit. Read More »

Britain, don't waste time warns EU Brexit chief

Picture from Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. "It takes two to tango and we're ready to dance", she said. "We also respect the other parties' mandates, we want to get back to an executive that has all the parties around the table to collectively take decisions". Read More »

Court rules Dr Ting remains as Pujut assemblyman


The Sarawak State Legislative Assembly on May 12 had disqualified Dr Ting as the DAP assemblyman for Pujut by citing his alleged Australian citizenship. "The Speaker should have allowed for a stand down for the duration granted to the plaintiff", he said, adding that in rejecting the request, the Speaker showed his impartiality in the state assembly. Read More »

United States lawmakers back at work after shooting, congressman still hospitalized

Democrat Cedric Richmond, a fellow Louisiana congressman, said as many others did that Scalise is a fighter. More on this as it develops. Lawmakers at the scene of Wednesday's baseball practice shooting described themselves as "sitting ducks" and said the violence would have been a "massacre" if not for Majority Whip Steve Scalise's detail - spurring new questions over whether congressional security practices should be overhauled. Read More »

Shooter went to GOP baseball practice with list of names


Steve Scalise's condition when he arrived at the hospital was "as critical as it could be". United States representative Steve Scalise , the No. 3 House Republican , has shown improvement in the past 36 hours after being shot by a man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice earlier in the week, his lead surgeon said on Friday. Read More »

Justice Department statement casts scrutiny on 'anonymous allegations'

Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought 13 lawyers on board to handle the Russian Federation investigation, with plans to hire more , according to his spokesman Peter Carr. Trump's tweet appears to be a reference to a memo Rosenstein issued shortly after assuming his position in the DOJ. Examining such possible charges will allow investigators to interview key people within the administration including Attorney General Jeff Sessions , Rosenstein and possibly Trump , the ... Read More »

Foster wants 'sensible' Brexit, says DUP 'ready to dance' with SF

Sinn Fein has warned such a move undermines power-sharing talks in Northern Ireland and the party's seven MPs have flown to London where they will hold a briefing with reporters. But pressure was mounting for May to change course on the type of Brexit Britain should pursue. "We want to see a Brexit that works for everybody, not just for Northern Ireland ", she said. Read More »

Grenfell Tower fire: Full details of all the missing people

People still can't get through to her". "The sudden increase in fire severity can accelerate the failure of the adjacent panels, so that if a fire does take hold, it can race up or through an entire facade of a building, causing a major hazard to occupants and a major property loss". Read More »

Steve Kerr reaffirms desire to coach Warriors 'for a long time'

Still, with the anti-Trump sentiment coming from so many inside the team, it would not be much of a surprise if the offer to visit the White House was declined. "And I know he wants to be here and we want him here. We'll see how long". President Trump has already welcomed members of the New England Patriots and Clemson Tigers football team to the White House after their championship runs this past winter. Read More »

Putin: more US sanctions would be harmful, talk of retaliation premature


The US Senate decisively approves a bipartisan sanctions bill against Russian Federation over its alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election that yielded President Donald Trump. The White House has not said if Trump would sign or veto the legislation, but Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testified on Capitol Hill this week and warned against measures that would cut off dialogue with Moscow. Read More »

After Shooting, Baseball Brings Democrats and Republicans Together


Scalise was awake at the scene of the shooting - a baseball field in Virginia where congressmen were practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game - but by the time he arrived at the hospital he was in shock. He said he was concerned about all Americans' safety from gun violence, not just politicians: "This is not what today is about, but we have too many guns on the street". Read More »

Australia's PM mocks Trump at political event


Turnbull even made fun of Trump's ongoing troubles with allegations of Russian involvement in the 2016 USA election. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important. Read More »

As Leo Varadkar set to become Ireland PM, kin celebrate in Mumbai


Varadkar was born and raised in Dublin to mother, Miriam, a nurse originally from Waterford in Ireland and father, Ashok, a doctor from Mumbai , India. A former doctor whose Twitter bio notes that he talks too much, Varadkar came out in 2015 while campaigning in support of a national referendum that would allow same-sex marriage. Read More »