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  • May kicks off first Africa tour as British PM

    August 28, 2018 8:11 AM 25

    CAPE TOWN: British Prime Minister Theresa May touched down in Cape Town Tuesday as she kicked off a tour of the African continent where she hopes to lay the foundations for post-Brexit trade deals. May is facing pressure at home from so-called Remainers sceptical of her ability to forge trade deals once Britain severs ties with Brussels, as well as from Brexiteers

  • Fire forces brief Statue of Liberty evacuation

    August 28, 2018 2:21 AM 32

    NEW YORK: More than 3,000 tourists were evacuated Monday from the island where the Statue of Liberty stands, after propane cylinders caught fire at a construction site near the iconic landmark, officials said. Liberty Island, which welcomes thousands of visitors a day during the busy summer season, was evacuated for more than two hours, before the fire department

  • Calls for justice after Bosnian reporter brutally beaten

    August 27, 2018 3:47 PM 27

    SARAJEVO: Bosnian journalists on Monday demanded justice after a reporter said he was severely beaten by unknown attackers after covering politically-sensitive protests. The US and European Union also condemned the assault on Vladimir Kovacevic, a journalist who works for the TV network BN in Bosnia's Serb-run entity. On Sunday night he posted a photo

  • Vatican rolls back on pope's remarks on psychiatric help for gay children

    August 27, 2018 3:16 PM 34

    VATICAN CITY: The Vatican on Monday rolled back on Pope Francis' recommendation that parents seek psychiatric help for children who show homosexual tendencies. The pope made the comments to journalists as he was flying back to Rome from Ireland, but the Vatican later removed his phrase from its official account, saying he had not meant to suggest that homosexuality

  • EU's security must no longer depend on US: Macron

    August 27, 2018 10:36 AM 38

    PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday that he would put forward new proposals for the European Union to boost its security, saying the bloc must stop depending on American might. "Europe can no longer rely on the United States for its security. It is up to us to guarantee European security," he said in a speech to relaunch his diplomatic

  • Pope says psychiatrists can help gay children and their parents

    August 27, 2018 8:23 AM 30

    ON BOARD THE PAPAL PLANE, Italy: Pope Francis has recommended parents seek psychiatric help for children who show homosexual tendencies, during a press conference on his plane taking him back to Rome from Ireland. A journalist asked the pontiff on Sunday what he would say to parents who observe homosexual traits in their children. "I would say first

  • Erdogan says commitment of all Turks needed to combat attacks on economy

    August 25, 2018 10:42 AM 35

    ANKARA: The commitment and determination of Turks is the guarantee needed to combat attacks on Turkey's economy, President Tayyip Erdogan said today, in his first comments on the ongoing currency crisis in days. "As we tackle attacks against the Turkish economy today, our biggest guarantee is the commitment and determination of every member of our people

  • Business as usual for Australian economy under new PM

    August 25, 2018 7:12 AM 42

    SYDNEY: Scott Morrison is respected by investors and his elevation to Australian prime minister is a good outcome, analysts say, with the latest bout of political instability unlikely to hurt the economy. The 50-year-old outgoing treasurer took the top job after a Liberal Party revolt instigated by hardline conservatives, led by Peter Dutton, to unseat

  • Rohingya's protest for 'justice' on crackdown anniversary

    August 25, 2018 4:13 AM 41

    COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh: Thousands of Rohingya refugees staged protests for "justice" Saturday on the first anniversary of a Myanmar military crackdown that forced them to flee to camps in Bangladesh. About 700,000 of the Muslim minority poured across the border after attacks by the Myanmar military and Buddhist groups that the United Nations has likened

  • 'Snake alert' issued in India's flood-hit Kerala

    August 25, 2018 2:50 AM 41

    NEW DELHI: Hospitals are readying anti-venom and flood victims returning home in the Indian state of Kerala have been told to stay alert as receding waters leave behind a glut of snakes. Local media reports warned that snakes may be "hiding in cupboards" or under carpets, among clothes or inside washing machines in homes previously submerged by floods