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  • Spain's ousted PM Rajoy to quit as conservative party leader

    June 5, 2018 12:19 PM 8

    MADRID: Mariano Rajoy, a major figure of Spanish politics over the past 14 years, announced Tuesday he will quit as head of the conservative Popular Party (PP) after being ousted as prime minister last week. "I think the time has come to put a final full stop to this period. The PP must keep advancing and building its history at the service of Spaniards

  • US boycotts world disarmament body over Syria presidency

    June 5, 2018 10:25 AM 10

    GENEVA: The United States said it would boycott Tuesday's session of the Conference on Disarmament amid fears that Syria is using its presidency of the body to "normalise" the regime. "Based on Syria's repeated attempts last week to use its presidency of the Conference on Disarmament to normalise the regime and its unacceptable and dangerous behaviour

  • Google's Schmidt in Cuba to meet new leader

    June 5, 2018 2:51 AM 10

    HAVANA: Eric Schmidt, a board member of Google's parent company Alphabet, met Monday with Cuba's new president to discuss improving Cuban internet connectivity, one of the world's lowest. "The benefits of the internet to the world are extraordinary. And it's important that Cubans have access to the internet at the same level or even better than everyone

  • Florida survivors of school gun massacre to hit the road for arms control

    June 5, 2018 12:57 AM 5

    MIAMI: High school students in Parkland, Florida – where a former student shot dead 17 people in February – will start traveling across the United States this month to urge young people to stand up and vote against the powerful gun rights lobby. The national tour announced Monday and dubbed the "March For Our Lives: Road to Change" will kick off June 15 and is slated

  • Shots fired near California marathon, shooter in custody: Police

    June 4, 2018 12:06 AM 7

    LOS ANGELES: A shooter opened fire in downtown San Diego and was taken into custody Sunday as thousands of people participated in the California city's marathon, police said. A woman fired shots in a parking structure near the finish line of the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, according to the local CBS and NBC television affiliates. A police officer

  • Two dead in plane crash off Long Island: US Coast Guard

    June 3, 2018 4:31 AM 8

    WASHINGTON: A small plane crashed into the ocean off Long Island, leaving two people dead and two others missing, the US Coast Guard said Saturday. The Piper PA-31 Navajo "crashed about one mile off of Indian Wells Beach, Long Island" with "four people aboard," the Coast Guard said in a statement. Two people have been "recovered" and "assets on scene

  • US-led coalition raids kill 12 civilians in Syria's Hasakeh

    June 2, 2018 9:37 AM 5

    BEIRUT: At least 12 civilians – members of the same family – have been killed in US-led coalition raids on the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria, a monitor said Saturday. "The air strikes and artillery fire (Friday night) by the international coalition on the village of Hidaj, held by IS in the southern sector of Hasakeh province, killed at least

  • Italy needs to work harder, be less corrupt: Juncker

    June 1, 2018 6:34 AM 7

    BRUSSELS: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said Italians need to work harder, be less corrupt and stop blaming the EU for the problems of the country's poor south. The controversial comments were immediately followed by a demand by European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, an Italian, for a denial from Juncker, warning on Twitter

  • Evacuations urged in Hawaii as lava flow advances

    May 31, 2018 7:15 AM 5

    LOS ANGELES: Authorities urged people in Hawaii Wednesday to evacuate an area at risk of being cut off by a flood of lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano. "Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that lava from several fissures continues to advance toward the Kapoho area," a Civil Defence message said, referencing an area that was devastated during a 1960 eruption

  • UN plane crashes in DRC injuring five

    May 30, 2018 11:37 PM 5

    KANANGA: Five people were injured when a small plane operated by the UN's humanitarian air service overturned on the runway in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday, the organisation said. The accident happened during take off on a remote runway in Kamonia, in central Kasai region, according to statement from the UN World Food Programme (WFP)