Australia election: Scott Morrison hails ‘miracle’ victory

Australia election: Scott Morrison hails ‘miracle’ victory

Melbourne, Australia - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declared victory in the country's federal elections after his Liberal-National coalition defied the opinion polls and secured a surprise win over the opposition Labor Party.  Morrison, who had campaigned on providing tax cuts and the enduring resilience of Australia's economy, claimed the win shortly after Labor's Bill…
Syria says missiles fired from Israeli-held territory at Damascus

Syria says missiles fired from Israeli-held territory at Damascus

Syrian air defences have targeted projectiles coming from "occupied territory", a reference to Israel and the Palestinian territories, and brought some of them down, Syrian state television reported. Loud blasts echoed across Damascus late on Friday, residents said, shortly before the television news bulletin that reported the incident. SANA, Syria's state news agency, quoted a…
Australian election: Voting under way in key contest

Australian election: Voting under way in key contest

Melbourne, Australia - Australians are heading to the polls to select their next parliament and prime minister, in what has been widely referred to as the climate-change election. Some 16.5 million Australians are enrolled to vote on Saturday, with more than 4.7 million having already cast ballots in early voting by Friday. Polling stations will…
Gotabaya Rajapaksa confirms presidential run in anxious Sri Lanka

Gotabaya Rajapaksa confirms presidential run in anxious Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, accused by rights groups of war crimes during the final months of Sri Lanka's long-running civil war a decade ago, has confirmed he plans to run for the presidency in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks that have shattered the country's uneasy peace. Rajapaksa, the…
Palestine’s al-Maliki: US peace plan a ‘surrender act’

Palestine’s al-Maliki: US peace plan a ‘surrender act’

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki has described the anticipated US Israel-Palestine peace plan as a "consecration" of Palestinian suffering. "The US 'deal of the century' is the consecration of our century-old ordeal: no independence, no sovereignty, no freedom, no justice," al-Maliki said on Friday at the London-based Chatham House think-tank. "And if they do not think…
Syria bombings: UN says ‘worst fears are coming true’ in Idlib

Syria bombings: UN says ‘worst fears are coming true’ in Idlib

The United Nations has warned of a humanitarian crisis unfolding in Syria's northwest province of Idlib, as Western powers challenged Syria and its ally Russia to provide assurances that attacks on hospitals and schools would stop. Speaking at a UN Security Council meeting on Friday, UN humanitarian affairs coordinator Mark Lowcock said there had been concern about the escalating situation…
Trump postpones tariff decision on car imports

Trump postpones tariff decision on car imports

United States President Donald Trump has decided to wait up to six months before determining whether to impose a 25 percent tariff on imported cars and parts from the European Union and Japan. This gives trade talks more time for the US to make a deal. The White House had faced a Saturday deadline to make a…
Brexit breakdown: May to announce departure timeline in June

Brexit breakdown: May to announce departure timeline in June

Talks between Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn have collapsed, officials revealed on Friday. Six weeks of negotiations had aimed to unlock the Brexit impasse which has crippled British politics and led to financial uncertainty in European and global markets. While some compromise had been possible, "we have been unable to bridge…
Mexican journalist under government protection plan shot dead

Mexican journalist under government protection plan shot dead

A Mexican journalist enrolled in a federal protection programme has been shot dead, the fifth reporter to be killed this year in one of the most dangerous countries for the press. The blood-soaked body of crime reporter Francisco Romero was found on a pavement outside a nightclub in his hometown of Playa del Carmen along Mexico's…
Taiwan’s parliament approves same-sex marriage legislation

Taiwan’s parliament approves same-sex marriage legislation

Taiwan's parliament has legalised same-sex marriage in a landmark vote that made the self-ruled island the first in Asia to adopt such legislation. The lawmakers comfortably passed a law on Friday, allowing same-sex couples to form "exclusive permanent unions" and a second clause that would let them apply for a "marriage registration" with government agencies.…

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Some Republicans unsettled by Trump’s sweeping claims of immunity

Some Republicans unsettled by Trump’s sweeping claims of immunity

The handling of Robert Mueller's conclusions motivated one Republican lawmaker, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, to call for the president's impeachment over the weekend. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo Senior House Republicans are breaking with Donald Trump over the president’s legal claims that Congress can’t investigate whether a commander-in-chief violated the law. That view, advanced…
DR Congo: President Tshisekedi names new prime minister

DR Congo: President Tshisekedi names new prime minister

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Andrew Yang’s Very Big Idea

Andrew Yang’s Very Big Idea

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