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Maine Sen. Susan Collins was once one of those rare politicians who received rave reviews across party lines. Democrats loved

Thunderstorms are expected to hit parts of the UK this week with a risk of more flooding following a weekend of heavy downpours. Commuters woke up to road closures and diverted trains after parts of Greater Manchester were hit with two weeks’ worth of rain in 24 hours. There were 20 flood warnings in place

China is holding military exercises in the East China Sea and the South China Sea near Taiwan this

TEHRAN: Iran on Sunday slammed as "provocative" a British proposal for a European-led naval mission to escort tankers in the Gulf, amid soaring tensions over the seizure of ships. "We heard that

The British government is working on the assumption that the EU will not renegotiate its Brexit deal and is ramping up preparations to leave the bloc on Oct. 31 without an agreement, senior ministers said yesterday. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson — who took over the position on Wednesday with a promise to deliver Brexit by the

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday said Brexit was a “massive economic opportunity” but had been treated under his predecessor Theresa May as “an impending adverse weather event”. In a speech in Manchester where he pledged new investment in Leave-voting areas, Johnson promised to step up negotiations on post-Brexit trade deals and set up free ports to boost the economy. “When people voted to leave the European Union, they were not just voting against Brussels, they were voting

The United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Agnès Callamard issued a statement on Friday which called for a last-minute stop to the planned execution of two men in Bahrain, according to The Guardian. Ali Mohamed Hakeem al-Arab and Ahmed Isa Ahmed Isa al-Malali may be executed in the next 24 hours, according to human rights groups, even though they faced alleged torture during their questioning by police and were prevented from attending their trial. Callamad said in a

The United States Justice Department said it would be approving the $26 billion merger of T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp on Friday, according to National Public Radio. Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim, head of the department’s Antitrust Division, made the announcement on Friday, putting the deal over a major hurdle before it faces further legal challenges. The resulting company will be known as T-Mobile and would become the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier with nearly 90 million

The United Nations warned there was a major increase in violence in Idlib since Syrian forces started an operation to retake the province earlier this year, according to Deutsche Welle. UN Human rights chief Michelle Bachelet regretted "international indifference" to the situation on Friday. "These are civilian objects, and it seems highly unlikely, given the persistent pattern of such attacks, that they are all being hit by accident," Bachelet said, noting several hospitals and schools have

Hungarian-US companies Horizon Energy and TDE Services have made the largest oil field discovery in Hungary in the last 30 years. The finds provide a timely boost as Budapest weighs its energy options. ...

Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters were joined by airport staff and flight attendants at the arrival hall on Friday to hold a sit-in and "educate" visitors about the ongoing demonstrations , according to The Guardian. All arriving visitors were greeted with a full arrival hall of protesters chanting anti-government slogans while handing out flyers that described some of the conditions facing the protesters. The protests began several weeks ago over a controversial extradition bill that would have

General News Binance has launched an OTC service called “block trading.” Users can now trade larger amounts (“blocks”) of crypto – over 10BTC – without having to do it on the order book and potentially suffer from price slippage as the market feels the effect of the order. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company will spend “however long it takes” to get regulators and others on board before launching the Libra cryptocurrency project, speaking during yesterday’s quarterly earnings call.

Minister says withdrawal agreement including backstop will not be renegotiated Today’s politics news - live updates The French government has warned Boris Johnson against playing games with the Irish border after the new British prime minister demanded the ditching of the backstop. Amélie de

British Airways has been named the worst airline for handling complaints when a flight is delayed or cancelled. A Which? survey collected more 2,600 experiences of airline cancellations and delays during September and October last year. The lowest level of satisfaction was recorded by British Airways passengers, with only 15 per cent of passengers happy with the outcome of their complaint over a delayed or cancelled flight. On the whole, three in four customers were left dissatisfied, said

Article by WN.Com Correspondent Dallas Darling If you don’t know who right-wing computer scientist and hedge-fund billionaire Robert Mercer is, you should. Not only was he more instrumental in swinging the 2016 election for Donald Trump than Russia’s Internet Research Agency and Russian trolls, but he plans to do the same in 2020. In addition to funding more voter suppression laws and manipulating search engine algorithms, he knows just how vulnerable electronic voting machines are. Meanwhile,

CHICAGO (AP) - This time, the Minnesota Twins bashed their way to a runaway win. The slumping Chicago White Sox were no match for Nelson Cruz and company. Cruz hit three of Minnesota's five homers and finished with five RBIs, helping the AL Central leaders beat the White Sox 10-3 on Thursday night. Max Kepler and Miguel Sanó also connected as Minnesota (62-40) totaled at least five homers for a major league-record ninth time this season, according to STATS. José Berríos (9-5) pitched…

More than 10,000 signed a petition calling on local authorities to restrict cruise ships docking in Palma de Mallorca to only one a day on Thursday, according to The Guardian. There are nearly 500 cruise ships which dock in the popular tourist destination every year, bringing 2 million short-term visitors to the area. The petition calls for curbs on the ship and has already been signed by more than 11,000 islanders and 30 organizations. Organizers are planning to present the petition during a

St. Petersburg's Investigative Committee said they arrested an individual who stabbed LGBT Rights activist Yelena Grigoryeva eight times "in a state of alcohol intoxication" on Thursday, according to Deutsche Welle. Police said the victim and the suspect had "known each other previously" and that they had evidence the event was not a hate crime as some had believed but did not name the suspect. They would only say he was a man born in Soviet Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia in 1981 Yyhod, a…

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention said two people are dead and another 768 are ill due to nationwide Salmonella outbreaks linked to popular dog treats and backyard poultry on Thursday, according to USA Today. The CDC posted an update on two separate outbreaks with the first linked to contact with pig ear dog treats and another linked to contact with people who have backyard poultry pens. The outbreak has now spread to 48 states with 122 hospitalizations out of the 768…

Africa’s fourth-biggest producer of gold, Tanzania, has awarded licences to China to construct a mineral smelter and two gold refineries. The Tanzanian government seeks to generate more revenues from the nation’s mining industry. ...

A suspected meteorite – glittering, magnetic and weighing more than 10kg – startled farmers when it crashed into a paddy field by an Indian village on Monday evening. Some men were working in the field in Mahadeva village, Bihar state, when the object fell out of the sky. “A group of farmers were working in the fields when they heard an unusually loud thud,” said Shirsat Kapil Ashok, a district magistrate, according to The Wire India. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can…

The United States Attorney General William Barr announced the Justice Department was reinstating the federal government's use of capital punishment after nearly two decades on Thursday, according to National Public Radio. “Congress has expressly authorized the death penalty through legislation adopted by the people’s representatives in both houses of Congress and signed by the President,” Attorney General Barr said in a statement which announced the scheduled executions for five death row

If any UFOs – or adversaries within Earth’s orbit – start behaving badly, India wants to be ready, as it prepares to take war drills literally to a new level… space. ...

After the Democratic Republic of Congo's health minister resigned earlier this week some officials called for a new experimental vaccine to be deployed in the ongoing Ebola outbreak, but health experts cautioned Reuters on Thursday that would not help the situation. Health officials working in the outbreak zone said it would still take months to win over the trust of locals and show results from the…

General News Kraken has hired the ex-CEO of OTC trading platform B2C2, Kevin Beardsley, to head its new Bitcoin futures expansion as volumes hit $2.5 billion in June. Norwegian Air Shuttle owner Bjørn Kjos and his family have set up a cryptocurrency exchange and plan to introduce Bitcoin payments at their airline. The new exchange is dubbed Norwegian Block Exchange (NBX) and is set to launch in August. Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian) is Scandinavia’s largest airline and Europe’s third-largest

BEIRUT - In a bustling district of the Lebanese capital, a government inspector issues a fine to the manager of a popular restaurant for hiring 17 Syrian refugees without work permits. In a country brimming with foreign workers, the labour ministry is clamping down on businesses employing foreigners without the required papers. But activists have condemned the crackdown, saying it is a pretext to pressure Syrian refugees to return to their war-torn homeland. After a long argument with the

One of the world’s largest wind farms should provide a £2.4 billion boost to the economy over its lifetime, according to new research. A study for energy giant SSE found that the Beatrice wind farm – which is capable of providing enough electricity to supply up to 450,000 homes a year – would generate the economic value over its lifetime. That includes a £1 billion contribution to the Scottish economy, the report by BIGGAR Economics said.

SpaceX's Starhopper – a prototype of the rocket it hopes will one day fly around the solar system – had a failed launch test that ended with it being surrounded by flames. The company was aiming to try the first "untethered" test of the rocket, which was intended to allow it to jump up into the air and then come back down again, without the restraining ties that have held it down in previous attempts. But as the test began, the rocket failed…

Previous Next Brits now have, just like America, a polarizing figure as their political leader. The choice of Boris Johnson by just over 92,000 Conservative Party members surprised nobody. Since Theresa May was forced out in a bloodless coup, the Etonian has always been in the lead due to the simple reason there wasn't really a serious challenger. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who ran a distant second, may be deemed more capable, but his character is as dull as watching wet paint dry…

Dubai government legal department is challenging payments made to company chaired by Lord Stevens Lord Stevens, the former Metropolitan police commissioner, has been caught up in the royal family dispute between Princess Haya of Jordan and her estranged husband, Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai. The latest

Tunisia’s 92-year-old president, Beji Caid Essebsi, has died, the presidency said in a statement on Thursday. Mr Essebsi was taken to a military hospital on Wednesday. More follows… Independent news email Only the best news in your inbox Independent news email Only the best news in your inbox Enter your email address Continue Continue Please enter an email address Email address is invalid Fill out this field Email address is invalid Email already exists. Log in to update your newsletter

After spending Wednesday morning testifying in front of the House Judiciary Committee to discuss the allegations of obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump, former special counsel Robert Mueller spent the afternoon discussing Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election with the House Intelligence Committee, according to The Guardian. Throughout the day, Mueller was fairly tight-lipped for questions from both Democrats and Republicans. But he did tell Rep. Sean Maloney

Former special counsel Robert Mueller was a man of few words on Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee's hearing, but he did push back against President Donald Trump's claims of his probe as a "witch hunt," according to USA Today. “The president was not exculpated for the acts that he allegedly committed,” Mueller said before adding Trump could face charges over that after he leaves office. “We did not address ‘collusion,’ which is not a legal term,” Mueller said. “Rather, we focused on

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The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) released a report which analyzed satellite imagery across Myanmar on Wednesday which raised concerns about the possibility of a safe and humane return for the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled the country since 2017, according to The Guardian. Even though Myanmar's civilian government promised to repatriate the more than 700,000 Muslims who fled from the Rakhine state over the border into Bangladesh, ASPI said the satellite images

China said the investigation into former military official Qian Weiping was not related to espionage claims as initially reported by a Hong Kong-based newspaper on Wednesday, but is for suspected discipline violations and duty-related crimes, according to The South China Morning Post. Foreign media sources said Lieutenant General Qian, former deputy head of the equipment development department of the Central Military Commission (CMC) of the Communist Party of China, was under investigation for

Former special counsel Robert Mueller was blunt but straightforward in many of his answers to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday as Republicans attempted to damage the credibility of his report, according to Yahoo News. During his opening remarks, Mueller said the investigation he oversaw uncovered a "serious" threat of Russian election interference. "This deserves the attention of every American," Mueller said of the ongoing interference attempts to influence American elections. But

Japanese car giant Nissan plans to cut more than 10,000 jobs around the world as part of efforts to turn itself around, Kyodo News agency said Tuesday, citing company sources. The additional cuts come on top of the 4,800 jobs Nissan announced in May it was trimming from its global workforce of around 139,000. Nissan’s […] ...

By Associated Press Reporter July 24 2019 10:54 AM 0 Comments Lightning storms kill 20 in eastern India Independent.ie Lightning has killed at least 20 people as thunderstorms and heavy rains lash

ISTANBUL - A crackdown on unregistered migrants in Istanbul has seen 6,000 arrests including Syrians in the past two weeks, the interior minister said Wednesday. There has been concern in recent days over reports that hundreds of Syrian refugees have been sent back to Syria, after being forced to sign

By Emmarie Huetteman | Kaiser Health News When Washington returned from its winter holiday break in January, it seemed everyone was talking about lowering drug prices. Energized by a new class of freshmen and a few weeks away from the office, members of Congress were ready to wag their fingers at drug company executives and pitch their fixes. President Donald Trump had unveiled some of his solutions to a problem he said was a top priority, and more would follow. Now it’s July…

Article by WN.Com Correspondent Dallas Darling Political scientists agree there are two things authoritarians must do to erode democracy and gain power. The first is develop a culture of fear. The second, attack solemn and independent institutions. Consequently, some warn this is exactly what Donald Trump is doing. Backed by Fox News and talk radio, he’s convinced millions of followers of a Deep State plot to overthrow him and, in the words of Fox News’ Sean Hannity, who repeatedly reminds his

British Airways said a planned pilot strike for later this summer could cost the airline up to $50 million a day on Tuesday, in a lawsuit that was dismissed after trying to halt the walkout, according to The Independent. The British airline lost its legal attempt to block the strikes next month, even though it could disrupt the travel plans for hundreds of thousands of passengers around the world. BALPA, the pilots' union, can call strike dates within two weeks' notice, but said…

Scientists published a new study on Tuesday which said there is an "alarming" gap between human-driven season shifts and animals' behavioral changes due to the ongoing climate crisis, according to The Guardian. Many animals are unable to adapt to the speed of climate change, which is posing a threat to common species such as deer, magpies, and sparrows. Alexandre Courtiol and Stephanie Kramer-Schadt supervised the work which was conducted across a number of researchers and scientists who said

Scans taken from more than 40 United States government workers who became ill under mysterious circumstances while they were stationed in Cuba revealed potential abnormalities related to their strange symptoms, according to The Daily Telegraph. The report released on Tuesday said the employees who suffered concussion-like symptoms revealed their brain scans had different features compared to healthy volunteers. The images revealed the diplomats' brain scans had a lower volume of white matter,

European Union citizens have taken the United Kingdom to court over its government denying those citizens the right to access data the Home Office maintains concerning individual immigration cases on Tuesday, according to The Guardian. The EU citizens' representatives claimed a clause in the Data Protection Act 2018 unlawfully excludes them from rights which would otherwise give them access to private data maintained by third parties in a high court judicial review. After Brexit occurs, EU

DUBAI - From ballistic missiles to unmanned drones, Yemen's Huthi rebels appear to have bolstered their fighting capabilities, posing a serious threat to mighty neighbour Saudi Arabia. In June alone, the Iran-aligned Shiite Huthis launched at least 20 missile and drone attacks on the oil-rich kingdom, Iran's regional foe, some resulting in casualties and damage. Saudi advanced air defences successfully intercepted most of the strikes but failed to deal with some, including a drone attack on the