Spain election: Socialist PSOE wins but no clear majority

Spain election: Socialist PSOE wins but no clear majority

Madrid, Spain - The governing Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) has won the country's general election with 123 seats after 99.9 percent of the votes were counted. PSOE's historical centre-right rival, the People's Party (PP), won 66 seats in Sunday's election in Spain. Speaking to supporters in Madrid, PSOE leader and Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said…
Japan Emperor’s abdication: What you need to know

Japan Emperor’s abdication: What you need to know

Japan's 85-year-old Emperor Akihito will end his three-decade reign on Tuesday when he abdicates to his son Crown Prince Naruhito. He's the first emperor to abdicate in 200 years. The last abdication by a Japanese monarch was in 1817. Naruhito will become emperor on Wednesday, but his formal enthronement will take place at a more…
Yazidis to accept ISIL rape survivors, but not their children

Yazidis to accept ISIL rape survivors, but not their children

Children born to Yazidi women raped by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) fighters will not be permitted to join the community in northern Iraq, the minority sect's faith leaders have said. In a statement late on Saturday, the Yazidi Supreme Spiritual Council said an earlier declaration stating "all survivors" of…
Khashoggi killing: UN rapporteur Callamard to present report

Khashoggi killing: UN rapporteur Callamard to present report

Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, is set to present her report on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Callamard's presentation before the UN Human Rights Council in the Swiss city of Geneva is set to start at 13:00 GMT on Wednesday, and will be followed by a news conference. In…
Trump meets North Korea’s Kim at DMZ in landmark visit

Trump meets North Korea’s Kim at DMZ in landmark visit

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have each stepped over the border at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides the Korean Peninsula, after shaking hands on Sunday. With the highly symbolic gesture, Trump became the first sitting US president to set foot on North Korean soil. What originally was intended to…
Trump imposes new sanctions on Iran, targets supreme leader

Trump imposes new sanctions on Iran, targets supreme leader

US President Donald Trump signed an order on Monday that targets Iran's supreme leader and associates with additional financial sanctions. Trump said the action follows a series of aggressions by Iran, including last week's downing of an unmanned US surveillance drone. Tensions between the United States and Iran that have grown since May, when Washington ordered…
Seven things to know about NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo

Seven things to know about NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo

Greek basketball star Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the NBA's Most Valuable Player (MVP). Nicknamed the "Greek Freak", the 24-year-old Milwaukee Bucks player on Monday got 78 first-place votes, well ahead of the 23 received by fellow MVP finalist James Harden of the Houston Rockets.  "Two, three years ago, I had the goal in my…
Trade war escalation averted as US-China agree to resume talks

Trade war escalation averted as US-China agree to resume talks

Osaka, Japan - As this year's G20 summit closed on Saturday, United States President Donald Trump agreed to hold off on an escalation in his trade dispute with China and to resume bilateral talks, potentially giving the world economy a reprieve. But there was no agreement to comprehensively roll back the punitive tariffs that the…
Family of late Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi ‘heartbroken’ over film

Family of late Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi ‘heartbroken’ over film

Relatives of Alan Kurdi, the two-year-old Syrian boy whose drowning while trying to reach Europe in 2015 shook consciences around the world, have objected to a new film about the toddler. The boy perished in September 2015, along with his mother Rehanna and four-year-old brother Ghalib, when their small rubber boat capsized in the Aegean Sea…
US House passes $4.5bn emergency border aid bill

US House passes $4.5bn emergency border aid bill

Washington, DC - Setting up a policy confrontation with US President Donald Trump over his administration's handling of the surge of migrants at the US southwest border, the Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives approved a $4.5bn emergency border aid bill late on Tuesday. The 230-195 vote follows an outcry over reports of inhumane conditions for children…

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