British Steel collapse: 25,000 jobs at risk as assets liquidated

British Steel collapse: 25,000 jobs at risk as assets liquidated

British Steel has been ordered into compulsory liquidation after talks with the government failed to secure a bailout, threatening the jobs of about 5,000 employees, with another 20,000 jobs in the supply chain. The steelmaker had requested an emergency $38m bailout loan from the British government following dwindling European sales amid Brexit uncertainty, and an…
Trump working to designate Muslim Brotherhood as ‘terror’ group

Trump working to designate Muslim Brotherhood as ‘terror’ group

The Trump administration is working to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign "terrorist" organisation, the White House said on Tuesday, which would bring sanctions against Egypt's oldest Islamist movement. "The president has consulted with his national security team and leaders in the region who share his concern, and this designation is working its way through the…
Trump executive order enables ban on Huawei telecom gear

Trump executive order enables ban on Huawei telecom gear

United States President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to stop American companies from using telecommunications equipment made by technology firms that pose a national security risk. The order paves the way for a ban on doing business with China's Huawei, though it did not name specific countries or companies. Such action was…
India races to evacuate coast before Cyclone Fani hits

India races to evacuate coast before Cyclone Fani hits

Indian and Bangladesh authorities raced to complete the evacuation of more than one million people out of the path of an extreme cyclone heading towards the Bay of Bengal coast with winds of up to 200 kilometres per hour. Major airports were closed in India's eastern states of Odisha and West Bengal and the railway…
ISIL chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appears in propaganda video

ISIL chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appears in propaganda video

The elusive chief of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has appeared for the first time in five years in a propaganda video released by the armed group. ISIL's Al Furqan media network published on Monday what it said was a video message from its leader,…
Iran sentences president’s brother to prison for corruption

Iran sentences president’s brother to prison for corruption

A court in Iran has sentenced President Hassan Rouhani's younger brother to an unspecified jail term in a corruption case that supporters of the Iranian leader allege is politically motivated. Hossein Fereydoun, who is also a close confidante of the president, has vowed to appeal the sentence, local media reported on Saturday. "This person [Hossein Fereydoun] was found…
Jakarta clashes rage in second night of unrest over poll result

Jakarta clashes rage in second night of unrest over poll result

Demonstrations against the result of Indonesia's presidential election have turned violent for a second consecutive night, with protesters opposing the re-election of President Joko Widodo clashing with security forces in the capital, Jakarta. On Wednesday, protesters threw fireworks and rocks at the police, who responded by firing tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons. Medical workers…
Stevo Pendarovski wins North Macedonia’s presidential election

Stevo Pendarovski wins North Macedonia’s presidential election

Stevo Pendarovski, supported by the ruling Social Democrats (SDSM), has won the North Macedonian presidency in a run-off vote. The 56-year-old garnered 51.66 percent of the vote on Sunday, beating nationalist VMRO's Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova with 44.73 percent. The remaining 3.61 percent of the votes were void. Sunday's run-off poll was called after neither candidate received enough ballots…
Presidential hopeful Joe Biden calls for unity in inaugural rally

Presidential hopeful Joe Biden calls for unity in inaugural rally

Former Vice President Joe Biden has officially launched his bid for the US presidency in a ceremony in his home state of Pennsylvania, embracing a message of unity that he said would ultimately help defeat President Donald Trump.   Speaking to a crowd in Philadelphia to kick off his 2020 campaign, the 76-year-old - who served as…
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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