Australia PM Survives Leadership Challenge

Australia PM Survives Leadership Challenge

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has appealed for unity after surviving a challenge to his leadership from a senior government colleague. Mr Turnbull had called the surprise vote himself in a bid to resolve speculation that his leadership was under threat. In a party room ballot in Canberra on Tuesday, he defeated Home Affairs Minister […]

Thousands in Brazil March to Register Lula’s Candidacy

Thousands in Brazil March to Register Lula’s Candidacy

Thousands of Brazilians were marching Wednesday towards the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) to support the registration of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on behalf of the Workers’ Party. Among those marching are the former education minister and mayor of Sao Paulo Fernando Haddad, who is Lula’s running mate. The march is a continuation […]

Report Details Sex Abuse by More Than 300 Catholic Priests ‘Catholic Church covered up child abuse..’

Report Details Sex Abuse by More Than 300 Catholic Priests ‘Catholic Church covered up child abuse..’

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania grand jury says its investigation of clergy sexual abuse identified more than 1,000 child victims. The grand jury report released Tuesday says that number comes from records in six Roman Catholic dioceses. The grand jury says it believes the “real number” of abused children might be “in the thousands” since […]

Italian Motorway Bridge Collapse, Kills 11

Italian Motorway Bridge Collapse, Kills 11

A major bridge has collapsed near the northern Italian city of Genoa, leading to vehicles falling some 100m (328ft). Italian Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said it was likely to be “an immense tragedy”. Adnkronos news agency reports the head of the local ambulance service as saying there are “dozens of dead”. Photographs from the scene […]

Airline Employee Steals And Crashes Plane

Airline Employee Steals And Crashes Plane

An airline employee who stole an empty passenger plane from Seattle airport has crashed on a nearby island. Authorities said the man had made “an unauthorised take-off” late on Friday local time, forcing Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to close. Two F15 fighter jets pursued the plane, which crashed in Puget Sound. The man is not believed […]

Legal Abortion Bill Rejected In Argentina

Legal Abortion Bill Rejected In Argentina

Argentina’s senate has rejected a bill which would have legalised abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. After a marathon debate, 38 senators voted against it and 31 in favour. Its defeat means lawmakers must wait until next year to resubmit legislation. Currently abortion is allowed in Argentina only in cases of rape, or […]

Tokyo Medical University Apologises For Changing Female Exam Scores

Tokyo Medical University Apologises For Changing Female Exam Scores

One of Japan’s most prestigious medical universities has apologised for tampering with entrance exam scores to limit its intake of female students. An internal investigation found that Tokyo Medical University (TMU) had been manipulating the scores of female applicants from as early as 2006. It also marked down the scores of male applicants who had […]

Trump Warns Trading Partners Over Iran

Trump Warns Trading Partners Over Iran

US President Donald Trump has issued a strong warning to anyone trading with Iran, following his re-imposition of sanctions on the country. “Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States,” the president tweeted. Some re-imposed sanctions took effect overnight and tougher ones relating to oil exports will begin in […]

Saudi Arabia Expels Canadian Ambassador

Saudi Arabia Expels Canadian Ambassador

Saudi Arabia has said it is freezing all new trade and investment with Canada over its “interference” in the Gulf Kingdom’s internal affairs. In a series of tweets, the Saudi foreign ministry said it was expelling the Canadian ambassador and recalling its own envoy in Canada. The move comes after Canada said it was “gravely […]

North Korea Continuing Nuclear Programme – UN report

North Korea Continuing Nuclear Programme – UN report

North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programmes, violating UN sanctions, a report commissioned by the UN Security Council says. It also says Pyongyang has resorted to a “massive increase” of illegal ship-to-ship transfers of oil products and has been trying to sell weapons abroad. The confidential report by a panel of independent […]