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  • Cleric al-Sadr leads in early vote results

    May 14, 2018 5:00 AM 14

    Iraq's electoral commission says influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's alliance is the early front-runner in national elections, with official results in from just over half of the country's provinces. The announcement Sunday night comes a day after polls closed across Iraq. The results are from 10 of the country's 19 provinces, including Baghdad

  • Trump's daughter, husband arrives in Israel for controversial embassy opening

    May 13, 2018 2:54 PM 16

    US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, have arrived in Israel ahead of the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem tomorrow. According to the BBC, the couple - both senior White House advisers - will attend the ceremony. Trump himself will not be there. Israel regards Jerusalem as its "eternal and undivided" capital

  • Hawaii officials encourage tourism despite volcano

    May 13, 2018 5:00 AM 8

    Hawaii tourism officials are hoping Kilauea's eruption won't deter travellers from visiting the state's largest island, even as geologists warn the volcano could soon shoot large boulders out of its summit. Travel industry executives note most of the Big Island is free of eruption threats from Kilauea, which began spurting lava into a residential neighbourhood

  • Congress wants review of military child-on-child sex abuse

    May 9, 2018 5:00 AM 13

    Congress has asked its watchdog agency to investigate the Pentagon's handling of child-on-child sex assaults on US military bases following reporting by The Associated Press that detailed how failures of justice leave victims with little support and offenders little consequence. The AP's investigation, which documented nearly 700 cases worldwide over 10 years

  • Slain teens honoured at Florida high school's senior prom

    May 7, 2018 5:00 AM 13

    Four Florida high school seniors slain in a mass shooting were honoured by their classmates celebrating their senior prom. The Sun Sentinel reports that the main ballroom at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort was transformed Saturday into an enchanted forest for 850 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students. A giant ice sculpture stood in the hallway

  • Trump knife crime comment angers British doctors

    May 6, 2018 4:50 AM 6

    Some British doctors and legislators reacted angrily yesterday to President Donald Trump's pro-gun comments at a National Rifle Association (NRA) convention, comparing a London hospital to a war zone because of knife crime. Trump's provocative comments are expected to increase concerns about his planned first presidential visit to Britain on July 13. Dr Martin

  • Vet implanted heroin in puppies for Colombia drug ring

    May 2, 2018 5:00 AM 15

    A veterinarian accused of implanting liquid heroin in puppies for a Colombian drug trafficking ring is now in custody in New York. The US Drug Enforcement Administration said yesterday that Andres Lopez Elorza was awaiting a court appearance in Brooklyn. Lopez, who is Venezuelan, was arrested in 2015 in Spain. He was extradited to the United States on Monday

  • UK interior minister quits over ‘Windrush scandal’

    April 30, 2018 4:46 AM 22

    Britain's interior minister resigned yesterday amid a scandal over the authorities' mistreatment of long-term United Kingdom residents wrongly caught up in a government drive to reduce illegal immigration. Prime Minister Theresa May's office said late yesterday that May had accepted the resignation of Home Secretary Amber Rudd. Rudd had been due to make a statement

  • Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and molesting a woman

    April 27, 2018 5:00 AM 26

    Bill Cosby was convicted on Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, completing the spectacular late-in-life downfall of a comedian who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as America's Dad. Cosby, 80, could end up spending his final years in prison after a jury concluded

  • Trump, top Iran diplomat trade threats as US decision nears

    April 25, 2018 5:00 AM 29

    President Donald Trump and Iran's top diplomat traded sharp warnings yesterday, with Trump threatening "bigger problems" than ever if Tehran restarts its nuclear programme. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif put the president on notice, telling The Associated Press if the US pulls out of the nuclear deal, Iran "mostly likely" would abandon it, too. In a wide-ranging