Information round to clock

    • Friday 24 May
    • Theresa May to step down as leader of Conservative party

      - 13h24

      Theresa May will step down as leader of the Conservative Party on June 7, 2019. The PM was under pressure to quit after a backlash from her own MPs against her Brexit plan. Parliament rejected her withdrawal agreement three times. Mrs May will continue to serve as prime minister while a Conservative leadership contest takes place.

       

    • Friday 17 May
    • Taiwan gay marriage: Parliament legalises same-sex unions

      - 12h04

      Taiwan’s parliament has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage following a vote this Friday. Hundreds of gay rights supporters gathered in the rain outside the parliament building in the capital, Taipei, to await the landmark ruling. There were shouts of joy and some tearful embraces as the result was announced.

    • I.M. Pei, world-renowned architect, dies aged 102

      - 11h59

      I.M. Pei, the Chinese-born American architect who began his long career working for a New York real-estate developer and ended it as one of the most revered architects in the world, is no more. His son, Chien Chung Pei said Thursday May 16 that his father had died overnight.

    • President Trump announces immigration proposal

      - 11h58

      Donald Trump has announced his plans for a sweeping reform to America’s immigration system, calling for increased border security and the elimination of visa lottery systems he described as running contrary to the American belief system.

       

    • Dubai aircraft crash: Three Britons and one South African killed

      - 11h57

      Four people have been killed after a small plane crashed three miles to the south of Dubai International Airport. Three Britons and a South African were aboard the UK-registered DA42 plane, UAE authorities said.

    • Poland plans to double jail terms for paedophiles

      - 11h55

      Poland has announced plans to double jail terms for paedophiles after a documentary on priest sex abuse sparked outrage in the country. Convicted paedophiles could now face a maximum sentence of 30 years. In the most serious cases, they could face life in prison.

    • Tuesday 14 May
    • WhatsApp reveals major security flaw that could let hackers access phones

      - 13h44

      WhatsApp has revealed a vulnerability in its system that could have allowed hackers access to its users’ phones, with a London-based human rights lawyer possibly among the targets. The encrypted messaging service, owned by Facebook (FB), said Monday that it had discovered and fixed the vulnerability the attackers had sought to exploit.

    • Guatemala ex-dictator’s daughter Zury Ríos barred from presidency

      - 13h43

      The constitutional court of Guatemala has barred Zury Ríos, the daughter of ex-military ruler Efraín Ríos Montt, from running for the presidency. Ms Ríos was one of the frontrunners ahead of elections on 16 June. The court argued that Guatemala’s constitution bars close relatives of coup leaders from serving as president.

    • Nike cut sponsorship pay for pregnant athletes

      - 13h42

      Nike says it has reviewed its performance pay after several female athletes revealed they suffered reductions through pregnancy and early maternity.

    • North Korea demands return of cargo ship seized by U.S.

      - 13h42

      North Korea this Tuesday called the U.S. seizure of a North Korean cargo ship involved in banned coal exports a “robbery” and demanded that the vessel be returned immediately.

    • Cruise passengers killed as sightseeing planes collide in mid-air in Alaska

      - 13h40

      At least four people have been killed and another two are missing after two sightseeing seaplanes collided in mid-air in southeast Alaska. Ten other passengers have been taken to hospital following the incident on Monday near the town of Ketchikan.

    • Monday 13 May
    • Sweden reopens Assange rape investigation, to seek extradition

      - 12h01

      Sweden reopened an investigation into a rape allegation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Monday and said it would seek his extradition from Britain. Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson told a news conference she would continue and conclude a preliminary investigation that was dropped in 2017 without charges being brought because Assange had taken refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

    • South Africa President vows to purge ANC of “deviant tendencies”

      - 12h00

      South Africa’s president on Sunday vowed to purge his party of “bad and deviant tendencies” as he prepares to appoint a new Cabinet following a victory in national elections.

    • Gunmen attack Catholic church in Burkina Faso, 6 killed

      - 11h58

      Authorities say gunmen have attacked a Catholic church in Burkina Faso, killing a priest and five worshippers. The attack on Sunday took place in Dablo, about 124 miles from the capital, Ouagadougou.

    • Four arrested in Malaysia suspected of plotting Ramadan attacks

      - 11h57

      Malaysian police have detained four men suspected of plotting a wave of killings and attacks in and around the capital during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, police said on Monday.

    • Saudi Arabia says 2 oil tankers were damaged by sabotage attacks

      - 11h56

      Saudi Arabia said Monday two of its oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in attacks that caused “significant damage” to the vessels. One of the ships was en route to pick up Saudi oil to take to the United States.

    • Friday 10 May
    • Trade war: Trump raises tariffs on $200bn of Chinese goods

      - 11h13

      The US has more than doubled tariffs on $200bn (£153.7bn) worth of Chinese products, in a sharp escalation of the countries’ damaging trade war. Tariffs on affected Chinese goods have risen to 25% from 10%, and Beijing has vowed to retaliate.

    • Wikileaks source Chelsea Manning jailed for contempt freed

      - 11h12

      Former US intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning has been released from prison, despite refusing to testify before an investigation into Wikileaks. Manning, 31, was held for 62 days after a Virginia judge ordered her taken into custody in March. However, she will have to appear again before a grand jury on 16 May.

    • South Africa election: ANC set for reduced majority

      - 11h11

      The governing African National Congress (ANC) is expected to be returned to office in South Africa’s parliamentary election, but with a reduced majority. With almost 76% of district results declared, the ANC has won 57% of the ballot, well ahead of the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on 22%.

    • Thailand’s ‘The Beach’ to close until 2021

      - 11h11

      A Thai bay that was made famous by its appearance in the film The Beach is to remain closed until 2021. Maya Bay, on the island of Phi Phi Leh, was temporarily closed last year after officials said a sharp rise in visitors had severely damaged the environment.

    • Venezuela crisis: Opposition lawmakers take refuge in embassies

      - 11h10

      Three Venezuelan opposition members of parliament have taken shelter in foreign embassies after losing their congressional immunity. They are among 10 lawmakers stripped of immunity after the Supreme Court said they should be investigated for conspiracy, rebellion and treason.

    • Tuesday 07 May
    • Turkey’s Erdogan defends Istanbul election re-run amid protests

      BBC News - 12h30

      Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says there was “illegality” in Istanbul’s local elections, after the country’s electoral body ordered them to be re-held. “We sincerely believe there is… organised corruption and complete illegality,” he said on Tuesday.

    • Aeroflot plane crash: Pilot error theory probed

      BBC News - 12h27

      Russian investigators are considering pilot error as a possible cause of the crash which killed 41 people on board an Aeroflot airliner at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. Crew members and passengers say the Sukhoi Superjet-100 was struck by lightning in the air, which knocked out communications with ground control.

    • Nigerian police accused of abusing prostitution suspects

      Africanews.com - 12h17

      Nigerian police have launched an investigation into allegations that its officers sexually assaulted suspected prostitutes who were arrested in raids on nightclubs in the capital, a force spokesman said.

    • New cabinet appointed in Mali

      Morning call - 12h13

      There is a new cabinet in place in Mali. Formed on Sunday, the new Malian government has now held its first cabinet council led by Prime Minister Boubou Cissé. This executive is composed of 38 members against 32 from the previous one.

    • Bush fire guts 4 villages, kills 33 in South Sudan

      - 12h09

      A bush fire fanned by gusty winds gutted four villages in South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal region, killing 33 people, the president’s spokesman said, adding the toll was likely to rise. The spokesman said in a statement late on Monday that 60 other people were in a critical condition after the fire on Sunday.

    • Monday 06 May
    • 41 killed on Russian Jet

      - 11h46

      Forty-one people died after a Russian plane made an emergency landing and burst into flames just after take-off from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.

    • Benin tourist hunt: Guide’s body found with French pair missing

      BBC.com - 11h45

      A body has been found in the search for two French tourists and their local guide who disappeared last week while on safari in north-western Benin. The body was that of the guide, a statement released by Benin’s Ministry of Interior confirmed. The group disappeared in Pendjari National Park on Wednesday.

    • Babies die as fragile ceasefire reaches Gaza

      - 11h44

      Two pregnant women and two babies in Gaza are among the dead after a fresh round of violence between Israel and Palestinian militants. Before the tentative ceasefire broke out in the early hours of Monday morning, hundreds of rockets were fired into southern Israel on Sunday, killing at least four Israelis in the bloodiest fighting since the weeks-long 2014 war.

    • Cyclone Fani kills 12 in India as it barrels towards Bangladesh

      sky.com - 11h44

      At least 12 people have been killed by the strongest cyclone to hit India in five years. Cyclone Fani hit the eastern Odisha state, before moving northeastwards into Bangladesh where more than a million people have been moved to safety.

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