Category Archives: World News

The city that makes the most expensive boats in the world

Wandering along the beach in Italy’s Viareggio you could be forgiven for thinking it’s simply a holiday resort. Yet the umbrella-lined, sandy beaches dotted with tourists mask another role, one at the heart of the shipping industry. This unassuming seaside city is where some of the world’s largest and most exclusive vessels are made. Its speciality is the… Read More »

Mosul mosque where Islamic State took world stage lies in rubble

The leaning minaret of Mosul’s Grand al-Nuri Mosque survived conquests by the Mongols and the Ottomans, neglect under Saddam Hussein, and air raids during the Iran-Iraq War and the U.S. invasion in 2003. But after three years of Islamic State rule, it is now little more than a pile of stones at the center of a shattered city.… Read More »

Canada celebrates 150th birthday with a party, Bono and heavy security

Thousands of revelers, British royals and even Bono will converge on Canada’s capital on Saturday to celebrate the nation’s 150th birthday with a massive party that will be held under a heavy security presence. About 500,000 people are expected to be in Ottawa for the long-anticipated Canada Day festivities, which will feature a large outdoor celebration in front… Read More »

Northern Ireland power-sharing deal unlikely in coming days, Sinn Fein says

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams said on Saturday that Northern Ireland’s political parties were unlikely to reach a deal to restore the province’s power-sharing agreement in the next few days. The region has been locked in a political crisis since January’s collapse of the coalition between pro-British unionists and Irish nationalists mandated under a 1998 peace deal that… Read More »

Trump nominates former Texas senator as NATO ambassador

President Donald Trump says he has nominated Kay Bailey Hutchison, a former Republican senator from Texas, to be the US ambassador to NATO. Trump has had a rocky relationship with the 28-nation military alliance. As a candidate, he called NATO “obsolete.” The president has criticised several members of the post-World War II organisation for not spending adequately on… Read More »

Simone Veil: French politician and Holocaust survivor dies

The French politician, women’s rights champion and Holocaust survivor Simone Veil has died at the age of 89. Best known in France for her instrumental role in legalising abortion in the 1970s, she went on to serve as the first president of an elected European Parliament. Ms Veil, a liberal, later re-entered French politics, returning to the cabinet… Read More »

Hitler’s birthplace seizure backed by Austrian court

Austria’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the state was right to expropriate Adolf Hitler’s birthplace, which will be remodelled and used by a disabilities charity. Former owner Gerlinde Pommer had appealed against parliament’s vote in December to seize the property. The court said expropriation would help ensure that the building, in Braunau am Inn, did not become a… Read More »

Trump travel ban comes into effect for six countries

People from six mainly Muslim countries and all refugees now face tougher US entry due to President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban. It means people without “close” family or business relationships in the US could be denied visas and barred entry. Lawyers took up positions at US airports, offering free advice. But there was no sign of the… Read More »

Isis’ last escape route from Raqqa ‘cut off’ by US-backed SDF fighters, says Syrian monitoring group

US-backed forces have completely surrounded the Isis-held city of Raqqa in Syria after cutting off militants’ last remaining escape route, monitors have said. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had succeeded in “completely encircling” the group’s largest stronghold. The report came on the third anniversary of Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s declaration… Read More »

Trump to attend Bastille Day celebrations in France

US President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation to attend this year’s Bastille Day celebrations in France. Mr Trump will join the 14 July annual military parade in Paris, which this year marks the 100th anniversary of the entry of the US into World War One. His relationship with President Emmanuel Macron has had a rocky start. Mr… Read More »