Category Archives: World News

Islamic State supporters celebrate Manchester blast on social media, no official claim so far

Islamic State supporters celebrated on social media after a blast at a concert venue in the north of England killed at least 19 people , although the militant Islamist group has not formally claimed responsibility. British police have said they are treating the blast at the Manchester Arena at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana… Read More »

Hundreds go on trial for failed coup in Turkey

More than 200 suspects have gone on trial accused of plotting and orchestrating last year’s failed coup in Turkey. The defendants were paraded into a purpose-built courthouse one by one, and each suspect was handcuffed and flanked by two security guards. They were surrounded by dozens of protesters who waved Turkish flags and brandished signs demanding they receive… Read More »

UK police say WikiLeaks’ Assange will be arrested if he leaves Ecuador’s embassy

British police said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would still be arrested if he leaves the Ecuadorean embassy in London after Swedish prosecutors said on Friday they would drop a preliminary investigation into an allegation of rape against him. Assange, 45, has been holed up in the embassy since 2012 after skipping bail to avoid extradition to Sweden over… Read More »

Remote island has ‘world’s worst’ plastic rubbish density

An uninhabited island in the South Pacific is littered with the highest density of plastic waste anywhere in the world, according to a study. Henderson Island, part of the UK’s Pitcairn Islands group, has an estimated 37.7 million pieces of debris on its beaches. The island is near the centre of an ocean current, meaning it collects much… Read More »

Dutch four-way coalition talks collapse over migration

Negotiations to form the next Dutch government have collapsed as the four parties involved were unable to decide what to do about migration. Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s centre-right VVD party had sought to strike a deal with the liberal D66, the Christian Democrats and the Green-Left. The talks had been ongoing for 61 days since an election in… Read More »

Earthquake near Turkmenistan border kills two, injures hundreds in Iran: State media

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake near Iran’s border with Turkmenistan killed two people, injured hundreds and caused widespread damage, state media reported on Sunday, citing the country’s seismological centre. The quake, which struck at 1800 GMT Saturday in and around the city of Bojnurd, North Khorasan province, killed a 54-year-old woman and a teenage girl, ISNA news agency reported.… Read More »

North Korea says will have dialogue with U.S. under right conditions – Yonhap

A senior North Korean diplomat who handles relations with the United States said on Saturday that Pyongyang would have dialogue with the U.S. administration if conditions were right, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported. Choe Son Hui, North Korea’s foreign ministry director general for U.S. affairs, made the comment to reporters in Beijing as she was travelling home… Read More »

Mosul battle will be finished within days – Iraqi army chief

Iraqi security forces are only days away from completing the operation to recapture Mosul from so-called Islamic State, the army’s chief of staff says. Lt Gen Othman al-Ghanimi told the BBC he hoped the jihadist group would be defeated in the city before the Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins on 26 May. Recent gains in the north… Read More »

Venezuela accuses faeces-throwing protesters of using ‘chemical weapons’

Anti-government protesters throwing human waste at riot police in Venezuela have resorted to using “chemical weapons”, a senior official has claimed. Since 1 April, 38 people have been killed in clashes between police and demonstrators protesting against President Nicolas Maduro in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. In recent days, protesters have added pots filled with excrement to their armoury… Read More »

I tested Gogo’s in-flight Wi-Fi of the future and said goodbye to Netflix buffering

I hate paying for in-flight Wi-Fi. I use its terrible quality and high price as excuses to disconnect from the world and take a nap. But Gogo is about to ruin my life with its upgraded Wi-Fi, rolling out to airlines later this year. I tested Gogo’s next-gen 2Ku internet system in its Airborne Test Lab, a Boeing… Read More »