Friday, June 23, 2017

UK, EU begin Brexit negotiations

The European Union and Britain on Monday start formal talks to separate after 44 years of UK membership, with Prime Minister Theresa May entering negotiations in a position weakened by her country's recent general election. ______ Brexit Secretary arrives in Brussels for first formal talks saying...

First images from inside London’s Grenfell Tower

Harrowing images from inside Grenfell Tower, the high-rise apartment block that went up in flames last week, were released by London's Metropolitan Police on Sunday. The images of the blackened, scorched innards of the building show debris-strewn rooms that were formerly occupied by working-class residents...

25 children and 98 women among 900 people rescued from boats off Libya coast

The vessels set off from across the Mediterranean from western Libyan city of Sabratha, reported DW citing Libyan officials. "A coast guard patrol from Zawiya (west of Tripoli) intercepted five inflatable boats and a wooden vessel carrying 906 migrants at dawn on Friday," General Ayoub...

Portugal Fire — Catastrophic forest fire in Portugal, several people dead

Portugal Fire -- Many died while trying to flee the Pedrógão Grande area, 50 km (30 miles) south-east of Coimbra, in their cars, according to the government. ______ LATEST UPDATE Portugal on Sunday declared three days of national mourning, as the officials announced that they expected the...

Forest fire in central Portugal killed at least 19 people — official

Forest fire in central Portugal killed at least 19 people on Saturday, most of them occupants of various vehicles that were on the road and caught in the blaze, an official said. Reuters reported, the fire, which has yet to be controlled, is already one...

IS snipers deliberately targeting civilians attempting to flee Mosul

Up to 100,000 civilians in west Mosul are suffering from lack of food, water and fuel as the Iraqi and US-led coalition forces try desperately to free the remaining two districts in the old city from ISIS militants, expected to involve what the UN...

9 million children in Syria and surrounding countries at risk — UNICEF

Nearly 9 million children in Syria and surrounding countries risk losing necessary programs due to the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) facing a critical shortage of funds. “This is the most severe funding gap UNICEF has had since we started responding to the Syria crisis,...

Edward Snowden is not a criminal — Putin said Russia will not extradite him to US

Russia will not extradite US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden to the United States, because the whistleblower is not a criminal, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with US moviemaker Oliver Stone. On Friday, Stone released the transcript of...

Russia says killed Islamic State head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Russia investigating whether one of its air strikes has killed Islamic State group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, reported BBC news on Friday. In a statement, the army said Sukhoi warplanes carried out a 10-minute night-time strike on May 28 at a location near Raqa, where...

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