Month: June 2018

Thai cave rescue: A country in prayer

Thai cave rescue: A country in prayer

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Last Saturday, 12 young boys went to explore a cave with their coach after football practice in northern Thailand. Their bikes were found abandoned at the entrance. Shortly afterwards, heavy rain sent torrents of water through the cave. Over the past week, rescuers have been mounting an increasingly desperate search, in the hope the group are alive deep inside the cave but trapped by floodwaters.
US ambassador quits ‘over Trump comments’

US ambassador quits ‘over Trump comments’

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption James D Melville is a career diplomat who has held senior posts in several European countries The US ambassador to Estonia is resigning, reportedly in frustration at remarks made by President Donald Trump about America's European allies. James D Melville revealed in a Facebook post that Mr Trump's comments had brought forward his decision to retire, Foreign Policy magazine reported. The US president has imposed trade tariffs on some EU industries an...
Trump narrows down Supreme Court candidates

Trump narrows down Supreme Court candidates

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Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Trump spoke to journalists during a flight to his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey US President Donald Trump says he plans to announce his nominee for a new Supreme Court judge on 9 July. He told reporters on board the presidential aircraft Air Force One he had narrowed the choice down to "about five" candidates, including two women. The vacancy arose when Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement earlier this week. It gives P...
Surge in Britons getting EU nationality

Surge in Britons getting EU nationality

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Image copyright EPA There has been a surge in UK citizens acquiring the nationality of another EU country since the Brexit referendum, according to data obtained by the BBC. In 2017 a total of 12,994 UK citizens obtained the nationality of one of the 17 member states from which the BBC has received figures. This compares with 5,025 in 2016 and only 1,800 in 2015. The most frequent new nationality was German, which saw a huge jump from just 594 cases in 2015 up to 7,493 in 2017. The rise is presumed to be the result of Britons who can meet the criteria seeking to keep their legal rights attached t...
Steel firms Thyssenkrupp and Tata to merge

Steel firms Thyssenkrupp and Tata to merge

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tata owns the UK's largest steelworks at Port Talbot German industrial group Thyssenkrupp has approved plans to merge its steel-making business with Tata Steel. The merger would create Europe's second largest steel-maker - after Arcelor Mittal - but the firms have previously warned 4,000 jobs could be lost. The firms employ about 48,000 workers, with India's Tata owning UK plants including Port Talbot in south Wales. Unions have been asking for safe...
Canada ‘will not back down’ over tariffs

Canada ‘will not back down’ over tariffs

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Image copyright Reuters Canada will "not back down" in the face of new US tariffs on steel and aluminium, according to the country's foreign minister. Chrystia Freeland spoke as officials unveiled a C$2bn (US$1.5bn; £1.15bn) package to support the country's steel and aluminium industries. Retaliatory tariffs on C$16.6bn worth of US products are due to come into effect on 1 July. Ms Freeland said US tariffs left Canada "no choice" but to respond. Canada's tariffs target US steel and aluminium products. It also includes items such as yoghurt, ketchup and orange juice, which are made in key political
EU leaders clash on new migrant deal

EU leaders clash on new migrant deal

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhy is the Aquarius migrant rescue ship empty? EU leaders have differed sharply over how a new deal on curbing irregular migration will work. The agreement foresees the creation of secure centres to receive migrants. France's president said his country would not set any up as it was not the EU country where migrants landed first. Italy's prime minister - who had held up agreement at the Brussels summit - said centres could be anywhere within the EU. EU President Donald Tusk warned of difficulties to implement the deal. German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke of a "significant step forward" but said more must be done to resolve disagreements. ...
Newspaper shooting suspect ‘blocked exit’

Newspaper shooting suspect ‘blocked exit’

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Image copyright EPA Image caption The victims, from top left: Rob Hiaasen, Rebecca Smith, Gerald Fischman; John McNamara (bottom centre), Wendi Winters (bottom right) The suspect in the mass shooting at a Maryland newspaper office on Thursday barricaded an exit so that staff could not escape, says a prosecutor. Officials earlier told reporters the accused, Jarrod Ramos, was not co-operating with the investigation. Police found evidence at the suspect's house the attack on the Capital Gazette...
UN migration agency rejects Trump nominee

UN migration agency rejects Trump nominee

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Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Isaacs has a history of anti-Islam comments The UN migration agency's member states have rejected President Trump's nominee for director-general, making it only the second time in the agency's history that it will not be led by an American. Ken Isaacs, an executive with a Christian charity, was eliminated after three voting rounds, AFP reported. Mr Trump's anti-immigration policies, including separating children from parents, have been widely criticised. ...