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Brexit sparks debate on united Ireland vote

Brexit sparks debate on united Ireland vote

TBT International: DUBLIN, May 15, 2017 – Britain’s vote to leave the EU has sparked a debate after Irish nationalists called for a referendum on reunification less than two decades after Northern Ireland’s historic peace deal, reports BSS/AFP. After last June’s Brexit referendum outcome, Irish nationalists instantly began clamouring for a so-called border poll to […]


Free incubators save lives of Indonesian babies

TBT International: BOGOR, Indonesia, May 15, 2017 – Tiny Indonesian baby Maryamah stared around from inside an incubator, her bright eyes swivelling left and right from under a woollen hat that was far too big for her, reoprts BSS/AFP. When she was born prematurely, Maryamah was just 1.2 kilograms (2.6 pounds), less than half the […]

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Pope aide denies new Australia abuse claims

TBT International: SYDNEY, May 15, 2017 – Vatican finance chief George Pell accused sections of the Australian media of interfering in the course of justice Monday as he denied new child sex abuse allegations, reports AFP/BSS. Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric, was interviewed in Rome by Australian police last October over historical sex assault […]

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Trump, Macron plan ‘lengthy’ Brussels get-to-know-you lunch

TBT International: WASHINGTON, May 15, 2017 – President Donald Trump and his recently sworn-in French counterpart Emmanuel Macron are to hold a “lengthy lunch” in Brussels this month — a bonding exercise for two men the White House believes have more in common than believed, reports BSS/AFP. Amid deep-seated suspicions that Trump would have preferred […]

Train derailment in northern Greece leaves 4 dead, 5 injured

Adendro: An intercity train derailed in northern Greece, leaving four passengers dead and five seriously injured, including the driver, the state railway said in a statement early Sunday, reports UNB. The train, with 70 passengers, was traveling on the Athens-Thessaloniki route when it went off the rails and crashed through a house by the village […]

Trump says ‘fast decision’ possible on new FBI director

Washington: President Donald Trump said Saturday that “we can make a fast decision” on a new FBI director, possibly by late next week, before he leaves on his first foreign trip since taking office, reports UNB. “Even that is possible,” Trump told reporters when asked whether he could announce his nominee by Friday, when he […]


Kenya bus accident kills 19

TBT International: NAIROBI, May 13, 2017 – At least 19 people were killed in a crash between a bus and two trucks early Saturday in Kenya, police said, reports AFP/BSS. The accident comes just weeks after another collision killed dozens in Kenya, which has notoriously dangerous roads. “We had a bad accident this morning where […]

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Brigitte Macron: French president’s teacher-turned-wife

TBT International: PARIS, May 14, 2017 – Once his high school drama teacher, now wife of incoming French president Emmanuel Macron, 64-year-old Brigitte Macron stepped into the spotlight long before her husband was elected, reports BSS/AFP. The 25-year age difference and the extraordinary way they met — he pursued her when he was her pupil […]

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Nepal votes in first local election in 20 years

TBT International: KATHMANDU, May 14, 2017 – Voting began in Nepal on Sunday in its first local elections in two decades, a landmark moment in the country’s fraught transition to democracy, reports BSS/AFP. Polls opened in three provinces at 7 am (0115 GMT) with nearly 50,000 candidates vying for the position of mayor, deputy mayor, […]

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N. Korea test-fires ballistic missile

TBT International: SEOUL, May 14, 2017 – North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Sunday in an apparent test of the South’s new president who backs engagement with Pyongyang, reports BSS/AFP. The missile flew about 700 kilometres (435 miles) before landing in the Sea of Japan, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said. The US […]

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Putin arrives in Beijing on two-day visit

TBT International: BEIJING, May 14, 2017 -Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Beijing on a two-day visit on Sunday to participate in the One Belt, One Road international forum scheduled for May 14-15, reports BSS/TASS. Straight from the airport, the Russian leader headed to the National Congress Center to attend the opening of the forum. […]

With ‘tapes’ tweet, Trump evokes Nixon’s White House

New York: For the first time since an Oval Office taping system was removed by President Richard Nixon’s chief of staff nearly 44 years ago, a president has hinted that White House conversations might again be secretly recorded. If so, President Donald Trump is following a problematic precedent, reports UNB. While several presidents secretly recorded […]


Six Indian climbers make first Everest summit of season

TBT International: KATHMANDU, May 13, 2017 – Six Indian climbers reached the top of Mount Everest on Saturday, the first group to summit the world’s highest peak this season, reports BSS/AFP. The team reached the peak from the northern Tibet side of the mountain on Saturday morning, with the first climber summiting at 8:20 am […]


Researcher finds ‘kill switch’ for cyber attack ransomeware

HONG KONG, May 13, 2017 (BSS/AFP) – A cybersecurity researcher appears to have discovered a “kill switch” that can prevent the spread of the WannaCry ransomware — for now — that has caused the cyberattacks wreaking havoc globally, they told AFP Saturday. The researcher, tweeting as @MalwareTechBlog, said the discovery was accidental, but that registering […]


Comey crisis could bedevil Trump on health care, tax reform

TBT International: WASHINGTON, May 13, 2017 – US Republicans struggling to pass a health care overhaul and tax reform this year have seen their path narrow, as Congress reels from fallout over President Donald Trump’s firing of his FBI director, reports BSS/AFP. The shock dismissal of James Comey — and the White House’s bungling of […]


Trump sacks FBI director, sparking firestorm

TBT International: WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired FBI director James Comey, ousting the man heading a wide-ranging investigation into whether his aides colluded with Russia to sway last year’s US election, reports AFP/BSS. In a shock move that drew comparisons to the Watergate scandal that brought down Richard Nixon, Trump told Comey […]