Month: November 2018

Michael Cohen in court: Trump ex-lawyer admits lying to Congress

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has admitted he lied about a Trump property deal in Russia during the 2016 election. Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress. He said he did so out of loyalty to Mr Trump. Mr Trump said his former right-hand man […]

Berta Cáceres: Seven convicted of murdering anti-dam activist

A court in Honduras has found seven men guilty of the murder of a renowned environmental activist. Berta Cáceres had received death threats for opposing a hydro-electric dam project and was shot dead by gunmen in her home in 2016. Two of those convicted had worked for the company building the dam. The murder sparked […]

Australian students in mass climate protest

Thousands of Australian school students have urged greater action on climate change in protests across the country. The students skipped school on Friday to highlight what they say are inadequate climate policies by the Australian government. On Monday, Australian PM Scott Morrison rebuked their plans for “activism” during school hours and insisted his government was […]

Merkel’s plane makes unscheduled landing after technical hitch

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will miss the opening of the G20 summit in Argentina after her plane was forced to land shortly after leaving Berlin. Her office says Mrs Merkel and delegates made a safe, but unscheduled, landing in Cologne after the aircraft developed a technical problem. The plane turned back while it was over […]

Trump’s trade war: Stakes are high at G20 summit

The stakes are high at this week’s G20 summit, where President Trump is due to meet China’s President Xi Jinping. Hopes that the meeting could open the way for a deal over trade between the two countries have been undermined by recent threats by the US president. Only days before the summit in Argentina, President […]

Australia says orphanage trafficking is modern-day slavery

Australia has become the first country in the world to recognise so-called orphanage trafficking as a form of modern-day slavery. The legislation forms part of a wider drive to stop Australians taking part in “voluntourism” schemes which harm rather than help the children. It is estimated 80% of children living in the world’s orphanages have […]

Georgia woman jailed as ‘cops mistake candy floss for meth’

A Georgia woman spent three months in jail after her bag of candy floss was mistaken for methamphetamine owing to a defective drug test, says a lawsuit. Dasha Fincher, 41, is suing Monroe County, the police and a drug test company over the alleged mix-up during a traffic stop on New Year’s Eve 2016. The […]

Southwest Airlines apologises for mocking girl’s name

Southwest Airlines has apologised after a member of its staff mocked a five-year-old girl’s name. Traci Redford and her daughter, Abcde (pronounced ab-si-dee), were en route home to El Paso, Texas, from California’s John Wayne Airport when the incident occurred. A gate agent allegedly began laughing and took a photo of the child’s boarding pass […]

Ukraine-Russia sea clash: Trump cancels Putin talks

US President Donald Trump has cancelled a planned meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over a naval clash between Ukraine and Russia. On Sunday Russian border guards fired on three Ukrainian ships and seized their crews off the Crimean Peninsula. Mr Trump said he would not meet Mr Putin at a G20 summit in […]

Benoît Quennedey: French official charged with spying for N Korea

A French civil servant has been placed under formal criminal investigation on suspicion of spying for North Korea. Benoît Quennedey is suspected of treason and “supplying information to a foreign power”. He faces up to 10 years in jail if found guilty. Mr Quennedey holds a senior position in the French Senate’s department of architecture, […]