Ronan Lynch

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Huge iceberg threatens tiny Greenland village

A 100-metre (330ft) high iceberg has drifted close to a tiny settlement on Greenland’s west coast, prompting fears of a tsunami if it breaks up.<p>Authorities have told residents of the Innaarsuit island settlement living near the shore to move to higher ground.<p>“We fear the iceberg could calve [break …

Global Warming

Putin’s Russia with David Dimbleby review – things are different there

On a mission to take the temperature of the host nation before the World Cup, the broadcaster discovers plenty of opposition to Putin – but also admiration<p>David Dimbleby’s in Russia. For the Tunisia game? Ingerland, Ingerland, Ingerland … I can’t quite see it, though that is sort of why he is here: …

Russia

Kim Jong-un hailed victor in 'meeting of century' by North Korean media

Supreme leader credited with creating conditions for peace as South Korea and Japan voice security concerns<p>North Korea has hailed Tuesday’s summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un as marking the end to hostile relations with the US, with state media depicting the meeting as a diplomatic victory …

North Korea

May escapes Brexit bill defeat as Tory rebels accept concessions

Theresa May has narrowly avoided a humiliating defeat over the Brexit bill after Conservative rebels accepted significant concessions from the government on the “meaningful vote” when it returns to the House of Lords next week.<p>Just moments before voting began, the prime minister held 11th-hour …

Great Britain

G7 summit: $3bn pledge for girls' education

<b>Canada says it plans to provide $2.9bn (£2.2bn; €2.5bn) with the help of its G7 partners to fund education for the world's poorest girls and women.</b><p>The money will help fund equal access to education and learning opportunities in countries across the globe, a government statement said.<p>The …

G7 summit ends in disarray as Trump abandons joint statement

<b>The G7 summit has ended in acrimony, with US President Donald Trump lashing out at host Canada and retracting his endorsement of the joint statement.</b><p>He accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of acting "meek and mild" during meetings, only to attack the US at a news conference.<p>The summit was …

Why is Guatemala's volcanic eruption so much deadlier than Hawaii's?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Both eruptions swallowed homes and reminded everyone how ferocious nature can be.<p>But there are huge differences between Guatemala's Fuego volcano eruption, which has killed 62 people since Sunday, and Hawaii's recent Kilauea eruption, which hasn't killed anyone but keeps slowly wreaking …

National Parks

India slashes heatwave death toll with series of low-cost measures

One morning last week, Mohammad Javed wheeled an air conditioner on to the pavement outside his catering business in Delhi, placed his chair a metre away, sat down and did not move all day. When the machine ran out of water, he asked passing boys to fetch a bucket. When he had to give directions to …

India

Mattis accuses China of 'intimidation and coercion' in South China Sea

US defence secretary warns of consequences if China continues militarisation of manmade islands<p>China’s placement of weapons systems on manmade islands in the South China Sea is designed to intimidate and coerce others in the region, the US defence secretary James Mattis has said, laying out a sharp …

China

Brexit: No 10 denies idea of joint EU and UK status for Northern Ireland

Downing Street has dismissed a mooted idea for a post-Brexit customs deal where Northern Ireland would have EU and UK status and a “buffer zone” along its border with Ireland, saying it could not accept plans that treated the region differently from the rest of the UK.<p>The No 10 statement follows …

Great Britain

Did Canada buy an oil pipeline in fear of being sued by China?

Why is Justin Trudeau buying a pipeline?<p>Canada’s government announced yesterday it was planning to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5bn. This pipeline – which transports oil from Alberta’s tar sands to the western coast of British Columbia – is at the centre of a bitter political war …

Canada

US on brink of trade war with EU, Canada and Mexico as tit-for-tat tariffs begin

The United States and its traditional allies are on the brink of a full-scale trade war after European and Canadian leaders reacted swiftly and angrily to Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium producers.<p>The president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, …

Economy

Soros-backed campaign to push for new Brexit vote within a year

A campaign to secure a second Brexit referendum within a year and save the UK from “immense damage” is to be launched in days, the philanthropist and financier George Soros has announced.<p>The billionaire founder of the Open Society Foundation said the prospect of the UK’s prolonged divorce from …

Europe

Hurricane Maria 'killed 4,600 in Puerto Rico'

<b>Hurricane Maria killed 4,600 people in Puerto Rico, 70 times the official toll - Harvard study</b><p><i>This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.</i>

Italy crisis: Call to impeach president after candidate vetoed

<b>The leader of Italy's biggest political party has called for the president to be impeached after he vetoed a choice for finance minister.</b><p>Luigi Di Maio of the populist Five Star Party said President Sergio Mattarella had caused an "institutional crisis".<p>Efforts by PM-designate Giuseppe Conte to form …

New elections loom in Italy amid calls for Mattarella to be impeached

PM-in-waiting Giuseppe Conte quits, and M5S/Lega coalition fails, as president refuses to accept Eurosceptic as finance minister<p>A standoff over Italy’s future in the eurozone has forced the resignation of the populist prime minister-in-waiting, Giuseppe Conte, after the country’s president refused …

Europe

Inequality in India can be seen from outer space

<b>Are night lights on earth captured by satellites from outer space a good way to measure inequality?</b><p>Economists Praveen Chakravarty and Vivek Dehejia certainly believe so. They acquired images grabbed by satellites from the US Air Force Defence Meteorological Satellite Programme. These satellites …

North Korea's Kim 'set on' Trump summit

<b>It is North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's "fixed will" that a summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore should go ahead, state media say.</b><p>Mr Trump cancelled the summit on Thursday, citing the North's "hostility", but then rowed back after conciliatory messages from Pyongyang.<p>Leaders of North …

Now give us the right to abortion in Northern Ireland | Grainne Teggart

They did it. they really did it. I’m still having to pinch myself as a reminder that the yes vote actually happened; that Ireland has marked a new beginning for itself as a country that trusts and values women.<p>And lots of us in Northern Ireland, who didn’t have a vote, joined the campaigning, doing …

Northern Ireland

Irish PM hails abortion vote 'revolution'

<b>Irish PM hails "quiet revolution" as early results point to "resounding" referendum vote for overturning abortion ban</b><p><i>This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.</i>

Trump cancels Singapore summit in letter to Kim Jong Un

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump will not meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month, he announced in a letter to Kim released by the White House Thursday morning, scrapping plans for what would have been a historic diplomatic summit.<p>He said during an appearance from the Roosevelt …

North Korea

Italy president names novice Giuseppe Conte as populist PM

<b>Italy's President Sergio Mattarella has accepted a political novice as prime minister, paving the way for the two populist parties to form a government.</b><p>The anti-establishment Five Star Movement and right-wing League chose law professor Giuseppe Conte in a bid to end 11 weeks of political …

Hawaii volcano lava reaches ocean

Hawaii residents coping with Kilauea's volcanic eruption face a potentially deadly new hazard as authorities warn that lava flows reaching the …

May's backstop somersault fraught with danger

Europe Editor Tony Connelly's examines Theresa May's latest Brexit plans and the implications for Ireland and the EU.

U.S. Births Dip To 30-Year Low; Fertility Rate Sinks Further Below Replacement Level

<b>Updated at 8:48 p.m. ET</b><p>The birthrate fell for nearly every group of women of reproductive age in the U.S. in 2017, reflecting a sharp drop that saw the fewest newborns since 1987, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>There were 3,853,472 births in the U.S. in …

Demographics

Horgan vs. Notley vs. Singh: Inside the NDP's family feud over Trans Mountain

The NDP should be riding high. But for a political faction so often united in violent agreement, the Trans Mountain pipeline project is instead …

Donald Trump's threat to Kim Jong-un: make a deal or suffer same fate as Gaddafi

Donald Trump has threatened Kim Jong-un with the same fate as Muammar Gaddafi if the North Korean leader “doesn’t make a deal” on his nuclear weapons programme.<p>The US president issued the threat at the White House when he was asked about the recent suggestion by his national security adviser, John …

North Korea

Ebola reaches DRC city, raising epidemic fears as 11 new cases confirmed

Officials to consider danger of Ebola spreading to other countries after disease reaches Mbandaka, home to a million people<p>Officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have said the Ebola outbreak in the vast central African country has entered “a new phase” after a case of the deadly virus …

Disease

Hawaii's Kilauea: Explosive eruption at volcano

<b>An explosive eruption at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has sent ash 30,000ft (9,100m) into the sky.</b><p>The eruption took place at 04:15 local time (14:15 GMT) on Thursday, and scientists say further activity is likely in the near future.<p>Staff at the volcano observatory and the national park had been …

North Korea turns on 'incompetent' South

<b>North Korea says it will not resume talks with the South until issues between the two countries are resolved.</b><p>Its chief negotiator dismissed the South Korean authorities as incompetent and senseless. Pyongyang is angry at continuing US-South Korea joint military exercises.<p>Planned talks between …