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Muslim girls 'racially abused' on Polish Holocaust trip

Group of German high school pupils say they were threatened and spat on during Holocaust study trip in Poland.<p>Several German pupils say they were racially abused in Poland while on a trip to study the Holocaust, German broadcaster Deutschlandfunk reports.<p>The group, led by their teacher Sabeth …

Extremism

Police among six charged over 1989 Hillsborough crush

Twenty-eight years on, prosecutors say there is 'sufficient evidence to charge six individuals with criminal offences'.<p>British prosecutors have charged six people, including four ex-police chiefs, over the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium crush which killed 96 Liverpool fans.<p>The victims died in …

Crime

Qatar slams Saudi refusal to negotiate demands

<b>Qatar has denounced Saudi Arabia for its refusal to negotiate the demands presented by the kingdom and three of its allies to end the diplomatic row</b> …

Donald Trump considering China sanctions over North Korea, say officials

Inaction over Pyongyang and trade war thought to have prompted the US president to look at options including tariffs on steel imports<p>US president Donald Trump is growing increasingly frustrated with China over its inaction on North Korea and bilateral trade issues and is now considering possible …

North Korea

The global ransomware attack weaponized software updates

Beyond exploits and vulnerabilities<p>When the Wannacry ransomware tore through the UK and Europe in May, there was a certain logic to the heightened scale of damage. Ransomware attacks were nothing new, but this one had a secret weapon, a sophisticated software exploit known as EternalBlue, published …

Information Security

Scotland's Sturgeon postpones second independence vote until after Brexit

| EDINBURGH<p>Scotland's secessionist leader on Tuesday postponed plans for a second independence referendum until the terms of Britain's exit from the European Union are clear.<p>First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was putting on hold plans to introduce legislation that would have demanded a second …

Brexit

Downing Street insists Home Office will be able to cope when millions of EU citizens apply for 'settled status' to stay in UK

Downing Street has insisted the Home Office will be able to cope when millions of EU citizens apply for “settled status” to guarantee their post-Brexit future.<p>Fears have been expressed that the Government could be overwhelmed when the 3.2 million EU nationals living in the UK apply for …

Brexit

A new ransomware attack is hitting airlines, banks and utilities across Europe

A major ransomware attack has brought businesses to a close throughout Europe, in an infection reminiscent of last month’s WannaCry attack. The most severe damage is being reported by Ukrainian businesses, with systems compromised at Ukraine’s central bank, state telecom, municipal metro, and …

Chernobyl

The Latest: Activists say airstrike on IS-run jail kills 42

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the White House saying it has "potential" evidence that Syria's government is preparing another chemical weapons attack (all times local):<p>1:30 p.m.<p>Syrian activists say an airstrike targeting an Islamic State-run jail in eastern Syria has killed at least 42 prisoners.<p>The …

Syria

Israel bombs Gaza after rocket fire

No casualties after Israel targets at least three areas in the Hamas-run territory, according to Palestinian officials.The Israeli army has bombed targets in the Gaza Strip overnight after a rocket was fired from the blockaded Palestinian territory.Israeli attacks were recorded in at least three …

Gaza

Trump blames Obama for Russia's meddling in the US election

White House press secretary Sean Spicer admitted that Trump believes Russia was indeed involved in the hacking, along with other countries.

World Leaders

U.S. threatens Syria, says Assad is planning chemical weapons attack

| WASHINGTON/MOSCOW<p>A U.S. warning to Syria's leadership against staging a chemical weapons attack was based on intelligence about what appeared to be active preparations at a Syrian airfield used for such an attack in April, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.<p>Russia, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's …

World News

NHS mailing blunder put 1,788 patients at risk - and Health Secretary kept it quiet

Jeremy Hunt kept quiet for months about a ‘major blunder’ which saw more than 700,000 letters to NHS patients mislaid, some of which contained cancer diagnosis, treatment plans and blood tests, it emerged today.<p>The health secretary learned in March 2016 that hundreds of thousands of NHS letters had …

Health Care

US threatens Syria over ‘gas attack plan’

<b>The spokesperson for the United States administration has accused Syria of preparing to stage a chemical attack in the Arab country, threatening that</b> …

Irish naval ship 'rescues 712 people' off Libyan coast

Hundreds, including 14 pregnant women and four infants, rescued off of Libya in 'wretched state', says Irish navy.<p>An Irish naval ship has rescued 712 people, including pregnant women and infants, off the coast of the Libyan capital of Tripoli as part of an international migrant-rescue effort, …

Migration

Mongolians pick president in uncertain time

Ballots cast in presidential election dominated by allegations of corruption against backdrop of economic turmoil.<p>Voting is under way across Mongolia's cities, townships and prairies, as the country chooses a new president amid worries about corruption and economic turmoil.<p>Most voters expect a …

Democratic Party

Australia to Push for Greater Powers on Encrypted Messaging at 'Five Eyes' Meeting

Australia is set to push for greater international powers to thwart the use of encrypted messaging services by terrorists and criminals, according to reports on Sunday (via <i>Reuters</i>).<p>The topic will be addressed this week at a meeting of officials from the "Five Eyes" intelligence sharing network, …

Privacy

Conservatives agree pact with DUP to support May government

<b>The Conservatives have reached an agreement with the Democratic Unionists which will see them support Theresa May's minority government.</b><p>The deal comes after two weeks of talks between the parties since the election resulted in a hung Parliament.<p>The DUP's 10 MPs will back the Tories in key Commons …

Brexit

Trump ignored intel, launched Tomahawks in Syria based on media – Pulitzer winner Seymour Hersh

US President Donald Trump ignored reports from US intelligence that said they had no evidence Syria had used sarin to attack a rebel-held town, …

Trump lashes out at Obama for not ‘doing something about’ alleged Russian election interference

US President Donald Trump has blamed his predecessor for not countering Russia’s alleged attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential elections. …

Detentions as police break up Istanbul Pride parade

Police fire rubber bullets and tear gas on LGBT activists who attempted to hold march in defiance of ban by authorities.<p>Turkish police have prevented LGBT activists from holding a parade in downtown Istanbul, organisers said, as small groups attempted to defy a ban by the local authorities.<p>The …

Pride

U.S. top court to rule on last cases as talk about Kennedy swirls

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court is set to issue the final rulings of its current term on Monday, including one on religious rights, amid talk that swing voter Justice Anthony Kennedy is considering retirement.<p>The court in the coming days is also expected to act on President Donald …

World News

Muslims in Asia pray for peace as Ramadan holy month ends

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Muslims in Asia celebrated the Eid-al-Fitr religious holiday on Sunday with prayers for peace as they marked the end of Islam's holy month of Ramadan.<p>As at the start of Ramadan, during which believers abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours, Eid-al-Fitr depends …

Eid al-Fitr

Boat in Colombia goes down with 150 tourists

A boat carrying roughly 150 tourists has gone down in a reservoir in Colombia, according to the nation's air force.<p>It was not immediately clear if …

Juan Manuel Santos

Sixty high-rise buildings fail safety tests after London fire - government

Sixty high-rise buildings have failed safety tests carried out after a fire killed at least 79 people in London earlier this month, the British government said on Sunday.<p>British officials are conducting tests on some 600 high-rise buildings across England after fire ravaged the Grenfell tower block …

World News

In Modi, Trump has a partner who can make US-India relations a win-win

During his six-day, four-nation tour of Europe last month, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi injected energy and enthusiasm in India’s relations with Germany, Spain, Russia, and France. The high-profile tour garnered great attention and praise in India and Europe. The prime minister’s visit to …

India

34 tower blocks in UK fail fire safety tests

<b>More than 30 tower blocks have failed fire safety tests carried out after the recent deadly blaze that devoured Grenfell tower in London, authorities</b> …

Sri Lanka tea farmers struggle after devastating floods

Tea industry counts cost of natural disaster that claimed 200 lives and displaced more than 600,000 people last month.<p>Tea farmers in Sri Lanka are struggling to make ends meet after their land was destroyed by heavy floods and mudslides last month.<p>The floods, described by authorities as the worst …

Asia

Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr worldwide

Holiday marking end of fasting month characterised by prayers followed by feasts and visits to family and friends.<p>Muslims across the world are celebrating the first day of the Eid al-Fitr festival, which marks the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.<p>The three-day Eid-al-Fitr depends on the …

Eid al-Fitr