Wednesday, May 25

Day: November 3, 2016

Hundreds of refugees drown in the Mediterranean Sea
ENGLISH, Europe

Hundreds of refugees drown in the Mediterranean Sea

    More than 200 refugees have been killed in two disasters off the coast of Libya as Europe's attention focuses on a landmark legal ruling on Brexit. The tragedies push the known number of asylum seekers who have died attempting to reach Europe this year over 4,000, with 2016 now officially the deadliest year on record. Carlotta Sami, a spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), announced on Thursday that at least 239 migrants had died in two shipwrecks. She said the information was confirmed by two of the 31 survivors brought ashore on the Italian island of Lampedusa, who said their boats overturned in rough seas. An information bulletin given to search and rescue boats by Italian commanders said one rubber boat capsized off the coast of Libya on Wednesday morning whil...
The women who challenged Brexit
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

The women who challenged Brexit

    The government has been dealt a huge blow after a High Court ruled that MPs must be able to vote before Theresa May triggers Article 50. The ruling means the prime minister must consult with parliament before beginning the process of UK leaving the EU. May had previously pencilled in March 2017 as the date which Article 50 will be triggered. A Government spokesperson said they are "disappointed" by the ruling from Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas and two other senior judges and will be appealing the decision. The announcement arrived following a so-called "People's Challenge" against Brexit, spearheaded by campaigner . Following the ruling, Miller said outside the court the claim was "about process not politics." She added: "It's about our United Kingdom and all our futures....
US millionaire jailed for at least 17 years for murdering Cardiff student
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

US millionaire jailed for at least 17 years for murdering Cardiff student

    A millionaire New York businessman who murdered a British student in a Cardiff hotel room after meeting her on a dating website has been told he must serve at least 17 years in prison before being considered for release. Sammy Almahri, 44, strangled Nadine Aburas, 28, on New Year’s Eve 2014, then hung a “do not disturb” sign on the door of the hotel room before driving to Heathrow and fleeing to the Middle East. Almahri, who lied to Aburas about being an FBI agent, was eventually located in Tanzania and arrested on an Interpol arrest warrant before being returned to Britain. He initially denied murder, claiming that he had been driven to kill by voices in his head but on the second day of his trial changed his plea. Jailing Almahri for life, Mrs Justice Nicola Davies said:...
Pound Surges After Government Loses Key Brexit Ruling
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Pound Surges After Government Loses Key Brexit Ruling

    Pound surges after Brexit ruling The embattled pound surged against the Euro as the High Court ruled Theresa May must consult Parliament before triggering Article 50. Overnight and into the morning Sterling had held at around 1.1091 but shot up to 1.1218 after the announcement was made. The High Court ruled Theresa May does not have the authority to use royal prerogative to trigger Article 50 and take the United Kingdom out of the European Union. Instead MPs will be granted a vote in the Commons. The government has been given the go-ahead to appeal against the ruling at the Supreme Court. The surge in the pound is the exact opposite market reaction to last week when the High Court in Belfast ruled in favour of the Government in a similar case. The landmark legal challenges...
India rejects Pakistan’s allegation of ceasefire violations by Army
Asia, ENGLISH

India rejects Pakistan’s allegation of ceasefire violations by Army

    "Two-thirds of ceasefire violations by Pakistan this year have taken place in the last five weeks," added Swarup. India on Thursday rejected Pakistan’s allegations of ceasefire violations by Indian Army along the International Border as false and baseless. In a statement to the media, spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarup insisted that India’s security forces don’t initiate nor violate ceasefire, they only retaliate. “Two-thirds of ceasefire violations by Pakistan this year have taken place in the last five weeks,” added Swarup. MEA also termed Pakistan’s allegation against certain Indian High Commission officials in Islamabad as ‘baseless and unsubstantiated’. “We completely reject baseless and unsubstantiated allegations made by Pakistan against ...
Government determined to respect referendum result after Brexit Court defeat
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Government determined to respect referendum result after Brexit Court defeat

    International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said the Government is "disappointed" at the High Court ruling that Theresa May cannot trigger the formal process of leaving the European Union without the prior approval of Parliament. Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Fox said "the Government is determined to respect the result of the referendum". "The Government is disappointed by the court's judgement," he said. "The country voted to leave the European Union in a referendum approved by Acts of Parliament. The Government is determined to respect the result of the referendum. "This judgment raises important and complex matters of law and it's right that we consider it carefully before deciding how to proceed." He added: "I have nothing to add other than to reiterate that it's rig...