World News

  • CNET News 2 hours 19 min ago
    • The Pope has criticised a world that prioritises products over people.
    • Delivering a TED talk on Tuesday the head of the Catholic church called for an end to a "culture of waste" that casts aside people as well as things.
    • The theme of the TED event, which will also be addressed by Elon Musk and Serena Williams, is "The Future You".
    • The Pope focused on the "you" part by emphasising the need for hope and for human connection, touching on subjects such as immigration and climate change.
    • He also called on world leaders to remember to be humble and tender.
  • FOX News 2 hours 27 min ago
    • A proposal to establish sports education colleges for Saudi women has failed to win enough votes in the kingdom's Shura Council, which advises the government.
    • Saudi media reports said on Wednesday that the proposal on the colleges needed 76 votes to pass, but fell three votes short of that goal.
    • The proposal, put forth by three Shura Council members, called for the establishment of colleges that would train Saudi women in how to teach fitness and wellbeing.
    • Physical education is not on the curriculum for Saudi girls in public schools and some ultraconservative clerics shun the concept of women's exercise as "immodest."
    • The kingdom has sent women to participate in the Olympic Games twice, with four Saudi female athletes competing in the 2016 games in Rio.
  • FOX News 2 hours 30 min ago
    • Egyptian security officials say that members of a prominent local tribe in northern Sinai have burned alive a suspected Islamic State militant.
    • The officials say the man's charred body was found early on Wednesday south the town of Rafah in the Sinai Peninsula.
    • The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to reporters.
    • They say the killing came just hours after an Islamic State suicide bomber attacked a tribal checkpoint in northern Sinai and killed four members of the Tarabeen tribe on Tuesday.
    • The incident is the latest escalation in the conflict in the restive peninsula, where Egyptian forces have been battling a growing insurgency with local tribes mostly remaining on the sidelines.
  • FOX News 2 hours 31 min ago
    • Some 200 taxis and buses have parked outside the government offices in Romania's capital, Bucharest, demanding that Uber and other online taxi services be outlawed in the country.
    • Transport in the already crowded city was disrupted Wednesday morning as the protest, scheduled to last until the evening, got underway.
    • Drivers arrived early and parked their yellow taxis and blew vuvuzela horns in protest.
    • The Confederation of Licensed Transport Operators says it wants "online technology platforms that provide unauthorized taxi services to be outlawed," to protect licensed carriers.
    • It says some 250,000 clients have used its services in the Romanian capital and other major cities in the past two years.
  • Reuters: World News 2 hours 36 min ago
    • A crater is seen at the site of an airstrike, after what rescue workers described as a suspected gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebelheld Idlib, Syria April 4, 2017.
    • REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah A man breathes through an oxygen mask, after what rescue workers described as a suspected gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebelheld Idlib, Syria April 4, 2017.
    • REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah/File Photo The chemical weapons attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun killed scores of people, according to a war monitor, Syrian opposition groups and Western countries.
    • Assad has said in two media interviews since April 4 that the evidence of a poison gas attack was false and denied his government had ever used chemical weapons.
    • The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said on April 19 sarin or a similar banned toxin was used in the Khan Sheikhoun attack, but it is not mandated to assign blame.
  • FOX News 2 hours 38 min ago
    • The Latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local): The Chinese envoy for North Korea says China and Japan have agreed to coordinate in seeking to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and in urging North Korea to refrain from making further provocations.
    • He said China opposes "war and unrest" on the Korean Peninsula.
    • South Korea says key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system have been installed a day after rival North Korea showed off its military power.
    • The work to set up the Terminal HighAltitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, within this year has angered North Korea, China and Russia, which see the system's powerful radars as a security threat.
    • The statement said that Seoul and Washington have been pushing to get THAAD working soon to cope with North Korea's advancing nuclear and missile threats.
  • Reuters: World News 2 hours 46 min ago
    • LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party has increased its lead over the opposition Labour Party and now has 49 percent support ahead of a June 8 election, a lead equivalent to that held by Margaret Thatcher in 1983, Ipsos MORI said.
    • The telephone poll of 1,004 adults conducted April 2125 put May's party up 6 percentage points on 49 percent, Labour down 4 percentage points on 26, the Liberal Democrats unchanged on 13 percent and the United Kingdom Independence Party down 2 percentage points on 4 percent.
    • Gideon Skinner, head of political research at Ipsos MORI, said May's lead matched the biggest lead ever recorded for the Conservatives in an election campaign back in 1983.
    • In that election, Thatcher won a majority of 144 seats.
  • Reuters: World News 2 hours 49 min ago
    • Ties between EU states and their NATO ally Turkey soured in the aftermath of a failed coup last July as the bloc was taken aback by Erdogan's sweeping security crackdown that followed.
    • Austria has long called for aborting Turkey's EU bid altogether but other EU states have been more cautious, highlighting that the bloc depends on Ankara to keep a lid on the flow of refugees from the Middle East.
    • Based on that, EU leaders could make further decisions when they next meet in June.
    • One tangible effect of suspending the process would be freezing the annual payments of some 600 million euros ($650 million) of EU preaccession funds to Turkey.
    • Like Hahn, Piri said Brussels could instead step up talks on enhancing the customs union which Turkey already has with the EU, a process she said could take the next two to three years.
  • FOX News 2 hours 53 min ago
    • The European Union has launched legal action against Hungary over a new higher education law that critics say is aimed at shutting down a university founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros.
    • European Commission President Valdis Dombrovskis said Wednesday that the EU's executive arm has sent a "letter of formal notice" to Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government.
    • Dombrovskis said the action is based on "an indepth legal assessment."
    • The higher education law was approved earlier this month and is set to enter force in October.
    • The president of the Sorosbacked Central European University says it means that his campus in Budapest might not be able to accept new students after Jan. 1.
  • Reuters: World News 2 hours 56 min ago
    • FILE PHOTO: China's President Xi Jinping speaks during a bilateral meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at Trump's MaraLago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 7, 2017.
    • Although only one Group of Seven leader is due to attend, the forum will be China's biggest diplomatic event of 2017.
    • Many Western countries also worry about a lack of detail and transparency in the project and are suspicious about China's broader political intentions behind the Silk Road.
    • Others, meanwhile, think the "One Belt, One Road" forum is something positive for proponents of globalization, as the United States and parts of Europe retreat to more protectionist positions.
    • It said "One Belt, One Road" had already become "a major international public good" since its introduction three years ago.