The United States has blocked a British-sponsored meeting on North Korea’s human rights abuses

The United States has blocked a British-sponsored meeting on North Korea’s human rights abuses in a late effort to prevent a breakdown in diplomatic relations with Pyongyang, as the regime shows signs of preparing for a new long-range missile test. US diplomats withdrew their support for a proposal by eight other members of the United Nations security council, including Britain, to hold a discussion of North Korea to mark international Human Rights Day. The meeting would certainly have aired the many criticisms of the regime, which has been accused by UN investigators of crimes against humanity comparable to those of … Continue reading The United States has blocked a British-sponsored meeting on North Korea’s human rights abuses

France faces its biggest transport stoppage in years

France faces its biggest transport stoppage in years today as public sector unions stage a showdown with President Macron over pension reforms in a test of will that could make or break his presidency. Eight in ten trains have been cancelled; in Paris the metro system will come to a virtual standstill; and flights will be heavily disrupted by an air traffic controllers’ strike. Air France announced that it was cancelling 30 per cent of its internal flights and EasyJet said that it had cancelled 223 flights. He tweeted his support of the Jewish community adding that ‘Jews are and … Continue reading France faces its biggest transport stoppage in years

“Rowdy” teens boasted about snorting cocaine in a toilet and one was sick as they caused chaos on a rush-hour train, fellow passengers claim

“Rowdy” teens boasted about snorting cocaine in a toilet and one was sick as they caused chaos on a rush-hour train, fellow passengers claim. A witness says commuters were “disgusted” as the five boys intimidated other passengers on a service from Dublin’s Connolly station to Newry in Co Down, Northern Ireland, on Tuesday. “The Xinjiang issue fundamentally is not about human rights, ethnicity or religion but about antiterror and antiseparatism,” Ms Hua said, threatening unspecified retaliation if the US interfered. China has for decades been trying to suppress the Uighur separatist movement, some of whose members have committed attacks. According … Continue reading “Rowdy” teens boasted about snorting cocaine in a toilet and one was sick as they caused chaos on a rush-hour train, fellow passengers claim

A record-breaking free solo climber has died while abseiling down the side of a cliff face in Mexico

A record-breaking free solo climber has died while abseiling down the side of a cliff face in Mexico, according to reports. Brad Gobright, 31, is believed to have fallen 1,000ft to his death in a tragic accident in El Portero Chico, a national park in the northern part of the country. Most big cities in the heavily populated Shia-majority south of the country have been affected, with at least 31 people shot dead as security forces stormed in to clear a bridge in Nasiriyah, north of Basra, early yesterday. Hours earlier, protesters in Najaf surrounded the consulate building, shouting “Iran … Continue reading A record-breaking free solo climber has died while abseiling down the side of a cliff face in Mexico

Beatrice and Eugenie have suffered a traumatic few days but put on brave faces

Beatrice and Eugenie have suffered a traumatic few days but put on brave faces A royal aide has confirmed they will continue with the same limited royal duties But the scandal may have a financial impact as well as being distressing Even as Prince Andrew was penning that historic statement on Wednesday evening announcing his withdrawal from public life, the edict had gone out: protect the Princesses. Watergate prosecutor Nick Ackerman has meanwhile told Newsweek that Ambassador Sondland’s explosive appearance on Wednesday represented a “tipping point” that will bring about the demise of the Trump presidency as the first daughter, … Continue reading Beatrice and Eugenie have suffered a traumatic few days but put on brave faces