UK minister Priti Patel resigns over Israel meetings row

Theresa May’s government was rocked on Wednesday by a second cabinet resignation in a week, after Priti Patel was forced to step down as International Development Secretary. It was revealed Patel held secret meetings with Israeli officials. Patel met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior figures while on a private holiday with her family, in August. The Prime Minister will now need to carry out another reshuffle that will create disruption and add to the sense of instability across Whitehall and Westminster as her minority government battles to retain control of the political Read more...

Trump says he will terminate green card lottery system

US President Donald Trump has said that he would end the popular US green card lottery after a radicalised Uzbek man who entered the country under the programme killed eight people in New York. “I am starting the process of terminating the diversity lottery programme,” Mr Trump told reporters. He said: “We have to do what’s right to protect our citizens. We will get rid of this lottery programme as soon as possible.” The 1990 programme awards US permanent resident visas to around 50,000 Read more...

New York terror suspect was an Uber driver

New York terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov was a driver for Uber, the company confirms. He has been accused of driving a truck into a crowd near the World Trade Center in Manhattan on Tuesday, reportedly killing at least eight and injuring 11 more. “We are horrified by this senseless act of violence. Our hearts are with the victims and their families. We have reached out to law enforcement to provide our full assistance,” said an Uber spokesperson. Uber said that Saipov has been a driver in New Read more...

Japan PM Shinzo Abe’s coalition wins general election

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition has won a resounding victory in Sunday’s general election, according to exit polls. On hearing of his victory PM Shinzo Abe said that he would “firmly deal with” threats from North Korea. The public broadcaster NHK put Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party-led (LDP) coalition at 312 seats, allowing it to retain its two-thirds “super majority”. This is vital to his ambition to revise Japan’s post-war pacifist constitution. Article 9 of the constitution, Read more...

Las Vegas shooting: Gunman Stephen Paddock placed cameras in hotel

Stephen Paddock, the gunman who killed 59 people and injured more than 500 in Las Vegas on Sunday, set up a number of cameras in and around his hotel suite. Sheriff Joseph Lombardo made the chilling revelation in a fiery press conference. The Sheriff noted that the cameras were fixed in-order to monitor the police. Police are still investigating into the matter.  Read more...

Trump declines to host Ramadan dinner

Donald Trump has declined to host a dinner to mark the end of Ramadan, ending a tradition that has been observed at the White House for more than 20 years. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also declined to host a reception to mark the holiday The White House’s tradition of holding an annual Iftar dinner for Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, began under the Clinton administration, which first hosted the event in 1996. However, the first such dinner dates all the way back to 1805, Read more...

Bangladesh landslides kill at least 42 after heavy downpour

At least 42 people were killed in landslides triggered by rains in Bangladesh, news agency PTI, quoting authorities, reported on Tuesday. A depression in the Bay of Bengal saw rains batter the hilly parts in the south. According to The Daily Star, 10 were killed in Rangamati, seven in Bandarban and eight in Chittagong. Among the deceased, several of them were women and children, the report added. Images from the region show rescue workers clearing the sludge. Several homes were destroyed in the landslides. Monday’s Read more...

Plane lands at Sydney with hole in engine

A China Eastern Airlines plane has had to turn back to Sydney airport after a technical failure which left a hole in an engine casing. Flight MU736 was heading from Sydney, Australia to Shanghai, but the pilot reported problems with the engine about one hour after taking off. Passengers, who had to spend the night in Sydney, told media they smelt something burning inside the aircraft. The Airbus A330 landed safely and there were no reports of injuries. Images circulating on social media showed a Read more...

Guatemala mourns after children’s home fire kills 21 girls

  Guatemala has declared three days of national mourning after a fire killed at least 21 teenage girls at a children’s care home.Wednesday’s blaze at the government-run Virgen de Asuncion shelter in San Jose Pinula, near Guatemala City, has focused attention on how it was run. Police say some residents set fire to mattresses after a riot and an escape attempt.There have been allegations of abuse at the overcrowded centre. At least 40 other people suffered burns in the fire, and some remain Read more...

Suicide truck bomb kills about 100 in Iraq

A suicide truck bomb killed about 100 people, most of them Iranian Shi’ite pilgrims, at a petrol station in the city of Hilla 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad on Thursday, police and medical sources said. Islamic State, the ultra hard-line Sunni militant group that considers all Shi’ites to be apostates, claimed responsibility the attack in an online statement. The group also is fighting off a U.S.-backed offensive on its stronghold Mosul, in northern Iraq, in which Iranian-trained Shi’ite Read more...