National Newswatch

Trump admits North Korea summit might not happen on June 12

May 22 2018 — — President Donald Trump said Tuesday the planned Singapore summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un “may not work out for June 12” and is suggesting it could be delayed. Trump was meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday at the White House for consultations ahead of the planned June 12 summit with Kim in […]

Royal family thanks those who celebrated wedding

May 20 2018 — — The royal family, blessed with fantastic weather and a buoyant public mood at the royal wedding, has thanked people who attended or watched Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle. The family tweeted its thanks late Saturday night while Harry and his bride were attending a private soiree hosted by Harry’s father, Prince Charles. “Thank you to […]

Passenger jet crashes near Havana with at least 110 aboard

May 18 2018 — — A Cuban-operated airliner with at least 110 people on board crashed into a yucca field just after takeoff from Havana’s international airport on Friday. There appeared to be mass casualties as Cuban officials said three people had survived, but had yet to give an official toll. Authorities said there were 104 passengers and nine foreign […]

Prince Charles to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle

May 18 2018 — — Kensington Palace has announced that Prince Charles will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle at her wedding to his son, Prince Harry, on Saturday. The palace said Friday that Markle asked her future father-in-law, the heir to the British throne, to perform the honour at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor on Saturday. The palace said […]

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupts, sending huge plume of ash skyward

May 17 2018 — — Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted from its summit before dawn Thursday, shooting a dusty plume of ash about 9,000 metres into the sky. The explosion came after two weeks of volcanic activity and the opening of more than a dozen fissures east of the crater that spewed lava into neighbourhoods, said Mike Poland, a geophysicist with […]

Iran signs oil deal with UK group as France’s Total exits

May 17 2018 — — Iranian state TV is reporting that the country has signed an agreement with a British consortium to develop an oil field, just as another major company, France’s Total, says it will withdraw from Iran because of the renewed U.S. sanctions. The new agreement is the first between Iran and a company from a key Western […]

EU to Trump: stop threatening us with tariffs

May 17 2018 — — The European Union has called on U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to stop threating it with tariffs on steel and aluminum, saying Thursday it is prepared to discuss trade — but not at gun-point. In March, Trump slapped tariffs of 25 per cent on steel imports and 10 per cent on imported aluminum, but granted […]

Novartis general counsel resigns over deal with Trump lawyer

May 16 2018 — — Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis said Wednesday that its top lawyer is stepping down over a deal to hire U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, as a consultant. The company said general counsel Felix Ehrat is retiring “in the context of discussions surrounding Novartis’ former agreement with Essential Consultants, owned by Michael Cohen.” “Although […]

Markle seeks respect for dad after report he’ll skip wedding

May 14 2018 — — Kensington Palace says Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are requesting “understanding and respect” for Markle’s father after a celebrity news site reported he would not be coming to the royal wedding to walk his daughter down the aisle. The palace’s statement did not confirm the TMZ report on Monday that Thomas Markle had decided […]

Congressional candidate says ‘F— the NRA’ in TV ad

May 11 2018 — — A Democratic congressional candidate in New Mexico used an expletive in a television ad Friday to condemn the National Rifle Association and inaction by U.S. lawmakers on gun control, beginning a 15-second spot with the words “F— the NRA.” In the ad, Albuquerque City Council member and congressional candidate Pat Davis goes on the say […]

AT&T chief lobbyist out after hiring Trump attorney, Cohen

May 11 2018 — — The chief lobbyist for AT&T is leaving the company after overseeing a $50,000-per-month contract for President Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen to serve as a political consultant. In a memo to employees, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said the company made a “big mistake” in hiring Cohen as a political consultant. While everything the company did […]

Chatter grows about Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize prospects

May 11 2018 — — Barack Obama won it. So did Jimmy Carter, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. Now, President Donald Trump’s supporters are pushing for him to be the next U.S. leader to win the Nobel Peace Prize — a move that’s being met by smirks and eye rolls in Europe, where Trump remains deeply unpopular. But that’s not […]